Using a blend of essential oils rather than one single oil will provide greater efficacy to either, nip a dose in the bud or reduce / ease the symptoms and possibly shorten the duration of a dose.
A blend of oils provides greater synergy e.g. the oils work together and in different ways, performing various actions in the body.
Lots of essential oil users describe being confused when it comes to blending oils for specific situations. Read on for a super winter recipe to avoid any confusion.
If you are feeling poorly or you have a full on winter bug you may not feel like getting all of your oils out to consider the best ones to use. The reality is you may grab one or two oils, use them once or twice and light your aromatherapy burner on one evening. While this may be pleasant and enjoyable it will do little to effectively address an infection. You need a plan and a suitable selection of oils.
Christine Courtney is principal of Obus School of Healing Therapies in Dublin http://obus.ie/massage-clinic/ and she has provided a very easy solution, I can’t quite believe I have never done this prior to attending a recent seminar she gave! I would really encourage you to give it a go.
You make what Christine calls a ‘Mother Blend’. Genius! This blend is then available to you for
- Diluting and applying to the body
- Adding to the bath
No more searching for all your oils before any of the above activities.
Please note essential oils do not disperse with water, they sit on the top of the water and you stand the chance of burning your butt (believe me!) or other more sensitive areas and possibly having a skin reaction.
You must dilute essential oils in a carrier prior to adding to the bath. Many experts suggest vegetable oils do not dilute the essential oils suitably however Fractionated Coconut Oil is acceptable and less greasy than many other vegetable oils.
Better still, Christine’s tip is to apply the diluted oil blend (see below) to your body before getting into the bath. Be careful you don’t slip.
With the oils on your body the bath doesn’t require as much cleaning after your soak!
Before we list the oils for the Winter Blend, let’s look at why and how? Christine suggests:
- To support the immune system, dilute and apply every other day as a preventative
- At the first sign of infection apply twice daily
- When ill apply 3 to 4 times a day
- Diffusing the blend will help inhibit airborne bacteria * helping to protect others at home
- Keep up the applications well after your symptoms have cleared to support your immune system
- As an expectorant, follow directions for an inhalation
Christine’s ‘Mother Blend’ for Winter
50 drops Tea Tree
30 drops Niaouli
40 drops Eucalyptus globulus
30 drops Ravensara
50 drops Lavander
50 drops Lemon
This makes about 10ml in total so you could double this if you want a larger quantity.
I had no Lemon oil to hand and love using Thyme linalool for it’s respiratory support and cleansing action so I went ahead with the Thyme and the blend is lovely
I am regularly asked is this oil safe or that oil safe? So much about safety is in relation to your dilutions, less is more. Most of the commonly used essential oils from reputable suppliers are generally safe to use provided you follow safe dilutions.
Christine wisely suggests it is better to increase the number of applications rather than using a higher dilution (particularly with young children, pregnancy, the elderly and those with sensitive skin, use the 0.5% dilution)
Dilution Guidelines for Skin Applications
Your Mother Blend is a mix of pure undiluted essential oils so you must dilute it prior to applying onto the the skin. (see below for a variety of carriers)
1 – 5 years
Up to 0.5 % Add 2 drops to 10 ml of your chosen carrier
5 -12 years
Up to 1 % Add 5 drops into 10ml of your chosen carrier
12 – 15 years
Up to 2% Add 10 drops into 10ml of your chosen carrier
15 years and older
Up to 3% Add 15 drops into 10ml of your chosen carrier
Please remember dilutions are not a target, it is always better to start out at a lower dilution and work up to and not over these suggested guidelines above.
The above dilutions are based on small dropper inserts which dispense small drops of oil, not the larger ones which allow the oil to ‘stream’ out of the bottle making it difficult to be accurate.
For further excellent information regarding babies and young children and essential oils use please see:
A carrier is anything that you dilute your essential oils into before applying to the skin.
- Vegetable oil
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Unscented Cream
- Unscented White Lotion
Use unrefined, old pressed and organic vegetable oils as these are high in all the components such as essential fatty acids that help to nourish the skin.
98% Aloe Vera Gel is a lovely carrier when you do not want an ‘oily’ application.
Blend 50:50 Aloe Vera Gel with vegetable oil for a silky smooth application, this is suitable to dilute your essential oils into and is my current favourite choice! (thanks Christine)
Unscented lotion or cream is another non oily carrier in which to dilute essential oils into. Jasons Gluten Free body lotion is scent free and has a pleasant texture.
The information above is not in any way intended to replace the advice of a qualified professional practitioner or your doctor.
Should you suffer prolonged symptoms from Winter bugs seek professional advice (not Dr. Google)
If irritation occurs from using the above recipe or any store bought product discontinue use. Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.
Wishing you and yours an enjoyable aromatic time through Autumn, Winter & beyond.
* Airborne Bacteria