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In my household whenever there's the beginnings of a cold starting to get a grip, the first thing we do is reach for the oils - as we also do with most minor ailments, bumps, cuts, bruises or bothers! That's all very handy when I'm at home and can raid the oils box and make up a blend to suit, but sometimes it's not that easy. You're out and about or travelling, and you need to keep applying your oils ... or have a bug-repellent on hand ... or something for a bit of nausea - there's plenty of times when it'd be great to have a pre-made blend at the ready.
Well, now it's easy. There's a few handy little products currently available which allow you to easily make your own take-anywhere aromatherapy blends - or even natural perfume blends. Two of our tried-and-true favourites are BLANK INHALER STICKS and ROLL-ON BOTTLES, and we now have a large range of AROMATHERAPY JEWELLERY available, as well as a choice of ATOMISER BOTTLES for water based blends.
Scroll down also for a discussion on which THERAPEUTIC OILS can be handy in portable diffusers, as well as a section on WHICH ESSENTIAL OILS ARE BEST FOR NATURAL PERFUMES.
Do you remember the inhaler sticks we all used as kids whenever we had a blocked nose? You can now use inexpensive Blank Inhaler Sticks in simple plastic, or long lasting aluminium, to create your own instant aromatherapy diffuser to carry in your pocket or bag. Inhaler Sticks are inhaler cases with an unscented absorbent wick: just add a few drops of essential oil/s to the wick, pop it into the stick and seal with the end cap, and take your inhaler out to breathe in whenever you need the benefit of your oils. The sealed screw-on outer casing keeps the oils fresh, and once the scent begins to fade you can just top the wick up with a few more drops and it's ready to keep using.
You can use inhaler sticks for a lot more than treating colds and germs: other uses include nausea or travel sickness, concentration, anxiety, insomnia and more. Scroll below for some oil ideas for a range of different purposes.
How much oil to use?
As a rule, we suggest adding a total of around 8 -12 drops to your inhaler wick. Some oils have a stronger scent than others, and some people prefer a stronger or milder scent, so take this into account and try different amounts to suit your tastes. Start with less rather than more - don't forget, you'll be sniffing this from a very close proximity so it doesn't need to be overpowering.
Glass Roll-On Bottles are great for making your own oil-based natural perfumes, but they're also wonderful for creating instant portable therapeutic blends as well. Roll-on Bottles are available in 5 - 30ml sizes, and in clear or amber glass, or coloured versions, to suit all tastes.
To make an aromatherapy roll-on, use the same rules you would for making perfume - just add your essential oil/s to the bottle and top up with a carrier oil such as jojoba, as it absorbs really easily. It's as simple as that - oils and a bit of carrier and you have an instant take-anywhere bottle you can keep in your purse or wherever you're going, to apply as required. Because essential oils are susceptible to sunlight and heat, keep clear bottles out of direct light, or use a uv-safe amber glass bottle to protect your precious oils. Don't leave your bottle anywhere too hot (like your car glovebox) or the oils will start to lose their effectiveness.
HINT: Use an AQ BOTTLE TOOL for easy removal and insertion of your rollerball mechanisms.
How much oil to use?
We always suggest using a ratio of no more than 3% essential oils to carrier oil (only 1% if you're using oils anywhere near your face, or on infants - always avoid the eye area). So with a 10-15ml roll-on bottle you'd use around 7-9 drops total essential oils, topped up with carrier oil. Most AQ Roll-On Bottle packs include a handy instruction card, with recipe ideas.
Atomiser, or Spray Bottles can be used for perfume EDT's, or water based blends or room sprays. Like Roll-Ons, they can be used for their perfume or can also be used for therapeutic blends such as an anti-germ room spray (an AQ ROOM SPRAY KIT is available as well as a water-based DIY PERFUME KIT).
To make a water-based aromatherapy/perfume blend, use the same rules you would for making a water-based perfume. It can be as simple as adding the right amount of essential oil to water, and making sure you shake the blend vigorously each time before you use it; or you can add an few drops of an inexpensive product called SOLUBILISER.
Solubiliser is a castor oil-based product typically used to enable essential oils to blend with water-based products or hydrosols (floral waters), for example in a spritzer, atomiser or room spray. If you were to add essential oils on their own directly to water, the oils would sit in a slick on top of the liquid, without blending in (hence the requirement for shaking an oil/water blend every time before you use it). Adding Solubiliser enables the oil and water components to blend without separating. Just blend up to one part solubiliser to each part essential oil in the bottom of your bottle, then add the water or floral water. The mix may become a little cloudy - this is just the solubiliser blending into the water and is perfectly fine. Try reducing the amount of solubiliser for a clearer effect if this bothers you. CLICK HERE to view AQ SOLUBILISER.
