An essential oil blend is a fantastic way to combine the many properties of different oils to make a blend that is both powerful and wonderfully versatile. If you’ve purchased natural oils before, you’ve probably seen blends on sale under titles such as ‘Relax’, ‘Energize’, ‘Balance’ and many more.
- Why do the best essential oil brands sell blends alongside their single oils? Because they’re absolutely fantastic, and some of the best essential oil blends are at your fingertips!
- There are many ways to benefit from an essential oil blend. Essential oils are proven to stimulate the mind and have many active properties for the body, so combining them to make a blend can have surprising results.
- The reason a blend may have a name such as ‘Relax’ is because the essential oils chosen for this blend are known for their fabulous calming properties. Whether you’re diffusing your blends or immersing one into your next DIY face cream recipe, there’s a use for everyone!
How To Use Essential Oil Blends
Before we get on to the different brands you can buy or the different recipes you can follow for your own blends, it’s probably a good idea to tell you about all the different ways you can use a blend. The primary use is in an essential oil diffuser, or burner or for inhalation, however there are various blends that could work great in health and beauty products, for message or even cleaning products!
Diffusers and burners
Essential oil diffusers and burners are probably the simplest way of utilising your chosen blend. It’s just a case of popping some into your diffuser and turning it on, or pouring a few drops onto the dish of your burner and lighting a candle beneath it.
A diffuser is an absolutely amazing product, and if you’re into room deodorisers or aromatherapy this is the easiest method of using essential oils. It’s definitely worth your money. Not too long ago we reviewed a diffuser by Mofado. We were surprised how great it actually worked, and it’s definitely value for money considering the quality of the product. Several quality oil diffusers are available for purchase on amazon and here at Mountain Rose.
But if money is an issue, you could always get yourself a burner. They work in a very similar way as a diffuser (only not as efficiently) and are relatively inexpensive. Even if you have a diffuser, a burner can actually be a much more attractive way of using your oils. There’s just something so wonderfully rustic about using one, and it looks great on the coffee table. They also make amazing gifts, perhaps with a selection of blends for your giftee to use with it.
Have you ever used steam inhalation to help ease the symptoms of a nasty cold or flu? Well this method is basically that, but using essential oils can make the method much more effective! Simply boil some water and pour it into a large bowl, then add a few drops of your chosen oil blend. Lower your face over the bowl and place a towel over yourself so that it covers your face and the bowl, trapping the lovely steam so that you can breathe deeply and infuse yourself with the amazing properties of an essential oil blend.
Bath, body and skincare treatments
Essential oils are a great addition to pretty much any health or beauty product! Night creams, lotions, face masks, soaps, bubble bath soap and almost anything you make can be bolstered by an essential oil blend. Many DIYs will suggest using them anyway and instead of buying 3 bottles of different oil, a blend can be a cost effective way of utilising essential oils for your products. Take a look at some of the recipes we have in our beauty and health section for inspiration.
We all know how great essential oils are for massage, and it’s probably one of the first things you think of when someone says ‘essential oils’. Essential oils are extremely strong though, so you’ll need to dilute into a suitable carrier oil for this method. I discuss carrier oils in more detail here, which can help you decide which one will be suitable for your own skin, or the skin of whoever you’re massaging. It really is one of the easiest ways to make use of some of the best essential oil blends you can find.
That’s right, essential oils can be beneficial in cleaning supplies! There are many oils that are known for their astringent, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Lots of blends are mixed specifically for this purpose, and I’ll give you some examples in the next two sections of this page.
Ready Blended Oils
The first thing to mention, which might be a little obvious, is the convenience of using a blend. Mixing up a blend can take some time and requires a little bit of experience. If you’re new to using these types of oils, buying a blend might be a great choice for you. When you have a bottle of premixed essential oils, it’s just a case of grabbing it off the shelf and throwing a few drops into whatever you’re making or in the diffuser. Super simple and a totally stress free way of using a blended oil.
Another reason why you might buy a blend over mixing your own is that one you purchase, providing you’ve given your money to a reputable retailer, will have been blended by a professional. These people know what they’re doing, have extensive experience mixing a scent profile and possess an excellent working knowledge of the different properties of essential oils.
Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that buying a blend can be cheaper than purchasing oils to mix your own, especially if you’re a beginner. Let’s say you want a mix of Clove Bud and Lime blended essential oil, you could easily buy Rocky Mountain Oil’s ‘Energize’ blend that retails for $14 for 15mls. Now, if you wanted to make this yourself, you’d need to purchase a bottle of Clove Bud and Lime separately, both of which retail at $12.50 each for a minimum of 15mls on RMO’s website, for a total of $25. If you like a particular blend and know you’re going to buy it often, this changes things a bit, but we’ll come onto that later.
