"If used in an appropriate, sensible manner, essential oils are safe and their use should be free of any complications" Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D
"In no case, should enthusiasm for aromatherapy, or any form of self treatment, preclude seeing a doctor if the conditions requires: Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D
What are aromatherapy blends? Aromatherapy blends usually consist of a combination of essential oils in a base. The base could be aloe vera, a carrier oil such as jojoba, lotion, salve or body butter. There might be other bases, but these are the usual ones. Another form of application would include the use of an essential oil inhaler.
Essential oils offer many great therapeutic properties but safety must be utilized, because essential oils are highly concentrated. It is not recommended to apply essential oils neat (directly) onto the skin. For example if you wanted to make a blend to address congestion due to a cold; there are a host of essential oils that may serve some benefit. An aromatherapist would probably look for essential oils that are strong immune stimulants, anti-infectious and are mucolytic. There are other properties to look for but I try to keep it simple when blogging.
The other consideration is the dilution rate. As stated in the above paragraph safety has to be utilized when using essential oils. Bottom line: You have to know your oils. Dilution rate is the amount of essential oils that is added to a carrier. The normal range would be 2% which is 10 – 12 drops of essential oil added to a carrier. But keep in mind that when dealing with elderly, the young or for applying to the face a lower dilution of 1% should be utilized which is 5 to 6 drops of essential oil in a carrier. Now getting back to knowing your essential oils. Some essential oils due to their chemical makeup should only be used at 1%; for example black pepper. You have to also keep in mind that there are essential oils that should be avoided if you suffer from high blood pressure or are pregnant.
Most importantly the quality of essential oils used in blending is very important. A certified aromatherapist should use high quality GC/MS tested oils. This allows an aromatherapist to know the chemical make up of each essential oil used and it is a way to tell if the essential oil has been adulterated. If I am using lavender but it does not show lavender characteristics it may be a chance that it was diluted with a chemical or another inexpensive oil. If an essential oil is sold for two cheaply of a price; there is a great chance that the oil has been adulterated and this is very important.
This blog is not to scare or intimidate an individual but to see some of the steps involved for an aromatherapist when they custom blend. This is why an intake form is necessary and the initial fee because a lot of time is allocated when blending. A book that I recommend for those that want to know a little more about essential oil therapy is Advanced Aromatherapy: The science of essential oil therapy by author Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.
Aromatic blending is amazing because there are so many essential oil combinations that can be used. You can put 20 people in a room to blend for a specific reason and it is a huge chance that there will be no duplicate blends. As stated in previous blogs education is key when blending with essential oils. I continue to read and add books to my library and I have some recommended books in my store which helps me continue to blog and share information.