When essential oils are blended, it is always worth keeping the fragrance in mind. It is more pleasing to use a remedy that has a pleasant odor for the individual concerned. Some essential oil fragrances can be quite incompatible.
Blending is an important aspect of aromatherapy. It allows one to use the most appropriate essential oils in an aromatherapy treatment.
Perfumers have developed analytical techniques for determining the odor intensity. The odor intensities presented below are obtained for appeal and are rated on a scale from 1 to 10. Often the odor intensity may be used as a guide to blending. The key to balance is to achieve olfactory equilibrium which occurs when two or more essential oils are in a mixture and no single essential oils dominates the odor of the blend.
For example: if making a blend of frankincense and lavender, the respective odor intensities are 7 and 5. This means that the frankincense odor is stronger than that of lavender. As a result, mixing one drop of frankincense and one drop of lavender does not produce a fragrance representing both essential oils. Frankincense would dominate. To create a blend which can be perceived as a balanced combination of both essential oils it may be necessary to mix one drop of Frankincense to 3 drops of lavender (or even more).
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Do not take essential oils internally.
Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
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