(Last Updated On: February 26, 2018)

What’s in an essential oil blend? Wouldn’t a single essential oil be just as useful?

Well, yes and no.

Every single essential oil has a number of properties/uses.

For example Lavender Essential Oil has a relaxing fragrance AND can repel bugs.

However, it is well-known that it is Lemongrass and Peppermint Essential Oils that are the best at repelling bugs.

If we could blend Lavender and Lemongrass Essential Oils, we should be able to get the best of both oils – it will repel bugs as well as envelop your home with a soothing scent.

Many essential oil blends are commercially available.

To help you select one, we at Unsullyd reviewed around 10 popular blends to come up with the 3 best essential oil blends.

At A Glance: My Choices For The Best Essential Oil Blend

doTERRA Balance Grounding Blend can calm you down without inducing sleepiness.

#1 Respiratory Essential Oil & Sinus Relief Blend from Living Pure Essential Oils is anti-inflammatory and a good expectorant, making it suitable for issues like sinusitis, cold and cough and so on.

NOW Nature’s Shield Oil Blend is a good option for dealing with fever and cold.

01. doTERRA Balance Grounding Blend Review

It is a blend of

  • Spruce Needle/Leaf
  • Ho Wood
  • Frankincense Resin
  • Blue Tansy Flower
  • Blue Chamomile Flower

Essential Oils in a base of fractionated coconut oil.

The needles/leaves of spruce trees yield an essential oil, Spruce Essential Oil, on steam distillation. The oil is best known for soothing your body after physical labor and for reducing coughs (expectorant).

‘Ho’ is the popular name of Cinnamonum camphora, a cinnamon species native to East Asian countries like China, Japan and Korea. Ho Wood Essential Oil is rich in linalool and camphor giving it a soothing fragrance. It can also provide a cooling sensation on the skin.

Frankincense Resin Essential Oil kills stress, resists aging and has antiseptic properties enabling its use as a natural deodorizer.

Also known as Moroccan Chamomile or Moroccan Tansy, Blue Tansy Essential Oil is well known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties. It is also widely used to provide some relief to muscles after physical labor.

For the uninitiated, ‘antihistamine’ simply means it can relieve many allergy-related problems like sneezing, blocked nasal passage, outbreaks of hives and so on.

Blue Chamomile is just another name for German Chamomile. It finds use in giving relief from headaches, inducing calm and sleep and anti-inflammatory applications.

Fractionated Coconut Oil refers to coconut oil that has been stripped of some of its fatty acid content to stop it from solidifying easily and making it more resistant to decomposition.

What would be the key advantage of such a blend of essential oils?

Well, primarily, you would get all the benefits of the constituent oils combined.

However an even more important advantage, in our opinion, lies in the fact that some of these oils have considerable camphor content.

Camphor content tends to have a sensitizing effect on some people’s skin.

In a blend, since each individual oil is implicitly diluted, the sensitizing effect should be less. This is a key advantage.

True to its name, ‘grounding’, this essential oils blend from doTERRA works best at keeping you calm and ‘grounded’.

That may mean keeping you grounded when you’re trying to meditate/do yoga but your mind in preoccupied with various concerns and stressed.

It can also mean keeping a hyperactive teenager calm.

We’d recommend aromatherapy via diffuser or lava beads. If that doesn’t work, try applying a drop or two of the essential oil blend to your wrists, temples and the back of your neck.

Speaking of aromatherapy, this oil has a sweetish floral/fruity scent.

How is ‘calm’ and ‘grounded’ any different from good ol’ Lavender Essential Oil?

Lavender Essential Oil is more ‘soothing’ than ‘calming’.

In other words, Lavender Essential Oil, while certainly calming you down, also induces sleep.

If you’re doing yoga or if you’re trying to get your children to calm down and concentrate on their homework, you don’t want the essential oil to induce sleep.

That’s where this essential oil blend proves so useful.

It’s not as if it absolutely doesn’t make you sleepy; it does that a lot less than Lavender does.

Another good use of this essential oil blend in in relieving tense muscles, like after a workout. Rub the oil where you’re feeling tense. You should feel yourself letting go within minutes.

It can also relieve, to an extent, cold and cough and similar issues. Rub the oil on your chest, like you would do any vapor rub.

Talking of rubbing, you may find it convenient to get a roll-on and pour some of this essential oil blend into that.

The blend is already diluted, but for safety’s sake you should do a patch test before using it as a roll-on.

