Therapeutic Blends – Essential Oils, Their Categorisation, and Process of Creating Blends!

Therapeutic Blends are created to address particular physical or emotional conditions. The therapeutic blends manufacturers concentrate more on the therapeutic outcome of the blends rather than the aroma. However, they make aromatically pleasing blends. It is critical to use the essential oils whose therapeutic actions do not contradict desired goals and each other. The combined essential oils should create a synergistic effect. 

Blends can be created by using essential oils from different categories (such as woody, sweet, floral, citrus, herbaceous, camphorous, leafy, and others). The essential oils can be also classified based on their fragrance notes (i.e., top, middle, or base) and therapeutic properties (i.e., calming, energizing, balancing). However, therapeutic blend creators often go with their intuition and knowledge about the natural compounds of the essential oils for creating therapeutically functional blends. 

Many combinations are possible given the myriad of essential oils. Aromaaz International offers more than three hundred variants in essential oil. Theoretical knowledge backed by experiments of aromas, intuition, and creativity makes the task of creating blends easy.  When two or more essential oils in a blend interact with one another, their superseding effects are better than any individual organic essential oil in terms of therapeutic properties and aroma. 

It is important to know the therapeutic properties of each essential oil in a blend. The essential oils in a blend should be complementary and compatible with one another. For this, we offer the following classification based on the properties.

Prominent Wellness PropertiesEssential Oils
Anti-InflammatoryClove bud, Roman Chamomile, Turmeric, Orange, Helichrysum, Ginger, Copal Resin, Cypress, Wintergreen
Antiseptic/AntimicrobialRosemary, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Cinnamon, Lime, Tea tree
Sexually StimulatingRose, Clary sage, Sandalwood, Lavender, Nutmeg, Litsea Cubeba
Balancing Cedarwood, Patchouli, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang, Black spruce, Pine,  
Carminative (Gastrointestinal)Basil, Cardamom, Ginger, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Fennel, Cumin, Ajwain, Armoise, Betel leaf, Ravensara
CalmingMyrrh, Frankincense, Rosewood, Geranium, Neroli, Valerian, Ginger Lily, Amyris
DetoxifyingPalmarosa, Cypress, Lemon, Juniper Berry, Spearmint, 
EnergisingGinger, Grapefruit, Camphor, Sweet Orange, Lemon Myrtle 
UpliftingBergamot, Lemon Balm, Mandarin, Spike Lavender, German Chamomile, 

The above classification helps in identifying and combining compatible essential oils in a therapeutic blend for a specific purpose. The users can create therapeutic blends by combining essential oils in the same group or different groups depending on the physical or emotional condition to be addressed.

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Many reference guides, charts, and books with variations in groupings of oils are available, but the blend creators have to use their discretion.

How to Create Therapeutic Blends

1. Obtain the right blending equipment and Essential Oils in Small Quantities

A blend maker needs the following basic equipment,

  • Amber or Cobalt-blue Glass Bottles of Preferred sizes
  • Transparent Droppers
  • Aroma Tester Strip
  • Labeling Stickers
  • One Marer

The blend maker should use as many droppers as possible to avoid intermixing distinct essential oils. The amber glass bottles are better options as blend containers as they do not impair the quality of content.

2. Ponder Over Selection of Essential Oils

There is no single way to use essential oils as per categories. The EOs can be blended to suit a particular purpose. The therapeutic blend makers can keep a reliable reference book or chart for ready information about natural compounds, aroma profile, and therapeutic properties of essential oils. The makers can visualize and create diverse useful therapeutic blends for underlined purposes.

3. Acquaint Yourself with Each Essential Oil Under Your Umbrella

Getting orientation of the individual fragrances and therapeutic properties of essential oils is the foremost step before actual blending. The olfactory experience varies from one EO to another and the odor gets registered in the brain and limbic system (related to emotions and memories). 

For proper fragrance testing, place a few drops on the perfume tester strip, fan the strip, and inhale the aroma. Take note of major compounds and the properties of essential oils. Also, note down the initial reaction, intensity, feeling (calming, uplifting, etc), and associated memory in words.

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It is critical to take a break while testing aroma and taking note of natural chemical composition to prevent fatigue. In the beginning, do not mix more than three oils to prevent wastage. Also, fan the strips with preferred essential oils in a blend to get a hint of overall aroma.

4. Create Your Own Blend

After evaluation of fragrance and therapeutic properties of essential oils, the maker can decide on different ratios for a blend of given essential oils. For example, if a user chooses three essential oils, their proportion in a combination can be 1:1:1, or 3:5:2, or anything depending on the particular therapeutic compounds required in the desired blend for a specific purpose.

After finalizing the proportion, the makers prepare the blend in a bottle by adding essential oils drop by drop. Then, they seal the bottle and label it with a unique name underlying the purpose of the blend. The bottles are stored in a dark, cool place for 2-5 days to get evolved blends.

5. Exercise Safety While Creating Blends

Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids with volatile natural compounds. The creator easily forgets this thing while doing such enjoyable blending activity. Without safety guidelines in place, the oils can cause harm.

It is necessary to avoid skin contact as it may lead to irritation or rashes. The creators of the blends must not spill the EOs as they can potentially damage or stain certain materials and surfaces such as rubber, ply, carpets, mica, or clothes. Also, keep the EOs away from the eyes as they may accidentally go into the eyes.

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As a cautionary measure, the blend creators should check the shelf life and safety recommendations of the particular essential oil.

6. Determine the Best Way to Use the Blend

The therapeutic blends can be used for steam inhalation, topical application/massage, relaxing bath, and diffusion. They should be diluted with carrier oils for massage and Epsom salt for a bath. Some blends can be added to edible items or water for ingestion under expert guidance. It is up to users how they use the blends to get maximum therapeutic benefits.

Cautionary Words

The users should take a patch test before using the blend on an extensive area to prevent any harm. Minimum dilution should be used for children and pregnant women to be on the safer side. Medical consultation is required for the users taking prescribed medicines or undergoing surgery.

Why Use Readymade Therapeutic Blends?

If users create therapeutic blends, they need sufficient knowledge of natural compounds in the essential oils and their effects. And, they are also required to follow the standard process and have the necessary equipment and a substantial number of diverse essential oils in small amounts. The readymade blends save a lot of hassles on the part of users. Essential oil manufacturers such as Aromaaz International offer ready-to-use therapeutic blends for diverse purposes. They have expert blend creators and full-fledged labs where they keep on studying natural compounds and their effects. They make valuable therapeutic blends and avail them to the customers. Moreover, 

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