Hitting a Roadblock with Essential Oil Blending?
When you’ve got a dozen or more essential oils the fun really starts! But, often times when we start essential oil blending we come up with mixed results. Pun intended!
Some essential oils just don’t blend well with others and the scents they create
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A Full Proof Method to Essential Oil Blending
You can make the best smelling essential oil blends with success every time by using an essential oil blending wheel!
It was developed by understanding how our brain processes aroma.
Let me explain,
The hypothalamus is the part of our brain where aroma, emotion, and memory are processed and instinct is formed.
Similar to a color wheel, an essential oil blending wheel helps us understand the relationships between different aromas and in this case essential oils.
Essential Oil Blending Wheel Aromas
You can create essential oil blends you’ll want to use again and again by using an essential oil blending wheel! Start by reviewing each aroma category on the wheel.
For example, the woodland aroma category contains essential oils that our brain processes as a woodland aroma. Each
But, other aroma categories like the exotic aromas contain a mix of essential oils extracted from flowers, trees, and more.
Under each category top, essential oils for that aroma are listed as a starting point. As you begin to familiarize yourself with each of the seven categories you will learn how to add essential oils to a category when your collection grows!
Let’s take a look at these aroma categories now before we start blending.
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How to Blend Essential Oils with an Essential Oil Blending Wheel:
Combine essential oils on that are close to each other on the wheel to create smooth, complimentary essential oil blends.
For example, floral essential oil aromas can be paired with either floral, citrus, or exotic essential oils. Woodland essential oil aromas can be paired with either woodland, spice, or herbal essential oils.
Select essential oils of your choice from aroma category and pair together if their aroma categories touch. They can also blended if they are within the same category. It’s as easy as that!
Print this Essential Oil Blending Wheel and blank blending worksheets from Oily Chic Library or pin for later.
Create and Essential Oil Blending Guide of Your Own
Start an essential oil blends journal or use the blank essential oil blending worksheets from the Oily Chic Library.
- Select essential oils to blends from aroma categories on the wheel that touch.
- Open the essential oil bottle of each you selected to include in your essential oil blend.
- Place the bottles next to each and take a sniff to an idea of the aromatherapy blend you could create.
- If you like that first sniff, a drop or two of each to a cotton ball. Let stand for 30 minutes to an hour. Record your essential oils and drops of each in your journal on the worksheet.
- Then return the aroma cotton ball and sniff again to see if you still like the aromatherapy blend.
- If you feel like it needs more of one essential oil or less than the other. Add to it or start again recording each drop.
- Continue the process until you have an essential oil blend you love! Use in your diffuser, dilute in a roller bottle with a carrier oil, or combine with vodka for a perfume.
You can quickly gain confidence making essential oils blends by using an essential oil blending wheel. Don’t forget to grab your printable blending wheel above and hang up it by your diffuser for easy reference.