Essential Oils Blending vs LayeringIf you are new to essential oils you might be wondering what the differences between layering and blending essential oils are. Depending on your desired outcome you might consider layering essential oils or blending essential oils. Below I will review each one more specifically.


Layering essential oils is a process of layering multiple essential oils to address multiple concerns. I like to reference an incident that occurred with a neighbor to better explain layering:

One of my neighbors tripped and twisted his ankle while playing basketball. He also managed to scrape up his knee during the fall as well. I quickly grabbed a few essential oils I thought would help:

Frankincense naturally reduces puffiness and often used to help increase or magnify the effects of other essential oils.

Melaleuca, commonly referred to as tea tree oil, is known for its cleansing and rejuvenating effects on the skin.

Soothing Blend Rub is a topical cream formulated with therapeutic essential oils that provides a cooling and warming sensation to problem areas. The Soothing Blend Rub helps to reduce discomfort related to sore and achy muscles.

I applied the Frankincense to my neighbor’s ankle to help reduce any inflammation. I also applied Frankincense first, as I wanted it to increase the effects of the other oils/rub.

I applied a small pea sized amount of rub to his ankle over the areas I first applied the Frankincense oil. The Soothing Blend Rub helped to sooth and relax the sore muscles and reduce any discomfort from the fall.

Last, I applied the Frankincense and Soothing Blend Rub to the knee for the same reasons as the ankle. I also applied Melaleuca over the Soothing Blend Rub to help cleansing the knee and promote healing from the scrapes.

As you can see, I applied multiple oils to address multiple concerns. When layering essential oils, it is best to massage each oil into the desired area for approximately 30 seconds before applying the next essential oil.


Blending essential oils is often referred to as an art and a science. There are so many things to consider when blending essential oils. The chemistry, desired results, and sequence of blending to name a few.

It is common to blend essential oils for the sheer aroma of the oils. However, essential oils are also often blended for therapeutic purposes to create a synergetic effect. For example, one of my favorite essential oil blends is the Joyful Blend. Some of the main essential oils in this blend are Lavender, Sandalwood, Tangerine, Melissa and Ylang Ylang. Now, let’s take a look at these essential oils a little bit closer:

Lavender is a floral essential oil that is very calming.

Sandalwood has more of a woodsy scent and contains grounding properties.

Tangerine is a citrus oil that contains uplifting properties.

Melissa and Ylang Ylang are both floral essential oils that help create an emotional balance and are considered soothing among the oil properties.

As you can imagine, the combination of essential oils listed above make a nice uplifting and joyful blend.

Whether you are layering essential oils to take advantage of multiple properties or blending them to create a more synergetic effect, you can see essential oils can be used for many different things.

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