Talking of dilution and patch test, some users may disagree with doTERRA including a carrier/base instead of offering just the blend of essential oils and leaving the choice of carrier/base to the user.

It’s also priced a little steeply but you have to keep in mind it includes Blue Tansy Essential Oil which is pricey.

What I Liked

Induces calm without lulling you into sleep.

Not very sensitizing on the skin.

Can relieve muscle tension and pain especially after physical labor.

Can be used as a ‘vapor rub’, to give relief from cold and cough.

Suitable for diffusing either via diffuser or by lava beads.

What I Didn’t Like

Some users may not like inclusion of a carrier within the blend.

Priced a little high.

Fragrance may be too weak for some users.

02. #1 Respiratory Essential Oil & Sinus Relief Blend from Living Pure Essential Oils Review

It is a blend of

  • Clary Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Cedarwood
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint

Essential Oils.

Steam distilled from the Salvia sclarea, Clary Sage Essential Oil shares some ingredients with Lavender Essential Oil. It should therefore be no surprise that it is known for its ability to soothe and sedate (as in help sleep) users without the side effect of depression.

In addition to that, Clary Sage Essential Oil can also soothe inflammation, ease menstrual discomfort, lower blood pressure and improve overall skin health.

Rosemary Essential Oil has earned a reputation for stimulating alertness, promoting hair growth, lowering cortisol (the ‘stress hormone’) and improving blood circulation.

Cedarwood Essential Oil is effective at stimulating alertness (up to helping users with ADHD), soothing inflammation and itchy skin, stemming hair loss and reversing fungal infections.

Steam distilled from the leaves of the Eucalyptus tree, Eucalyptus Essential Oil is probably best known for its ability to spirit away cold and cough.

In addition to that, Eucalyptus Essential Oil is also known for improving hair health and killing lice, relieving arthritis, boils and sores and for antiseptic and soothing properties so it can relieve insect bites.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is also good for complaints like sinusitis and bronchitis but that requires gargling and ingestion. This essential oil blend is not meant for internal use.

Lavender Essential Oil may immediately be recognized for its soothing and sedative powers. Apart from that it’s a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and can offer relief from headaches, including migraines.

Peppermint Essential Oil is best known for its high menthol content which causes a ‘cooling’ sensation on the skin, useful for getting relief from inflammation and stinging.

Peppermint Essential Oil is also good for muscle relief. It can offer relief from sinusitis from two angles – directly reducing inflamed sinuses; and loosening and dislodging phlegm (expectorant).

What would be the key advantage of such a blend of essential oils?

Well, there’s the obvious – you can enjoy more or less all the advantages of all the single oils combined.

However we would opine that inclusion of Peppermint Essential Oil is a key benefit.

Because the ‘cooling’ sensation that Peppermint Essential Oil gives can be sensitizing for many users.

Diluting Peppermint within other oils that are soothing on the skin blunts the sensitizing effect of Peppermint, to an extent.

One surprising aspect of this blend is inclusion of both Lavender and Clary Sage Essential Oils.

While both induce calm and reduce stress, Lavender is known more as a sedative which promotes sleep while Clary Sage stimulates alertness.

However the overall blend does seem to work well.

We’d say the top use for this essential oil blend would be clearing sinuses. It should also help with cough and cold, snoring and so on.

It may also be used to get some relief from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder). Make sure you consult your doctor before using it for COPD though.

The reason this blend is so good at relieving sinusitis is that it includes so many anti-inflammatory and expectorant oils.

Anti-inflammatory oils reduce inflammation of the sinuses while expectorants loosen and dislodge phlegm so they can be cleared out.

To get relief from sinusitis, try aromatherapy from a diffuser or lava beads.

If you find the diffuser fragrance too strong, try a lava bead. You can also wear a lava bead, ensuring ‘on-the-move’ aromatherapy.

Alternatively, try a home-made vapor rub to clear colds and sinuses.

The next best use of this would be for sleep.

Partly because of its ability to clear blocked nasal passages and partly because it can reduce pain and kill stress, this essential oil blend from Living Pure Essential Oils helps you calm down and go to sleep.

You can apply a drop of the oil to your temples, wrists and the bridge of your nose. Alternatively, try aromatherapy.

Some other uses of this essential oil blend would be easing tensed muscles and dealing with spasms.

You may use this on young children. In that case, remember to

  • Consult your pediatrician/doctor first.
  • Reduce the concentration to 1/4th of whatever you use for yourself.

