Aromatherapy 103: Creating Custom Essential Oil Blends , 0 Comments

Now that you've been prepped on the basic information (HERE) and the importance of choosing the correct carrier oil (HERE), you are ready to start concocting your own essential oil blends! Doing so is easier than you might think, especially if you have a specific goal in mind (i.e. relaxing, correcting a specific ailment, uplifting your spirits, etc.). Below, you'll find a list of the main essential oils, divided into categories based on their most prominent properties, and a few of my favorite combinations. Aromatherapy is greatly based on personal preference, so see which combinations best suit your olfactory predispositions. 

Invigorating oils: aniseed, black pepper, camphor, caraway, coriander, juniper, lemon, rosemary, savory
Refreshing oils: basil, bergamot, eucalyptus, lemongrass, melissa, orange, peppermint, pine
Relaxing oils: benzoin, chamomile, clary-sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang
Warming oils: cajuput, clove, ginger, marjoram, nutmeg
Antiseptic oils: cinnamon, tea tree, thyme

An excellent way to feel the healing powers of aromatherapy almost immediately is to do a gentle face massage (make sure that skin is clean and dry before starting). I tend to suffer from anxiety, so some of my favorite combinations of oils are intended to soothe and settle my nerves. I like to mix 3 drops of lavender and 2 drops of ylang-ylang in a base of sweet almond oil when doing facial massage, and for a bath, 3 drops of lavender, 3 drops of rose and 1 drop of sandalwood in a base of jojoba oil. When suffering from menstrual cramps, I find that a mixture of 3 drops rose, 3 drops jasmine, and 2 drops clary-sage in grapeseed oil is very effective when used for abdominal massage. And when struggling with digestive issues, my favorite aromatherapy remedy is to use a warm compress of just 4 drops of chamomile on a moistened washcloth (a carrier oil is not necessary for this method). There are many more ways to combine these oils, so see which ones your body responds to and use those to your advantage. Happy healing!

- Maria Vasylivna