How to Create Safe and Effective Healing Blends With Essential Oils

When I discovered I could use essential oils for anti-aging blends and save loads of money on pricey over-the-counter products.

I was thrilled!

So I started experimenting and making essential oil blends and adding the recommended drops, but thinking ~

“If a few drops can tighten and improve the look of my skin, then 50 drops will make me look 25 again!” HA 😉

Well, the 50 drops is a bit of an exaggeration, but I’m sure you can guess how that went.

I quickly learned that was NOT a good idea. I developed some eye and skin irritation. 

Less is better when it comes to essential oils.

After a few mishaps, I wanted to learn the safest and most effective way to get the most benefit from my essential oil skin care and healing blends.

So, I enroll in the ~

Aromahead Aromatherapy Certification Program!

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Essential Oils are Safe to Use!

Before I earned my certification I relied on the internet to find information. While there are some great places to find accurate information.

There is a lot of misinformation out there too. That’s why I didn’t know that putting more than a few drops in a face blend could be harmful.

Essential oils have many uses, but in this post you’ll learn how to use them safely and effectively in your DIY healing blends.

When you follow a few simple safety guidelines, you can create your own safe DIY blends too and will get you started on the right path to making all of your blends.

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Safety Guidelines

Safely using Essential Oils in DIY Skin/Hair Care products comes down to a few simple rules ~

  • Safe Dilutions

  • Blending Guidelines

  • Use High-Quality Oils

  • Never use Oxidized Oils

  • Be Mindful

Safe Dilutions

Some essential oils can irritate the skin, so they are often diluted for safety. They are typically diluted with a carrier like water, witch hazel, aloe, or carrier oils.

Carrier oils are made from plants and plant parts. They’re not volatile the way essential oils are, and they tend to be heavier.

Some great carrier oils are ~

  • Jojoba oil

  • Sweet almond oil

  • Argan oil

  • Rosehip oil

  • Fractionated coconut oil

Disclaimer: Understand we are not offering any medical advice. We do not attempt to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. We can’t promise that any natural remedy will solve a particular health, skin, or mental issue. Any reliance on such information is strictly at your discretion.

Blending Guidelines

This is so very important to know because the number of drops you use per 1oz (30 ml) of carrier oil will determine:

A. If your blend will be effective at addressing the skin concern, it’s made for

B. And even more importantly, it will determine how safe the blend will be to use on the skin.

Blending Guidelines and Dilutions

“There are approximately 500–600 drops of essential oils in a 1oz (30 ml) bottle.

1% of 500 drops = 5 drops ~ 1% of 600 drops = 6 drops

  • Use the following dilutions, for pregnant women and children, for anyone with a compromised immune system, and for using directly on the face:

1% dilution = 5 – 6 drops total in 1 oz. (30 ml) of carrier

  •  For massage oils and daily use:

2% dilution = 10 – 12 total drops in 1 oz. (30 ml) carrier.

  • Specific injury of muscle, tendon, and bone: 3–10% depending on the individual, age, situation, and oils being used:

3% dilution = 15 – 18 total drops in 1 oz. (30 ml) carrier.

  •  For local issues such as chest congestion:

3–10% depending on the individual, age, situation, and oils being used (If 1% dilution is 5–6 drops, then a 10% dilution is 50–60 drops)

  • If the problem is acute and severe, you can only go up to 25% dilution for short-term use only.

Acute situations include headaches, superficial cuts, bee stings, and burns. 

Severe problems include muscle cramps, intense spasms, significant bruising, or pain.

  • Neat (means undiluted essential oil and no carrier oil) oils can be used for the following:

Small areas, local use, acute situations, short-term use. These must be the highest quality, non-oxidized oils.

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Use High-Quality Oils

These oils will be therapeutic grade, GC/MS tested, and unadulterated. Tisserand and Young define adulteration as:

Intentional dilution or fabrication.

He goes on to say that essential oils can be adulterated with odorous or non-odorous substances to dilute an essential oil or absolute.

Odorous adulterants; can include other essential oils, essential oil fractions or residues, synthetic aroma chemicals similar to those found in the oil, or aromachemicals not found in the oil.

Non-odorous adulterants, or extenders; include substances such as ethanol, mineral oil, isopropyl myristate, glycols, phthalates, and fixed oils such as rapeseed and cottonseed. Tisserand and Young

Adulteration can happen at any point, from distillation/extraction to reaching the end-user.

