Blending Essential Oils to Create Synergies ?>

Blending Essential Oils to Create Synergies

There are many ways to enjoy essential oils by creating fun, yet useful products to support a healthy lifestyle. Essential oil users love finding new recipes for blending essential oils to create dropper bottle recipes, rollerballs, perfumes, face serums, and many other ways to find synthetic chemical-free solutions to everyday health enhancements. When blending, you will want to mix your synergy in the bottle before adding additional carrier oil or blending support bases. Your synergy should be well thought out based on the core action you desire the synergy to have. Creating balance and energy is a necessary element to creating synergies. Balance is obtained by looking at the individual constituents found in each oil you are wanting to add that contain a specific desired action and then adding an oil with a balancing action to harmonize the synergy.[1] An example would be to create an immunity support blend by adding oils such as Oregano, Clove, Tea Tree, and Lemon, with the addition of Lavender to bring the synergy into a more balanced energy and action.

The energy is also obtained by blending an odd number of oils. It is thought that synergies with the most interesting action are found in formulas where there are 3 or 5 essential oils. Jade Shutes of the East-West School for Aromatic Studies states, “I have now heard from several sources (Sean Donahue, David Hoffman, and Kevin Spellman – all herbalists) how when we have one substance, that substance is one thing, when we add a second, not much activity occurs, but when we add a third, all kinds of things begin to happen. Change appears to occur when 3 or more substances are combined together. We can use the analogy of 2 people versus 3. Two people can find a way to ‘live’ together so that a norm is established but throw a 3rd person into the equation and all kinds of learning and experiences begin to happen.” She also goes on to state that it is best to keep your synergies to no more than 5 single essential oils. You may add more, but the synergy will not be enhanced by adding more than 5. Below are a few of my most popular recipes.

Deluxe Face Serum: In a 15mL dropper bottle add 6-10 drops each of Frankincense, Lavender, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Patchouli, and Rose. Top off dropper bottle with ½ Grapeseed oil, ¼ Rosehip Seed oil, ¼ Sweet Almond oil.

Brain Health Rollerball: Add 30 drops Sacred Frankincense and 5 drops each Sandalwood, Melissa, Helichrysum, and Lavender to a 5mL rollerball and top off with grapeseed oil.

Lime Cake Fragrance: In a 5mL atomizer combine 6 drops Lime and 3 drops each of Cedarwood and Lavender. Mix well and then add 6 drops sweet almond or grapeseed carrier oil. Mix well again and then add almost to the top 190 proof Everclear alcohol. Shake vigorously for 60 seconds then add 10-12 drops of bottled water and shake again.


[1] Shutes, J. (2015). French Aromatherapy Module 7, Lesson 3, Selection Criteria and Formulation. Chapel Hill, NC: East-West School for Aromatic Studies.

© 2016 Jen O’Sullivan. French Aromatherapy: Essential Oil Recipes & Usage Guide

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