How to Use Essential OIls

How to Make an Essential Oil Blend

It is easy to make your own Essential Oil Blends.

Here is how:


What is an Essential Oil Blend?

Before explaining how to make an essential oil blend, it’s important to define what it is.

An essential oil blend is when 2 or more essential oils are blended together. Simple – yes it really is that simple. This can be done based on the 3 Ways to Use Essential Oils. It is also important to note that all essential oil companies create their own blends which is great. However, I encourage you to experiment and create your own blends.

But before outlining these:

First refer to our safety tips for using Essential Oils here

Now back to the 3 Ways to Use Essential Oils to help learn How to Make an Essential Oil Blend. I am including a few suggestions on how and why you would create blends with these explanations too.

1. Aromatic: is when you breath in oils

  • You can diffuse an oil blend

For example, I like to diffuse lavender oil and another oil in a diffuser about 2 hours before bed time in the living area to calm everyone in the home down. Unwinding ready for bed. If anyone is fighting off a cold or sniffles, I’ll add Protective (On Guard) Blend or Respiratory (Easy Air) blend.

  • Mix in your hands (adults only – not children) and inhale from your hands

The blend of Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint creates a natural antihistamine which is great for allergies such as hayfever. As a hayfever sufferer I love to mix these oils in my hands and inhale the scent from my hands.

  • Mix in a spray bottle and dilute with water to spray in the room

I love to mix 5 drops of Peppermint oil and 5 drops of Lemon oil diluted with water in a spray bottle and spray in the kitchen as an air freshener but also use as a surface, cleaning spray.

2. Topical: is when you put oils direct onto your skin

  • Mix in a roller bottle and dilute with fractionated coconut oil

When my son is fighting off a cold he will mix lemon oil and peppermint oil with fractionated coconut oil in a roller bottle that he can take to school. This blend boosts his immune system (lemon oil) and boosts his ability to focus (peppermint oil)

  • Mix in your hands and rub direct onto your skin (again, for adults only not children)

As I explained above as a hayfever sufferer I also love to mix Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint oils in my hands and rub onto my skin that is not exposed to the sun for a quick fix for hayfever symptoms. You can rub this blend onto your face without lemon oil. Citrus oils on skin exposed to the sun will burn.

3. Internal: is when you consume oils

  • Mix in cooking

1 or 2 drops of Oregano and Thyme oils in a pasta tomato based sauce creates a lovely aroma throughout the home but also delightful flavours for your meal. Be mindful, Oregano in particular is a very strong oil.

  • Mix in a capsule and take internally

I recommend this for oils that you don’t enjoy the taste of. For example, Oregano has many benefits particularly to fight off infection but it is a very strong oil to take neat. Therefore, to boost your immune system a couple of drops of Oregano oil and Lemon oil in a capsule to take orally is a great solution.

  • Dilute in a large bottle of water to drink

My morning routine consists of 2 drops of Peppermint and Lemon oils in a large (approx 1 litre) bottle of water that I drink throughout the morning. It acts as a great detox and stimulates your digestive system.

Video Demonstration:

Now that you know a little more about making your own oil blends. Here is a short video I created that demonstrates how you can control how much essential oil you add to your blend using a pipette dropper. A glass dropper will also work as I mention in the video:


There are any number of oils blends you can experiment with and enjoy. All the oils I have mentioned in this article are from the top 10 oils and oil blends. I recommend beginning with these oils to get started using essential oils and making our own blends. Find out more about the 10 oils here

8 thoughts on “How to Make an Essential Oil Blend

  1. This is great for my small mister, that I put on every night, especially in the colder months. I usually use eucalyptus oil and some times lemon oil. Good to know that there are many more uses for these oils that I love. Thanks, great article.

    1. That is great to hear Bobbi, eucalyptus oil was the very first oil I ever used – particularly popular here in Australia. I use either eucalyptus or lemon for cleaning too – which kind of detox’s your house of germs

  2. I have always thought essential oils were interesting and probably powerful but I was intimidated by the warnings that they have to be diluted. I guess it depends how sensitive you are and which oil you are using?

    I am picky about scents and many oils just don’t smell good to me. I am always looking for one that I will really like. I love citrus like grapefruit and lemon as well as pine/tree scents.

    Thanks for this information on mixing oils. I have been wanting a good room deodorizer and the mix of oils in a spray bottle with water sounds perfect since I am sensitive and can’t have candles etc.

    1. Hi Jessica, yes the strength of essential oils can be, at first, intimidating.

      The oils you mentioned would be perfect for a room deodorizer! I personally prefer lemon and peppermint. But the beauty about creating your own blends is you can adapt according to your own preferences and sensitivities.

      Also, be mindful that these sensitivities may change over time as you and your body changes. A year ago I loved frankincense oil and used it all the time, then over winter I wasn’t so ‘in to it’. But now the warmer weather has returned I’m loving it again.

      Play with the oils, always begin with using less and see how you go!

  3. I found this information while looking for a way to add a better scent to an essential oil that I have. I need to rub it behind the ears, but the smell is so horrible that I don’t like using it. Are there any essential oils that work great for adding a nice smell to other not so nice smelling ones?

    1. Leahrae that is so interesting you say that ‘not so nice smelling ones’ – I’m afraid we are all different and what you don’t like the smell of the next person could love. Having said that you can look for alternatives. For example, not everyone loves lavender for instance. So if you’re looking for an oil to assist with headaches, peppermint is a great alternative. I also know that some that don’t like lavender don’t mind it so much when blended with lemon oil.

      What oil don’t you like the smell of and what are you wanting to achieve? I.e. is it for an ailment or as an air freshener?

  4. An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile, aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils are also known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetherolea, or simply as the oil of the plant from which they were extracted, such as oil of clove. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived.
    I just want to know, what are the clinical uses of essential oil?

    1. Thank you for your definition of an essential oil Dr Manzoor. I answer to your question ‘what are the clinical uses of essential oil’ as I am not a doctor or clinician I am unable to provide you with this answer. This blog is written from the perspective of using essential oils within my own home for 30 years and therefore is based on life experience of myself, my immediate family and those I have shared essential oils with. If you wish to find out more please refer to this resource of experts here:

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