Blending 101 (part 2) - Everyday Essentials

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Blending 101 (part 2)

Plant Therapy Basic Blending Creating Personalized Essential Oil Blends

In a follow up to the Blending 101  post from last month, let’s continue to look at blending techniques so that you feel more confident in creating your own aromatic masterpieces!

Blending for your diffuser! Sometimes I do this “on the fly” and just add oils that I know will go nicely together. Other times I blend with specific concerns in mind. Let me show you how I take on that challenge.

First, I choose an oil that I’d like to be the “main event.”

In many cases this is the one with the therapeutic properties I’d like to highlight, such as Lavender for relaxation. Now, I’ll take a look at our website at and click on that particular oil! Notice that there is a lot of information to be found on the description page! One is “Blends well with:” and gives a list of other oils that compliment or enhance the scent/therapeutic properties of the oil you’ve chosen {see below}. Once again, we want to define an intention for this blend. My intention is to create a relaxing, yet uplifting environment. So take a look and notice that Bergamot is among the oils that may blend well with Lavender. I love the uplifting and calming properties of Bergamot as well. So now I have Lavender and Bergamot. I also know that I love deep, grounding scents (you may not, or this may not fit your intention) so I am also going to choose Patchouli.

Plant Therapy Basic Blending Personalized Essential Oil Blends DIY

To create this blend, I will use the method noted in Blending 101 and keep track of my drops using hash marks. In your notebook, give your recipe a name, note the oils used and how many drops. If you enjoy the scent, now you can replicate it. If you don’t, make a note on what you would change next time!  Many of my favorite diffuser blends have been “happy accidents” where I don’t think too hard about it, but since I know what I like and what my intention is, it becomes easy to choose essential oils that work well together to quit that purpose! To do this, you can make use of the suggested uses section of the description. This gives you some ideas how you might use this oil. By NO MEANS are these the only way it can be used. Take the intention of the oil, and apply to other areas of your life!

Other helpful hints:
  • Citrus oils can brighten deep scents if you’re not particularly a fan of essential oils like patchouli or vetiver.
  • To round out cloying, overly sweet or strong floral scents, use a grounding oil in small quantities (1 drop usually is plenty) to round out the scent. Grounding oils include patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood, or frankincense.
  • Mints and citruses go beautifully together and are often favorites for when you have company or guests!

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