Essential Oil Blending - Creating Synergy Blends
Creating your own essential oil blend is an incredibly rewarding experience. However, it can be a little daunting when you’re just starting out. So before we go any further, let’s start with the basics. Blended oils are called synergies. The word synergy means “the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.” This means you’re combining two or more essential oils together to multiply the desired effect.
With that out of the way, we can look at the different blending methods and choose the one that feels right to you. Blending is truly an art and also a journey of self-discovery. There is no right or wrong way to blend. You can choose to blend with one method or a combination of multiple methods!
Different Blending Methods
There are different ways in which you can create your essential oil synergy. Some may choose to blend by the chemical constituent, while others may blend by the perfumery note, plant part, or even therapeutic action.
Blending by Constituent
Blending by chemical constituent is primarily practiced in clinical aromatherapy. It can be difficult to find books that explore this method. The idea is that you can boost the percentages of individual desired constituents in a blend. For example, Ho Wood and Lavender are both very high in a constituent called Linalool. Linalool is a calming constituent that is uplifting and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Blending with both Ho Wood and Lavender would raise the Linalool percentage and should boost the desired effect.