Thursday, August 13, 2020

Aromatherapy: Blending with Essential Oils at Home


 

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Aromatherapy Cebu - One fun way that we can do with aromatherapy is learning how to blend essential oils. Of course, getting to know the basic will give us satisfying results too. Aromatic blending is synonymous to cooking, baking, or even painting. It is a mix of ingredients that complements each other to come up with something palatable or beautiful as to food. 


 



We can try to be creative on how we mix different essential oils. As we all know, the essence of the plant has volatile chemical compounds and might contain over 300 constituents.
Knowing the basic chemical breakdown of the essential oil will help us mix and match oils based on their chemical compound. Let us take for example the rose oil when mixed with jasmine absolute, we might blend over 400 constituents. And that's a symphony of scents chemically. Again, we have to note that there are people who might be very sensitive to a particular natural chemical component of the oil.

In Aromatherapy blending, only natural ingredients are used including essential oils, absolutes, CO2s, alcohol, carrier oils, herbs, and water.

Safety should always be observed in blending essential oils. Like if we add bergamot to a blend of frankincense and lavender, we have to be cautious to use it when we have plans to get exposed to the sun. Bergamot has phototoxic properties and should be avoided at all cause using it on skin. There is a high chance that it can damage our skin upon exposure to the UV rays of the sun.


Therapeutic Blending


Aromatherapy is the holistic approach to the total wellness of a person and this would mean an effect in the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual condition of the person as a whole. Creating a recipe for its therapeutic value is more of playing around with its chemical compound.  It is important to understand the health condition of the person, asking questions, vetting on their information, checking the diagnosis of their health if there is any, like the history of their illness or ailment, all should be carefully studied by the qualified aromatherapist before coming up with a suggestion. 

There are two important things to remember with creating a therapeutic recipe:


1. Carefully select essential oils that have therapeutic value according to your need.
2. Make sure the essential oils are safe and don't give adverse reactions or could seriously put your health at risk.

For example, if you want to stay alert and wanted an energizing blend, then certainly avoid using oils that has a calming effect like lavender and frankincense or even with copaiba. A suggested blend would be citrusy oils like orange, tangerine, mandarin or peppermint.


Essential Oils Substitute


Well, not all oils are created equal. Some are a bit expensive than the other because of their rarity, the way they are extracted, the chemical compounds found in them and a lot of factors. However, they might have the same or similar effect with other essential oils that are similar to them especially if the have more or less the same constituents.

Their aroma may not be identical to the original recipe but the therapeutic benefit you get is similar.

Aroma or Scent Substitute


If the concern is more of its aroma rather than the therapeutic value, carefully select the essential oils that are in the same family. What's pleasing to the person or client could be used.

The major notes to classifications are floral, citrus, woodsy, minty, earthy, herbaceous,  spicy, oriental.

For example, 

Melissa essential oil, you can substitute it with Lemongrass essential oil
Neroli essential oil with Ylang Ylang
Lemon with Lime
Cinnamon with Clove
Peppermint with Spearmint


For therapeutic substitutions, the rules are quite different from those of aromatic substitutions. The aroma of the substituted oil can be quite different than the original oil as long as the aroma is still pleasing to work with.

Be sure to pay close attention to the desired therapeutic action of the original oil and substitute it for an oil that has the same action but that does not introduce any new contraindications or safety hazards.



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Disclaimer


Our Certified Essential Oil Specialist supports the suggestions above are safe given the quantities of the essential oils. Please DO NOT EXCEED dosage as to what's been recommended above. As unique as we all are, some essential oils or blends might work for you, some may not work for others. Each will have a different experience. So please take note and experiment "safely" on what works for you.

Should you be seeking medical cure or treatment, please contact a doctor immediately and refer to their prescribed medications.

The use of essential oils whether aromatically, topically or internally is NEVER a cure to illnesses or diseases. It should not be intended for use in the mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.  It is just supplementary or complementary to orthodox medicines. And is dependent to the client's wishes to use the Holistic approach in healing.

Any products or brands mentioned above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

If unsure or in doubt about what essential oils to use, always consult or refer to a Certified Essential Oil Specialist here.

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