Jojoba

JojobaJojoba is used in many essential oil recipes and is known to be very balancing. Because of this it’s great to use on all skin types including acne, inflamed skins as well as dry skin.

Jojoba has anti-inflammatory properties making it a useful addition to blends for arthritis and rheumatism. It is very stable giving it good keeping properties, therefore a good base to use for making aromatherapy perfume recipes and also for reed diffuser refill recipes.

You can find more information about Jojoba here.

Guide to Essential Oil Notes O-Y

The final guide for essential oil notes is available today and covers the essential oil notes from O-Y. The previous guides can be found at guide to essential oil notes A-E and guide to essential oil notes F-N.

These guides can help when blending many essential oil recipes including for natural skin care, aromatherapy body scrub recipes and bath and body recipes.


Guide to Essential Oil Notes O-Y

Guide to Essential Oil Notes F-N

Following on from yesterday’s guide to essential oil notes A-E, today we have the guide to essential oil notes F-N.

You can use these guides to help with blending your essential oil recipes. Not only for aromatherapy diffuser blends but it’s also handy for making aromatherapy perfume recipes.

Don’t forget, you can find out more about blending essential oils here.

Guide to Essential Oil Notes F-N

Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Yarrow

Yarrow

Yarrow – a very useful herb (Evelyn Simak) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Yarrow essential oil is extracted using the distillation method. The familiar bushes with pink or yellow flowers are commonly found in North America as well as in many European countries.

It has an interesting history as it was believed to have been used by Archilles in the Trojan wars, hence its latin name Achillea millefolium.

The Yarrow plant was used by the Druids and Ancient Chinese for divination purposes and was popular for warding off evil spirits!

For a wonderfully uplifting blend to use in an aromatherapy diffuser, mix Yarrow with Juniper and Verbena essential oils. This blend can help banish depression.

The essential oil of Yarrow has many useful properties, click here for the full profile for Yarrow Essential Oil.

You can purchase Yarrow essential oil online here.

Essential Oil Blends

Essential Oil Blends


Blending your own essential oils can sometimes be quite an art and it’s always fun to experiment. Whether or not you’re familiar with making your own essential oil blends, you’ll only improve with practice.

If you’re new to aromatherapy your stock of essential oils will be much more limited than if you have been collecting them for years. Personally I have built up my aromatherapy stock of around 70 essential oils for over 20 years but when I started out I just had the bare minimum that I could afford at the time.

A good base to start from could include Rosemary, Lavender, Orange, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Cedarwood and Bergamot. You can build on these over time and as a suggestion try to include an oil from the various aromatic families such as woody, citrus, earthy, floral, herbal, medicinal, and spicy. This gives you a greater variety of which to base your essential oil blends.

Examples of each of these families are:

  • Woody – cypress, juniper
  • Citrus – mandarin, grapefruit
  • Earthy – patchouli, vetivert
  • Floral – rose, ylang ylang
  • Herbal – clary sage, basil
  • Medicinal – tea tree, pine
  • Spicy – ginger, coriander

It’s also good to have a variety of notes – top, middle and base notes. There is more information about these and aromatherapy blends here.

Depending on the mood you’re in when making your own essential oil blends, this can also have an impact on the outcome. It may sound a bit odd and it’s difficult to explain but blends can turn out very different for each individual, even if you use the same essential oils. I like to think that each oil has it’s own personality, just like we do!

Often when I want to make a new blend I’ll open my cupboard where I keep my essential oils and use my instinct to choose the first one. Once I’ve chosen the first oil, I then either instinctively know the next two or three I’m going to blend with it. If my ‘gut’ isn’t working too well that day, I’ll take inspiration from the list of essential oils I know to work well with it.

As an example, if I choose Frankincense as my first oil, I can see which other oils will blend well with it from its profile page. Also taking into account the top, middle and base notes, from the list I would then choose as my final blend Frankincense, Black Pepper and Orange.

If you’d like to share your blends or ways you like to blend, please leave a comment below.

Make Your Own Aromatherapy Gifts Like An Expert

Holiday season is fast approaching, and if you haven’t already started, it will soon be time to get busy shopping for gifts to give your loved ones. But have you ever considered the idea of making your own gifts instead of shopping for them?

There are plenty of aromatherapy recipes on this website to get you started. You can choose from Bath and Body recipes, Natural Skin Care recipes, Aromatherapy Diffusers, even Aromatherapy Holiday recipes.

If you want to try your hand at making your own aromatherapy perfume recipes, you can find detailed instructions as well as over 20 perfume recipe suggestions at the Aromatherapy Perfume recipes section.

You can try blending your own essential oil blends both for perfume recipes and diffuser blends as well as many of the bath and body recipes and other recipes throughout the website. As long as you have an understanding of aromatherapy blends, all you need is your creativity and imagination.

Make Your Own Aromatherapy Gifts Like An ExpertFor an even wider choice of aromatherapy gifts you can make this holiday season, you can check out the Aromatherapy Gifts ebook which has something for everyone. From perfumed bags to scented candles, geranium soap balls, potpourris, aromatic bath salts and much, much more. There is even a section on wrapping paper, cards and gift decorations. You’ll never be short of ideas with this ebook, not just for this holiday season but for years to come.

So why not try making your own aromatherapy gifts this holiday season? You can start off by trying out many of the free recipes already on this website and if you want to take it a step further, consider purchasing the specialized ebook on the subject, Aromatherapy Gifts.