If you love to go the extra mile when it comes to creating an ambiance in your home, you probably have thought through every last detail of every room, whether it’s the decor, or light, or even scent. As a fan of essential oils, you might have a blend on hand for getting in the mood for a hardcore study session. You might have a blend ready to go for when you invite that hot date back to your place. You probably even have a blend to help you relax before bed.
But what’s your go-to just for a normal day? It can be easy to spend so much time picking out the perfect scent to suit particular moods and activities, you might not have given a lot of thought to normal, everyday essential oil blends. Like your favorite cozy sweatshirt, even if it’s not what you’re going to whip out for a special occasion, it’s so key to feeling at home in your home that you have it on hand.
So let’s talk about some essential oil blends that don’t set the mood, but rather compliment whatever you’ve already got going on.
What Are the Best All-Around Essential Oil Blends?
Deciding on an essential oil blend for the day can be difficult—weirdly, it’s almost more difficult if you don’t have anything, in particular, going on! You want something pleasant with some helpful boosts and benefits, but you probably don’t want to be overwhelmed.
And you definitely don’t want to end up feeling too sleepy or too energized or anything like that if it isn’t the reaction you’re going for. So when you’re reaching for a blend for just a regular Tuesday afternoon, you might want to consider…
Fresh and Bright
If you don’t have any particular plans but love the feeling of accomplishment you get after a good deep clean, designing your blend around a bright, fresh, clean scent can be a great option. You’ll want to mix some Lemon essential oil with Lavender Oil as well as Peppermint Oil.
This blend strikes a great middle-ground between being energizing and citrusy as well as calming with the Lavender, so you can feel balanced and at ease.
It’s like taking a ginger shot in essential oil form! Adding a few drops of Ginger Oil alongside a couple of drops of Spearmint will give you a bright and zingy blend with some really beneficial properties for your stomach, too. So if you’re all about gut health—don’t look at us like that! Gut health is in, from Kombucha to Kimchi—and you want an easy-going but invigorating scent to set the tone for your day, this is the blend for you.
Allergies don’t exactly count as a “mood” so you might not think to keep them in mind when you’re putting your essential oil blends together. As it turns out, some essential oils may help to lessen the super annoying effects of hay fever and other seasonal discomforts.
If you’re struggling with allergies, you’ll want to bring some Sandalwood or Frankincense into the mix. These two oils may reduce the frustration you feel with your stuffy nose or sneezing. Eucalyptus Oil is also a great option because it has anti-inflammatory properties. So if your allergies have you sounding so nasal Fran Drescher is getting jealous, that might be the one. Peppermint oil can have a similar effect!
Fine and Floral
What’s better than a vase of fresh-cut flowers on your table every day? Essential oil blends that give you that same gorgeous, gentle scent with none of the upkeep! Unlike flowers that will inevitably drop their petals and require daily trimming and water changes, some floral essential oils in a diffuser are a great way to feel like you’re an ethereal fairy woman frolicking through a meadow with absolutely zero effort required.
Start with a couple of well-loved floral scents like Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Clary Sage, or Jasmine. Once you’ve decided on your bouquet, add some grounding Ylang Ylang or even earthy Patchouli if potted plants are more your vibe.
Cozy Day In
If your day is looking more like Netflix and not going outside because it’s unbelievably rainy, a cozy blend is in order. Try a few drops of smoky Vetiver with bright and bold Lemon and a dash of calming Lavender to finish. Once you put this combo in your rotation of essential oil blends, you’ll never want the sun to come out.
Poised and Punchy
Finding your signature scent is a right of passage for many women, but finding the signature scent for your home isn’t always something you think about! It’s a great tactic to make your place smell homey and inviting, for you and any guests you might have. Although you probably didn’t think about it, your parent’s house or your best friend’s house probably had a particular scent to them, just in the course of living, that made them feel familiar and friendly every time you walked in. So isn’t it time you designed your own!?
Try something elegant with a bit of zip to it. Some citrus like Lemon, Grapefruit, or Orange makes a great base to keep things bright. Chamomile or Lavender will keep the blend grounded—and then you’ll want to add something else to make it uniquely you! We love something spicy like Clove or Cassia for this.
Whether you're prone to a bit of melancholy or just like to keep a spring in your step, making your go-to essential oil blend something that promotes happiness is always a great choice.
As with a lot of blends, starting with citrus is a good, strong move. Lime or Sweet Orange is particularly useful for promoting positivity and putting a smile on your face. Bergamot can help to soothe you so stress doesn’t build up, leaving you feeling happy and light. Frankincense is another great essential oil to add to this blend, because it’s thought to have some healing properties, and is often recommended if you’re trying to overcome some negative emotions.
So if your home (or office) isn’t your happy place, and you really wish it was, whipping up a blend of a few of these oils can help create the atmosphere you’re craving.
Yet again, we’re going to recommend you start with citrus! Grapefruit oil is thought to help reduce feelings of stress, and might even have a positive effect on your blood pressure. Pair those mood-balancing benefits with some Fennel oil and you’re in business.
What’s Fennel oil, you may ask? Outside of the kitchen, it may not look familiar! But in addition to pairing well in certain recipes, fennel is thought to aid in healthy digestion and circulation. It also may have a positive impact on your ability to focus. In fact, fennel is so good at getting you in the mood to take the world by storm that Ancient Roman warriors used to eat Fennel to prepare for battle.
So if you could use a little courage and encouragement in your life, keeping this confidence-boosting blend of essential oils might be just the ticket.
How Do You Use These Essential Oil Blends?
Once you’ve decided on the essential oil blends that you’d like to try, you may be wondering how to go about it. There are a couple of ways to work essential oils into your routine.
The first is to apply essential oils topically. You’ll want to dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil to keep them from being too irritating to your skin and be careful to avoid areas like your eyes, mouth, and other sensitive places. You can also get essential oils pre-blended with carrier oils in a convenient roll-on form if you’d like to take your essential oil blends on the go!
Otherwise, you’ll want to use your essential oils in a diffuser! Essential oil diffusers are a great way to really change your environment for the better and introduce some beautiful scents to your home without any fire safety risks. Diffusers have water tanks, which you’ll want to fill as directed. You just add some drops of your favorite essential oils to the water tank, turn it on, and you’re good to go!
Choosing the essential oil blend that’s right for your mood or the occasion can be fun, but it can also make you freeze a bit when you don’t have a particular vibe in mind. If you’re looking to add some simple but great blends to your repertoire just to give you a bit of a boost day-to-day, any of these blends will make whatever you’re doing just a little bit better.
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