Essential oils are all natural products derived from plants, whether it’s from the bark, flower, fruit, leaves or roots. Essential oils are useful in the practice of aromatherapy and learning how to blend essential oils is an important aspect of using these oils to their full potential. All of them deliver specific positive benefits to the mind and body.  You can even use them as home fragrances and cleaning products (when used in the correct concentration). Some common characteristics of essential oils include soothing, calming, stimulating, refreshing, centering and warming to the system.  Essential oils can be used alone, or blended with other oils for extra benefits.

There are several things you should consider before deciding on an essential oil blend.  Following the steps below will get you familiar with the oils and give you some starting points while learning how to blend essential oils. 

1)    Understand the groups.  There are quite a few categories of essential oils, including floral, citrus, spicy, woody and green.  Knowing which substances are in each group will help guide you in mixing essential oils. 

2)    Start small.  You should begin aromatherapy by using only one oil.  However, as you become familiar with how to use it, add new oils to it.  For example, you could start with lavender oil and then add geranium oil.  Pick oils from groups with the scents you prefer to enhance your experience with them.  Also, make small batches of your blend until you know what works for you.

3)    Keep it simple.  It doesn’t have to be rocket science—it can be as simple as adding a few drops of geranium and bergamot to a warm bubble bath. Other easy things to do with them include adding them to unscented laundry detergent or creating a refreshing room spray. 

4)    The rule of three.  When you’re just starting to blend essential oils, don’t use more than three oils in one blend.  You can work your way up as you become more knowledgeable about the properties of all the oils.

5)    Be sensible about safety.  Although most essential oils are generally safe if you use them correctly, they all have safety considerations.  Some essential oils are skin irritants, photo-toxic and using too much of certain oils can cause contradictory effects.  Do your research or talk directly to an aromatherapist and you will be well on your way to being an expert!

There you have it, some basic tips on how to blend essential oils. Every time you use your aromatherapy blends, you’re boosting your immune system, balancing your nervous system and improving other areas of your health.  If you don’t like your first blend, try another—you are bound to find a combination that works for you.