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MIXING ESSENTIAL OILS: CREATE SIMPLE SCENT AND EFFECT MIXING YOURSELF

Creating beautiful scent mixtures from pure natural essential oils is art and craft at the same time!

At first, creating your own blends can be challenging and almost intimidating, given the number of different essential oils we have to choose from - each with a different scent and each with its own specific effect on the mind, body and spirit.

Which fragrances go together? And how do I manage to give my mixture a certain effect?

As far as the fragrance is concerned, the following applies: "What is allowed is allowed"!

Because fragrance preferences are something very subjective, individual and personal.

What pleases the nose is also good for the soul.

Before you start mixing, however, you should ask yourself these basic questions:

What's this aim my mix?

Should it be a simple one Feel-good “fragrance” mixture where the beautiful scent is the main focus?

Or do you want one "Therapeutic" mixture with a specific effect on certain complaints?

Here I give you some tips for your first steps towards your personal mix:

  1. Apply and get to know essential oils individually
  2. Make “fragrance” mixtures
  3. Making “therapeutic” mixtures
  4. Make stock mixes
  5. Dilute essential oils properly and safely
  6. security
  7. Quality of essential oils

1. INITIALLY USE ESSENTIAL OILS INDIVIDUALLY AND GET TO KNOW THEM


Before you start mixing essential oils, I recommend that you use them one by one to familiarize yourself with their scent and effects.

From a chemical point of view, essential oils are already "Multi-substance mixtures“And composed of up to several hundred different molecules. These ingredients are already perfectly balanced (synthesized) by the respective plant as a secondary metabolic product for its own (plant) "purposes".

These ingredients interact with each other and form one Effective synergy. “Synergy” means that the individual components complement each other and the effects of individual groups of molecules often reinforce each other.

Essential oils are basically "mixtures". That is why they usually have several effects at the same time.

For example, real lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, immune-stimulating, wound-healing, pain-relieving, antispasmodic, balancing, calming, anxiety-relieving and more.

That is why I advise “beginners” to use essential oils one at a time and get to know them better.

You have to smell and experience its scent and its effect YOURSELF! No book can replace this “experience” of fragrances.

So initially turn essential oils one at a time, e.g. B. in the fragrance lamp. In this way you can familiarize yourself with their scent, scent intensity and effect.

Here I also have some recipes for nourishing body oils for you (click!) That are only scented with lavender oil, rose oil or lemongrass.

I have nice names for them like "Lavender Love“, „Rose forever" and "Oriental lemongrass“Given.

By then, when you are more familiar with some of the essential oils, you can start combining them; first two, then three and finally maybe four or five.

2. CREATE SCENT MIXTURES


There are probably some basic rules for the production of fragrance compositions in perfumery. But besides knowledge and experience is creativity one of the most important ingredients of a successful mixture.

Monika Werner and Ruth von Braunschweig write so beautifully in their book “Praxis Aromatherapie”:

"With scents it is like with sounds: Individual notes do not make music, not every chord is a harmonious sound, and it takes knowledge, creativity and practice to compose masterfully."

Which essential oils go well together? And in what proportions should the individual fragrances be mixed?

In order to be able to better describe the individual “sounds” for a composition, there are different classifications for fragrances - such as the classification into fragrance directions or fragrance notes.

Scent notes

One possible way of classifying essential oils is by Fragrances; such as "flowery", "aromatic", "herbaceous" or "woody", etc.

Here are some examples:

  • Flowery: Rose, rose geranium, jasmine, ylang ylang, neroli, palmarosa, lavender fine
  • Citrusy: Lemon, grapefruit, lime, orange, bergamot, tangerine, cedar
  • Herbal, aromatic: Peppermint, oregano, thyme, rosemary, clary sage, sage
  • Spicy: Black pepper, ginger, cardamom, coriander, clove bud, cinnamon bark
  • Medical / fresh: Eucalyptus, peppermint, camphor
  • Balsamic: Frankincense, Benzoin Siam, Vanilla, Tonka Bean
  • Woody: Cedarwood, sandalwood, amyris, cypress, juniper
  • Needle fragrances: Spruce, silver fir, pine, juniper
  • Earthy: Vetiver, patchouli

Citrus oils, for example, mix well with almost all oils. Citrus oils in connection with needle oils result in a very fresh, mood-enhancing, immune-stimulating, concentration-promoting and also room air disinfecting mixture:

Orange - silver fir
Lemon - juniper

Combine citrus scents with floral scents (rose geranium, rose, ylang ylang, Roman chamomile) for a harmonizing and mood-enhancing effect:

Bergamot - rose geranium
Grapefruit - Ylang Ylang

Flowery scents combined with heavy, woody scents have a harmonizing and calming effect:

Rose - sandalwood
Lavender fine - vetiver

But often unusual combinations can result in an unexpected fragrance!

