How To Dilute Essential Oils

How To Dilute Essential Oils


Essential oils are highly concentrated. To dilute them, add your favorite carrier oil. This process will help “carry” the oils into the skin for better absorption, spread further and protect the skin from irritation. See the chart below dilution guidelines.

                                    Drops Of Oil 

0.5% 1 2 3
 1% 1 2 4 6
2% 2 4 6 12
3% 3 6 9 18
4% 4 8 12 24
5% 5 10 15 30
10% 10 20 30 60
25% 25 50 75 150
5ml 10ml 15ml 30ml

                            Volume Of Carrier Oil


Please consult with an aromatherapist or medical professional before using essential oils on children under two years of age. Hot oils such as Cinnamon, Clove Bud, and Oregano should be diluted to 0.5%, and should not be used on children under ten years of age.

Patch test: For first time use of an essential oil, a safe practice is to place a drop of diluted essential oil to a small area of skin such as the inside elbow. After application, be aware of adverse reactions for the first 24 hours. Possible reactions include skin irritation, headache, nausea, respiratory complaints or dizziness.