Mixing Your Own Aromatherapy Oils

Aromatherapy oils can be used for everything from massage oil to filling a room with scent. Alternative medicine has dissected basic scents and their healing properties to create oils designed to create physical responses in those who smell them; just getting a whiff of these intoxicating aromas can do wonders. Essential oil blends can get pricey, but if you buy each oil separately, you can dilute them yourself to create several blends for many different purposes. If you want to take on mixing your own aromatherapy oils, read on for the basic tips that will get you started.

To start you'll need a carrier oil, which is used to provide the foundation to the fragrant mixture you are creating. Carrier oils also dilute the oils you add to your mixture. Standard carrier oils include sweet almond oil, aloe vera, coconut oil avocado oil or even extra virgin olive oil.

Once you have a carrier oil in place, you can add your more fragrant oils. For every ounce of your carrier oil you should add anywhere from 10 to 15 drops of an essential oil. The mixtures should be created and stored in old jars, so check your cupboards prior to mixing.

What oil or oils should you choose? Remember that florals will smell nice when mixed with spicey, citrus or woodsy oils. Peppermint aromatherapy oils mix well with citrus, woodsy, earthy and herbaceous scents. Spicy Asian scents are best blended with a hint of floral or citrus so you don't overpower the top note.

If you're looking for an aromatherapy oil to solve an issue, lavender, ylang-ylang, chamomile and vanilla are soothing and relaxing. And Spearmint, eucalyptus, lemongrass and peppermint are uplifting and energizing.

You should also know that when you mix your own oils the true scent won't take shape immediately. You'll need to let your blend sit for 24 hours or more before you can get a true read on the aroma.

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Aromatherapy benefits usually involve stress relief, whether the scents are designed to calm you down or energize a tired immune system.

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