Dilution Guide ~ Essential Oils

Posted on June 16, 2015 by J'ai Golden | 0 Comments

Dilution Guide ~ Essential Oils

Even essential oils with strong safety concerns can be used safely if properly diluted. Knowing how to dilute properly will help us use essential oils safely.  

Dilution Guide ~ Essential OIlsHow much to dilute really depends on the issue you are wanting to address. So here's a great guide and a few cool little charts to keep handy when your diluting essential oils:Concentrated substances, like essential oils, are rarely intended for use “as is”.  It's very rare that you'd ever not want to dilute the potency of your essential oils. Diluting essential oils is done by adding a drop (or more) of the essential oil into a carrier oil, such as almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, etc. Not only does this serve as a great vehicle for the oil to absorb into the skin, but it spreads the oil (kinda soaks or seeps through) over a larger surface of your skin for more effect.

2 - 6 Years
.25% Dilution (1 drop per 4 teaspoons of carrier oil) – for children between 6 months and 6 years. Please only use if you absolutely must. I personally prefer to avoid EOs altogether for children under 2, and use hydrosols and/or herbs instead. If your child is sick, you may increase up to .50% if needed.
6+ years, pregnant women, elderly adults, sensitive skin or other serious health issues
1% dilution (1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil; 5-6 drops per ounce) – for children over age 6, pregnant women, elderly adults, those with sensitive skin, compromised immune systems, or other serious health issues. This is also the dilution you want when you are massaging over a large area of the body.
2% dilution (2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil; 10-12 drops per ounce) – ideal for most adults and in most situations. This is also a good dilution for daily skin care.
3% dilution (3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil; 15-18 drops per ounce) – best used short-term for a temporary health issue, such as a muscle injury or respiratory congestion. Up to 10% dilution is fine, depending on the health concern, the age of the person, and the oils being used.
25% dilution (25 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil; 125-150 drops per ounce) – occasionally a dilution of this strength is warranted. This might be for a muscle cramp, bad bruising, or severe pain.
Using oils “neat” (undiluted) – Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat, on occasion, and only for short-term use. A bug bite, burn, or sting, might be a good reason to use Lavender neat. Just use caution when using undiluted, as some individuals can experience irritation or sensitivity when essential oils are used neat


Here's a quick reference chart as well...


 Essential OIl Dilution Chart
1% 2% 3% 5% 10% 25%
drops of EO per 1 tsp (5ml; 1/6 oz) carrier oil 1 2 3 5 10 25
drops of EO per 2 tsp (10ml; 1/3 oz) carrier oil 2 4 6 10 20 50
drops of EO per 3 tsp (15ml; 1/2 oz) carrier oil 3 6 9 15 30 75
drops of EO per 4 tsp (20ml; 2/3 oz) carrier oil 4 8 12 20 40 100
drops of EO per 5 tsp (25ml; 2/3 oz) carrier oil 5 10 15 25 50 125
drops of EO per 6 tsp (30ml; 1 oz) carrier oil 6 12 18 30 60 150


Essential Oils Measurement Equivalents
100 drops = 1 tsp = 5ml = 1/6 ounce 
200 drops = 2 tsp = 10ml = 1/3 ounce
300 drops = 3 tsp = 15ml = 1/2 ounce
400 drops = 4 tsp = 20ml = 2/3 ounce
500 drops = 5 tsp = 25ml = 5/6 ounce
600 drops = 6 tsp = 30ml = 1 ounce


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Medical disclaimer: The information provided herein is for personal interest and informational purposes only. It is NOT intended to offer medical treatment for any condition. Essential oils are very concentrated and are not to be used undiluted on the skin or taken internally otherwise instructed by your Doctor. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

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