How To Blend Essential Oils The Safe Way: Complete Guide

How To Blend Essential Oils The Safe Way: Complete Guide

If you’re trying to find natural ways to heal your body, then no doubt you’ve been trying out essential oils.

Using oils is an effective way to provide relaxation, healing or even to energize the body.

If you’re ready to take your essential oils experience to the next level, then it’s time to learn about blending your own oils for a customized formula that is going to give you incredible results.

Grouping Your Oils for Blending

To blend the essential oils, you’re going to want to classify the formulas that work well together. In doing so, you’ll get a feel for the oils that will fuse into a seamless concoction the best. There are several ways you could categorize your oils. Here are a few of the most popular ways.

Scent Types

Grouping your oils by scent is a very personal matter. Each nose smells the oils slightly differently, and what I may classify as a citrus scent, you may see more as a floral.

If you want to group all your citrus scents together, you would want to grab the Citronella, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Lime, Orange, Bergamot, Lemon, and Tangerine.

Want to find all the woody scents?

Gather your Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Fir, Juniper, and Patchouli.

Doesn’t everyone love flowery scents?

Some of my favorites are Lavender, Rose, Vanilla, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, and Palmarosa.

Do you love the smell of baking in the kitchen?

Don’t forget to group together your Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Pepper and Nutmeg oils.

Finally, you can classify all your herbal essential oils together. This would include Basil, Clary Sage, Oregano, Pine, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Marjoram, and Peppermint.

You can choose to blend oils with the same fragrance families or mix and match to create a unique experience. For example, florals mix well with spicy, citrus, and woodsy essential oils.

You’ll also find that woodsy oils can easily blend with all categories, making them extremely versatile.

Mix your spicy tones with florals or citrus for a nice balance. Also be sure to give your minty oils a chance to mix with citrus, woodsy and earthy undertones for a unique and complemented blend.


It’s obvious that many people turn to essential oils to bring forth a certain effect on their well-being or spirit.

Considering this, wouldn’t it be nice to classify your oils by the effect they will have?

This will help you to find the oils that complement one another and would make it much easier to know which oils to grab when you’re ready to blend.

If you’re in need of an energy boost, there are plenty of oils that will energize your body. Some of these include Clary Sage, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Spearmint, Grapefruit, Ginger, Rosemary, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemon, Basil, and Cypress.

When you are looking to detoxify your body, be sure to include Peppermint, Grapefruit, Laurel, Lemon, Hyssop, Juniper, Rosemary, Mandarin, and Patchouli.

Many people, including myself, really enjoy the calming effect of essential oils. Some of the best around to relax your spirit quickly are Lavender, Mandarin, Ylang, Ylang, Jasmine, Palmarosa, Sandalwood, Geranium, Bergamot, Neroli, and Patchouli.

If you or someone you love battles with anxiety, there are plenty of ways to make a useful combination for them as well.

Make sure you include some of the following in your blend: Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Valerian, Jasmine, Black Pepper, Tangerine, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Geranium, Marjoram, Bergamot, and Orange.

How To Blend

How To Blend Essential Oils The Safe Way: Complete Guide

When you’re ready to start experimenting with a specific formulation, you’ll want to start out with just a small number of drops. By using fewer at a time, you will waste less if the scent isn’t what you hoped for, which is bound to happen.

Make sure you use amber glass bottles to blend and store your mixtures in. The amber bottles provide UV protection and the glass allows you to store your concoctions with no harmful chemicals or products.

If there is a specific oil blend on the market that you are already in love with, read the ingredients. Get a feel for what is in that product and start from there. Make sure you keep everything you do well documented.

Having a notebook by your side to jot down the formulations is very helpful. This way you won’t forget how you created that perfect blend, and you’ll be able to easily recreate it in the future.

Remember that some oils are naturally much stronger than others. If you’re using a weaker oil with a less dominant scent, the other oils you use should also be weaker so that you create a well-balanced blend.

When you’ve settled on a blend, allow it to sit for a few days and fully mix before giving it the final thumbs up or down. You’ll find that some extra time can change the overall tone of an essential oil blend.

Always create the blend before mixing it into carrier oils. That way if you end up not liking the combination you created, you haven’t wasted any of the carrier oil in the process.

Don’t get frustrated. Finding the blend that works for you might take some time, but it will be rewarding when you mix it perfectly. Think how proud you’ll feel knowing you’re capable of creating your own unique blend that will boost your well-being and health.

Understanding Essential Oil Notes

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To make the best mixture, you’ll want to understand how essential oil notes work and what they are.

Top notes are the lightest of all that you will use. They’ll be the first scent you smell and also the first to evaporate. These are thin in consistency and generally come from flowers or leaves.

The base notes are heavy, deep, and often earthy. This will be the addition that enables the scent to last longer and will be a good baseline for your blend. You’ll find that many of these come from roots, trees, and bark. They are often much thicker in viscosity than the top notes.

Finally, the middle notes tie the base and top notes seamlessly together. It creates that harmony and unison you are striving for. 

The scent of your middle note will last longer than the top note but not near as long as those lingering base notes. Generally, these are based on herbs or spices.

Having a mixture of top notes, base notes, and middle notes will create a harmonized blend you can be proud of.

A general rule of thumb to get you started is to use 30% of your top note, 50% of your base note and finally 20% of the base note. This provides for the best results on most occasions, but remember you can make it however you want to!

Essential Oil Safety

Oils are highly concentrated and some people will find allergies or skin reactions during use. It’s important to follow the guidelines I have listed below to make your experience safe and effective.

  • Always use a carrier oil. Coconut Oil and Almond Oil work great in a 3-5% solution. This means you want to use 3-5 drops of essential oil for every teaspoon of carrier oil.
  • Test the oil on your arm before use. Be sure to have it mixed in the carrier oil and then observe for any sign of irritation.
  • Use extreme caution if you choose to use oils internally. Many oils are not safe for internal use and the rest are only to be consumed under the supervision of a professional.
  • When pregnant or nursing, extreme care should be given to the oils you choose. Essential oils not only affect your hormone levels but they are also capable of crossing the placenta and breast milk. While there are many oils that can safely be used during pregnancy, there are also a bunch you will want to stay clear of. Some of these include basil, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and more. Always consult with your healthcare provider before using anything while pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Use care with children. When using an oil blend on your child, you’ll want to dilute it even further than you would on your own skin. Undiluted essential oils on children can have less than desirable results and there have even been studies of children having seizures as a result. Make sure you also do the skin test prior to using any blend on a larger scale.
  • Diffusing the essentials oils is the safest way to use them and is also quite effective.


Now that you know the basics about blending your own essential oils, you’re ready to get started. Pick your favorite scents and get to work experimenting and enjoying your new found creations.