Aromatherapy Blending

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					?In aromatherapy blending, only natural ingredients such as essential oils, absolutes,
CO2s, grain alcohol, carrier oils, herbs and water are used. Because aromatherapy
blending requires and benefits from the use of unsynthesized chemicals, you shouldn't
have high expectations for perfectly duplicating your favorite commercial fragrances.

To gain the most from blending aromatherapy recipes it will help to understand the
history behind the perfume industry. In the early 19th century, the Englishman George
William Septimus Piesse discovered a way to classify scents. Similar to music he used
"top notes", "middle notes" and "base notes". He called this an "odophone".

Base notes are warm and rich; they enhance the lasting effect of your blend. Their
long-lasting power affects the chakras and affects our emotional and mental balance.
Among them, we find frankincense, clary sage, vanilla, cedarwood, benzoin, and
spruce. Diffuser blends do not need base notes; however, they are mandatory in any
massage blend. They form 10-25 percent of a blend.

Aromatic blending basically deals with creating different blends to create varied
aroma. For this, one has to try out different mixtures to achieve the right kind of
aroma one desires. The essential oils belonging to the same category are observed to
go well with each other. After achieving the right type of aroma, you need to mix it
with carrier oils and store in glass bottles for usage. Some of the basic combinations
are: Floral blend well with spicy, citrus and woodsy oils. Woodsy oils blend well with
all categories. Spicy and oriental oils blend well with floral, oriental and citrus oils.
Be careful not to overpower the blend with the spicy or oriental oils.

Therapeutic Blending focuses on making a blend that focuses on its therapeutic
properties rather than aromatic. It is made to aid us in particular emotional or physical
condition. But it is also important that the blend smells good also. The most important
part is to select essential oils for the therapeutic actions they deliver, keeping in mind
what condition you want to treat. But It's also important to make sure that the selected
oils do not have any contraindications or safety issues that can affect other aspects of
your health.

Growing awareness and interest from both the public and certain regulatory agencies
have brought the 'therapy of scent' to the fore. Increasing sales of 'aromatherapy
products', inspired by a desire to self-nurture, have reacquainted us with one of our
most direct and instinctual senses: smell. As our high street shelves have given more
space to aromatherapy, so the powerful licensing agencies, primarily the MCA
(Medicines Control Agency) and the EC, have become more watchful of how
aromatherapy markets itself.

The difference between the two main types of aromatherapy blending is simple. The
goal with aromatic blending is how a blend smells. The goal with therapeutic blending
is to create a mixture that will alleviate some type of body ache or pain, or relieve the
body in some other way as in reducing stress. Although the focus with therapeutic
blending is different, aroma is still a factor to consider. Therapeutic blending will be a
wasted effort if it's too pungent to be used!

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