How much oil to use?
We always suggest using a ratio of no more than 3% essential oils to water (only 1% EO's if you're using oils anywhere near your face, or on infants - always avoid the eye area). So with a 10ml atomiser bottle you'd use around 6 drops total essential oils (plus up to 6 drops solubiliser if you're using it), topped up with water or floral water/hydrosol. For a room spray you might use a 100ml bottle with up to 60 drops of essential oil (plus up to 60 drops solubiliser if you don't want to shake the bottle every time you use it).
Take a look at our DIY WATER BASED PERFUME KIT which includes bottles, solubiliser, handy tools and simple instructions, or our ROOM SPRAY KIT which includes different sized PET bottles and spray pumps, plus solubiliser and instructions.
Aromatherapy Jewellery pieces make great personal oil diffusers. Choose from styles that use a textile pad to absorb the oils, Lava Stone pieces that absorb the oils via naturally porous beads, or Snap Button designs that allow you to clip your diffuser buttons onto the jewelery piece of your choice (such as a pendant, bracelet or pin). When worn with the jewellery against the skin, the oils are gently warmed and diffused into the air immediately around you. While these are great for perfume (your favourite EDT or a natural essential oil perfume), you can also use them for therapeutic blends to relax or calm, wake up, concentrate, help with stress or anxiety, or even ward off germs. If you're unsure of which oils to use, try using a pre-made Oil Blend that has been created with a certain purpose in mind.
How much oil to use?
Try using just a couple of drops of oil to start with - bear in mind you'll be carrying the scent around you and you don't want to overwhelm everyone else, let alone yourself. Some people prefer stronger or weaker scents, and some oils have more strength than others, so experiment with the amount you use.
If using Lava Stone beads, we recommend you let the oils soak in, and then wipe dry before use to avoid the pure oils coming into contact with your skin - particularly with bracelets. Even with pendants, occasionally the oil may contact the skin so avoid using oils known to be sensitising (Peppermint, Cinnamon Bark etc) and if irritation occurs cease using that oil or try using less.
THERAPEUTIC OIL IDEAS FOR PORTABLE DIFFUSERS
If you're ready to have a go at creating your own portable take-anywhere aromatherapy diffuser, here's a few ideas for which oils you might try for DIY roll-ons, aromatherapy jewellery or inhaler sticks - plus examples of some of the therapeutic purposes you might try using them for. There are plenty of situations where aromatherapy might come in handy - you're limited only by your imagination!
* Lavender, Ginger, Peppermint or Spearmint for an anti-nausea or travel sickness blend - Lavender or either Mint are also helpful for headaches. Avoid using peppermint on the skin if it causes skin sensitivity - try using it in an inhaler instead.
* Bug repelling oils such as Citronella, Geranium, Cedarwood or Eucalyptus in a roll-on for a personal, natural insect repellent
* Neroli, Petitgrain or Mandarin for calm, and to help fight anxiety. Try a little orange oil for a bit of a lift! (or see our ANXIETY, JOY, DE-STRESS or RELAX blends).
* A cold & flu blend for when you have to be out and about with a cold - try one or a blend of oils such as Niaouli, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus or Lemon Myrtle to help treat the bug as well as assist with keeping your breathing clearer (or see our COLD & FLU RELIEF blend)
* Niaouli is also an excellent germ fighter and can help keep the nasties at bay when you're in an office full of germs and sneezers (or see our COLD & FLU DEFENCE blend)
* Anti-spasmodic oils in a roll-on, for stomach cramps or period pain (or see our ANTI-ACHE blend)
* Bergamot, Lemon, Basil or Grapefruit to help with concentration at work or during study (or see our FOCUS blend)
* Lavender (with or without added Chamomile) is a great all-round aid - Lav can be helpful for small burns, insect bites, aches and pains, itches, headaches, nausea, sunburn, and even as a mossie repellent. PLUS it smells good as a perfume! Try keeping a roll on bottle of 3% Lavender with you and you'll be surprised at how handy it can be.
* Pre-blended AQ Oil Blends are great if you're not sure which oils to use (you'll still need to dilute with a carrier) - AQ oil blends cover everything from ANXIETY to ANTI-ACHE, JOY or BLISS, LOVE, SLEEP, DE-STRESS, and plenty more.
WHICH ESSENTIAL OILS ARE BEST FOR MAKING NATURAL PERFUMES?
