Diluting Essential Oils Safely – safe dilution guidelines for all
Diluting essential oils is done by adding a drop (or more) of the essential oil into a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil or almond oil
This not only provides a good medium for the oil to absorb into the skin, but spreads the oil over a larger surface of your skin for more effect.
Even essential oils with strong safety concerns can be used safely if properly diluted. Knowing how to dilute properly will help you use essential oils safely.
Essential oil dilution is important for two safety reasons. One, to avoid skin reactions: irritation,sensitization, and phototoxicity and two, to avoid systemic toxicity.
Here are some general guidelines for diluting essential oils safely.
Please note that these are general guidelines only, and other factors may be present which would over-ride these general guidelines.
Keeping safe use of essential oils in mind, always use the lowest dilution possible that gives you effective results.
Diluting by Age Group
6 months – 24 months – avoid unless urgent
Please only use for the younger ones in an urgent situation, such as a bee sting or bug bite.
Otherwise, avoid using essential oils topically for children under age 2, and use herbs or hydrosols instead.
2 – 6 years – 0.25% Dilution (1 drop per 4 teaspoons of carrier oil)
Hydrosols and herbs are still a good choice for this age group, and should be considered before essential oils. Children in this age group have skin that s getting a bit thicker, and their immune systems are maturing, so it is okay to use essential oils if properly diluted.
Over 6 years of age – 1% dilution (1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil; 6 drops per ounce)
Recommended for children over age 6, pregnant women, elderly adults, those who have sensitive skin, compromised immune systems, or other serious health issues. This is also the dilution you want when you are applying to the face or massaging over a large area of the body.
Average healthy adult – 2% dilution (2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil; 12 drops per ounce)
Ideal for most adults and in most situations. This is also a good dilution for daily skin care.
Temporary health issue – 3% – 10% dilution (2-20 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil; 12-120 drops per ounce)
Best used short term for a temporary health issue, such as a muscle injury or respiratory congestion. For an acute issue, such as a muscle cramp, or severe pain, 25% may be appropriate (25 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil; 150 drops per ounce).
ESSENTIAL OIL CONVERSIONS
Ounces -> Milliliters
1/8th oz 3.75 ml
1/4th oz 7.5 ml
1/2 oz 15 ml
1 oz 30 ml
4 oz 120 ml
8 oz 237 ml
16 oz 473 ml
THERE ARE AROUND 20 DROPS OF ESSENTIAL OIL IN 1 ML.
Ounce -> Drops
1/8th oz 75 drops
1/4th oz 150 drops
1/2 oz 300 drops
1 oz 600 drops
Essential oils are very strong and should be diluted (usually in a carrier oil) or incorporated into a finished product such as a massage oil, lotion, or aroma spray. Whether diluting an essential oil or adding it to a finished product, the oil content should only account for 1% to 2% of the total blend.Here’s an easy guide for how much essential oil to add to 1 oz of carrier oil or to a finished product. These dilutions for 1 oz can be easily multiplied for larger batches of finished product or divided for a fraction of an ounce.
1 oz = 30 ml = 600 drops of oil
1% of 600 drops is 6
Add 6 drops of essential oil for 1 oz of carrier oil or finished product.
1 oz = 30 ml = 600 drops of oil
2% of 600 drops is 12
Add 12 drops of essential oil for 1 oz of carrier oil or finished product.