BEAUTY&STYLE Published October19, 2014 By Angela Betsaida Laguipo

Essential Oils Basics: Proper Way Of Blending For Better Results

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Blending essential oils is an art and a science because it requires basic knowledge and skills. Synergy blends are composed of different oils mixed together in harmony. They all work together to promote its medicinal and therapeutic uses such as relaxation and relief from any discomfort.

Initially, before blending anything, you should ask yourself what type of blend are you looking for and for what purpose? This should be the first thing to do so you'll know which oils you will use. Also, always consider the quality of the oils you are going to utilize. This is important because you don't want to sacrifice the efficacy of your blend right? Next, find the oils with the properties you need. For example, the ones we discussed in the previous chapter discussed which essential oil is best for this effect.

Moreover, you should be familiar with the categories of these essential oils so you would know how to mix them correctly. This is essential to make sure the oil will definitely smell nice and fragrant. Wrong mixtures will ruin the aromatic smell of oils.

Blending these groups is tricky but if you know which group would smell with what group, you will surely nail this. For example, the floral group is well mixed with spicy, woodsy and citrus groups while woodsy blends well with all the other groups. When we say categories we pertain to their source like floral, woodsy, earthy, minty, spicy, oriental, medicinal and citrus. Spicy blends will work well together with floral, oriental and citrus while minty goes well with citrus and woodsy.

After deciding which essential oils you will use, you need to test the blend first. Use small amounts like 10 drops first in order not to waste the oil. You should decide on the ratio in blending. The golden rule in blending entails a 30, 50 and 20 rule. This means 30% comprises your top note oil, 50% for you middle top note oil and 20% for the base oil.

You need to let the blended oils rest. After mixing the oils, you should set it aside and let it stand for 24 to 48 hours to provide ample time for the oils to blend together harmoniously. After so, you need to test the blend by smelling them and you can take notes for you to implement in the actual blending options. The next classification is the equalizer which is responsible in creating balance among all the essential oils used. Lastly, the modifier is responsible for adding harmony to the synergy blend.

There are four types of blend classifications. First is the personifier which entails oils that has sharp and strong fragrances. Enhancer, on the other hand, comprises 50 -80% of the blend. It is aimed to enhance the properties of the other oils used in the blend.  The smell of this oil is not strong and sharp but can only last for a short time. It comprises only 5 to 8% of the total mixture.

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