Where Can I Buy An Essential Oil Blend?
Rocky Mountain Oils
Rocky Mountain Oils are an excellent essential oils manufacturer and retailer. All of their products are of exceptional quality, and their brand ensures a money back guarantee if you don’t like your products, free delivery, a bottle recycling program and a cool loyalty point reward scheme! They have a total of over 67 different essential oil blends and they are some of the best! Now, make sure you have a good look at what you’re buying, as some of these essential oil blends are mixed with carrier oil. Unless this is what you want, make sure you’re getting one of their neat blended oils.
Edens Garden is a fabulous manufacturer and retailer of high quality essential oils. They too have a cool loyalty program, offer a money back guarantee, free delivery in the US and a fantastic learning centre and set of printable to help out the beginner. Eden’s Garden’s blends are known as ‘Synergy Blends’ and are 100% pure, so don’t worry about any carrier oil in the blend. With a choice of 57 different blends, all designed for specific purposes such as ‘Cellulite’, ‘Sleep Ease’ and even ‘Hope’, you’re sure to find one that suits your needs or personality.
Take a look at this article I wrote a few weeks ago about the different brands of essential oils I’ve tried and tested!
There are many reasons why you might blend your own essential oils. The first thing I wanted to mention was that blending yourself at home gives you back control over your own oils. It allows you to customise your blends to suit you, rather than working through a list of pre-blended oils until you find one that smells great and works the best. Not only that, but it’s actually quite fun! Play around with it. Experiment with your oils. It’s worth a try.
Not only is it fun, but when you blend your own essential oils, you’re actually learning at the same time! When you buy a blend you don’t learn the individual scent of the single oils, nor do you fully grasp the varied and interesting properties of each one either – it is experienced solely as a blend. When you come to blend your own, do some research on essential oils. You can start right here on Savvy Homemade. Expand your horizons. Learn the different properties of essential oils. Try out what smells great together. Hone your craft so that perhaps one day, you could sell your blends too!
Lastly, mixing your own blends can actually be more cost effective. Woaah. Hold up! You’re probably confused, because I said buying a pre-blend is cheaper earlier on. That’s true, but only if you take it at face value and only when you’re getting your toes wet. It certainly isn’t cost effective. I’ll explain why.
How to save money by blending your own
Once again, let’s take the example of Rocky Mountain Oil’s ‘Energize’ blend. If you were to buy the 15ml blend it would be $14, but if you bought the Lime essential oil and the Clove Bud essential oil separately, you’d spend $25. Cheaper to buy the pre-blend, right? Yes, but it wouldn’t be ‘cost effective’. As the minimum you can buy of anything from RMO is 15mls, you could potentially get two 15ml bottles of ‘Energize’ blend from your $25 purchase of the singles oils, meaning the cost of producing a bottle of this blend drops to $12.50.
A saving of $1.50 might not seem like much here, but when you’re blending in bulk for homemade Christmas gifts or if you’re working with the more expensive essential oils and blends, it really does make a difference. With a blend, you’re paying for a professional’s time, experience and knowledge of essential oils and blending, not for a better product. Blending your own also gives you the ability to shop around to get the cheapest single essential oils for your blends, increasing your savings even more!
What Are Some Good Essential Oil Blend Recipes?
There are so many different recipes for essential oil blends, and I thought it’d be nice if I gave you some to play around with. These are basic recipes that I’ve used in the past and are great to have a go at when you’re getting started with blending your own oils. Don’t forget to smell each oil’s scent before you blend and read up on their different active properties. This will get your started with expanding your understanding of essential oils so that soon, you won’t need to follow a recipe.
- 1 drop Lemongrass essential oil
- 1 drop Thyme essential oil
- 1 drop Eucalyptus essential oil
- 1 drop Basil essential oil
Essential oil blends can be powerful stimulants for your mind and body. Whether you diffuse them or throw them into your different health and beauty products, you’ll definitely find a use for them. That’s whether you’re buying them or moving onto the next step and blending your own. If you’re looking for more information on the different properties of essential oils, why not take a look at our essential oils guide?
Looking to buy some specific blends, or prefer to get hold of single oils for your own recipe blends? Take a look at this thorough introduction to some of the best essential oil brands out there, or take a look at a more in depth approach to mixing and blending your own essential oils. But tell me, do you make your own blends, or do you buy them? What kinds of blends do you use? How do you use them? Let me know in the comment section below!