Some points along the way can include:

  • Co-gathering or co-distillation of several varieties (for example, several types of lavender gathered and distilled together)

  • A distiller may adulterate an oil before selling it to a distributor.

  • Distributors may adulterate an oil before selling it to a retailer.

  • The retailer may adulterate an oil before selling it to a customer.

Never use Oxidized Oils

Degradation/oxidation is the natural process of the chemical breakdown of essential oils.

This commonly occurs from oxygen, heat, and light. The length of time that this process takes to occur can vary significantly based on the essential oil and storage conditions.

It is important to reduce exposure to oxygen, heat, and light.

Some things that will help to slow down the process of degradation/oxidation of essential oils include storing them in:

  • Dark glass containers

  • Store in a dark and cool environment like the refrigerator

  • Keep essential oil caps tightly sealed to minimize exposure to oxygen

Note ~ You don’t have to throw away your old or oxidized oils. You can use them in your DIY cleaning products to give them an extra boost.

Be Mindful

Be mindful when using essential oils with any of these groups ~

  • People with certain health conditions

  • Pregnant women

  • Breastfeeding moms

  • Children under 5yrs

  • The elderly

  • Anyone with a compromised immune system

As a result, using essential oils in an unsafe manner with any of these groups could cause some unforeseen issues.

So, if you are ever unsure, the safest thing to do is NOT use essential oils with these groups.

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Bottom Line

I know; I was overdoing it with the number of essential oil drops I used per ounce.

But, us mid-lifer’s want to hold on to our youthful looks. I think I just like to learn things the hard way sometimes, HA!

I may not look 25 again. However, I know that I’m using them safely now and can enjoy all the benefit from my DIY skin care and healing blends.

Now that you know about the dilution chart and guidelines for blending safely, it will make a huge difference for you too!!!

Let me know what your favorite essential oils are! Leave a comment below, lets chat!

Here’s to safe DIY healing blends!

Susie ∞

 

P.S. Want to set a goal? Check out this popular post with tips to improve your results:

How to Use Aromatherapy When Setting Goals for Improved Results

 

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Disclaimer: Understand we are not offering any medical advice. We do not attempt to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. We can’t promise that any natural remedy will solve a particular health, skin, or mental issue. Any reliance on such information is strictly at your discretion.

Disclosure: Blooming in Midlife LLC participates in a few affiliate programs. If you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive an affiliate commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for being supportive of small businesses.


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How to Use Aromatherapy When Setting Goals for Improved Results

How many times have we made our new years resolutions

or set a goal to do something new or change a bad habit

and didn’t follow through for various reasons?

I know I have way more than once. Use Aromatherapy

We start a list of things we need/want to change or improve upon, but then we get stressed out just thinking about doing it.Use Aromatherapy When Setting Goals

We can feel defeated before we even get started. Ugh.

Resolutions, goals, and plans, or I like to call them intentions, can be tricky because we often think we have to do them perfectly in order to accomplish them.

Well-meaning intentions are often not achieved because we usually ~

  • Start too fast,
  • Go too strong, and
  • Try to change everything at once.

Or we wait till everything is perfect before we even try?

And we all know that perfect timing never happens.

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For Example

  • Start to exercise, we go all in and get burned out, or we end up causing an injury, so we have to stop and never start again? Use Aromatherapy When Setting Goals

  • We want to eat healthier, so we start eating salads and green drinks every day, and we end up getting burned out from too many greens?

  • We want to drink more water, so we fill up a jug and start drinking a gallon every day. But we end up feeling waterlogged, and have to run to the bathroom every 30min., so we stop.

  • Start to budget our money and plan to save X amount every month. But then the car breaks down, and we don’t stick to the plan?

  • And on and on and on; I think you get the picture!

It can be overwhelming to change everything all at once.

So we stop and never start again. Or, we start but never really stick with the intention?

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Too many intentions, like trying to do ALL the intentions listed in the well-meaning list above. We may start one or all of them but never continue with any of them because it’s too much to do or too hard to remember to do them.

We’ve all been there more than once. And we feel like we have failed somehow???

But, don’t make yourself wrong for not doing something perfectly, or in the correct order, or getting it done in a specific time frame, or whatever it is for you?

Life happens!

We’re not supposed to be perfect,

and that’s OK!

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When making our intentions, we first want to start with our mindset and be willing to understand that we may need to shift our direction a bit when everyday things come up, but it does not mean we should stop trying!

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We need to start thinking differently about our intentions if we want to move forward with them!

