Simple Aromatherapy Blends

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Create aromatic fragrances and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy by blending essential oils at home. Use the recipes below to make a massage or body oil, or omit the oil the recipe calls for and blend the essential oils in 1 ounce jojoba oil to make a perfume. As you mix each blend, start by adding a single drop of each oil. Sniff as you add each drop, and observe how it changes the blend. If you feel adventurous, alter proportions to your liking.

To avoid cross-contamination among your essential oils, use separate droppers or rinse the dropper in vodka or pure grain alcohol and dry it between scents.

For more information on aromatherapy and using essential oils, read the article Aromatherapy Guide: How to Use Essential Oils for Your Well-Being.

Fragrance Blends

Earth Angel

4 ounces sweet almond carrier oil
4 drops juniper essential oil
3 drops cedarwood essential oil
2 drops frankincense essential oil
3 drops jasmine essential oil

Sweet Citrus

4 ounces sweet almond carrier oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops mandarin essential oil
2 drops neroli essential oil
2 drops vanilla essential oil

Floral Spice

4 ounces sweet almond carrier oil
2 drops ylang ylang essential oil
2 drops vetiver essential oil
6 drops bergamot essential oil
3 drops cardamom essential oil

Therapeutic Blends

Relaxation Blend

4 ounces sweet almond carrier oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops orange essential oil
2 drops marjoram essential oil
2 drops cypress essential oil

Energy-Boosting Blend

4 ounces sweet almond carrier oil
15 drops lemon essential oil
4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
1 drop each cinnamon, peppermint and benzoin essential oils

Memory-Stimulating Blend

4 ounces sweet almond carrier oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
1 drop cinnamon essential oil

Reprinted with permission from Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, Second Edition by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green, 2009. Published by Crossing Press, an imprint of Ten Speed Press and Crown Publishing Group. 

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