As you mix them, you'll soon notice that some fragrances are very intensive are. That's why you already get some of these intensely fragrant oils - such as rose, neroli and jasmine prediluted to make dosing easier (e.g. rose 10% in alcohol; or jasmine 5% in jojoba oil).

Another way of classifying fragrances is to differentiate between volatility and volatility. Attachment various essential oils. Here one differentiates according to Top, heart and base notes.

  • Top notes are fresh fragrances that quickly evaporate. These scents are the first to be noticed in a mixture, but they also evaporate relatively quickly. These include, above all, citrus oils, eucalyptus oils and needle oils. These are often used generously in mixtures because the scent disappears relatively quickly.
  • Heart notes are mostly flowery, soft notes. These scent notes stick and linger longer. These include rose, rose geranium, lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang, jasmine, neroli, palmarosa.
  • Base notes are heavy scent notes and stick and linger the longest. These include, above all, essential oils obtained from woods, resins and roots, such as B. sandalwood, cedarwood, frankincense, myrrh, benzoin, siam and vetiver. But patchouli and vanilla are also among the base notes. Fragrances of the base note are used sparingly in mixtures because they usually have a rather intense scent.

A successful fragrance composition often consists of a balanced mixture of fragrances from top, heart and base notes.

Test combinations

If you have now decided on a few fragrances, then try - before you start mixing - whether the individual fragrances go together.

  • To do this, put a tiny drop of the individual oils on a smelling strip or cotton swab.
  • Check the scents first individually.
  • Then try the individual fragrances in different ones Combinations.
  • Move the olfactory strips back and forth a few inches away from your nose.

So you can test which of your selected oils go well together.

If all of this now seems a little too difficult or tedious for you, then you can also get inspiration from the finished mixtures at EOCALC (click!)!

Mixing ratio

Top, middle and base notes should be included in a mixture in a balanced ratio.

Because fragrances in the top note evaporate quickest, they can also be used relatively generously. On the other hand, the often fragrant oils of the base notes will be used sparingly.

I keep reading about the on blogs in English"30-50-20" rulethat should have proven itself.

example:

100% = e.g. B. 20 drops of total mixture

30% top note = 6 drops

50% heart note = 10 drops

20% base note = 4 drops

For one Mixture with a floral heart note could it look like this:

Top note: Grapefruit 3, orange 3

Heart note: Rose geranium 7, ylang ylang 3

Base note: Frankincense 2, patchouli 2

This mixture would, for example, be well suited for a 0.5 - 1% admixture in skin care products such as face or body oils.

How you actually create a mixing ratio is entirely up to you!

If you z. B. want to create a fresh and tangy mixture, then simply increase the proportion of the top note and reduce the base and / or heart note.

z. B. 60% top note - 30% heart note - 10% base note

And of course you can leave out a note entirely. As I wrote at the very beginning:

Whatever you like is allowed!

Well - at least as far as the fragrance is concerned. But if you z. If, for example, you are mixing a mixture for use on the skin, for children or for pregnant women, you still need a few safety rules note. Not every oil is suitable for everyone!

But more on this in point 6 "Security" below.

The mixing

Place your selected essential oils in an empty glass vial in the following order:

  1. Start mixing with the scents of the Base note. They often smell the most intense, and you should use them sparingly here. Check the scent.
  2. Then add the scents Heart note at. Check the scent again.
  3. Finally add scents to the Top note and see if you like the scent.

If you don't like the scent yet, e.g. B. if the base note is too strong, then add more of the middle or top note oils.

Do it again and again notesso that at the end you still know how many drops of which fragrance you finally used!

There's nothing more annoying than when you've created the perfect scent and can't reproduce it again later.

Now your fragrance mix should be best for one more night restso that the individual components can connect. The scent can still change a bit here.

Then maybe improve here and there.

Suitable carriers (diluents) for essential oils

Because pure essential oils are far too concentrated in their purest form and could irritate the skin, they are mixed with various "carriers" and thus diluted.

