How To Blend Essential Oils (Aromatic and Therapeutic Methods)

May 25, 2016

How to blend essential oils for therapeutic and aromatic needs - by Edens Garden

It’s been said that you don’t really know someone until you’ve seen how they act in a group. The same is true with essential oils!  As we combine essential oils and observe how they interact with each other, we learn more about the individual nature of the oils. We also learn which oils get along, and which don’t. Because we learn so much about essential oils through blending, we encourage everyone to practice the art of blending. If you’ve never tried and don’t know where to start, we’ve come up with some helpful tips on two of the most popular ways to blend. So break out your oils and let’s get started!

Aromatic Blending

Typically, we blend according to aroma when we’re making a natural perfume, or scent, but if you don’t have a degree in perfumery, how do you make something that smells good? Let's start with balancing the aroma. All oils have a top, middle or a base note, and sometimes they have a note somewhere in between.

Top Notes: An oil that has a top note generally evaporates quickly, and has a light, crisp, and airy aroma.

Middle Notes: Oils with a middle note are classified as having soft, rounded aromas. Middle notes are also called “heart notes” and usually make up a majority of the blend.

Base Notes: These oils tend to linger, and are generally heavy, rich and grounding. Base notes anchor the blend.

If you haven’t checked the Details section on our single oil’s product pages, now’s the time to! You’ll find what note an oil has here, next to “Note.” You’ll also find which oils blends well together in the Details section. If you’re working with a group of oils, classify and separate those oils by note. This will make the process a lot easier.

The key to making a great smelling blend is by balancing these notes. Generally, middle notes make up about 75% of the blend, top notes make up about 20% of the blend, and base notes make up about 5%. This isn’t a precise formulation, so don’t worry about being exact. Here’s an example of a balanced blend:

4 drops Wild Orange (Top Note)

7 drops Lavender (Middle Note)

2 drops Patchouli (Base Note)

We recommend starting off with a small amount of oil as you experiment, and if at first your blend doesn’t succeed, just try, try again! Again, as you practice, you will come to learn which oils work well together, and which oils don’t. Happy blending!

Therapeutic Blending


At Edens Garden, we offer 39 Synergy blends and counting, for different needs and therapeutic uses. But what if we don’t have the blend you need? That’s when we break out the oils, and get blending!

When it comes to creating a therapeutic blend, there are two principles to always keep in mind:


Our first concern when creating a therapeutic blend should be safety.  There are many different factors that play into the way people are affected by essential oils, such as age, medications, allergies, etc. Keep these factors in mind as you research the oils you will be using to create a blend.

A book we often recommend as a good research resource for safety, is Essential Oil Safety Second Edition by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.


What are you addressing by creating this blend? This will be your primary focus in blending, and will help to guide your research.

A book we recommend for researching the therapeutic properties and common uses of essential oils is Aromatherapy A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Mindy Green and Kathi Keville.

Sometimes it helps to write an intake of the person you are creating a blend for, such as their age, medications, allergies, drug & alcohol use, etc. Once you have these two principles written out, comes the fun part. Researching essential oils! This is also a good time to take your knowledge of essential oils, and put it into practice. In your research, you will want to find oils whose therapeutic properties will aid the need you are addressing, as well as oils that are safe for the user.

Don’t be too discouraged if the blend you’ve made doesn’t smell wonderful, as this doesn’t mean it won’t be effective in aiding the need you are addressing. Also, if the blend you’ve made doesn’t seem to have an effect on the need, try, try again. You can only get better at blending as you practice, so enjoy the process as you go and have fun!


  • Ben says...

    Hi there I am creating a beard oil company and I am having some trouble understanding the amount of essential oils to put in according to the ratio of base middle and top notes. At the moment I am doing 3 drops Base 5 Drops middle and 8 Drops top at 2% dilution (16 drops) would this be correct? any help would be greatly appreciated thanks :)

    On September 27, 2016

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Breanna! Use as needed. We generally recommend a 3% dilution rate for healthy adults.

    3% dilution = 15-18 drops of essential oil per 2 Tbsp. of carrier

    On September 12, 2016

  • Breanna says...

    I am new to essential oils and Eden’s Garden came recommended by my sister. I love the smell of the blends I purchased, but would like more guidance on usage (directions, so to speak). There isn’t anything on the labels to indicate how to dilute or how often to safely use. I would love if the product pages would have more guidelines and recommended applications. For example: the Muscle Relief Blend. What dilution does Eden’s Garden recommend? Is there an acute dilution recommendation? Are there any other tips or uses for this blend. I have searched the blog and pages but would like more blend specific or oil specific directions/applications to help get me going. Thank you!

    On September 11, 2016

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Anne! That depends on what you’re using the carrier oil for. If it’s for topical use, than we would recommend diluting at 3% for healthy adults, in order to avoid skin irritation. If you’re wanting to add carrier oil to a blend to make the aroma less potent, and not as strong, we would recommend adding as much as you want, until you achieve your desired strength of aroma.

    On July 29, 2016

  • Anne says...

    I am new to blending essential oils. What amount of carrier oil is needed for a balanced blend, as in the example here? Thanks for a great post!

    On July 28, 2016

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