Are you as in love with essential oils as I am? If you have been using essential oils for any amount of time, you probably
have heard of the term “layering”. You may also be aware that while
essential oils are most frequently used individually, you can also create
and purchase blends of 2 or more oils. Are blending and layering the same
thing? If not, how are they different? If they are different, which process
delivers the most benefits?
Layering is simply a process of applying one oil on top of another. You
may apply one or 2 drops of cypress oil to a sprained ankle and allow it to
absorb. This is great for slowing down swelling, and also for improving
your circulation. After that oil has been absorbed into your skin, you can
follow with 1 to 2 drops of basil, which is an excellent treatment for muscle
injuries. My favorite kit for beginners learning to layer their oils (especially if you plan to work on others), is the Raindrop Technique kit from Young Living. It comes with all of the oils, and an instructional DVD.
You then continue to layer lemongrass (for repairing ligaments and joints),
wintergreen (for treating bone problems) and valor oil (for reducing
bruising). This is a common process for treating sprains. In each case and
each stage of layering, you allow one essential oil to be totally absorbed
before layering the next one on top.
Does Layering Essential Oils Offer the Most Health Benefits?
Whether you apply a blend, a single essential oil or layer several oils, you
are going to receive different types of benefits. No one process is “better”
than the other. A simple bee sting can be treated quite effectively with 1 or
2 drops of lavender oil. In most cases layering is not needed, nor is an
essential oil blend.
However, as in the above example (a sprained wrist or ankle), layering is
used to treat multiple symptoms. And in some cases, a blend created by a
recognized essential oils retailer is the best option. You have 3 different
applications for treating different issues.
Blending Is Not Layering, But You Can Layer with Blends
Blending is a very exact process. It is best left to professionals in most
cases. A blend is nothing more than 2 or more essential oils blended and
mixed together. When layering one oil on top of another, you can use
essential oil blends. Just note that blending and layering are 2 entirely
different aromatherapy procedures.
When To Blend, Layer or Use a Single Essential Oil
Layering can be so effective because of the powerful nature of essential
oils. Usually a period of time from 5 to 10 minutes between layering oils is
enough to let the oil absorb into your skin. There are popular essential oil
manufacturers that make very effective blends for several common
situations. And for the majority of daily use, single oil applications will be
fine. So, when do you choose one method over another?
The answer comes in turning to your personal experiences. Purchase an
essential oils guide or book. Join aromatherapy chat rooms and forums
online, as well as off-line communities and groups. Over time your
personal use of essential oils, combined with experienced knowledge you
receive from like-minded individuals, will ensure that you choose the
appropriate type of essential oils application every time.