So that the fragrance can unfold as well as possible, it is best to choose a carrier with one minimal odor. The following carriers are particularly suitable:

  • Spirit of alcohol / ethanol (e.g. for natural perfumes or roll-ons)
  • vodka or grain (e.g. for aroma sprays, room sprays or roll-ons)
  • Fragrance-neutral vegetable oils such as jojoba oil or almond oil (e.g. for body oils, massage oils)
  • Neutral cream, lotion or gel base for body care (e.g. for natural cosmetics)

Concentrations / dilutions

Depending on the application, essential oils are used in different concentrations.

However, these are only rough guidelines, because of course it also depends on the type of oil used and its fragrance intensity!

You can find out more about the correct way to dilute essential oils below under point 5 “How to dilute essential oils correctly and safely”.

Book recommendations

I could write a lot more about blending essential oils, but others have already done a lot better and are real experts in the field! :-)

Natural perfume: balm for body, mind and soul by Josephine Ademi, Joy-Verlag: This new addition to my fragrance library inspired me from the first page. In this beautifully designed book, the perfumer Josephine Ademi uses examples to show how individual natural perfumes can be composed with essential oils.

 

Natural perfume guide by Fred Wollner (only needed): Old but gold! This little book has been with me for many years. In it, beginners will find out everything they should know for their first own fragrance compositions. With a bit of luck, you can still get it used at the second-hand bookshop.

 

3. CREATE "THERAPEUTIC" MIXTURES


Essential oils not only smell good, but also have a positive effect on body, mind and soul.

The professional and targeted use of pure natural essential oils to alleviate illnesses or to increase well-being is also called "Aromatherapy" designated.

Incidentally, in Austria only doctors with extensive additional training are allowed to call themselves aromatherapists.

But of course everyone can use essential oils for them Domestic use use for minor complaints.

Once you have familiarized yourself with the effects of different essential oils, you can make helpful mixtures yourself for all kinds of ailments.

How do I choose suitable oils?

The choice of essential oils depends on what you want to achieve.

Do you want a mix for Relaxation, against Colds, against Inflammation or against Pain, etc. manufacture?

In addition, who you are making the mix for also plays a role in the choice. For example, some essential oils are not (or only partially) for children or Pregnant women suitable.

Should the mixture be on the skin should be used or should the mixture be inhaled through the nose?

Sometimes a single oil is sufficient for a specific complaint, and sometimes it makes sense to combine different oils.

To enumerate the various and diverse effects of all essential oils would go beyond the scope of this blog article.

My best Book recommendationTo find out more about essential oils and their effects, the book “Aromatherapy Practice” by Ruth von Braunschweig and Monika Werner.

There you will also find great diagrams that illustrate the composition and effects of many essential oils.

 

Even so, I tried the following Overview some of the most important essential oils and some of theirs Effects to summarize for you:

When choosing your essential oils, try to look “behind” the symptoms of ailments so that you can also treat the causes.

For example, if someone has severe shoulder and neck tension, it could be due to poor posture or emotional tension.

Against the "symptom“For shoulder and neck pain, in both cases I would first choose essential oils that stimulate blood circulation, relax muscles and relieve pain.

Is the root cause an ergonomically poorly designed workplace - should the workplace be redesigned.

Is the root cause For the complaints of emotional tension, I would also add relaxing oils to the mixture and consider what other measures could contribute to relaxation.

If with “therapeutic” mixtures also the Effect of the oils in the foreground they can of course still smell good.

A good scent can have an impact on acceptance and thus also on the success of the treatment.

With a little practice, you will soon be able to choose oils that not only complement each other in their effects, but also harmonize in terms of their scent. See point 2 “Preparing fragrance mixtures”.

How do I determine the correct ÄÖ concentration?

Generally is a ÖÖ concentration of 1 - 3% completely sufficient, since essential oils are themselves highly concentrated substances.

At chronic Ailments one uses low doses of 0,5 – 1,5% over a longer period of time from weeks to months.

Against this will be acute Complaints such as pain and inflammation higher doses of 2 – 3% used over a shorter period of a few days.

Also, low dosages are more likely to speak of that psyche on, higher concentrations work better physical Complaints.

In the case of children and old people, consideration should be given to their more sensitive smell perception. Less is more!

How do I calculate the number of drops?

The easiest way to use a dilution table is:

You will receive this practical dilution table as a thank you for registering for the AROMA 1 × 1 newsletter (click!).

Adjust the calculated number of drops to the mixture

Look at the Compatibility of the individual oils that you have chosen (irritating to the skin, photosensitizing, rich in side effects, suitable for children, suitable for pregnant women, etc.?).

Then adjust the composition of your mixture.

