Essential Oils: Top, Middle, Base notes

What are top, middle & base notes?

Since I have started my Aromatherapy Certification Program with the Aromahead Institute I’m in a daily daze and I’m stunned at the details we already know about our beloved Essential Oils in a scientific way. It is an absolute amazing path I have chosen and I’m SOOOO happy I took this step.

Anyway, the other day I made a blend based on my mood. I had a slight stiff neck and I just felt a bit down due to a bad night of sleep.

I figured I’m going to mix 3 oils together by just smelling them individually. Without giving it too much thought I grabbed Vetiver, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Grapefruit (I’m in love with Grapefruit. Oil or not. It can’t run away from me).

I’m always using now 30ml (1 oz bottles) to make my mixing process consistent. I chose a 2% dilution (10-12 drops combined) for massaging it on my neck and shoulders as well as below my feet.

It’s a blend made in heaven. If you would like to try it out find the exact recipe below.

I did read later that Vetiver might help with mental fatigue, insomnia, depression, maintain nerve health and much more. It has calming properties. No wonder I love this oil. I use this blend now at night as well. 

So why I’m talking about this specific blend has two reasons. First, trust your instincts and your nose. This blend made my day just better. The smell of all three oils were just what I need that day.

Second, this blend has a beautiful synergy. It has all three notes in it. Top (Grapefruit), middle (Lavender) and base (Vetiver) note.

Top notes are uplifting. They give you happiness. They are first to arrive to your nose and first to leave your nose. They evaporate fast BUT they put a smile on your face. Try it. Open up Grapefruit and smell it! It will make you happy. I promise!

Some top notes:

  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Mandarin

Middle notes will bring harmony & softness to your blend. They are right in the middle where your heart sits.

Some middle notes:

  • Roman Chamomile
  • Spikenard
  • Lavender
  • Juniper
  • Marjoram

Base notes are grounding and soothing. They are mostly “heavy” oils as Vetiver is. They will be present for a long time and slow down the evaporation process of your top and middle notes.

Some base notes:

  • Cedarwood
  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Vetiver

I hope you enjoyed the above. I surely did 🙂 And now to the recipe:

  • 1 oz (30 ml) amber glass bottle
  • 30ml Jojoba Wax (or any other carrier oil you have on hand)
  • 5 Drops Vetiver
  • 5 Drops Lavender
  • 5 Drops Grapefruit

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I buy my oils currently at different sources and if you have your own trusted source use them. This blend I have created with doTERRA oils.  If you don’t have any oils I can recommend doTERRA & Aromatics International.

Definitely and as always, go for the best oils (purest!!!) for the greatest benefits! Let me know if you have questions. I’m right now at the source 🙂

Hugs & Love

~Katrin

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