There are hundreds of different plant-based essential oils commonly available, and the scents vary greatly from medicinal smelling therapeutic oils to gorgeous floral oils that are stunning in their own right - with plenty of variations inbetween. The choice of oils you experiment with or blend together to make your own natural perfumes for an oil-based roll-on bottle, or water-based atomiser bottle, depends entirely on your own tastes (as well as budget), so you need to consider those when choosing your oils (or oils for a gift). As you can blend up to 4 or 5 different oils, the combinations you can create are endless - but go with the oils you know you like as a starter.
FAVOURITE TYPES OF SCENTS
Think about your favourite type of scent. Do you like Floral, Citrus, Woody, Spicy or Herbal aromas? Knowing the answer to this will give you a few ideas of where to start.
FLORAL: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Jasmine, Neroli
CITRUS: Orange, Mandarin, Tangerine, Bergamot, Lime
WOODY: Cedar, Cypress, Rosewood, Agarwood, Sandalwood
SPICY or HERBAL: Ginger, Aniseed, Nutmeg, Cardamom
USEFUL BASE NOTE (FIXATIVE) OILS FOR PERFUMERY: Patchouli, Vanilla, Frankincense, Vetiver
Once you begin to experiment you'll be quite amazed at the results you can get when blending oils from different types - you can make an entirely citrus based blend, however you might find that adding a light floral note or a deeper woody note gives your blend an entirely different feel. There are plenty of recipes on Google to give you some inspiration - don't be too heavy handed though as essential oils are very strong and you don't need much to create a strong scent.
HOW MANY OILS CAN I BLEND?
You can make a natural perfume that is as simple as one favourite essential oil, or you can create a combination of anything up to 4 or 5 different scents for a more complex scent. Try not to use too many more than this as your blend can become a little 'muddied' if there is too much going on - stick to three or four oils to start with.
Scents can be divided into Top, Middle and Base notes (see the pink graphic with some examples). Top notes such as eucalyptus or lemon tend to dissipate much quicker than base notes like Frankincense or Patchouli, so a perfume blend using only top notes won't last as long as one using base notes, which might hang around for a few days (rather than hours with top notes). When choosing the oils in your blend try using a mix of top, mid and base notes for a more complex scent; the base notes will also 'grab hold' of the top note scents and make the whole blend last longer, and develop as it ages before naturally dissipating away.
NOTE: Some oils such as base-note Vetiver are used as a 'fixative'. The scent on its own may not seem terribly pleasant but most blends will only use a single drop of the oil, and mixed with other scents it becomes completely different - don't be put off!
Bear in mind that some oils - mainly citrus - may cause photosensitisation, or sensitivity to UV light, and should not be applied to skin before exposure to the sun or sun lamps. These include: Angelica, Bergamot (unless 'Bergaptene Free'), Cumin, Lemon, Lime (unless 'Distilled' rather than 'Cold Pressed'), Orange & Verbena. Our AROMA QUEEN PREMIUM Bergamot is Bergaptene Free, and our Lime is Distilled rather than cold pressed, so both of these are safe to use in your perfume blends. Also avoid Peppermint or Cinnamon Bark, or any other oils known to cause dermal sensitisation - if unsure, do a patch test with your diluted oils and if you notice a sensitivity discontinue use.
PRE MADE OIL BLENDS
Oil Blends can easily be used in natural perfumes as their scent can be quite stunning, plus you get the added benefits of their therapeutic uses (eg De-Stress, Bliss) without needing to understand which oils are best. Blends can be an excellent way to start making your own simple natural perfumes, especially if you don't have many pure oils in your collection.
For any method that results in applying an essential oil to the skin, don't forget you ALWAYS need to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil before applying to skin in a roll-on etc. Any carrier will do - Grapeseed is cheap and light, Jojoba absorbs in well, Apricot Kernel is nice and light as well as beneficial to the skin.
Also make sure you avoid oils that cause skin sensitivity (eg Peppermint, Cinnamon etc) if you're going to dilute to apply to your skin. Bear in mind that many citrus oils cause photosensitisation, so don't apply to any skin that is going to be exposed to sunlight.
Use lower concentrations of oils when using with children or infants (no more than 1%, or 1ml per 100ml carrier - the golden rule for measuring oils is 20 drops = approx 1ml), or only a drop or two in an inhaler. Avoid particularly strong oils such as Peppermint when dealing with children - Spearmint is an ideal oil for use with kids as it has similar benefits but is a much milder oil.
Never allow children or pets to suck or chew on aromatherapy jewellery, or anything else containing essential oils - most essential oils are toxic if ingested.
See our ESSENTIAL OIL SAFETY Guide for additional information.
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