Essential oils (EO) can typically be purchased individually as a single oil or in an already pre-made blend of two or more essential oils. We love EO blends as when blended, essential oils work synergistically and harmoniously to enhance their properties. Essential oils can be categorised into several ‘families’, including citrus, herbaceous, floral, spicy, woody and medicinal oils. There is an art and craft to blending as some essential oils mix very well together than others and can act as base, middle or top notes in a blend depending on their qualities.
Pure EO blends are a mix of undiluted essential oils with no carrier or base oils. Pure EO blends are truly multi-functional and versatile and there are hundreds of ways you can use them. Here are 10 different common uses that we love. At Clarity Blend, we offer a range of EO blends to suit different needs.
The first and the most traditional way to use EO blends is adding a few drops to a burner. There are lots of different burners on the market in different shapes, sizes, and colours. One downside when using a burner is that oils burn relatively quickly depending on the types of oil – for example citrus oils burn very quickly while resinous oils, such as frankincense will burn for a bit longer.
- Diffuser or nebuliser
Electric diffusers have become increasingly popular. Diffusers work with water where you fill in a water tank and add the oils into the water, while the nebuliser gently heats the oils to release the aromas with no added water. The problem with most diffusers is that they are made from plastic or even the ceramic ones have a plastic base inside. An alternative is a nebuliser which typically has a wooden base and a glass top but the downside here is that they are relatively pricey and a bit more difficult to find.
- Massage - Mixing with base oil
The third common use is mixing EO blends with a base oil for a nice therapeutic massage. It is especially important to note that pure EO should never be used directly on the skin or digested as they are highly concentrated plant extract. [check our article on safe uses of essential oils] You should keep them away from children. Please make sure to read the label and instructions on your product.
Pure EO blends can be mixed with a base oil (also known as carrier oil) which are vegetable or nut oils. The vegetable oils used in this process have come to be known as 'carrier oils', because they 'carry' the properties of the essential oils. You would need to dilute the EO blend into 30 ml of carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, apricot kernel peach kernel, oil, macadamia or sunflower. I strongly suggest always applying 1% dilution – which is around 5 to 6 drops of EO blends into 30 ml of carrier oil. Please do not be tempted to add more or not to measure it properly.
Once this is done, it is perfect for a full body massage – you could ask your partner to massage you - or massaging certain areas of your body typically legs, arms, and neck.
At Clarity Blend we offer our certified already pre-blended body oils.
- Mixing with bath salts
Similarly, to creating your massage oil you can create your bath salts by mixing 100 grams of Epsom or pink Himalayan salts with 4-5 drops of EO blends. The salts work brilliantly with EO and you can enjoy a nice long soak absorbing the aromas as well as the beneficial properties of EOs.
At Clarity Blend we offer a range of bath salts containing essential oils.
- Dot on a yoga mat
To accompany as well as intensify your yoga practice or meditation, you can add one drop of your desired blend to the top of your yoga mat. Blends containing frankincense EO are amazing for meditation as frankincense has spiritual and uplifting properties and is perfect for visualisation.
- In a locket, pendant or bracelet
You can dot a drop of your favourite blend on a special EO locket or bracelet for a bonus of aromatherapy with your jewellery. Aromatherapy lockets, pendants or bracelets can be found on most mass online retailers.
- Car diffuser
Home-made car diffuser is an excellent way to add an extra aromatherapy boost whilst out and about. Simply, add a couple of drops to a fabric or paper keyring and attach it to a suitable place in your car.
- In a personal inhaler stick
You can easily order empty inhaler sticks on most online mass retailers. Just add a drop on the cotton and pop in and you can enjoy on the go. For blends containing stronger EOs just make sure to smell gently and do not inhale deeply as it can sometimes be irritating and can cause a headache.
- Inhalation – for certain blends only
Inhalation is particularly good if you are having a cold or feeling congested and you are using a blend which contains decongesting and expectorant EOs such as eucalyptus or peppermint. Add a few drops of the EO blend into a pint of hot water (not boiling water but warm water) in a bowl and gently inhale the vapor but not being too close to the bowl. You can put a towel over your head. This is also beneficial for skincare especially for congested pores.
- Air freshener/anti-bacterial spray
Finally, one of my favourite ways is mixing the EO blend with alcohol such as 70% rubbing alcohol or you can use vodka as it is odourless. You would need a 50 ml spray bottle. Just mix 10 drops of your EO blend with the alcohol, stir and pour into the bottle. You can use it as an anti-bacterial spray as the alcohol will kill bacteria and you could also use it as an air or fabric freshener.
This one of our more frequently asked questions.
The PDSA advises that whilst some essential oils can be toxic if applied to or consumed by pets, there are generally safe to use so long as they are of high quality and low dilution. We use the high quality therapeutic grade oils and all our blends are certified to comply with regulations and use essential oils in low dilutions. We do not use heavy oil or artificial fragrances.
If you diffuse essential oils in a diffuser, we recommend not to run for longer than 2 hours, especially if you are using a nebulising diffuser (i.e. waterless technology) as they typically yield a highly concentrated scent. It is advisable to keep the space well ventilated to avoid concentration of essential oils in the air.
Hope this helps, but please let me know if you have questions and I would be more than happy to help :)
I am very interested in using essential oils in a diffuser, but as we home board dogs I’m not sure if it would be safe/advisable? Also how long would you recommend to run a diffuser?