Marge Clark, author of Essential Oils and Aromatics, indicates that when essential oils are in the bloodstream, the aromatic molecules of the oils interact with the body’s chemistry. Consequently, essential oils are often used to enhance moods and emotions as well as to help ease pain and combat infections.
Blending Essential Oils
A distinguishing quality of essential oil is its volatility rate, which affects the length of time the aroma lasts and also how the essential oil’s odor changes when exposed to air. Different volatility rates of essential oils can be combined to create a fragrance that will highlight the individual characteristics of each oil. Frequently, volatility rates will be referred to as a particular “note” or category into which the essential oil belongs. The notes range from top note, top/middle note, middle/base note, and base notes.
Common essential oil note classifications include:
- Top notes: bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, melissa, orange
- Top/,middle notes: carrot seed, Roman and German chamomile, clary sage, geranium, helichrysum, lavender, myrtle, neroli, palmarosa, rose, rose geranium, rosemary, zdravetz
- Middle/base notes: beeswax absolute, calendula CO2 , carnation absolute, cypress, jasmine absolute, mimosa absolute, rose absolute and concrete, rose hips CO2, rosewood, sea buckthorn berry CO2, spikenard, tuberose absolute, violet leaf CO2, ylang ylang, zdavetz
- Base notes: frankincense, jasmine absolute, myrrh, oakmoss, oakmoss absolute, patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla absolute, vetiver
Top notes vaporize quickly, middle notes add character to a blend and base or bottom notes have a low volatility rate. When blending oils, use separate droppers to measure each essential oil, place the drops of oil into a clean glass bottle, shake gently to mix and allow the blend to mellow for a few days in the bottle before using.
Sprays or Spritzers
The amount of essential oil to use in a recipe depends on the purpose of the spritzer. To 4 ounces of distilled water in a spray bottle add: 8-10 drops for a facial toner, 30-40 drops for an all over body spritzer, 80-100 drops for a room spray, linen spray or air freshener. Shake well and spray.
Sinus Congestion/Sinus Headache Blend
To make a sinus congestion/sinus headache relief blend, mix six drops of Eucalyptus Smithii, six drops peppermint, six drops lavender and three drops sweet basil oils. Add 15 drops of the blended oils to one fluid ounce of carrier oil (grapeseed, jojoba and olive oil are common carrier oils.) Apply the mixture to the sinus areas. As an alternative , six drops of the combined oils can be added to a bowl of warm water and inhale the steam from the warm water. Additionally, two drops of the combined oils can be added to a tissue and inhaled.
Mold and Mildew Removal Blend
Combine 10 drops tea tree and 20 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oils. Add approximately 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of the combined oils to a bucket of soapy water and use to loosen and remove mold and mildew.
General Germ Killer Blend of Essential Oils
This blend is helpful during cold and flu season. Combine 15 drops tea tree, 10 drops Ravensara aromatica, 10 drops lemon oil, five drops lemon tea tree, five drops cinnamon leaf essential oils. Put into an electric or candle diffuser.
Sore Muscle Blend of Essential Oils
Combine four drops ginger essential oil, eight drops rosemary cineole, six drops Lavandin super, and four drops sweet marjoram essential oils. Add 15 drops of the blended oils to one fluid ounce of carrier oil (grapeseed, jojoba and olive oil are common carrier oils) then massage the sore muscle. As an alternative, six to eight drops of the blended oils can be added to Dead Sea salts or Epsom salts and used in a warm bath.
Add 30 drops of lavender or Lavandin super to one fluid ounce of carrier oil (grapeseed, jojoba and olive oil are common carrier oils.) Apply to the temples and back of the neck. As an alternative, 15 drops of peppermint oil can be added to one fluid ounce of carrier oil. Inhale and also apply to the temples.
Nancy M. Booth, author of Perfumes, Splashes & Colognes, indicates as early as 4000 B.C., fragrant substances were burned in China, Arabia and Egypt for sacred purposes. Contemporary use of essential oils can provide natural solutions to supplement conventional medical treatment and allow one to practice self-care and self-nurturing.