General Information about Blending Essential Oils
It's easy and fun to create your own aromatherapy blends. Here we provide you with some general guidelines, the basic ingredients you'll need as well as some simple essential oil recipes to get you started.
Generally, two drops of essential oil should be used per tsp of carrier oil (but follow individual recipes if available) and it takes about one to two ounces of carrier oil for a full body massage.
Any natural carrier oil except mineral oil is fine to use when preparing a massage blend. There are lots to choose from and each has its own properties. For most applications, we prefer our own massage base, which is a combination of Sweet Almond, Grapeseed and Jojoba carrier oils. Of course, feel free to browse our complete selection of carrier oils if you prefer to create your own carrier oil base.
Below is a selection of some of our favorite blends and recipes, as well as a size conversion chart that we find useful when creating essential oil blends. For more aromatherapy recipes and ideas, check out our blog.
Aromatherapy Recipes for Aches and Pains: Muscle Aches:
2 drops Lavender Add 2 drops lavender and 2 drops rosemary oil to 4 teaspoons of our massage oil base (or any plain base/carrier oil). Use for a gentle body massage. Head and Neck Tension:
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Lavender Add 2 drops lavender oil to a teaspoon of our massage base (or any carrier oil) and massage gently into the temples and at the base of the skull. Pre-Workout Rub:
2 drops Rosemary First, blend all the essential oils together, and then add to 4 teaspoons of our massage oil base (or any plain base/carrier oil). Stir gently to mix and apply to the body prior to exercise. Post-Workout Rub:
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Eucalyptus
2 drops Lavender Mix the essential oils together, then add to 4 teaspoons of our massage oil base (or any plain base/carrier oil). Stir gently to mix and apply to skin.
1 drop Juniper
1 drop Rosemary
Relaxing Aromatherapy Blends Relaxation Massage Oil
4 drops Lavender Add the above essential oil to 6 tsp of massage base. Add to a warm bath or use for a relaxing massage blend. Peaceful Sleep Essential Oil Blend:
1 drop Petitgrain
1 drop Frankincense
3 drops Lavender Mix 3 drops lavender and 1 drop clary sage with a teaspoon of milk or cream. Add to a warm bath & soak.
1 drop Clary Sage
Grounding Massage Oil:
2 drops Lavender Add 2 drops lavender, 1 drop ylang ylang and 2 drops petitgrain to 5 teaspoons of our massage oil base (or any plain base/carrier oil). Stir gently to mix and massage into skin.
1 drop Ylang Ylang
2 drops Petitgrain
For more ideas on how to use aromatherapy to relax, check out our blog post.
Uplifting Aromatherapy RecipesUplifting Personal Blend for Daytime Use:
2 drops Geranium Add 2 drops geranium, 2 drops howood and 2 drops bergamot to 6 teaspoons of our massage oil base (or any plain base/carrier oil). Wear as a fragrance, use for a gentle massage or inhale directly from the bottle. Uplifting Personal Blend for Nighttime Use:
2 drops Ho Wood
2 drops Bergamot
2 drops Ho Wood Add 1 drop howood, 2 drops bergamot and 2 drops ylang ylang to 6 teaspoons of our massage oil base (or any plain base/carrier oil). Wear as a fragrance, use as a massage blend or inhale directly from the bottle.
2 drops Bergamot
2 drops Ylang Ylang
Aromatherapy Recipes for Colds and Flu: Chest Vapor Rub:
3 drops Eucalyptus Radiata Combine the above oils and massage gently into chest. The thyme will supply warmth, and the peppermint and eucalyptus will relieve congestion. Antibacterial Cleaning Spray:
2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Rosemary or Thyme
1 Tbsp. Carrier Oil, like Almond Oil
15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil Combine the above ingredients in a 16 oz. spray bottle.
15 drops Oregano Essential Oil
3 Tbsp. Castile Soap
14 ounces of water
For more ideas on how to use aromatherapy for colds and flu, check out our blog post.
Make Your Own Blend:
Remember, two drops of essential oil should be used per tsp of carrier oil and it takes about one to two ounces of carrier oil for a full body massage. Here's a useful chart for creating your own blends. Plus, check out our How to Blend Essential Oils Infographic.
3 teaspoons (tsp) = 1 tablespoon (tbsp)
2 tablespoons (tbsp) = 1 ounce (oz)
6 teaspoons (tsp) = 1 ounce (oz)
10 milliliter (ml) = 1/3 oz.
15 milliliter (ml) = 1/2 oz.
30 milliliter (ml) = 1 oz.
10 milliliter (ml) = approximately 300 drops