I’ve been in the habit of using essential oils for the past eight years, and I have never been disappointed with the amazing effect that they have had on my clients, and myself! There are so many oils to choose from, so many ailments that they can help with…it’s difficult to know where to begin.
I want to talk about the essential oil blends that I have used over the years, and reveal to you some conditions and symptoms that they may help with. I, personally would so much rather grab an oil and dab it onto my wrist or temples than head to the medicine cabinet to grab something that only band-aids the problem.
After all, these oils and extracts have been around for thousands of years, and have been used in healing, anointing, perfuming, and preserving…so they must offer something special!
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#1. Blend for Allergies, and Cold and Flu Season
This mixture actually became the signature scent for the season in my massage therapy room. With so many people running around everywhere…sneezing and coughing…it’s quite necessary to take precautions to ensure that you and your family stay away from all of that yuckie stuff!
The Eucalyptus and Peppermint in this blend give it a fresh, clean, therapeutic scent. They both contain antiseptic and antiviral properties. This is not to say that they can cure anything, but they may certainly help prevent, and are great to use if you have already fallen victim to a nasty virus.
Peppermint has a soothing, cooling effect. Used by itself, it can be applied to the temples or the wrist, and I always like to add some to the base of the neck as well. Be careful with how much you apply, because it is VERY potent.
Eucalyptus is also thought to have a positive, soothing effect on the respiratory system as a whole.
Lavender. Who doesn’t love Lavender?! It is an oil that is pretty much all encompassing. Put a little on the body, and it works it’s magic anywhere that it needs to. It provides a feeling of general relaxation and promotes overall health.
Last but not least, Pine. Pine is thought to also have a very soothing effect on the respiratory system, so much so that it may improve the circulation in the lungs. Plus, anything that smells like a tree is welcome in my home, haha!
As far as application, this blend may be diffused using an essential oil diffuser. This will ensure that it is spreading throughout the designated space, and it will reach all who need it. It can also be applied to the chest on a hot compress. I have found this method to be very effective because the heat dilates the pores, allowing the essential oils to travel through them and into the body.
DO NOT apply these oils directly to the body in large amounts until you are certain that you will not have a negative reaction. Test a little of the blend on the wrist to ensure that you will be OK to add more to other parts of the body.
#2. Blend for Confidence, Balance, Inspiration
- Ylang Ylang
In today’s world, so many things can be overwhelming. Even day to day activities can bog us down, fogging our minds and leading us into a cycle of fatigue and lack of motivation. This blend is one that not only smells like a floral perfume., but it also only contains two ingredients and can help with lifting the spirit and balancing the energy.
Jasmine, in itself, is a very uplifting, energizing scent. It smells fresh and floral, and a little goes a very long way with this one. This oil may encourage you to think optimistically, and promote self-confidence…something I am constantly in need of!
Ylang Ylang is an oil that is reaching a peak of popularity in the beauty industry. It seems to be popping up on the ingredients list of products left and right, from shampoo to body lotion to facial serum.
This oil is a balancer of energies, allowing for spiritual attunement within oneself. It may help with confidence (this is a double shot of confidence in this blend!), promote joy, and bring peace and relaxation. It’s also noted that this particular oil might help alleviate anxiety.
For application, it may be used as a perfume on the temples, wrists, neck, etc. Or the blend may be diffused into the air with a diffuser. Something that would be ideal in an office, or even in a bedroom.
#3. Blend for Relief and Relaxation
- Balsam Fir
This is a wonderful blend to apply after a very stressful day, or before crawling into bed. I have personally been experimenting with natural ways to relieve anxiety so that i am able to get a good night’s rest, and it’s been quite effective. This particular blend is pretty cool because two of the oils were, according to Scripture, taken as holy gifts to Baby Jesus when he was born.
The Balsam Fir in this blend is meant to help relax the body. This oil by itself may be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil and applied to directly to tired, sore, overworked muscles for a massage.
Frankincense. Frankincense is an oil that I speak for specifically about on it own separate page, because of the amazing testimonies of this oil at work. It is, as stated, an oil that was precious and valuable, and was brought to Jesus at the time of His birth. It is still considered a Holy Oil in the Middle East, and was used in the Holy incense during sacrificial ceremonies. That’s enough for me! But if you need a few details: It is said to enhance one’s communication with the Creator, and may enhance one’s overall attitude.
It also has anti-depressant and immune-stimulant properties, and may also work as a sedative.
Myrrh is also referenced in the Bible in Exodus, and may bring about spiritual awareness; it is also said to act as an anti-inflammatory.
In a nutshell, the blend of these three oils helps the body to wind down, may help calm any inflammation, and may also help to soothe the mind.
The application of this blend may be directly to the body, but i recommend diluting it with carrier oil (almond, jojoba, etc), mainly because Frankincense and Myrrh are on the more costly side of the scale.
#4. Blend for Energy and Mental Alertness
This blend is going to have several very potent scents in it. Lemongrass and Clove both have a very distinct scent, but i find them both lovely.
Rosemary may assist in reducing fatigue, and been said to energize the solar plexus.
Lemongrass is one of my favorites of all the oils. It is so fresh and clean smelling, and it instantly lifts my spirits. It is said to be a vasodilator (dilating the veins, allowing for better blood flow), and it has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It, by itself, may be used in addition with other oils and a carrier for a fresh natural household cleaning solution.
