Discover how to safely and effectively dilute essential oils for optimal use and benefits. Learning the proper methods and guidelines for essential oil dilution can enhance your aromatherapy experience and ensure a safe and enjoyable journey with Oshu Oils.
How To Dilute Essential Oils Table of Contents
Why Dilute Essential Oils?
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts obtained through various extraction methods -namely steam distillation, cold pressing, or solvent extraction. Due to their potent nature, essential oils can cause skin irritation or other unpleasant reactions if used undiluted. Hence, diluting essential oils with carrier oils becomes necessary to ensure safety while still enjoying the therapeutic benefits.
Choosing the Right Carrier Oil
A carrier oil is a neutral, non-fragrant oil used to dilute concentrated essential oils and facilitate their absorption into the skin safely. Some popular carrier oils include:
- Jojoba oil: It closely resembles the skin's natural sebum and has a long shelf life.
- Coconut oil (fractionated): It remains liquid at room temperature and has excellent skin absorption properties.
- Sweet almond oil: It acts as a nourishing and moisturizing agent for the skin and is suitable for most skin types.
- Avocado oil: It is rich in nutrients and is great for dry or mature skin.
- Argan oil: Known for its anti-aging and hair-nourishing properties.
Choose a carrier oil that complements your skin type and therapeutic goals. Keep in mind that some carrier oils may be allergic to certain individuals – always perform a patch test before using it.
Dilution Ratios and Guidelines
The general rule of thumb when it comes to essential oil dilution is to stick to a 1-5% concentration, depending on the purpose and the individual's age and sensitivity.
Create Your Own Essential Oil
- 1% dilution: 5-6 drops of essential oil per ounce (30 ml) of carrier oil (for sensitive skin or facial application)
- 2-3% dilution: 10-18 drops of essential oil per ounce (30 ml) of carrier oil (for general use and massage)
- 5% dilution: 25-30 drops of essential oil per ounce (30 ml) of carrier oil (for specific concerns or acute situations)
- 0.5-1% dilution: 2-6 drops of essential oil per ounce (30 ml) of carrier oil (for children aged 2-12 years)
It is essential to conduct thorough research on the specific essential oil you wish to use, as some oils may require further dilution or be inappropriate for certain age groups or individuals with specific health issues.
How To Dilute Essential Oils Example:
Suppose you want to create a relaxing massage blend using lavender essential oil and fractionated coconut oil. To create a 2% dilution fit for general use, follow these steps:
1. Prepare a clean, empty bottle or container with a capacity of 1 ounce (30ml).
2. Using a dropper, add approximately 10-12 drops of lavender essential oil into the bottle.
3. Fill the rest of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil.
4. Close the bottle and shake well to mix the essential oil with the carrier oil evenly.
5. Before using the blend, perform a patch test by applying a small amount to your inner forearm and observe for any irritations or reactions.
Now that you have mastered the art of diluting essential oils, you can enhance your aromatherapy journey by creating custom blends that suit your needs and preferences. Share this guide with your friends and family to spread the knowledge of proper essential oil usage. Don't forget to explore other informative guides on Oshu Oils' blog and discover our range of carefully crafted essential oils to support your wellbeing.