Essential oils are wonderful! They smell great and they have powerful medicinal properties. But they’re more complex than that. It takes a fair amount of knowledge for someone to make their own oils and blends. Learning how to make aromatherapy oils can help you save a lot of money. Plus, it is more natural and safe when you’re using you’re own organic aromatherapy oils.
That is exactly what you’ll get here. I’ll give you all the tips and tricks I know on how to make aromatherapy oils so you don’t have to depend on anyone and anything else. Some things, like the lack of a budget to buy the essential oils you want can be avoided.
Making your own aromatherapy essential oils can be a lot of fun and interesting. It’s also a very nice way to spend a few hours indoors, with your family too. Maybe they could even help. You never know when the next “master” is born.
I will also give you a few recipes so you can practice what you’ve learned. I hope you have fun and enjoy this new experience. I know I do every time.
Did You Know?
- Hippocrates was an erudite and a passionate about medicine. When Greece was stricken by plague, he thought of using aromatic plants to end it. So he used aromatic plants to burn all over Athens and helped put an end to the horrors of the plague. Hippocrates is considered to be the founding father of today’s medicine.
What Experts Have to Say About Aromatherapy Essential Oils
First of all, let’s see what aromatherapy is.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils. Their uses are so many that there’s almost nothing you can’t at least improve with their help.
They can improve problems of the skin like acne, eczema, rashes and burns or cuts etc. Or digestion and breathing problems can all be improved or treated. There’s always an organic aromatherapy oil that knows how to deal with each specific issue.
Headaches, menstruation discomfort, hair loss, fertility and appetite. These are just a few of the conditions that can also be improved or treated with aromatherapy essential oils.
Some organic aromatherapy oils can be taken internally, but you’ll have to seek medical advice first. Or talk to an Aromatherapist about the dosage and the type of essential oil that you can take. Some are indeed safe (like Basil or Lavender), but others (like Cinnamon Bark, Wormwood, Pennyroyal) can be very toxic.
But the most popular ways of using Aromatherapy oil blends is on the skin and in a diffuser (reed, candles, cotton balls etc.). These are the safest ways of using essential oils, if the dose is kept to a minimum.
Most Aromatherapists usually agree on the following:
Tip 1) To get satisfying results you should always use quality oils and a good recipe. Good recipes are usually found on sites that offer in-depth information and explanations on how to use essential oils.
Tip 2) You should also be aware of all the dangers and precautions of essential oils. Especially when you’re using them on elderly, babies or you want to take them internally.
Tip 3) Always do your research before using Aromatherapy oils you’re not familiar with.
Tip 4) Perform allergy tests and do not ignore any redness or itchiness on your skin. If that happens, stop the use of that oil immediately. Some essential oils can cause skin sensitization. Usually, once you’ve got the sensitivity you’ll always be sensible to that oil.
Tip 5) Consult a specialist if you’re not sure how to use a certain oil. This way you can avoid all bad experiences and surprises.
Of course, not all the compounds and properties of all essential oils are known. There are still untapped waters in this domain. But so far, most studies have shown favorable results. Essential oils can truly interact with our nervous system and alter our mood, or relieve the pain.
This is reason enough to learn how to make Aromatherapy oils and to keep them at hand for all sorts of unpredictable needs or domestic accidents.
Did You Know?
- In the Dark Ages, the Catholic Church believed that all illnesses had to be cured with blood and prayers. The illnesses were considered a sign of punishment from the Almighty. So the practice of Aromatherapy and natural remedies had to be hidden and practiced in big secret.
How to Make Aromatherapy Oils and Save Money? Tips and Tricks
Why would you want to go through the trouble of making your own Aromatherapy oil when you can just buy them? Sure, it seems like the most natural thing to say. But, what do you do when you’re not exactly sure of the quality of the products you buy?
Or what if they are too expensive? There’s the option of making them yourself. It might seem complicated but it really isn’t.
Read a bit about how to mix essential oils, you’ll get a clear idea on how to get good blends. After that, take into consideration the following tips to begin making the Aromatherapy oil you need.
