The most powerful therapeutic results are obtained when individual essential oils are blended together with other essential oils. This has been demonstrated in countless research studies and has been my personal experience and that of the thousands of practitioners who work with our oils.
It is certainly true that individual essential oils, like Lavender™, Helichrysm™ and Frankincense™, are extremely powerful and possess many healing properties. And yet, when those individual oils are combined into blends, those healing properties are significantly amplified and enhanced. It is almost like a good marriage or friendship – the synergy of the two energies combined significantly enhances both individuals.
You might think of individual essential oils like individual instruments: a blend is more like a symphony where the individual oils respond to each other and adjust their individual frequencies to form a harmonious, coherent, functional blend designed to serve a particular function, like balancing an organ system or region of the brain.
Essential oils combined into a blend can result in an entirely new molecular composition, where the sum is greater than the parts. This is known as a synergy between oils which renders blends more effective than the individual oils.
The term “synergy” actually means “working together in harmony” and is based on complex interactions among the many constituents of the individual plants from which the oils are derived that give rise to its unique characteristics and healing properties. The individual essential oils each have a multitude of compounds with beneficial, healing properties, along with weaker components that are less beneficial. Combining these individual essential oils allows one oil to balance out the weaker parts of another, and even negate the possible side effects that oil could have if applied on its own. For this reason, oils that might be contra indicated for certain conditions when used individually pose little to no threat when mixed into a blend.
When you blend essential oils together, the chemical constituents in individual oils can enhance the other oils in the blend. For example, combining oils that are high in antimicrobial chemical components, like an essential oil rich in thymol with an essential oil rich in eugenol, will create a highly effective antimicrobial product, like our Immune Support™ blend.
Research comparing the antimicrobial activity of clove and rosemary essential oils alone and in combination found that while “both essential oils possessed significant antimicrobial effects against all microorganisms tested”, the oils in combination “indicated their additive, synergistic or antagonistic effects against individual microorganism tests.” More specifically, when the two individual oils were combined, they exerted additive antimicrobial effects against several strains of bacteria, a synergistic effect against Candida albicans but an antagonistic effect against Aspergillus.
Essential oil blends may also enhance the therapeutic properties of each other. For example, the anti-inflammatory effect of Roman Chamomile is amplified when mixed with Lavender™. The interaction between these two oils creates a noticeably stronger impact. Research also shows that the spasmolytic effects of caraway are enhanced by the spasmolytic effects of peppermint in relieving irritable bowel and dyspepsia.
It is worth noting that most research around essential oil effectiveness in balancing organ systems and regions of the brain look at combinations of certain oils (blends), not individual oils by themselves.
I have often found that an individual oil not commonly associated with a specific organ may work well in a blend because a compound acting alone can behave very differently in the combination with other oils. Other essential oils researchers back up this finding as well. In The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple, David Stewart writes that single oils can “adjust their vibrations to play in harmony with the rest of the family of compounds that define the blend.”
Stewart further notes that “molecules of essential oils resonate with your tissues at the frequency of healthy tissue, which restores the organ to its natural, healthy state.” This is exactly what we are doing with Vibrant Blue Oils. Creating blends that match the frequency or vibration of healthy organ tissue, including specific tissue in regions of the brain, like the Hypothalamus™ and Pineal Gland (supported by Circadian Rhythm™).
Stewart explains that when opera singers shatter crystal, it is because of a principle known as resonance, where two things vibrate in unison, in essence, matching frequencies. If the opera singer could perfectly match the tone of a piece of crystal, the glass would break. It was the resonance that shattered the glass, not just volume. If he sang a note that did not match the frequency of the crystal, the glass would not shatter, no matter how loudly he sang.
“Essential oils work in a similar fashion. The various organs, tissues, and cells of your body inherently possess certain pitches or fundamental frequencies. Oil molecules that resonate at the frequency of your pancreas will administer therapy there,” according to Stewart.
Swiss researcher Hans Jenny found that each organ in the body makes sound at specific frequencies. The sound is not audible to the human ear, but the vibrations of the sound are measurable. Jenny found that when an organ malfunctions, it no longer emits the healthy sound frequency. He then employed the principal of resonance; aiming specific, audible, high-intensity frequencies of sound at the organ, he could, in essence, reboot the organ and return it to health.
In The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple, David Stewart explains “the sick organs were out of tune and in a state of dissonance. By coming into a place of resonance with the healthy (sound) frequencies,” they would return to balance and health. “That is what essential oils do. That is how they work – by resonance with organs, cells, and even our thoughts and emotions.
This is where the true potential of essential oils lies: in using them to reboot different organs or regions of the brain to return to balance. Much as you might reboot your phone or computer when glitches appear, essential oil blends that match the frequency of healthy organs and regions of the brain can be inhaled or topically applied to return the body to homeostasis, in essence rebooting our body’s computer.
Two oils blended together enhance each other to enable you to use less while producing better results. For example, a single drop of a blended oil comprised of 8 different oils, consistently seems to work better than 8 drops of 8 different oils. When blended the oils create a synergy that differs from the benefits of the individual oils.
For example, if you needed 5 drops of Peppermint™ to give pain relief prior to blending OR 10 drops of Marjoram when you blend the two in a 1:1 ratio you may only need 3 drops of the new synergy blend, like Nerve Repair™ to get the same pain relief.
While blends are incredibly powerful, I do not recommend you try this yourself as ratios and portions can impact the synergy between oils. For example, the synergistic effect of 10 drops of Lavender™ oil to 2 drops of Rose™ may not necessarily be the same as 2 drops of Rose™ to 10 drops of Lavender™. Although the same oils are used in the blend the synergism of the individual components of the oils will be in different proportions and may give entirely different results.
This is the key reason that we choose to formulate and sell our proprietary Vibrant Blue Oils blends – to alleviate the potential for any inconsistencies in DIY blends. Similarly, the order in which oils are combined can impact the synergy and effectiveness of blends.
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