So, instead of thinking of our intentions as hard work, not having enough time, too expensive, or an inconvenience, we can start thinking of our intentions as wanting to do fun things. I Love this!!!

Wanting is the keyword here! No one is making us think about, set, or do our intention except us, right! So we can make it fun if we want to! Plus, committing to do something fun is way more doable than committing to hard work!Use Aromatherapy When Setting Goals

How can you make it “FUN”? Once a week or once a month, reward yourself! For every small step toward your intention that you made! You can think of your intentions as: 

A list of fun things to do, with rewards

  • Save more money – To have an emergency/backup fund! Reward: Set $20 or more aside and buy yourself a new shirt, book, earrings, or something you have wanted for a while!

  • Drink more water – For hydration and to help with your digestion! Reward: Get a latte or your favorite drink!

  • Eat healthier – To feel better and sleep better! Reward: Treat yourself to your favorite dessert or ice cream! (Yum, I love ice cream)

  • Start walking – To have more energy, and it helps with depression! Reward: Buy a good pair of walking shoes or a cute new walking outfit!

Making small changes is the key

  • Save $10, $25, $50, or $100 a month. When you’ve learned to live without that money each month, increase the amount by $5, $10, $20, or more. It adds up!

  • Drink one 8oz glass of water every day for a week. Then drink two 8oz glasses a day for a week, and so on!

  • Walk to the end of the driveway every day for a week, then to the end of the block every day for a week, and then around the block every day for a week and build from there! You get the idea!

Small changes become BIG changes over time

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Using Aromatherapy When Setting Your Intentions

I read a post from Aromahead Institute, where I studied to be a Certified Aromatherapist.

This article was about new years resolutions/intentions.

However, this applies to any goals, plans, or intentions we want to set any time of the year by using Aromatherapy!

Using Aromatherapy for setting our intentions is more about ~

  • Choosing oils that inspire you

  • Offer mental focus

  • Give you more energy

  • Help support your confidence every day!

 

The idea is that you will make a small roller bottle of your favorite scents and carry it with you. Doing this will be a reminder and a motivator to act on your intentions!

It’s kind of like the string around the finger to remind us of something. Using essential oils will help to remind us to move forward with our new habits every day!

Before making blends with essential oils, you’ll want to read this informative post called:

How to Use Essential Oils Safely & Effectively in DIY Skin Care Blends

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Three DIY Essential Oil roll-on recipes to try!

These blends are easy to make, and they smell lovely!



Ignite Your Sparkle Blend

This blend will help you feel inspired about your intention, and it’s emotionally uplifting to help you stay at it!

Ingredients – *Organic

  • 10 ml Jojoba* (Simmondsia chinensis)

  • 4 drops Sweet Orange Oil*(Citrus sinensis) – Soothes the perfectionist in us. Emotionally uplifting, calming, and relieving any anxiety. Sweet Orange oil has a fresh and fruity scent.

  • 2 drops Pink Grapefruit* (Citrus paradisi) Uplifting and cleansing. Highly energetic and exudes happy, outward energy. Pink Grapefruit has a sparkling aroma with a sharp, sweet citrus scent.

Equipment

    One 10 ml Glass Bottle with a roller ball top

Directions

  •     Combine the jojoba and essential oils in the bottle.
  •     Snap the roller ball top into place.
  •     Roll the bottle in your palms to blend the ingredients.
  •     Apply anytime throughout the day!


Halt Procrastination Blend

Making a change requires persistence! This blend helps motivate you and stay grounded as you move forward with your intention.

Ingredients – *Organic

  • 10 ml Jojoba* (Simmondsia chinensis)

  • 4 drops Sweet basil* (Ocimum basilicum ct. linalool) – Strengthens self-confidence, helps to motivate and brings clarity to the mind. Sweet basil oil smells herbal and sweet.

  • 2 drops Black Pepper* (Piper nigrum) – Reduces fear and motivates change. Protection from negative energy. The black pepper scent is fresh, dry, warm, spicy, and woody.

Equipment

    One 10 ml Glass Bottle with a roller ball top

Directions

  •     Combine the jojoba and essential oils in the bottle.
  •     Snap the roller ball top into place.
  •     Roll the bottle in your palms to blend the ingredients.
  •     Apply anytime throughout the day!


Find Your Focus Blend

This blend gets you focused, energized, and it helps encourage clear thinking so that you can act on your intentions.

