Creating SAFE Roller Ball Blends

Creating Roller Ball Blends

As I sat down to decide what to write about this week I went to find inspiration on that always amazing resource- Pinterest. WOW! It has been a while since I looked at essential oil pins on Pinterest and it amazes me how much time I could spend reporting all the pins making medicinal claims (against FDA regulations) or just commenting on the ones with dilution ratios that are so high I am surprised people are not having nasty skin reactions. So enter this week’s post- creating SAFE, yet still effective, roller ball blends.

What is a safe dilution ratio?

This really depends on the age of the person you are creating a blend for, and the reason you are creating that blend. The following is a good, safe, “rule of thumb” but always there are special circumstances. If you are blending for someone who has known medical issues, is on medications or is super little please consider consulting a trained aromatherapist. You can find an aromatherapist by visiting either www.naha.org or www.alliance-aromatherapists.org both of these sites have a “Find an Aromatherapist” link that lists Aromatherapists in your area.

Ages 1-2*: Maximum Dilution of 0.5%

Ages 2-5: Maximum Dilution of 1%

Ages 6-10: Maximum Dilution of 3%

Ages 11 and Up: Maximum Dilution of 5%

*under age 1 there should be no topical application of the essential oils due to the delicate nature of not only the infant’s skin but their internal organs as well.

What do these dilutions mean in real terms? Well since we are talking about making roller ball blends let us work with a standard 10ml roller ball
 

A dilution of 0.5% would be 1 drop in 10ml

A dilution of 1% would be 2 drops in 10ml

A dilution of 2% would be 4 drops in 10ml

A dilution of 3% would be 6 drops in 10ml

A dilution of 5% would be 10 drops in 10ml

Now what do you put in a rollerball blend?

This is going to depend on what you want to use it for, again I will caution against *most* recipes found on Pinterest for the fact that most dilutions are above what is necessary (and thereby a waste of your oils) and they tend to also use essential oils that are far too strong for certain demographics without listing those concerns. With that said my recommendation is to go to a website like www.stillpointaromatics.com or www.aromatics.com  where you can sort the essential oils by therapeutic property or energetics (Stillpoint) or by aroma and even plant part. This is a great way to build not only your knowledge of the essential oils but to see what kind of combinations you can create. Blending is about finding what works for you, many times when I suggest (the same) multiple oils for certain situations to different people they end up making completely different blends. It is true that “your nose knows” exactly what you need, which is why different people given the same oil options for the same issue will choose differently from those options.

So here are some recipe ideas, but they are just that, ideas; they are stepping stones as you learn what your body needs and which oils work best for you and your situation. I will be adding more recipes in the coming weeks to both the FB page and Pinterest so make sure to follow to see those! Also, if you sign up for the newsletter you will get exclusive access to PDF files of profiles of essential oils and carrier oils. These are great to create your very own binders on use information and you can also print off the GC/MS of your essential oils and place those with your newly acquired profile sheets!

Caffeine Buster- getting you through your mid-day without the jolt!

Add the drops below to your roller ball container:

2 drops rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)   

2 drops spike lavender (Lavendula latifolia)

2 drops peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

2 drops grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)

Top off the container with your favorite carrier oil; my go-to is Jojoba Wax (Simmondsia chinensis). The only known contraindication with this blend is rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) can increase or cause seizure activity in some. If you already have a seizure disorder, please be aware of this before use. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and peppermint (Mentha x piperita) are also not recommended for use on small children.

Daytime Uplifter- for when the day is just dragging along.

2% dilution for this blend which would be 10-12 drops in 30ml so 3-4 drops in a 10ml roller ball.

Add the drops below to your roller ball container:

2 drops lemon (Citrus limon)

1 drop cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)

1 drop rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Top off with your favorite carrier oil. The lemon in this blend has been shown to increase productivity and rosemary is an oil showing great promise to help with brain fog and memory retention. The only known contraindication with this blend is rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) can increase or cause seizure activity in some. If you already have a seizure disorder, please be aware of this before use. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is also not recommended for use on small children

Calm the Kill- for when irritability gets the better of you.

3% dilution for this blend which would be 15-18 drops in 30ml so 5-6 drops in a 10ml roller ball.

Add the drops below to your roller ball container:

3 drops Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobilis)

2 drops bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

1 drop petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)

Top off the container with your favorite carrier oil. There are no known contraindications with the oils used in this blend. However, due to its high dilution ratio please do not use on small children.

Stop the itch- for when the bugs come and think you are dinner

2% dilution for this blend which would be 10-12 drops in 30ml so 3-4 drops in a 10ml roller ball.

Add the drops below to your roller ball:

1 drop helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)

3 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Top off the container with your favorite carrier oil, apply as needed when the itchiness gets intense. The oils included have no known contraindications. Due to its high dilution ratio please do not use on small children.

Sleep Tight- Giving you a little help to reach those zzz’s

1% dilution for this blend which would be 5-6 drops in 30ml so 2-3 drops in a 10ml roller ball.

Add the drops below to your roller ball:

1 drop neroli (Citrus aurantium var amara)

1 drop lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

1 drop ylang ylang (Cananga odorata)

Top off the container with your favorite carrier oil. Apply as needed before bed to help you relax and comfortably drift off. The dilution above has no contraindications; however, ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) is a hypotensive essential oil which means in higher concentrations it could interact with your medications if you have blood pressure issues, also this oil has a maximum recommended topical dilution at 0.7% (this recipe has it at 0.5%) due to this concern.

Remember, I am not a medical professional. Nothing herein is intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any known illnesses or diseases. Please consult your health care provider before considering adding to or changing your current regimen. If you use any advice or recipes please do so at your own risk, I do not know your complete medical history. Please educate yourself on how to properly use essential oils before you use them, they are not without risks. None of the information on this page has been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.