In my recent blog posts, Seven Must Have Essential Oils for the Perfect Starter Kit, I promised to share how to make a synergistic blend. Blending equal amounts of certain oils creates synergies, meaning the new whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts, or more simply put the new blend is even more magical than the individual oils. Here are just a few of the possible synergies from the oils described in those posts.
Lavender and Tea Tree
For me, this blend is a magic bullet for healing minor cuts, grazes and burns as well as many skin conditions. Whilst these oils are both safe to use directly on the skin in small amounts, if you are covering a large area (e.g. sunburn, I would recommend diluting in a carrier oil or mixing into a (preferably organic) aloe vera gel first.
Lemon and Ginger
This is a very powerful blend when dealing with an upset stomach. Either one would help on it’s own, but when you mix them together they will quickly settle even the most violent vomiting. I would advise one drop of each on a sugar cube for preference, to avoid irritating the digestive tract any further, but sugar from a sachet will do at a push, you just need to take care that you mix it through thoroughly.
Tea Tree and Lemon
These two mixed together are a potent anti-viral mixture and one of the very best for stopping a cold-sore in it’s tracks. Lemon is quite harsh on the skin, so I suggest diluting it as close to 50/50 as you can in a carrier oil such as cold-pressed sunflower or sweet almond (you should be able to get this at a good health-food store) before mixing with the Tea Tree. Dab on with a cotton bud every time you feel the tingle. If you get it early enough, this blend can stop a cold sore even before it emerges fully, but in any event it will help it heal quickly.
Chamomile and Lavender
These make an excellent blend for relaxing and enhancing sleep. One drop of each on a tissue inside your pillow, will help ensure a pleasant night’s sleep, even when away from home. This blend is also excellent for de-stressing after a difficult day, or to help you cope with difficult emotional situations.
Geranium, Lemon and Lavender
Combined these make an extraordinarily beautiful, uplifting blend for use in a burner. Two drops of each goes a long way. I love it so much I used it as the basis of my “Radiant Me” fragrance. As an all purpose blend for your home, it is welcoming and not at all cloying. For me, it evokes images of the beautiful countryside in the Italian Riviera and never fails to make me happy.
What are your favourite simple blends and what do you use them for?