An Essential Oil Dilution Guide for Beginners and Beyond Posted on 19 Feb 11:05

Have you ever wondered why essential oils come in the tiny bottles that they do? Usually, you can purchase plenty of essential oils in just a 10 ml bottle. That’s because the powerful plant compounds found in the oils you’re purchasing are so highly concentrated that a very small amount is more than enough to deliver thousands of health benefits. The problem is, those volatile plant essences can cause some serious adverse effects if not properly diluted.


WHY ESSENTIAL OIL DILUTION IS IMPORTANT

There are number of different classes of compounds in essential oils. They can be divided into two groups called hydrocarbons and oxygenated compounds. They can be further broken down into their chemical constituents: terpenes (monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and diterpenes), esters, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, phenols, and oxides. But there’s really no need to worry about those scientific terms.

All you need to know is that the active chemical constituents found in essential oils are powerful - so powerful that they can cause some very serious health problems if not used correctly including: neuro-toxicity, mucolytic irritation, convulsions, headaches, skin burning & discoloration, dermal sensitivity, danger to pets, infants and pregnant women, preexisting condition aggravation, illness or even death when swallowed (for particular oils). This is why it is so important to use caution when handling and applying the oils.

Specifically, there are compounds found in essential oils that are toxic when ingested: boldo, calamus, camphor, cassia, horseradish, mugwort, mustard, pennyroyal, rue, sassafras, savin, tansy, thuja, wintergreen, wormseed, and wormwood. These oils can be potentially very harmful if ingested or used improperly.


YOUR GUIDE TO DILUTING ESSENTIAL OILS

While some oils are downright poisonous when ingested, many of them are also dangerous when applied topically if not properly diluted in a carrier oil. By adding essential oils to a carrier, like coconut, or olive oil, the active chemical compounds are not only better absorbed into the skin but they are also more easily spread over the surface of your body for better therapeutic benefits.

How much or how little essential oils to use depends on what your purpose is. Here is a brief guide to dilution of essential oils:

.25% Dilution. This is ideal for those who intend to use an essential oil on children 6 months to 6 years of age. Note: It is recommended that you do not use essential oils on children under the age of 2 unless directed by your healthcare provider.
     .25% = 1 drop per 4 teaspoons of carrier oil

1% Dilution. This percentage is recommended for those children over the age of 6, pregnant women, elderly adults, people with a sensitive skin type, and those with preexisting conditions. This is the dilution recommended when using essential oils topically, for massage or in lotions and rubs.
     1% = 1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil or 5-6 drops per ounce.

2% Dilution. This is ideal for most normal adults. For use in daily aromatherapy or topical application.
     2% = 2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil or 10-12 drops per ounce

3% Dilution. This is ideal for treating temporary health concerns and topical application for muscle pain, injury or respiratory problems.
     3% = 3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil or 15-18 drops per ounce

25% Dilution.
There are many essential oils that can be used at this strength. Some can even be used with no dilution, or “neat.” This dilution percentage is recommended for use with healthy adults, and still we advise that you use caution as some people will notice irritation or increased sensitivity to oils at this potency.
     25% dilution = 25 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil or 125-150 drops per ounce

Print this essential oil dilution chart for a quick reference anytime, anywhere!

Dilution

1%

2%

3%

5%

10%

25%

Drops of EO for 1 tsp of carrier oil

1

2

3

5

10

25

Drops of EO for 2 tsp of carrier oil

2

4

6

10

20

50

Drops of EO for 3 tsp of carrier oil

3

6

9

15

30

75

Drops of EO for 4 tsp of carrier oil

4

8

12

20

40

100

Drops of EO for 5 tsp of carrier oil

5

10

15

25

50

125

Drops of EO for 6 tsp of carrier oil

6

12

18

30

60

150

GETTING TO KNOW CARRIER OILS

There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to carrier oils. Here are 3 of our favorites:

Coconut Oil. This non-greasy oil is extremely nutritious and provides thousands of uses all over the house for health and personal care. It is uniquely solid when chilled and turns liquid when applied to the skin, or stored at room temperature.

Sweet Almond Oil. Rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, this softening oil has a thin consistency that makes it easily spreadable on the skin and hair. Keep it around as a carrier oil, and for use as a beauty staple.

Olive Oil. You may already have this oil in your kitchen. It has a thicker consistency than those listed above and can be used all over the body. An easy-to-find carrier oil that doubles as a cooking oil.


CAUTION

While the use of essential oils is considered 100% safe, the compounds found within the plant essences are very concentrated and powerful. If ever you or a loved one ingests an oil, please do not hesitate to contact Poison Control.


A NOTE ON QUALITY

There are a lot of companies out there today that claim to make a high-quality essential oil product. But the sad reality is that there are so many different labels out there it can be difficult to know what you’re really getting.

When you are shopping for essential oils you might see labels like “Pure,” “All-Natural,” or “Therapeutic Grade.” What you may not know is that these claims are not always completely true. Today, essential oil companies can get away with adding all kinds of fillers, artificial additives and even water to their products in order to shave costs off of their bottom line. That means that when you think you’re getting a potent, pure and medicinal quality oil - what you are really getting isn’t even essential oils at all!

At Healing Solutions we truly value the health and happiness of our loyal customers as well as new shoppers. That’s why every single batch of essential oils we make is tested, verified and certified 100% pure and unadulterated, so that you get the results you expect when using them for health purposes.