How to Dilute Essential Oils

dilute essential oils

How to dilute essential oils? This is a question I get asked a LOT. So I thought it was about time I answered it in a blog post. Firstly, what should you dilute essential oils with? Often referred to as a ‘carrier oil’ this is a natural and plant based oil. PLEASE PLEASE do not use baby oil, as these are usually filled with horrible and harmful chemicals. I know that’s hard to believe when it’s a product labelled for babies, but sadly it’s the truth. (You can read more about this here… please do)

                                       A safe and natural list of carrier oils I would recommend are –

  • sweet almond oil
  • coconut oil (fractionated is best as it’s light, non-greasy and liquid at room temperature)
  • jojoba oil
  • grapeseed oil
  • rosehip oil
  • olive oil

Now lets talk dilutions…

Generally you want to work at a 2% dilution rate. However, if the blend you are making up is for the elderly, children, or someone with sensitive skin then I would recommend a 1% dilution. For the purposes of this, I shall give examples for a 2% dilution. You then need to halve the amount of essential oil used, if you want it to be 1%.

For 30 ml of carrier oil ——— 12 drops essential oil

15 ml of carrier oil ————— 6 drops of essential oil

10ml of carrier oil —————- 4 drops of essential oil

5 ml of carrier oil —————— 2 drops of essential oil

Please note; these are just a guide to help get you started. Some essential oils will be stronger than others so you may wish to reduce the amount, and equally you may wish to increase the amount too.

I find the easiest way to create roller ball blends, is to purchase the glass containers plus the rollers ball tops from Amazon. There are loads on there to chose from, just make sure you get a dark coloured glass and labels – so you can identify your blends later!

Basically, Have fun with them, play around with different oil blends and ratios. As I said before, this is not a hard rule, but a guide – if you feel your blend needs a little more of an oil – add more!

Learn more about how to dilute essential oils in one of my free online classes

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