Celebrate summer with your own Oil Blends. We’ll show you how!

July 18, 2018

School's in for the Summer

We've packed this month's edition with tips, techniques, recommendations and reminders for how to build your very own Nature's Sunshine Essential Oil Blends. Get out your notebooks and prepare for observations - you'll savor every second!

Blending Basics

 

Because of their unique natural properties and powerful individual benefits, blending essential oils can be a bit of both art and science. But not to worry. There's not really a "wrong" way to blend, and with Authentic Essential Oils experimentation is half the fun!

 

Getting Started

Oil blends are typically created for a specific purpose. Some are worn as perfume while others are created for boosting feelings of energy and cheer, or bringing a sense of calm.

 

  • Step 1 for blending beginners is deciding what you'd like to accomplish. Are you blending for fragrance or blending for benefits?

 

Personal Perfume

Wearable blends used as perfume are built on personal preferences of top, middle and base "notes".

 

("Notes" are determined by how quickly an Authentic Oil's scent fades after being exposed to oxygen.)

 

Top notes are the lightest scents; the first ones we smell and the first to evaporate. Top notes are usually derived from flowers, leaves, and flowering herbs.

 

Examples of top notes include Organic Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Ravintsara.

 

Base notes are deeper. Their fragrances last the longest and they are often more "earthy" in scent. These oils ground the entire blend and are often derived from trees, roots, and barks.

 

Some favorite base notes are Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Organic Frankincense and Organic Neroli.

 

Middle notes bring harmony. They balance the top notes with deeper base notes and bind all the fragrances together.

 

Middle notes are most often derived from whole herbs and spices and include Roman Chamomile, Jasmine, Rose, Tea Tree, Organic Ylang Ylang, Cinnamon Leaf, and Clary Sage.

 

 

Blends with Benefits

If you're blending for support with a physical or emotional need, choosing oils from the same aroma category is a great way to start.

 

First, research the oils most recommended for your desired outcome. Since Lavender is often recommended to help with feeling calm, use Organic Lavender to start a blend for use before bed.

 

Peppermint helps with feeling more alert and mentally aware, so it's a great choice for blends that help with focus or tension. Once you've identified one core oil, choose two or three additional oils from the same aroma categories and mix and match.

 

• Floral - Organic Lavender, Organic Geranium, Jasmine, Organic Ylang Ylang, Rose, Neroli

• Citrus - Grapefruit, Lemon, Organic Orange, Bergamot, Red Mandarin, Lemongrass

• Woody - Pine Needle, Cedarwood, Cypress, Sandalwood, Organic Frankincense, Wild Myrrh

• Herbaceous - Sweet Marjoram, Wild Rosemary, Clary Sage, Wild Oregano, Wild Thyme, Tea Tree

• Spicy - Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Peppermint

READY - SET - GO!

 

If you're blending for support with a physical or emotional need, choosing oils from the same aroma category is a great way to start.

 

First, research the oils most recommended for your desired outcome. Since Lavender is often recommended to help with feeling calm, use Organic Lavender to start a blend for use before bed.

 

Peppermint helps with feeling more alert and mentally aware, so it's a great choice for blends that help with focus or tension.

 

Once you've identified one core oil, choose two or three additional oils from the same aroma categories and mix and match.

 

Foundation of Favorites

 

For inspiration, here's a list of favorite oils and blend suggestions for the most common benefits you might be after.  Try various ratios of these oils in your own blends, or add or subtract oils until your blend is simply the best.

 

Energy & Uplift

•Peppermint

•Lemon

•Organic Orange

•Organic Ylang Ylang

 

Relaxation & Calm

•Organic Lavender

•Organic Frankincense

•Roman Chamomile

 

Joy

•Red Mandarin

•Peppermint

•Lemon

 

Protection

•Tea Tree

•Wild Oregano

•Clove Bud

•Cinnamon Leaf

 

Grounding & Balance

•Cedarwood

•Sandalwood

•Cypress

•Wild Myrrh

 

Motivation

•Organic Ylang Ylang

•Sandalwood

•Rosemary

•Lemon

 

Gratitude

•Cinnamon Leaf

•Sandalwood

•Organic Orange

•Organic Frankincense

 

Forgiveness & Release

•Helichrysum

•Sandalwood

•Rose

 

 

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