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Essential Oils: Creating Your Own Blends

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Essential Oils: Creating Your Own Blends
By Ifayomi Fasola • Issue #2 • View online
If you choose to create your own blends, it is important to understand that the order in which the oils are blended is key to maintaining the desired therapeutic properties in a synergistic blend. An alteration in the sequence of adding selected oils to a blend may change the chemical properties, the fragrance, and the desired results.
In general, oils that are from the same botanical family usually
blend well together. In addition, oils with similar constituents also mix well.
Another method utilizes 4 blending classifications. The following information explains the characteristics of each classification, the order in which they should be added to the blend (i.e. Personifiers
first, Enhancers second, Equalizers third, and Modifiers fourth), and the amount of each type of oil as a percentage of the blend.
  1.  The Personifier (1-5% of blend) oils have very sharp, strong, and long-lasting fragrances. They also have dominant properties with strong therapeutic action. Oils in this classification may include: Angelica, birch, cardamom, cinnamon bark, cistus, clary sage, clove, coriander, German chamomile, ginger, helichrysum, mandarin, neroli, nutmeg, orange, patchouli, peppermint, petitgrain, rose, spearmint, tangerine, tarragon, wintergreen, and lang ylang.
  2. The Enhancer (50-80% of blend) oil should be the predominant oil, as it serves to enhance the properties of the other oils in the blend. Its fragrance is not as sharp as the personifiers and is usually of a shorter duration. Oils in this classification may include: Basil, bergamot, birch, cajeput, cedarwood, cumin, dill, eucalyptus, frankincense, galbanum, geranium, grapefruit, hyssop, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime, marjoram, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), melissa, myrtle, orange, oregano, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, ravensara, Roman chamomile, rose, rosemary, sage, spruce, thyme, and wintergreen.
  3. The Equalizer (10-15% of blend) oils create balance and synergy among the oils contained in the blend. Their fragrance is also not as sharp as the personifiers and is of a shorter duration. Oils in this classification may include: Basil, bergaonot, cedarwood, cypress, fennel, fir, frankincense, geranium, ginger, hyssop,jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, lime, marjoram, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree), melissa, myrrh, myrtle, neroli, oregano, pine, Roman chamomile, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, spruce, tarragon, and thyme.
  4. The Modifier (5-8% of blend) oils have a mild and short fragrance. These oils add harmony to the blend. Oils in this classification may include: Angelica, bergamet, cardamom, coriander, eucalyptus, fennel, grapefruit, hyssop, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, melissa, myrrh, neroli, petitgrain, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, tangerine, and yang ylang.
Depending upon the topical application of your blend, you will want to add some carrier/base oil. (V-6 oil is a vegetable oil typically used for essential oil blends as the base oil)
  • When creating a therapeutic essential oil blend, you may want to use about 28 drops of essential oil to ½ oz. of V-6 Oil
  • When creating a body massage blend, you will want to use a total of about 50 drops of essential oils to 4 oz. of V-6 Oil. 
  • Remember to store your fragrant creation in dark-colored glass bottles.
As essential oils can vary in thickness, the following are approximate measurements

Below is an Odor Chart that will help with identifying the smells of your oils
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