Essential oils are wonderful to use alone, however by blending oils one can create very special exciting scents and increase the benefits of the therapeutic properties of each oil.
There are no hard or fast rules, blending preferences are often very individual, based on own intuition and creativity, often guided by your nose. Blending essential oils is a form of art – a combination of creativity and science. The best way to learn is to practice – blending essential oils requires a little bit of training and experimentation.
From another side, when blending essential oils it is important to consider the purpose of the blend. For therapeutical purpose one should take into account the symptoms, psychological and emotional factors. Knowledge of essential oil properties significantly improves the process of blending oils for different purposes.
ESSENTIAL OIL NOTES
Essential oils may be classified by notes: their scent characteristics, or rate of evaporation: “top notes”, “middle notes” or “base notes”. If you know which note, this is helpful information when you are creating a blend. In general, a “harmonious bouquet” – well balanced aroma blend – contains 55% Top notes, 30% Middle Notes and 15% Bottom Notes.
Essential oils that are classified as top notes are most volatile, normally evaporate very fast and are not very long lasting when exposed to air.
A top note is like a first impression.
These oils are usually derived from flowers, leaves and citrus peel. These oils are usually less inexpensive compare to the middle and bottom note oils.
Top note oils are usually the ones you smell first when used in a mixture with other notes, giving the first impression of the oil blend.
Top note oils are the lightest, most stimulating and energizing oils. Top notes have to buoy up emotions, stimulate awareness, concentration. Top note essential oils typically have antiviral properties.
These oils are usually used against depression, fatigue, to improve concentration and for air freshening.
The main feature of middle notes of essential oils is balance. The middle note is the body of the fragrance.
It is usually warm and soft fragrances, and it may take a couple of minutes to establish their scent from the blends and the middle note effervesces and lingers for one to two hours.
These oils are usually derived from flowers, leaves and whole plants.
Middle note essential oils generally affect the overall health of the body, specially digestive, cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, bringing balance to the mind and body.
Fragrances of the base oils are usually heavy and intense. These oils evaporate slowly and fragrances can linger for up to one day.
Bottom note (or base note) supports the top and middle notes. Bottom note essential oils are also called the fixative or dryout note.
These oils are often extracted from roots, bark resins and gums of trees, berries, as well as leaves and seeds.
Base note oils are usually very relaxing, excellent for meditation. These oils often work for chronic conditions.
BLENDING TIPS FROM VIVASAN AROMATHERAPIST
It is best to begin with your base notes, then add middle note oils, and lastly the top note essential oils.
– Start blending essential oils in the reverse order, i.e., start with: Base note (e.g. rosewood 4 drops) > Add Middle note (e.g. lavender 3 drops) > Smell > Maybe you decide to add more base or middle note oils (e.g. jasmin 1-2 drops) > Smell > If satisfied, add top note oils (e.g. orange 2 drops) > Smell.
– Keep it simple: stick to no more than four different essential oils in your blend. More varieties of oils may complicate the blend and become confusing, especially for beginners.
– Learn oil properties and notes before mixing.
– Control your blends, keep notes about oils that you used with the number of drops used for each oil. When you find your perfect blend, it will be possible to reduplicate if you made the notes.