Ingredients – *Organic

  • 10 ml Jojoba* (Simmondsia chinensis)

  • 3 drops Rosemary* (Salvia Rosmarinus/Rosmarinus officinalis ct. 1,8 cineole or ct. camphor) – Stimulates and strengthens the mind, energizes, uplifts, and encourages clarity. Rosemary typically has a strong, fresh, herbal scent.

  • 3 drops Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia) – Provides vital energy and support and stimulates vibrancy. Spike Lavender scent is Lavender-like and penetrating but also camphoraceous.

*Note – Be sure to use Spike Lavender. It stimulates the mind, whereas standard Lavender calms the mind.

Equipment

    One 10 ml Glass Bottle with a roller ball top

Directions

  •     Combine the jojoba and essential oils in the bottle.
  •     Snap the roller ball top into place.
  •     Roll the bottle in your palms to blend the ingredients.
  •     Apply anytime throughout the day!


Application

First, hold the bottle about an inch or two from your nose and smell your blend by taking two or three deep breaths. Then apply your blend to your wrists and/or behind your ears.

While applying and smelling your blend repeat your intention and why it’s important to you out loud while breathing in the aroma. (writing down your intention can be helpful too).

Then every time you smell your blend, it will help trigger your thoughts and remind you that your intention is important to you!

Safety

I recommend buying Organic essential oils whenever possible!

For these blends to be safe, it’s best to add no more than 6 drops per recipe as some essential oils may irritate your skin.

Plus, I always recommend applying a small amount first to make sure your skin likes it!

*Note – If any blend irritates your skin, try a different blend, and use the blend that irritates for smelling only.

Using these blends can be a fun way to keep you moving forward with your intentions.

Making small changes is the key to staying committed to your intentions!

Comment below to share your favorite blend! Also, if you have any questions about blending, I’m happy to help!

Here’s to making small changes and Using Aromatherapy When Setting Intentions!

Susie ∞ 

P.S. Your intentions are about learning how to do things differently. So, don’t let yourself get in your own way. Perfection is overrated anyway, right? 😉

It takes 21 days to start a new habit and 90 days to make it your new way of life! Just remember, small changes lead to BIG outcomes. You’ve Got This!!!

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Thank you for your support!

 


Disclaimer: Understand we are not offering any medical advice. We do not attempt to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. We can’t promise that any natural remedy will solve a particular health, skin, or mental issue. Any reliance on such information is strictly at your discretion.

Disclosure: Blooming in Midlife LLC participates in a few affiliate programs. If you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive an affiliate commission at no additional cost to you. We appreciate your support of small businesses.


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How to Clear Your Space and Aura Effectively With Sound and Sage

When I helped my daughter-in-law smudge her new place with a white sage & lavender blend before she moved in, and it was a great experience! Clear Your Space & Aura

The only mistake we made was not opening enough windows. It was hot that day, and for some reason, several wasps were flying around all the windows. It was weird. Clear Your Space & Aura

Plus, the screens needed to be replaced and had already been removed, so only two windows had screens. We didn’t want any wasps flying in “Eeek,” so we only opened the two windows with screens.  Clear Your Space & Aura

We thought, oh well, we’ll be fine.

 

Nope, we definitely needed more windows open.

We both felt loopy the rest of the day after catching a buzz from the sage smoke. “HA”!

Make sure you have good ventilation when smudging!

Clearing your space & aura, also known as smudging, is an ancient practice. And is considered to be effective!

When we live with an autoimmune condition, it can be stressful at times, and we end up carrying that stress in our aura/body.

Smudging is an excellent way to clear and release negative & stagnant energies from your space & aura.

Then you can invite in fresh, new, positive energy. Clear

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Reasons to Clear Stagnant Energy

Energy from people and objects can leave impressions of themselves in spaces like your home, office, and car. 

Also, negative stagnant energy can stay trapped in your aura. So, it’s essential to regularly clear all of these areas to make room for new fresh vibrant energy to be welcomed in! 

Best times to smudge include:

  • Before you move into a new home or office.
  • During and after any bad relationship.
  • While dealing with health/autoimmune problems
  • After the death of a loved one.
  • When a traumatic or damaging event happens.
  • While feeling depressed or sad.
  • During and after an illness.
  • When buying a new car ~ especially a used car.
  • Monthly energy maintenance is good too!

The most important thing about clearing energy is your intention. When clearing, you can visualize the old stagnant energy leaving the area while inviting fresh, new, positive energy in.

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Things to have before you begin!

White sage is the most popular sage for smudging. It’s associated with purity and has a strong presence, but you can also use other varieties.

Some common varieties are White, Black, or Red sage, Cedar, Rosemary, Lavender, & Juniper.