For example, Thyme CT Thymol as a single oil in a 3% cold mixture would be much too high a dose. It is already highly effective in low doses of 0.1-0.5% and can then be combined with other oils to finally obtain a 3% mixture.

The best way to explain this is with one example:

aim: Mixture against colds with coughs (cold oil)
For whom: Adult woman (not pregnant)
concentration: 3%

3% = 30 drops of ÄÖ on 50 ml of base oil

  • 7 drops lemon oil (immunostimulating, antipyretic, disinfecting, etc.)
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus radiata* (anti-inflammatory, expectorant, expectorant, antibacterial, antiviral, etc.)
  • 8 drops Lavender fine (immunostimulating, anti-inflammatory, calming, antibacterial, antiviral, anticonvulsant, etc.)
  • 5 drops Thyme Ct. Thymol** (strong disinfectant and antibacterial, strengthening, etc.)

* Eucalyptus radiata is an excellent oil when it comes to colds with mucus. The main ingredient eucalyptol (1,8-cineol) has a strong expectorant effect.
For small children, however, oils rich in eucalyptol are not suitable for colds because they cannot cough up the mucus that has been dissolved in this way.

** Thyme is an excellent oil for colds. However, it is also potentially irritating to the skin and should only be used on the skin in a maximum concentration of 0.5% (here 5 drops to 50 ml = 0.5%). But it is also highly effective in low doses. It should also not be used for pregnant women because it can have a toning effect on the uterus. A suitable alternative would be e.g. B. the gentle thyme CT Linalool.

You can find further examples here: Make your own cold balms for young and old (click!).

4. MAKE STOCK MIXTURES


For successful or proven mixtures, you can also make mixtures in advance.

To do this, you don't just create a mixture for a single application or a single product, but also mix an amount of 5 - 10 ml "in advance".

Fill into a dark glass bottle with a dropper insert.

Don't forget to label!

So you always have your favorite mixtures at hand when you need them.

5. THIN ESSENTIAL OILS CORRECTLY


Essential oils differ fundamentally from "fatty" oils, such as B. almond oil or olive oil, which are pressed from seeds or fruits.

They are mainly distilled from aromatic plants, or citrus oils are pressed from the peel of citrus fruits.

They are highly concentrated and have to be diluted back to a “physiological” concentration before use.

They are already highly effective in a concentration of 0.5 - 3%!

In "therapeutic" applications, higher concentrations of up to 10% are sometimes used. But this is only something for well-trained and experienced therapists.

Various "carriers" are used to dilute essential oils. These are, for example, "fatty" vegetable oils (almond oil, sunflower oil, etc.), alcohol or just vodka, odorless lotions, creams or gels.

I explain everything you need to know about the correct dilution of essential oils in the blog article: How to dilute essential oils correctly and safely.

There you will also find the practical AROMA 1 × 1-Dilution table (PDF), which you can download as a thank you for subscribing to the newsletter.

 

 

6. SECURITY


Did you know that bergamot oil or lime oil from a certain concentration "photosensitizing“Can work and can cause real skin burns in connection with the sun's rays?

Did you know that essential oils with a high menthol or eucalyptol content (e.g. peppermint or eucalyptus oil) are used in young children Breathing problems can cause?

Did you know that some essential oils come in relatively low concentrations irritating to the skin can work? These include B. oregano, thyme CT thymol and clove bud. They should therefore be dosed very carefully (0.1-0.5%).

Do you know which essential oils you use during the pregnancy and how you should avoid essential oils for children use correctly?

In the blog article “ÄÖ SAFETY FROM A - Z” you will find out everything you need to know to use essential oils safely and avoid side effects!

7. QUALITY OF ESSENTIAL OILS


When buying your oils, make sure they are of the best quality! You can recognize real essential oils, for example, by the designation "100% natural essential oil".

Do not be misled by terms like “aromatic oil”, “scented oil” or even “perfume oil”. Even "nature-identical" essential oils are not real essential oils from nature, but are composed of nature-identical molecules in the laboratory.

In this article I will explain everything about the quality of essential oils and what you should look for when buying them:

How to know the best quality when buying your essential oils

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In this free online SELF-LEARNING COURSE you will learn:

What are essential oils, how they are obtained and how they work.

What are carrier oils and hydrosols.

How essential oils are applied and safely diluted.

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THIN ESSENTIAL OILS CORRECTLY AND SAFELY + THINNING TABLE (PDF)

ESSENTIAL OILS - SECURITY FROM A - Z

 

I wish you a lot of fun and success in creating your own mixes!

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