LAYERING VS BLENDING ESSENTIAL OILS

by Lynn Kwitt on October 30, 2010

I have been asked quite frequently about blending oils and this is my answer.

Blending is an art. It takes time and study to get the right constituents and chemistry to create a fragrant yet effective blend. It is best to leave it to a professional aromatherapist.

Young Living has almost eighty five blends formulated by Gary Young for everything from depression to liver support so there is really no need to blend your own. Most of these oils you could wear as a perfume and still receive the healing properties the blend provides. ( That is what I love about this company, it is all provided for you.)

On the other hand I would highly  recommend layering. Apply oils directly to the skin with about six minutes between application to the same area. In the real world who has time to wait six minutes! Just allow the oil to absorb in your skin thoroughly before going on to the next oil.

To enhance the effectiveness of a blend layer one of the single oils from  the blend on the desired area.  For instance Thieves essential oil contains clove, lemon, eucalyptus radiata, cinnamon and rosemary. To enhance the effectiveness of  Thieves I layered clove for it’s anti-viral properties.

A note of caution:  Some single oils and blends do not blend or layer well. For instance “Thieves” oil with” Purification” oil would not work at all.  Thieves has a number of  “hot” oils (cinnamon, clove”) while Purification has Melaleuca (tea tree), citronella and lemongrass. Although they both have immune stimulating properties purification is more anti-bacterial while Thieves is more anti-viral. Putting them together would be like comparing apples to oranges.

Before layering open the bottles you plan to use and gently hold them together under your nose. Get a sense if they smell “right” together and then move forward or try another oil.

Blending emotional blends is a whole other story!

Stay tuned!

For an essential oil reading or to find the best oils to fit your needs feel free to contact me.

Lynn 707-570-0751

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