Blending for the Desired Effect Through Aromatherapy Blends
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Lavender has for long been known to have stress-relieving properties. But few know that lavender when mixed with lemon and clary sage gives a much more comfortable feeling. The mixing here is called blending.
Creating an aromatherapy blend is like using a number of vegetables and spices to prepare that delicious curry. Do you need to be a renowned chef to create delicious curries? Not necessarily. Just have an idea of what you want and mix in proper proportions and you are ready to serve the dish.
Similar is the case with aromatherapy blends. The desire to experiment and knowledge of oils � this is all that one will need in order to create an aromatherapy blend. Within minutes you are ready with your aesthetically and therapeutically correct blend.
When using oils or absolutes for the purpose, do the homework before. Proper research on the properties of each oil used must be undertaken to assess if they are synergistic to each other. Certain oils work against the other oil used in the blend. This means that the blend is not producing the desired effect. Use oils which enhance each oil�s effect.
Always use pure essential oils in making an aromatherapy blend. Fragrant oils are available in the market. They serve only to add fragrance to your recipe. Also, because of the presence of artificial elements in the fragrant oils, the aromatherapy blend is susceptible to becoming adulterated.
Research on aromatherapy blends may demand time. Those who have found interest in blending essential oils become engrossed in the blending in the same way as a scientist loses sleep in his discoveries. And, thus they are ready to put in as much time in the blending as required.
Study well the aroma profiles of each oil. Take a blotting paper and sprinkle a drop of the essential oil on it. See and feel its effect. Note it down on a piece of paper so that you can refer to it in the future. Undertake a similar activity for numerous oils. In this manner, you will have a complete database ready with you.
Similarly, while blending note down the reactions that takes place in the properties of each oil. Any of the following three will happen. An oil will completely lose its property. A property will be enhanced. Alternatively, a completely new property will be discovered in the aromatherapy blend. A true blender is one who knows how to enhance or create the desired effect. This may take time. Sometimes, certain properties will become known all of a sudden; somewhat like French chemist Ren�-Maurice Gattefoss� who hit upon the medical properties of lavender by accident. You will not become as popular in the field of aromatherapy, but your blends are sure going to earn you a lot of praise ion your friend circle.
About the author
Bryan Josling is working with the Horticultural Research Station in Adelaide. He has also been involved with research on plants. http://www.ndaroma.com
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