Tip 6) Make sure you have enough sterilized bottles to put your oils in. Recycled glass jars will work just fine, if they’re thoroughly disinfected. The best disinfection can be done with boiled water, where you put the bottles in.
Let them sit for about 15 minutes in very hot water, after you’ve washed them well. You can then be sure all germs are gone.
Tip 7) You can start off with the most aromatic plants, and use one standard cup for your oil. A few plants with a very powerful scent are Lavender, Peppermint and Rose. They are also very useful in treating many common ailments.
Tip 8) Depending on the purpose of your oil, you have a few options when it comes to the carrier oils that need to be mixed with the plants. For cosmetics you could use Sweet Almond oil, Coconut oil or Jojoba oil.
If you need aromatic and healthy oils in your kitchen, then the best option would be the extra virgin Olive oil. And of course, if the Aromatherapy oil is for general use (burns, itchiness, massage etc.) you can use Canola oil.
Tip 9) When you fill your jar, add the cup of plants first and then pour over the carrier oil.
Trick #1 – Before adding the oil try to press the plants as much as you can. By squeezing them so tightly, you can help them open up and release more essence.
Tip 10) The oil can become rancid if there’s too much air in the jar. Try to fill the recipients.
Tip 11) Cap the recipients tightly and keep them in a dry, sunny place. Give them a good shake each day and keep them there for a few good days.
Trick #2 – the plants become brown when they’re dried out of oils. That’s when you’ll know your oil is ready to be strained.
Tip 12) If you’re not satisfied with the scent of the oil, you can strain the oil, removing all residues this way. You can then add a fresh batch of plants and pour back the already scented oil, repeating the process.
Tip 13) When you’re finally happy with the result, you can strain again the oil and move it. Make sure you move it into a new and clean jar (bottle). Now, you’ll have to store the oil in a cool, dark place. And make sure you keep it very well capped.
If you keep it in the sunlight you risk altering the oil. Bergamot for instance, becomes poisonous if kept in the sunlight. It’s because it contains a high level of bergaptene.
You now have all the theory on how to make Aromatherapy oils. The only downsize of this homemade organic aromatherapy oil is that it’s not as concentrated as the steam distilled ones are.
But it works just as fine. Yours is already blended with carrier oil so you can go ahead and use it on your skin. Just keep in mind you have to use reasonable doses, to avoid skin irritations.
What is There to do When You Don’t Have All the Essential Oils Requested in a Recipe?
Besides essential oils, we have carrier oils, tinctures and resins. We also have balsams, absolutes and CO2 extracts (an expensive extraction method). Gathering them all in one place, we get more than 200 different products. I say this because there’s no way a person can own all those oils and extracts.
They cost a lot, and they can’t really all be used in a normal household. My point here is to assure you you’re not the only one who doesn’t always have all the oils to make a certain blend. You’ve probably also stumbled upon really nice recipes that you wanted to try and didn’t have all the ingredients.
So, what can you do when you don’t have all the oils requested and still enjoy that blend? I say you have two options:
- You either learn how to make Aromatherapy oils. Be patient until they’re done and then use as many different types as you want. Then replicate the recipe you found exactly as it is with your new homemade oils.
- Or you learn to substitute the requested oils with the ones you already have.
I for one, am not a very patient person and I end up replacing many oils from a recipe I really like. But you have to know a few things before going around substituting the essential oils from a recipe. First of all, make sure you know exactly what the blend is for.
Always follow the instructions and the safety precautions. It’s an entirely different story to substitute oils for aromatic/scented blends or perfumes than to substitute oils for therapeutic use.
For Aromatic Blends
Tip 14) Substitute your essential oils with others from the same family. There are 8 families of essential oils: spicy, woody and earthy; floral, citrus and herbaceous; resinous and camphoraceous. For instance, if you needed Clove essential oil, you could substitute it with Cinnamon.
It will not smell like the one from the recipe but the scent will still be similar.
Other combinations of substitutions are:
- Lime with Lemongrass, Lavender with Lavendin, or Peppermint with Spearmint.
For Therapeutic Blends
Therapeutic blends are meant to treat various health or skin issues. Therapeutic blends should not be treated lightly. Remember, essential oils are very strong and concentrated and they should always be diluted.
