Unique Custom Blending is what a properly trained Aromatherapist does. As this is both an art and a skill, finding ways to practice will really help you to hone your talent.
A fun way to do this is to create unique custom blends based on songs, characters in books, poems, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, historical characters, archetypes, the energetics of a situation etc. While this might sound a little out of left field, the steps in this process are very similar to the Client Consultation.
Step 1 – Collect as much information as you can.
Research and accumulate all the information that you can. What themes do you see emerging? What emotions are experienced or described? How can you describe the individual characters?
In a client consultation, this is what you do when you sit with your client. You collect as much information as you could about them, their health, lifestyle and challenges. How much information you collect will depend on the purpose of the blend and what your client wishes to address.
Step 2 – Choose the appropriate essential oils.
Now that you have identified different aspects of the story/character/situation, you are ready to look through our essential oils and come up with oils that would match and address those aspects.
In a client consultation, this is where you would translate the issues and challenges the client wants to address into appropriate essential oils.
Step 3 – Creating your Blend
Once you have your list of appropriate essential oils, consider each one and narrow your choices down. If you are new to blending don’t try and blend too many different essential oils together. It can be a real art to get them all to ‘play nicely together’. I’d suggest that you start with 3 -5 essential oils, as your blending skills become more honed you can add more oils to the blend if you feel that is appropriate. Just keep in mind that each oil you add will affect, modify and change the aroma of the final blend.
When making your final selection of the oils that meet the criteria of what you are blending for, there are a couple of other things to consider that could make your blend really special.
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In Unique Custom Blending you will also want to consider how your blend is going to unfold. As well as what sort of staying power you want it to have. Remember the top notes in a blend are what we notice first – they sparkle and engage us right away. As these evaporate off, the middle notes and the real ‘heart of the blend’ is revealed. As these notes evaporate off we are left with the long-lasting impressions of the base notes. If you blend is all top notes, or really top note heavy, it can smell wonderful to start with, but the aroma will disappear very quickly. On the other hand, if you have a blend that is all base notes, you may find that the blend seems rather subdued and takes quite a bit of time to really unfold.
The other thing to consider is how the aroma intensity of the oils you have chosen will interact with one another. Not all essential oils have the same aroma intensity and you want to be sure that you take this into consideration as you decide on the proportions of each of the oils in your blend. This way you can create a well-balanced blend, rather than one that is overpowered by one essential oil.
In your client consultation, this is where you would create the appropriate blend and methods of application for your specific client.
There is a wealth of information out there that you can draw on to practice with. For instance even the simple Nursery Rhymes we repeated as children, or sing/say to our children now. If you look at the origin of many of them you will sometimes find that there is much more information to be had. Whether the Nursery Rhyme has a deeper, darker origin, or whether it is simply a correlation to other folklore or myths, having an understanding of these could certainly change your choice of oils for the final blend.
This is just like blending for your Client. Sometimes you will simply blend for what you see on the surface – what they are dealing with now and want to be addressed as soon as possible. While at other times you want to delve in more deeply and try and address some of the more complex issues they may be dealing with. While the second approach will take more time and effort to uncover, when you can add an oil that speaks to the deeper issues, the blend is that much more effective for your client. The art of custom blending at its finest.
As an example Let us look at the Nursery Rhyme – Monday’s Child
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child must work for a living,
But the child that’s born on the Sabbath day,
Is fair and wise and good and gay.
One approach would be to simply go through and look for the different attributes mentioned and correlate them to essential oils. Another approach would be to investigate how the days of the week got their names and then look at essential oils that might correlate with what you find there.
There is no one right way to do this. No right or wrong blend. However, practising Unique Custom Blending in this way can be a great way to improve your skills. Hone your skills in observing, researching and correlating information. Practice taking down information and translating that first into themes and conditions and then into essential oils. It will also give you a chance to practice creating both effective and well-balanced blends.