Holiday Essential Oil Blending Made Simple
Despite the growing list of companies that offer holiday synergies already blended for you, I know many like myself have a growing collection of essential oils and really do not want to buy another bottle. With this in mind, I thought it would be a great time to talk about blending your own essential oils. Some of the oils I will be mentioning will be directly related to the smells we associate with holidays. So grab your essential oils and let’s blend together!
Methods of Blending
There are many different methods that can be used for blending. Honestly, there is not a “wrong” way to blend. The method you choose depends on why you are blending and the individual you are blending for. Some of these methods include blending by chemical family and purpose, blending by therapeutic properties, blending by energetic properties, blending by plant part, and for the holidays by smell!
Blending by smell can be the most fun when you are just starting out because you can do a lot of self-study to learn about the oils you are blending with, it is the easiest method, and it is entirely dependent on your likes!
Get Ready to Blend
Since we are blending for the holiday season, below is a list of oils to start with. Or you can choose any oils that remind you of the holidays.
You will need the following items for blending as well:
- Glass containers (to smell your blends while making them)
- Stock bottles with orifice reducers
- Coffee beans in a small container (for cleansing your palate)
- Paper & pencil
To start, smell each essential oil to see how it smells. Take notes on each essential oil’s smells, your likes, dislikes, etc. As you are smelling each oil, if you feel like you are becoming overwhelmed and need a break, take one! You can also try smelling the coffee beans intermittently to help.
Once you have your likes and dislikes, also note any special safety concerns there may be with each oil. For example, is the oil a hot oil? What is the recommended dilution on the skin? Is it safe for use if you have a medical condition like pregnancy, etc? You can find much of this safety information in Tisserand's Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition.
Now that you have gathered this information you can start to look at general therapeutic properties for each oil. I look at this information last so that I am able to adequately weigh the risks versus the benefits when using certain oils. Take notice of any particular oils that may have therapeutic properties that you would be interested and then look at the safety information for that oil. This will give you a basic idea of why it is important to look into the safety as well as the benefits.
When you have gathered all of information for the oils you want to work with, now you can isolate the essential oils that you are able use safely for yourself and that you like the smell of! With your gloves on using a different pipette, add one drop of each oil you want to use. After you have added one drop of each smell what you have and note what you like about the blend you have started. If you want it to smell more strongly of a specific oil, add one more drop of that oil and smell it again. Continue in this fashion drop by drop until you have created the smell you desire. Remember to write down each drop you are adding of each oil so you can recreate this later!
There is no right or wrong recipe using your nose when you are blending. If you want to just diffuse a Douglas Fir on its own, you should! Here are a few recipes that I think smell divine during this time of year: