Blending essential oils is part art, part science and indeed part tradition.

Perhaps there are three schools of thought about this. All three would take into consideration the individual and their condition and set an objective for treatment. First would be a learned approach, a mixture of looking up a textbook and taking a view based on the constituent chemistry. Second would be an intuitive approach almost based around creating a fragrance. This used to be the most common and then thirdly the traditional herbalist approach.

The latter blending system is quite simple and has been advocated since the dawn of time. It uses only  three materials. Three in ancient lore is a significant number (aren’t they all!). The idea was simple enough, first the therapist deals with the obvious symptom or issue. A choice is made of one ingredient then a further two are chosen, the second as an alternative to the first choice dealing with the primary cause and the third a support for the other two.   

A simple illustration maybe taken using arthritis. Now we know there is not an obvious ‘cure’ for this condition so a choice could be wintergreen for pain relief and warming at fifty percent. Lavender as a supporter for the same reason and then roman chamomile as a support for the other two being an anti inflammatory. Both the latter two would be at 25% to make the whole blend to be added to a carrier, probably in this case a nice gel base to which a floral water say of rosemary has been added.

Blending this way makes eminent sense and requires quite a bit of thought abut he client or patient yet keeps the blend simple. Often the text book blends are over complicated. Effective blends for common ailments rarely require a degree of sophistication that might go into a blend for someone with an addictive problem.

Those who blend for fragrance might consider a basic trend. Take a botanic family and work within it. Once we realise that a rose is a cousin of an apple we can see what in the same family matches or enhances a trend. Say we want a citrus aroma but cannot afford Neroli. Then using sweet mandarin modified by grapefruit and a lemon petitgrain we can end up with something quite floral. The proportions would be trial and error.  This is blending by family but the result should not be identifiable by the individual constituents, rather one achieves a citrus but with floral tones.

The synergies produced by Fragrant Earth International  have been adapted over the years to make elegant and effective blends for the clearly stated purpose or implied in the name. Not only have they been tried and tested, standing the test of time but have been devised or adapted from the experience of well respected therapists. They save time and money. Whilst these blends are not all exotic like the Meditation blend they nevertheless make cost effective use of the very best essential oils.

Remember blending from books is a hit and miss affair. Take a respected author and therapist like Valerie Worwood. She suggests many blends. However generic names like lavender tell you nothing. Valerie’s original blends would have come from specific essential oil suppliers who in turn would have selected sources for effect. A  lavender from Moldova is not the same as from the Alps of France. Blending therefore requires continuity and decent supplies of good oils.  

About Jan Kuśmirek

Having brushed with the Security Services in my late teens and early twenties, I went on to become one of the world's leading exponents of aromatic medicine and skin care. I am an accepted authority on the subject and a sought-after lecturer. In the last few years I have turned my hand to literature and am the author of three spy novels that retell the European confilcts of the 20th century from a Polish perspective. The central character in the series - Teddy Labden - has resonated with the Polish media, who have claimed him as their own "James Bond".
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