Essential Oil Substitutes: Saving You Money!

Essential Oil SubstitutesDo you have questions about essential oil substitutes? Are you wondering how you are going to afford to pay for your new found hobby? Read on to learn more about the concept of substituting oils and how it can save you money!

When I was working on my Aromatherapy Certification, creating and trying new essential oil blends became a passion of mine. I never got tired of mixing oils to find new combinations, some of which were great, while others were mediocre. But, all part of the learning process.

This was also a time in which I was still building my oil collection. Often times I would find a great recipe I wanted to try, but I didn’t have the oils I needed for it.

Why I Decided to Dive Deeper

It can get to be pretty expensive if you’re constantly buying new essential oils for multiple recipes you have on your ‘to do’ list. Especially if the oils the recipe calls for are not very versatile. Some essential oils have somewhat limited possibilities compared to others.

It wasn’t until I discovered the concept of essential oil substitutes that I was able to continue creating, not to be limited by what I had on my shelf. Instead of trying to buy everything I needed, I learned to use what I already had and substitute essential oils that had similar properties.

Some Tips on Essential Oil Blending

Blending oils is not an exact science. When blending for a particular dilution, if you’re off a drop or two, in the end it won’t really matter. If you’re diffusing oils or putting them in the bath, there can be a wide range of the amount you add, based on your personal preference for the strength of aroma.  You can also substitute oils for others in recipes.

Each essential oil is unique in its properties and aroma.  Even different batches of the same essential oil can be slightly different.  That is just how they occur in nature.  The region where they are grown, the weather conditions and harvest time can all influence the final essential oil product. But if you are making a recipe that calls for a certain oil, you can usually substitute an oil that has similar clinical properties.

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For example, you want to diffuse a fruity oil that will lift your spirits and also ward off bacteria in your kitchen.  There are several oils you could use. Three that come to mind are Lemon, Lime or Orange, either individually or in a combination. These are all citrus oils with antibacterial properties. Or let’s say you want to make a lotion that has relaxing properties and smells like a flower bouquet. You could use Lavender, Jasmine, Sandalwood or Rose, either alone or several together for their calming qualities and floral scent.

Once I discovered the idea of essential oil substitutes there was nothing that could stop me!  Don’t let essential oils be a budget buster for you.  Use what you have and be sure to have “the essentials” in your essential oil collection such as Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint.  There is an abundance of scientific data out there to back up the benefits of these oils in particular. There are a few others I would add as well but those are great to start out with.

***Below is a list of common essential oils categorized by their clinical properties:

Essential Oil Substitutes by Clinical Properties

Calming= Bergamot, Lavender, Roman chamomile, Jasmine, Neroli, Ylang Ylang

Up-lifting= Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Lime, Grapefruit, Peppermint

Grounding= Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Opopanax

Antibacterial= Lemon, Clove, Peppermint, Oregano

Antifungal= Tea Tree, Geranium, Lemongrass

Anti-inflammatory= Lavender, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Myrrh

Pain-reducing= Frankincense, Myrrh, Peppermint, Lavender

Skin-healing= Helichrysum, Frankincense, Rose


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