By now I guess you have used plenty of essential oils. Whether you term them essential oils, oil of the plant, ethereal oils or volatile oils, we are talking about essential oils. Essential oil is the most common name. You’ve probably used them as a facial cleaner, bath bomb, foaming hand soap and even a stinky shoe spray. The uses for essential oils are plentiful and about endless. As you’ve been using essential oils more and more, you are probably starting to wonder how to dilute essential oils. Diluting essential oils will help to make sure you use proper essential oil safety. Is there a proper way to dilute essential oils? Yes, there is, so let’s jump in.
Diluting essential oils, in particular for any topical application is prudent and necessary. I didn’t understand fully at the beginning of my oil journey that I needed to be careful when applying them to my skin. Honestly, I used all oils ‘neat’, on every application. There were a couple of occasions where I used more oil than probably should’ve been used, and they were used ‘neat’ (meaning not diluted). Consequently I got a rash from it.
Why You Should Dilute Your Essential Oils
As mentioned above, in my personal example, I said that I broke out in a rash using two essential oils neat on my skin (Frankincense and Lemongrass). I just want to point out that not all essential oils used without a carrier oil will cause a rash. It happened to me, and now I am more careful. If only I had learned how to dilute essential oils properly beforehand. It wasn’t until after that happened to me that I found out that I should’ve 1. been using much less essential oil and 2. that I should’ve diluted it. Leave it to me to find a problem and make it manifest. Hopefully, my mistakes can help all of you to handle essential oils a little more safely that I did. There are three main benefits to diluting your essential oils.
- It will make your precious essential oils go farther, thus saving you copious amounts of money (quality essential oils are NOT cheap.)
- Adding essential oils to a carrier oil helps to increase the absorption of the oils. You can also spread the oil over a larger surface.
- Helps you to practice essential oil safety. As mentioned above, it will also help prevent any adverse reactions such as a rash.
Diluting oils is also crucial for babies, children, elderly and anyone that is very ill. Please use caution, and make sure to have an excellent dilution ration when using essential oils for these four circumstances. Learning how to dilute essential oils is very necessary to keep your babies and children safe.
How To Dilute Essential Oils
You might be asking yourself if you can just dilute your volatile oils with water. The short answer is no. Essential oils are lipophilic (which means they love oils) and they do not blend well with water.
When we talk about how to dilute essential oils, it is much easier than it might seem. Essential oils are added to a carrier oil, or used with a carrier oil stick. Some favorite carrier oils that we carry are fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed and jojoba oil. If you are using a liquid carrier oil, our customers often add to roller bottles and make blends that they use on a regular basis. This way the combinations are ready and you don’t have to make them every time you would like to use the same essential oils.
What Does ‘Neat’ Mean For Essential Oils
When we talk about ‘neat’ with regards to essential oils, it means applied without any carrier oils. When we use an oil neat, it is generally for an acute condition, such as a bug bite, or acne. Two oils that are considered safe to use topically without a carrier oil, are Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Lavender. However, I have heard of people having reactions to these two oils neat, so be sure to test a small area of skin before using these neat.
It is further a good idea to test any oil out on a small portion of skin too, before using. After having a reaction myself (a little rash) to two essential oils, I’ve decided for myself that I will be diluting all essential oils I use topically. Make sure to bookmark this page, or print out this essential oils chart for dilutions so you can refer to it when needed.
After having a reaction myself (a small rash) to two oils, I’ve decided for myself that I will be diluting all essential oils I use topically.
Make sure to bookmark this page, or print out this essential oils chart for dilutions so you can refer to it when needed.
When To Apply Oils Topically To Skin
I diffuse plant oils off and on all day in my home and office. I use it to help me feel more upbeat, focused and able to get things done. The absorption rate of essential oils is faster with diffusing and inhaling. So, if you are looking to have your absorption of essential oils take longer (it takes longer for our bodies to absorb the essential oils through the skin), then applying directly on the skin is an excellent choice (diluted). Further, a very good time to use the oils topically is when it will directly benefit the area you are applying it. For instance, if you have a bug bite, a topical application would be more suitable than inhaling the oils.
Essential Oils Chart Dilution Information
A book I haven’t mentioned yet is Essential Oil Safety, by Robert Tisserand. If you want to know everything there is to know about oils, this is a fantastic choice. This book took over ten years to complete and is considered an excellent source when it comes to essential oil information. The essential oil dilution chart listed below has been based on the work in his book. Please understand that although this is a table for you to use, please know that they are suggestions and guidelines. This book is also much more thorough in telling the minimum dilution recommended for an essential oil. You can use this book to tell you if you need more dilution for a hot oil (such as cinnamon bark, clove, etc.).
A couple of things to take note of for the essential oil chart.
- A 1% dilution rate equals one teaspoon of carrier oil with one drop of essential oil.
- There are two teaspoons in a 10ml roller bottle (the most popular choice for using diluted essential oils for a topical application)
Essential Oil Dilution Chart Ratios:
.25% Dilution – This is the best dilution for babies and infants.
1/2% Dilution – Recommended for children 2 and above. This dilution is also a good dilution to use for any hot oils.
1% Dilution – This dilution is often used for the elderly, pregnant women and children over 12 years of age. It is also recommended to use this dilution if there is a sensitivity issue. A 1% dilution is a very small amount of essential oils. If someone has been sick or are trying to recover from a major illness, this dilution would be the go-to dilution.
2% Dilution – This is the most common, typical usage for dilutions. This dilution is appropriate for topical applications.
2.5% Dilution – This is also another typical dilution ration, also used for topical applications.
3% Dilution – Can be utilized at this dilution rate if it is for short term use.
10% Dilution – Would be utilized for an acute injury, to be used for short term use. Make sure the individual using this blend has no sensitivities. Further, it is important that the individual isn’t having any recent major illnesses.
Essential Oil Safety
When diluting essential oils, always be sure to keep safety in mind. It is one of the main purposes of diluting essential oils. Sometimes the essential oil chart dilution ratio will make you need a half of a drop of essential oil or less. If that is the case, round down the number of oils. It is tough to get just a 1/2 drop out of the bottle. For any dilutions higher than 10%, please make sure to discuss with a certified aromatherapist or naturopathic doctor.
Would you like this blog post on how to dilute essential oils in a pdf so you can print it out, laminate it and keep it by your essential oil collection? Next time you are wondering how to dilute essential oils, you will have this handy essential oil chart already printed!
This guide has not been evaluated by the FDA. This guide is not meant to diagnose, cure, or prevent disease and illness. This is not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your physician for any health concerns, diseases or illnesses.