Tip 15) For therapeutic blends, you must replace the oil you don’t have with another Aromatherapy oil that has the same properties. Say you’re looking for an energizing blend that requires Lemon essential oil and you replace it with Lavender. The result will be pretty far from what you were looking for.
Lavender calms down while Lemon energizes. Lemon can be substituted with Rosemary for instance. Rosemary can give the brain a boost and make you more alert and energized. Lemon could also be substituted with Peppermint.
Be careful not to exaggerate with the dose. Too much can really be too much when we’re talking about essential oils.
What To Do When the Oils You Want To Use Are Too Thick?
When it comes to learning how to make Aromatherapy oils, you’ll also find oils that are very thick and sticky and hard to work with. Such is the case of Coconut oil that becomes solid at room temperature. But essential oils like Patchouli, Castor or Sandalwood also have a thick consistency.
Tip 16) Be careful not to overheat those thick or solid oils you’re trying to work with. Heating them up is ok, as long as it is for a little while. Heat will rapidly destroy most of the oil’s constituents.
Generally, that is a good thing if we’re talking about toxic essential oils. But it isn’t so good for safe organic Aromatherapy oils. After all, we want them intact so we can enjoy their properties.
Tip 17) Another gentler method would be to place them in a heat resistant glass, and then in hot water. That’ll make thick oils light enough to be measured or blended. That way they will get enough heat to melt away and still be safe from overheating. Just don’t forget them in the hot water! Also, make sure you don’t get any water inside the oil’s recipient, or they will spoil.
Trick #3 – You can also use this method whenever you come accross a tough lid to open. Works very fast every time.
Did You Know?
- The first people to ever use aromatic herbs were the ancient Chinese. They burned the herbs in their rituals for harmony or honoring the dead. Aromatherapy is at least 6.000 years old.
4 Aromatherapy Oil Blends to Put in Practice
We’ve finally got to the practicing part. After reading all the tips I gave you on how to make Aromatherapy oils you now have the chance to use them. And to use all those organic Aromatherapy oils that you’ve made on your own. Congrats by the way!
The first of the Aromatherapy oil blends is:
Get Rid of the Ants!
- A spray bottle of 100 ml (3.38 fl. oz.)
- Peppermint oil: 20 drops
- Alcohol (ethanol) or vodka: 70 ml (2.36 fl. Oz.)
Mix everything well and spray where the ants are gathering, or on their traveling path. The peppermint scent will chase them away.
The second of the aromatherapy oil blends is for the diffuser:
Remove All Bad Smells from the House
- Lemon: 2 drops
- Lime: 1 drop
- Tea Tree: 1 drop
- Cilantro: 1 drop
For this blend, you can either pour them all in the diffuser. Or you can double or triple the ingredients and keep them stored in a small dark glass bottle. You can then use this blend more than once. Knowing how to make Aromatherapy oils will save you time too.
Relax and De-Stress
- Lavender: 4 drops
- Tangerine: 3 drops
- Ylang Ylang: 2 drops
- Cedarwood: 2 drops
- Carrier oil of your choice (Sesame, Sweet Almond, Grape Seed etc.)
- 30 ml (1 fl. Oz.) dark colored bottle
This blend is meant to be used on skin. You can either rub it in, if you’re using a roll on bottle or you can massage it on your temples, chest, or tummy.
Time to Build a Stronger Immunity
- Bay Laurel: 2 drops
- Ravensara: 3 drops
- Eucalyptus or Tea Tree: 5 drops
- Lavender: 5 drops
You can use this blend in a diffuser (1 – 3 drops). Or you can mix it with carrier oil and keep it with you everywhere. It’s really easy to use whenever you feel a flu coming your way.
Knowing how to make aromatherapy oils is a helpful skill. Maybe you like using essential oils more instead of commercial drugs and pharmacy creams. In that case, follow all the tips and tricks in this article to make Aromatherapy oils and become independent. Use these recipes to try out your homemade oils and enjoy a safer and cleaner environment.
I’m dying to know what your favorite essential oils recipes are. Have you ever tried making your own aromatherapy oil? How did it go?