Essential oils are Nature’s enhancers and energizers—the most powerful tool among aromatherapy professionals. They have been proven in scientific research to relieve a number of ailments and to have antiseptic properties. You can get all the benefits of quality essential oils through careful skin application or inhalation. If you want to intensify your experience with any bath and body product, or if you want to promote their effectiveness, add essential oils.
So let’s get started!
The Basics of Essential Oils
- Discover. Essential Oils (EOs)are stored in specialized glands of botanicals. The oils are released and distilled from leaves, barks, or flowers, and curated to retain their natural active enzymes.
- How do they work? Locked in the oils are live substances known for their power to heal, strengthen, and regenerate body cells. Essential oils are also effective purifiers around the home.
- Key differences between EOs and carriers (base oils): four key differences:
- Essential oils are highly potent, fragrant oils that dissipate quickly, whereas carrier oils are thick constituents that can be applied directly to the skin.
- Carrier oils are applied in liberal amounts to the whole body, whereas EOs are applied in small amounts diluted with a carrier oil or other base (such as soap or alcohol) for specific therapies.
- Essential oils are powerful aromatics and must be diluted before application, whereas carrier oils are mild bases with no dilution necessary.
- Essential oils are packaged in small bottles compared with larger volume packaging of carrier oils.
Effective Ways to Blend Essential Oils
Essential oils are potent concentrates. Always test your reaction to them before application. To create a simple sensitivity test: combine 1 drop of essential oil to 1/2 teaspoon carrier oil. Massage on the inside bend of your elbow and check area after 30 minutes. Crafting your own signature fragrance for bath and body applications is an exciting exercise. Experiment with two or more EOs to find your aroma.
Tips and tricks:
Categories of Aroma
Floral – Jasmine, Neroli, and Ylang-ylang
Earthy – Vetiver, Patchouli, and Valerian
Woody – Pine, Cedarwood, and Cypress
Spicy – Ginger, Clove, and Aniseed
Citrus – Key Lime, Orange, and Bergamont
Herbaceous – Clary Sage, Basil, and Hyssop
Blends to Try:
Floral with woody
Earthy with medicinal
Woody with citrus
Resinous with medicinal
Spicy with floral
Essential Oil Fragrance Notes (top, middle and base notes):
Notes refer to how quickly different aromas fade over time. Top notes vaporize faster than middle notes, and middle notes fade faster than base notes.
Examples of fragrance notes:
Top notes – Orange or Mint
Middle notes – Pine or Cypress
Base note – Ginger or Vanilla
Essential Oil Blend—30, 50, 20 Rule
Use 30 percent of your top note, 50 percent of your middle note, and 20 percent of your base note. Sample Blend (using 10 drops of EOs):
3 drops Orange
5 drops Cypress
2 drops Vanilla
Note: These are EOs only. To apply on skin, choose a half cup carrier oil or butter to blend.
How to Dilute Essential Oils
Facial application. Prepare a 2 percent solution: add 2 drops of EOs per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.
Body application. Prepare a 1 percent solution: add 1 drop of EO per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.
Bath application. Add 5 drops of EOs to 1 teaspoon of bath salt or carrier oil.
For Babies. Prepare a weak solution of 0.25 percent EO or 1 drop of EO to 4 teaspoons of carrier oil. Be sure to test a small area first in case your baby has an allergy. Also, stick to the essential oils known to be safe for babies, and keep in mind there are some to avoid.
Carrier Oils to Get You Started:
Apricot Kernel Oil
Black Cumin Oil
Plant Butters are similar to carrier oils, but are solid at room temperature:
Kukui Nut Butter
Use essential oils with wisdom and understanding. Since there is no regulated standard, it is wise to educate yourself on each oil’s properties and therapeutic use. Choose high quality oils to get maximum benefits, and enjoy their goodness!