I hosted a Facebook Live on my Essential Oils Facebook group a couple weeks ago about dilution rations, blending factors, and dosage recommendations and wanted to follow up by writing blog posts on the subject since it is integral to understanding how to blend essential oils, carrier oils, and other ingredients. All too often, I see people sharing recipes that call for 10 drops of each essential oil. In some cases, that is way too much and in other cases the oils are not balancing out correctly. While you may need 10 drops of Lavender, 10 drops of Rose or Helichrysum may very well be a waste of an expensive oil. Sometimes more oil is just more oil and isn't providing any additional benefits.
Let's discuss blending factors. Here is an excellent reference sheet from the Essential Family's website: www.theessentialfamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Blending-Factors.pdf.
Blending factors are judged on a scale from 1-10 usually. One being that the oil is more potent and you need less of it aromatically and eight meaning that it is less potent and you will need more of that oil. For example, if you are blending something with Lavender (blending factor 7) you may need to use 10 drops or more and if you are blending something with Cinnamon (blending factor 1) you may only need a couple drops.
There is also a mathematical way to blend a synergy using blending factors as a basis for the blend.
I am going to use Lavender (7), Lemon(6), and Peppermint (1) for 30 drops at a 5% dilution.
Once you get familiar with blending factors you can easily estimate the number of drops per oil without doing the mathematics.
The ASPCA sent me a couple reference articles on cats and essential oils safety.
Lastly, I spoke with Young Living's Product Support about the subject of cats and essential oils. They stated that:
Please refer to my article on Essential Oils Toxicity for Cats for additional information.
I am excited to announce that I completed my Foundations of Aromatherapy Certification via the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. I highly recommend their courses and certifications. I am now working on my certification in French Aromatherapy.
I've been doing social media challenge in my aromatherapy Facebook group and am sharing something that I recently splurged on. My bestie Helen who turned me on to the Thirty-one. Since I don't have a car and live in the city (Philadelphia), I am often challenged when I need to transport my essential oils, materials, containers, and other ingredients around. Last time I did that I tossed everything into my suitcase and consequently lost almost all of my Rose hydrosol in the process. The upside, my luggage smells amazing.
Anyways, I found a few bag options that work really well for transporting essential oils and other stuff. As part of the social media challenge, I made an unboxing and demo video that I posted to my Facebook group, but thought to share here. Enjoy!
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