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
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
Note: My friend Karen Holmes had this suggestion: To start with a more modest investment in essential oils, purchase them in smaller bottles, like 5ml. OR begin with half the oils listed – he most costly will be the Chamomiles, the Frankincense, the Ylang Ylang. You can also start with one citrus…but you’ll want MORE soon, I promise!).
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.
Jojoba Oil – 16 oz
Trauma Oil – 4 oz
Unscented (natural) 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. ‘Cause I love pictures.
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.
6. Aromatherapy Recipe Book – I highly recommend the recently published Essential Living: Recipes for Home and Health, available on Amazon in softback or kindle version. You’ll find 60 recipes along with directions for creating each product.
- 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).