Although keep in mind that some people are sensitive to smoke, and burning herbs can be a little overpowering.

So, if you find that the smoke bothers you, there are other options! Like using sound, diffusing essential oils, or using a smudging spray. 

Grab your free ~

How to Clear Your Space and Aura PDF HERE!

 

Clear Your Space and Aura

Sage Clearing supplies ~

  1. Smudging Kit
  2. White Sage or other varieties
  3. Feather or Feather Fan (optional)
  4. Abalone Shell (optional)
  5. Sage Candle
  6. Sage Incense Sticks
  7. Essential Oils & Portable Diffuser (if you do not want the smoke)
  8. Aura/Space Smudge Spray  (if you do not want the smoke)

Sound Clearing supplies ~

  1. Bell
  2. Meditation Cymbals
  3. Tuning fork
  4. Tibetan singing bowl
  5. Meditation/chanting Music

You could use a combination of sound and sage like~

  • Sage & a bell
  • Diffuse essential oils & singing bowl
  • Smudge spray & meditation/chanting music

How to Clear your Space with Sage

After you have gathered your smudging supplies, and before you begin ~ Clear Your Space & Aura

  • Open the windows and doors to let the negative stagnant energy out and let in the fresh new energy.
  • Write down your mantra or prayer, examples:

“Release any unwelcome energy from this space.”

“Fill this space/aura with unconditional love.”

“I’m living in harmony with mind, body, and spirit.”

“I’m releasing all energies that do not serve me.”

“Fill me up with love, light, and peace.”

“I trust the Universe and my intuition to guide me.”

  • Lastly, it’s essential to clear your mind and set your intention. A quick Meditation before you begin will get you into a focused, relaxed mindset.

For info. on meditating, have a look at this popular post

How to Meditate Well:

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Steps for Smudging

  1. For best results, clear your home/space before clearing your aura.

  2. Set your intention & meditate to clear and focus your mind.

  3. Hold the sage at an angle, and light one end. Let it burn for about 20 seconds, then let the flame die out and smolder. (Watch for falling embers.)

  4. Starting on the lowest level and left corner, walk through every room, working in a clockwise fashion until you reach the top level.

  5. Use a feather or your hand to fan the smoke around the entire room while saying your mantra.

  6. Be sure to reach the corners of every room, all mirrors, doors, windows, and inside of closets and cabinets.

  7. Pay special attention to high-traffic areas and places where visitors come & go.

  8. As you are smudging, thank your Higher Power for helping and protecting you.

How to Clear Your Aura with Sage

When using sage to clear yourself, you will follow the same steps you used (above) for clearing a space, but the focus will be on your body instead of your Space.

  1. Stand in the shape of a T with legs slightly spread apart and your arms out to the sides.

  2. Keeping the sage stick away from your body, start at either foot, work your way up and over your head, and then back down and off the opposite foot.

  3. Passing the sage to the other hand, on the way down the opposite side of the body

  4. Repeat if necessary!

  5. Saying your mantra as you go. “Fill my aura with unconditional love” or “Release all negative energy from my aura.”

  6. Imagine your aura is being cleared of any negative stagnant energy.

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Clear your Space & Aura with Sound

Clearing negative stagnant energy with sound is done by using a bell, meditation cymbals, tuning fork, Tibetan singing bowl, or you can clap your hands.

Simply follow the same steps (above) for burning sage, but the focus will now be on using sound instead of the smoke from sage.

Space Clearing ~

  • Set your intention and say your mantra.
  • Walk around the Space, ringing the bell or striking the bowl.
  • While cleansing the stagnant energy to bring positive vibrations and love into your Space.

Aura Clearing ~ 

  • Set your intention and say your mantra.
  • Stand in the shape of a T,
  • Clang the cymbals, or play meditation music to clear your aura.

Clearing stagnant energy with sound & sage will keep your spaces and aura free from negative stagnant energy and is a simple practice for a healthy, happy, balanced you!

And remember to “open ALL” of your windows unless you want to catch a buzz! 😉

Here’s to Clearing Stagnant Energy from your Space and Aura!

Susie ∞

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Thank you for your support!

 


Disclaimer: Understand we are not offering any medical advice. We do not attempt to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. We can’t promise that any natural remedy will solve a particular health, skin, or mental issue. Any reliance on such information is strictly at your discretion.

Disclosure: Blooming in Midlife LLC participates in a few affiliate programs. If you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive an affiliate commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you for being supportive of small businesses.