Combining organic pure essential oils is an art and often requires a bit of training and experimentation. If you are interested in creating your own blends, you should know that the order in which you mix the essential oils are extremely important to achieving the therapeutic properties in a synergistic blend.
Altering the sequence of adding the selected essential oils may result in a change in the fragrance, in the chemical proprieties, and thus the desired results. As a rule of thumb, organic pure essential oils that are from the same botanical family tend to blend great together. Organic essential oils that share common constituents also mix great.
The guide below will help you understand the typical feature of each classification, the amount of each type of oil you should use and the order in which you should add them.
Essential oils that have a very strong, sharp and long-lasting fragrances. They also feature strong therapeutic action with dominant properties (1%-5% of the blend). Essential oils in this classification include cinnamon, birch, clove, clary sage, ginger, coriander, orange, helichrysum, orange, wintergreen, rose and ylang ylang.
The predominant oils that serve to boost the properties of the other oils in the mixture. Their fragrance is not sharp as the personifiers and they are often of a shorter duration (50% to 80% of the blend). Essential oils in this classification include bergamot, basil, eucalyptus, birch, geranium, frankincense, lavender, grapefruit, lemongrass, lemon, marjoram, lime, tea tree, orange, melissa, patchouli, oregano, rose, Roman chamomile, thyme, rosemary and wintergreen.
Essential oils that create synergy and balance among the oils contained in the mixture (10%-15% of the blend). Essential oils in this classification include cypress, bergamot, basil, fennel, frankincense, white fir, ginger, geranium, lemongrass, lavender, marjoram, lime, melissa, Tea Tree, oregano, myrrh, rose, Roman chamomile and thyme.
Essential oils that have a short and mild fragrance. They are responsible for giving harmony to the mixture. Essential oils in this classification include coriander, bergamot, fennel, eucalyptus, lavender, grapefruit, myrrh, lemon, sandalwood, rose and ylang ylang.
(5% to 8% of the blend)
Adding Carrier Oil for Topical Applications
You will want to add some carrier/base oil depending on the topical application. For therapeutic essential oil blends, you should use about 28 drops of organic pure essential oil to 15 ml of carrier/base oil which can be fractionated coconut oil. To create a body massage blend, use about 50 drops of organic pure essential oils to 118 ml of carrier/base oil (coconut oil). Make sure to store your essential oil blend in dark-colored glass bottles.