Mixing Your Own Aromatherapy Oils - Some Tips & Guidelines

Thinking of mixing your own aromatherapy oils?

Once you have understood the fundamentals of aromatherapy such as what is aromatherapy, how does it work, what are the types of aromatherapy and other such information, you may want to mix your own aromatherapy oils at home.

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A note about Mixing Your Own Aromatherapy Oils - Some Tips & Guidelines

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If this is the case, it is important to assess what your needs are, and then proceed. Absolutes, resins and CO2s are concentrated essential oils and will need to be used only if that particular essential oil is not available.

The best bet when you want to make your own oils is infused oils which can be made at home, as also hydrosols which have a mild, diluted effect, of that particular essential oil.

As stated earlier, it is important to assess your requirement and then go out and purchase just one or two that you need to make a blend at home. There is no need to go out and buy a whole bunch of essential oils, which you may never use, if you are not clear what the purpose is.

When mixing your own aromatherapy oils, i.e. mixing two or more essential oils, it is important to have a balanced, harmonious blend of oils for the desired effects. This blending of oils if done perfectly is called synergy.

Items Needed for Mixing Your Own Aromatherapy Oils

The tools required to mix your own essential oils are measuring spoons, small clean bottles that can hold up to 30 ml of oil for mixing, and if the essential oils that you purchased did not come with droppers (which they usually do), then you will need droppers, one each for each oil.

Procedure for Mixing Your Own Aromatherapy Oils

The process of mixing your own essential oil is as described below. This process will give you a 2.5 % dilution.

  • Carefully measure 4 teaspoons (or 20 ml) of any carrier oil of your choice into a dark colored glass (dark brown preferably).

  • Add about 10 drops of essential oils.

  • This mixture should be blended well by shaking.

  • Ensure that the bottle is tightly screwed on to avoid spillage.

  • This new blend of oils will need to be used within 1 month.

  • This strength of dilution is best suited for massage purposes.

    For a blend of 1% dilution, the same process is to be followed. However the quantities will change. Mix 4 drops of essential oils with about 20 ml of carrier oils.

    This type of diluted blend is best for children upwards of 3 years to 10 years, and also for pregnant women.

    Some of the general guidelines to follow while mixing your own essential oils are:

  • To wash your hands before and after mixing the oils.

  • Exact measures as indicated should also be used, so drops should be counted carefully in the preparation process.

  • Further, the dropper should be held correctly so the hole on the top should be uppermost, to avoid excess drops flowing through when dropper is squeezed.

  • Also, once blended, the essential oils should be kept in dark colored, tightly capped bottles, in a cool, dark place. They can last for years if stored correctly.

    Other general guidelines for mixing your own aromatherapy oils are:

  • To never ingest essential oils (diluted or otherwise).

  • Concentrated oil must never be used on skin directly.

  • Carrier oils should be used to dilute as directed on pack.

  • If there is likelihood that you could be pregnant, caution should be exercised since certain essential oils could be dangerous.

  • Also, if there is a pre-existing condition like hypertension, expert medical advice should be sought prior to commencing aromatherapy.

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