Lemongrass also may help to improve circulation, and has a positive effect on the lymphatic system (which also means that it works to support a strong immune system.). This is a great oil to obtain if you are just beginning with the oils, as it fulfills so many purposes.
Clove is a warm oil. It has a warming sensation when applied to the skin, and for this reason it should be used with caution if you are going to directly apply it to any part of the body. Be sure not to handle it and then rub your eyes. I’ve done it many times because of the nature of my career. Ouch. Feels about like spraying hairspray directly into your eyes.
However, Clove has a multitude of benefits and it smells wonderful, especially at Christmas time! It is thought to improve memory, help to instill courage and the ability to overcome, and fight fatigue.
Nutmeg aids in support to the adrenal glands, resulting in increased energy.
Basically, all the oils in this blend are first and foremost fighting fatigue, and then uplifting the spirit and increasing energy.
For application, rub on feet, wrists, and behind ears. Definitely do a little test patch on wrist before applying, and the blend may be diluted with a carrier oil if necessary.
#5. Blend for Stress, Blood Pressure
- Ylang Ylang
The many ailments associated with stress and elevated blood pressure are a pain in the neck, literally! Head and neck pain, anxiety, vision impairment, etc. Not to mention the risks of serious issues developing as a result of high blood pressure.
This blend by no means claims to fix or solve a diagnosis of high blood pressure, but i has been said to lower stress and anxt in a general sense.
Cypress is one of the oils that I use in my Raindrop technique, a process that serves to detoxify and draw out in impurities. It is anti-infectious, anti-septic, refreshing to the body and senses, and has properties that aid in decongestion.
When mixed with the other oils in this blend, Cypress provides a feeling of warm relaxation.
Marjoram may help to alleviate or prevent headaches, from tension to migraine. This is also an oil used in my Raindrop technique. I usually use a few drops more of this oil than others because it does not feel particularly warm on the skin, and i make sure to drag it up to the client’s neck and scalp so that it’s detoxifying properties can work their magic there.
Ylang Ylang, as discussed before, may help to balance spiritual energy, allowing for a deeper state of relaxation.
This is a great blend to massage directly onto the body. You probably wouldn’t want to diffuse it because it doesn’t have the same enchanting scent that many of the other blends do (it smells a little like a spice rack), but it can be applied to areas of the body with extreme tension, or diluted with a carrier oil. The blend can also be placed in the palms of the hands and directly inhaled.
#6 Blend For Skin Care
- Ylang Ylang
- Rose hip
There is just something about applying essential oils on and around the face, scalp, decollete. The scent of the oils just kind of wraps around you and you feel as though you have just visited the spa. That wonderful, healing, therapeutic smell.
Ylang Ylang, again, balances the energy toward spiritual attunement. It may instill confidence in oneself or situation, and may also bring joy.
Jasmine is energizing in this blend, waking up the skin and stimulating it, as well as the senses. The scent is uplifting, which works in harmony with the confidence aspect of Ylang Ylang. it may also bring a sense of optimism.
Rose hip is an oil that has been incorporated into many beauty products, especially products that are a little more natural. It has a surprising number of benefits to the skin.
First, Rose hip is thought to aid in tissue regeneration. Bringing a glow and radiance back to skin that has been lost by stress, aging, and environmental factors. Things such as scars from acne, age spots, and fine lines and wrinkles are reduced when the cell turnover on the face is rapid.
This oil is also said to work wonders on the hormonal system, helping to balance and align.
Rose hip is also a terrific moisturizer when diluted with carrier oil. You would probably want to use coconut or almond oil for this purpose.
This blend may be applied directly on location such as face and neck, or anywhere needed. The tops of the hands show signs of aging early on, and this blend may be applied there as well.
#7 Blend for the Holiday Season
- Cinnamon or Cinnamon Bark
My Christmas candle ain’t got nothin’ on this blend, ya’ll! This is what Christmas smells like! When diffused through the house or office, it just fills the space with the warm, spiced goodness of the holiday season.
Orange. Any of the citrus fruit oils will be very uplifting. They are refreshing and clean smelling, and they smell great! Orange is the best citrus oil for this blend, in my opinion, but Tangerine could also be a suitable oil. Orange oil may put one in a better mood, causing he/she to look at life more optimistically. It can also be dropped into your drinking water for appetite control.
Cinnamon is a little of a warm oil, like clove, so take the precautions listed above by doing a test patch before applying to all body parts. Cinnamon is said to be a purifier (another great reason to diffuse this blend). It is stimulating to the body and mind, and toning for the body as well. This oil is thought to bring joy, as well.
Spruce is warming, not so much to the body like Cinnamon, but to the emotions and senses. It may bring healing to the body, and act to help soothe and relieve anxiety.
This blend would be a great thing to sprinkle on potpourri. It is long-lasting and a little goes a very long way.
Again, this blend may be diffused for the best efficacy. It may also be applied to the body, but I prefer my house to smell like Christmas, not myself 🙂
Be careful, if applying directly to skin, to check for sensitivity so as not to inflame or aggravate the skin.
Well, i think that about covers it! Stay tuned for more essential oil blends, and the uses and properties of individual essential oils!
Thanks for stopping by! If you have questions or comments please feel free to leave them below; I’d love to help!
Have a blessed, beautiful day!