Do you dilute your essential oils?
Today I am going to talk about diluting essential oils, how to do it and why you need to.
Everything You Need to Know About Diluting Essential Oils
Essential oils come in tiny bottles for a reason. The plant compounds found in oils are powerful and highly concentrated; a small amount is more than enough to deliver the benefit of health and wellness.
In fact, these plant essences are so volatile and concentrated that they can cause some serious health concerns if not used properly; they can also be toxic when ingested or applied to the skin. You should always exercise caution when handling essential oils.
Properly diluting essential oils with carrier oil ensures the active compounds are better absorbed into the skin and more easily spread over your body making them safer while reducing your risk of toxicity. You might experience a stronger therapeutic effect due to the skin absorption. Dilution will also save you money by cutting the cost of essential oil therapy.
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Essential Oil Dilution Ratios
Diluting essential oils isn’t as complicated as it might sound; don’t let the word Ratio scare you. The simplest way to measure is by the drop (although not 100% accurate because temperature and viscosity play a role). You can use these guidelines to get you started:
.5% = 1 drop essential oil per 2 teaspoons of carrier oil
Recommended for use with:
- ‘Hot oils’
- Use with children 6 months to 6 years of age. Do not use essential oils on children under the age of 2 without discussing with a healthcare provider.
1% = 1 drop essential oil per every teaspoon of carrier oil or 5-6 drops per ounce
Recommended for use with:
- Children over the age of 6
- Elderly adults
- Pregnant women and
- Those with preexisting health conditions.
- Ideal when applying topically as a massage oil or lotion.
2% = 2 drops essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil or 10-12 drops per ounce
3% = 3 drops essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil or 15-18 drops per ounce
- Recommended for most adults. Standard used for daily aromatherapy and skin care.
25% = 25 drops essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil.
- Recommended for short term use, use temporarily to promote wellness.
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You can dilute oils directly into a glass bottle, using a spoon or my personal favorite is the roller bottle. You simply add your oils and top off with the carrier oil of your choice. Some oils can be diluted with water for use as a cleaner, room spray or fabric refresher.
The scent of natural essential oils is very different from the store-bought chemical scents you might be used to, it’s important you don’t use your nose as a guide for dilution until you’ve gained some experience working with oils.
Keep in mind the above ratios are a starting point, the more comfortable you get with diluting and blending oils the better you’ll understand how you and your family personally respond to them and before you know it!