What I Liked

 Blend of essential oils only so you can dilute as your own requirement.

 Does not leave a stain on paper.

 Relieves sinuses.

 Clears cough and cold, blocked nasal passageways and chest.

 Promotes sleep.

 Reduces muscle pain and calms down spasms.

 Can be used by children.

What I Didn’t Like

It is not to be used internally which limits you from reaping some advantages like relieving sinusitis.

The scent may be too strong for some users.

03. NOW Nature’s Shield Oil Blend Review

It is a blend of

  • Clove Bud
  • Organic Lemon
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Eucalyptus
  • Organic Rosemary

Essential Oils.

Clove/Clove Bud Essential Oil will be recognized by many as the cure to tooth pain but that’s not its only use. This golden yellow slightly bitter oil is a good antioxidant and kills acne-causing bacteria.

Cold pressed (not steam distilled) from the peel of lemons, Lemon Essential Oil is a powerful antimicrobial, useful against issues like athlete’s foot. It can also nourish skin and is useful against cold and cough.

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil can kill headaches; treat acne and other skin conditions (primarily by killing off the bacteria), stop headaches and control sugar craving.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil, known best for offering relief from cold and cough, can also improve hair health and kill lice, relieve arthritis, boils and sores, and treat insect bites due to its antiseptic and soothing properties.

Rosemary Essential Oil has earned a reputation for stimulating alertness, promoting hair growth, lowering cortisol (the ‘stress hormone’) and improving blood circulation.

What would be the key advantage of such a blend of essential oils?

This is a good option for skin complaints.

All the oils add up to a powerhouse because they can nourish the skin and kill off bacteria that cause acne and blackheads.

In addition, Clove Essential Oil is an antioxidant which means it can resist oxidative stress and keep skin young.

You can reap the skin benefits of this essential oil blend by diluting it in Argan Oil (which happens to be a good exfoliant).

Two of the constituent oils – Eucalyptus and Lemon – can reduce fevers. And Cinnamon Essential Oil is an expectorant.

Thus the blend is a whole package for dealing with cough, cold and fever.

To deal with a cold use both aromatherapy and massage.

Use a diffuser (you will need a strong scent to deal with a cold) for aromatherapy. For massage, remember to use a carrier.

This blend can further be used as a deodorizer. It can be added to your bath for a refreshing cleanse.

What I Liked

 Certified non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project.

 Nourishes the skin and kills bacteria.

 May be used to get relief from cold and fever.

 It can also be used as a deodorizer and added to the bath.

What I Didn’t Like

 Some users may not appreciate the scent.

What should you look for to select the best essential oil blend?

If you think about it, each essential oil blend has its own characteristics depending on the constituent oils.

So it’s meaningless to have a checklist of properties. It depends on what issue you are looking to address.

OK, what attributes should you check in your essential oil blend?

However there are certain attributes you should check while buying an essential oil blend.

Certification – Specific certification helps establish properties you may be looking for. For example the Non-GMO Project gives the Non-GMO certification.

Packaging – Many blends come with rubber droppers. Sometimes the rubber can melt or corrode. If that is the case you should not use the blend.

Scent – Scents can vary and particular users may find particular scents too strong or too weak. But if the blend smells like perfume, or worse, rancid, do not buy or use the blend.

Let’s now get down to selecting the absolute best essential oil blend.

#1 Respiratory Essential Oil & Sinus Relief Blend from Living Pure Essential Oils

One, it includes Peppermint Essential Oil but it’s not excessively sensitizing.

Two, it can be used in electronic diffusers safely.

Three, the scent being strong, it should yield fairly effective aromatherapy from a lava bead diffuser as well.

Four, may be used for children (check with the doctor and adjust the concentration).

Five, it may be used by pregnant users as well.

Six, it solves a number of issues ranging from spasms to cold and cough.


There seem to be suggestions around of using essential oils to clean your eyes or ward off eyelash mites.

DO NOT DO THAT would be my opinion.

The evidence of essential oils being of any great significant benefit to your eyes or eyelids or lashes is very weak.

On the other hand applying essential oils around the eyes will almost certainly lead to side effects like irritation and may even corrode your corneas.

Right, that’s about it.

If you think there’s an Essential Oil Blend out there that I’ve missed, do drop a comment.

Good suggestions may get a shout-out on Twitter and/on Facebook!

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