As you enter the exciting world of essential oils and aromatherapy, you’ll soon discover it can be:
a. overwhelming (“what do I buy first?”) and;
b. expensive (“what can wait and what do I need now?”)
To simplify your life and help you avoid purchases you don’t need immediately, I’ve put together a basic list from which you can make the following items:
- Massage Oil
- Body and Face Cream
- Salt Scrub
- Hand soap
- Aromatic Room Spray
- Nasal Inhaler
- Cleaning Spray
Note #1: The dilutions for making the above items can be found in my blog post Blending Guidelines and Dilutions.
Note #2: Everything in #1, #2 and #3 can be purchased with a discount code for subscribers of my weekly newsletter, A Dose of Aromatic Wisdom. The codes are given in every issue, but if you are a subscriber or an AWI student and need it, please email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org
I recommend you print out this list and check off the items off as you purchase them.
BASIC BLENDING KIT
1. Essential Oils
- Bergamot – Citrus bergamia
- German Chamomile – Matricaria recutita
- *Roman Chamomile – Chamaemelum nobile
- *Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus globulus
*Frankincense – Boswellia carterii
- Geranium – Pelargonium graveolens
- Grapefruit – Citrus paradisi
- *Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
- *Lemon – Citrus limon
- Lemongrass – Cymbopogon citratus
- *Orange – Citrus sinensis
- *Peppermint – Mentha piperita
- *Rosemary ct camphor – Rosmarinus officinalis ct camphor
- *Tea Tree – Melaleuca alternifolia
- Scotch Pine – Pinus sylvestris
- Ylang Ylang – Cananga odorata
*To start with a more modest investment, purchase your essential oils in 5ml bottles or purchase just the oils with the (*). The most costly will be the Chamomiles, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang.
2. Carriers – Carriers are the foundation of most blends and are used to dilute the essential oils so they can be applied to the skin. This blog post will tell you how much essential oils to add to your carrier.
Jojoba Oil – 16 oz
Fragrance Free Lotion – 8 oz
Pink Himalayan Salt – 16 oz
Liquid Castile Soap – 16 oz
3. Containers - you’ll need a few bottles and jar in which to store your blend. I’ve listed the item with a photo below.
Amber glass bottles with orifice reducer and cap. 5ml, 10 ml or 15 ml.
2 oz glass jars with lids for lotions.
2 oz PET plastic jars with lids. A better choice for blends designed to be used in the shower or tub, like salt scrubs or for travel.
Plastic Spray Bottle – 2 oz or 4 oz
Blank Nasal Inhaler – I suggest to start with a pack of 10. They come in a variety of colors.
5. Glassware for mixing Glass stir rods – makes blending in creams effortless. Easy to clean.
Glass beakers or measuring cups – Beakers can be expensive, but I found some affordable ones on Amazon.
- Labels and pens – for labeling your blend with the date it was made, ingredients, a clever name for the blend or anything else you want to remember. If you are blending for yourself and family, you can buy labels inexpensively at any supply store; mailing label sizes work well. If you want labels that are more professional or in a wide variety of sizes and colors, try OnlineLabels.com. If you are printing on your labels, get the weatherproof to avoid smearing the ink.
- Towels or paper towels for spills
- A Notebook for recording your recipes, and a pen
8. A Place to Keep it All Together – If you don’t have a storage area where you can store your aromatherapy tools, you can buy one. If you need to move the storage box to work near a sink, get one on wheels. These are sold in all the “box” stores (Walmart, Target, etc and Amazon).
Leave a comment below and tell me
what items are on YOUR blending table!