If you prefer to read, the transcript of this episode is at the bottom of this page
ABOUT THIS EPISODE
For those of you just getting starting with essential oils and aromatherapy it can be overwhelming and confusing understanding how to make blends, what carries to use, how many drops to add to those carriers, etc.
In today’s episode, I share some simple but important guidelines to follow so you can make safe and effective blends for use on the skin.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- What “blending” means
- What is a carrier
- Two important essential oils properties
- Why it’s important to blend
- What is a 1%, 2%, 3% blend?
- The correct dilution to use according to age and condition.
Enjoy the podcast; we hope it inspires you to explore what’s possible with essential oils and aromatherapy!
RESOURCES AND LINKS
Read: Carrier Spotlight: Jojoba Oil Benefits and Uses
Read: Got Scars? Try Tamanu Carrier Oil
Aromatic Wisdom Institute Facebook Page
|Weight of Carrier||1% dilution||2% dilution||3% dilution|
|1 ounce carrier||5-6 drops||10-12 drops||15-18 drops|
|2 ounce carrier||10-12 drops||20-24 drops||30-36 drops|
1% Dilution: — This dilution is used for children under 12, and seniors over 65, pregnant women and people with long-term illnesses or immune systems disorders. A 1% dilution is also a good place to start with individuals who are generally sensitive to fragrances, chemicals or other environmental pollutants.
2% Dilution — This dilution is used on adults in good health for blends that support skin care, for natural perfumes, bath oils, and blends you use everyday or long-term.
3% Dilution — This dilution is used when creating a blend for an acute injury, pain relief or getting through a cold or flu. Blends made at this dilution are used only for a week or two.
Neat: Using essential oils “neat” (meaning undiluted – essential oil without any carrier) is inadvisable except in very specific situations. There are two reasons for this: 1) you can develop a sensitivity to the oils; and 2) many essential oils are too irritating to use without dilution. Oils can be used neat as follows: Small specific areas, acute situations (cut or wound, bee sting, bug bite and burn) and for short-term use. These must be highest quality, non-oxidized oils.
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Wonderful job Liz I love hearing your voice. Even I learned something new today =) Thank you
Tyler, thank you SO much for your lovely words. I am thrilled that you are enjoying the podcast and learning. That means a lot considering that you already know so much!
I was always able to make effective blends – I could just never get the hang of making them smell super yummy. This was a great reminder – thank you!
Victoria, I love that you stopped by, had a listen and shared your thoughts. We all need reminders sometimes to use our essential oils – so glad you are making blends again!
I am loving these podcasts! And learning alot! Thank you Thank you!!! Can’t wait to try the blends…I’m still waiting on my supplies order to arrive.
Hi Liz – love your name 🙂 I am SO happy you are learning from the podcasts. That’s my whole purpose in creating this way of sharing information. Let me know what blends you make, I’m very curious!
I am an aromatherapy and herbal medicine student in Australia. I have just discovered podcasts and I have been listening to your sessions over the last few days. Thank you so much for preparing these audio files. Listening to the aromatherapy subject on audio helps the reinforce what I have already learnt. I am going to recommend this to other students I study with.
Hi Heather! Thank you so much for sharing your kind words about the podcast and for recommending it to other students. I cannot tell you how exciting it is to know that aromatherapy and herbal medicine students far away in Australia will be benefiting from my podcast lessons! Viva la internet LOL. Have a beautiful aromatic day. Liz
I made a certification on E.O online, and I am enjoying and refreshing all the contents of your podcast. I have a quick question about the _Smell my life section: When you said, you sprinkle lemon, orange E.O. were they diluted, or you used them pure?
I am all about vibrational medicine, I am a musician and music therapist, and this E.O. field interests me a lot. Would you recommend me some Vibrational aromatherapy courses? Do you provide this?
Keep up with the great work. Many Thanks! Carmen Marulanda
Hi Carmen! In the Smell My Life segment of this episode, I talk about using essential oils to clean off the table where my grandson and I played with play-doh. I used the essential oils neat because the table had a formica covering. Formica is fine with essential oils. I probably would have used just vinegar if it were a wooden table (and would NOT have used play-doh on it). AND…I’m writing a course on the Energetics of Essential oils even as we speak! :-). Terrific question Carmen, thanks for asking. Liz