The Science of Blending

The Science of Blending

In the world of aromatherapy, there are many ways in which to blend essential oil and plant products. One way to blend is by aroma. Essential oils can be categorized as having a top, middle, or base note. Top notes are sharp in scent and tend to be very light and uplifting. Citrus oils fall into this category. They evaporate quickly but also give the first impression of the blend. Middle notes give body to the blend and have a balancing effect. The aroma of middle notes is not always immediate, as they tend to be softer fragrances. Cypress, and a variety of pines fall under this note. Base notes are typically heavy and have a rich fragrance. Their presence will last the longest of all three notes and they are usually relaxing and sedating in nature. Vetiver and Cedarwood are examples of base notes. When you blend by aroma, the end product will be created using combinations of these three notes. The evaporation of the various notes is the reason why a scent changes over the course of a few hours or the day.

If you want a blend to address an emotional aspect, then blending by plant part will help to achieve this. The roots of a plant are used as an anchor and help the plant to absorb water and nutrients. Oils extracted from roots can support us in times of fear and anxiety. They make us feel grounded and calm. Wood conducts water and nutrients to the rest of plant. Oils extracted by wood can help us feel more centered. Resins that come out of a tree or plant help to heal wounds. Oils extracted by resins can heal our wounds, as well as protect and support us. Leaves allow plants to breathe and protect them against water loss. Oils extracted by leaves support respiratory systems and aid in infections. Flowers represent new growth and their aromas aid in pollination. Oils made from flowers helps to soothe the heart and supports love and beauty. Fruits contain a lot of water, which has a cleansing effect. Oils from fruit are very uplifting, which aid in depression and can also be used to detoxify the body. Seeds are responsible for the plants ability to reproduce. Oils from seeds can support the reproductive system and support growth.

Another way to blend is by the plants’ chemical makeup or individual components. Essential oils themselves are very complex in their chemical nature. They include 8 major classes of aromatic molecules. They are Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Aldehydes, Esters, Ethers, Ketones, Oxides, and Phenols. Within each chemical family, there are components that have distinctive therapeutic properties. We, at Mindful Mixtures, create our blends by looking at the chemical constituents of a variety of oils. Based on which product we are intending to make, we choose the oils with the highest percentages of therapeutic benefits and create an algorithm. If we are making a blend to help boost the immune system, like our product SHIELD, we take the highest percentages from the components that support the immune system. We have found that this method makes for a very powerful blend. In order to do this type of blending, a Gas Chromatography report is required for every oil that is being used.

We are more connected to plants than you may know. Not only do they support our life in every way from the air we breathe and the food we eat, both human and plant structures are alike as well. Humans and plants also absorb their food in a similar way and have similar immune systems. Additionally, scientists have discovered that plants have a parallel response to bacterial infections. Maybe this is just one reason why essential oils and plant botanicals help aid so many of our ailments. We can truly learn a lot from our plant partners. Remember, we would not have a life without them.

Blend well,

Jody

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