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A Very Simple Quick Guide On How To Dilute & Use Aromatherapy Essential Oils

posted on 12 June 2016 | posted in essential oils  | ( 1 ) Comments

You've read about the wonderful effects of Aromatherapy, you get your oils and now you want to start using them. but alas you need to dilute them and now you're feeling a bit stuck how do we do that safely?
with so much information you can start to feel a bit overwhelmed!
ive put together a little blog to simplify the dilution of Aromatherapy essential oils (with the handy little chart) as a extra bonus i've included information on how to apply them

keep reading all will be revealed... first we need to think about our dilution oil?


First let's talk about dilution there are two types of oil...

base carrier oils- which needs no dilution at all.

essential oils -Generally all neat essential oils need to be diluted with a base/carrier oil (click here for more information on carrier oils and there properties) before being applied to the skin some essential oils you buy are prediluted or preblended *please check this before applying to your skin*

why is dilution necessary?
dilution is required as essential oils are very powerful and highly concentrated and may cause skin irritations if used incorrectly .

so first of all you need to decide on which base oil carrier you would like or need to use for your dilution?

research each essential oil before using no one knows your unique family history

Some of the commonly used carrier oils include:
  • Coconut oil - coconut oil is a real buzz oil recently it's generally used for everything
  • Grapeseed oil - great for skin
  • Jojoba oil - great for skin (I use for face care)
  • Olive oil
  • Safflower oil
  • rosehip oil - a more expensive oil but great for skin especially aging skin can be used neat or in a blend as it doesn't smell great (who knew that an "rose" oil wouldnt smell good!)
Another use for carrier oils blended with essential oils is that they are often applied during massage, acting as a needed lubricating agent when working larger areas and muscles. One advantage of carrier oils is that they do not evaporate like essential oils that tend to evaporate quicker when applied neat. Carrier oils actually aid in absorption. Incorporate carrier oils for massaging, making lotions, serums, rubs, and creams for use on babies, children, elderly, and sensitive areas.

lavender essential oil

applying the oil

  • More experienced users can just "palm it," which means pouring some carrier oil in your palm and then adding a drop or two of EO's (essential oils) and then it's ready to apply, it can be a bit messy though so great care and a degree of practise is needed if you use this technique, as it pretty easy to spill it all over the place!

  • For a less messy dilution you can dilute EO's with carrier oils and store in a glass jar, glass rollerball applicator, or other suitable vessel

  • Topically (applied to the skin). EO's can be applied directly to the area of the body in need or to the bottom of the feet, which is very effective and safe. The feet have the biggest pores in the body, therefore absorbing up the oils in a quick fashion. Refer to the reflexology chart at the bottom of this page to get the maximum benefits of where to apply the oils on the feet.

  • studies have shown that essential oils can be detected in the mouth, 20 min after they have been applied to the feet, WOW how strong is that!!!
essential oil dilution chart
essential oil chart

The above dilution charts are very cautious and are perfect for those that are new to using and mixing their own essential oil blends so blend with confidence and enjoy

essential oil foot chart

essential oils are strong and need to be respected a few important points to be aware of.....

  • Pregnant women should always consult their health professional before using essential oils.
  • certain oils should be avoided if you are pregnant,- do not use at all in the first trimester
  • Always dilute it with a suitable carrier oil before applying to the skin.
  • Even after dilution, do a patch test on a discrete area of skin to ensure that you do not have a reaction.
  • citrus essential oils,like tangerine oil is phototoxic and you should never expose any skin you have treated with citrus oil for at least 48 hours after application . Any citrus essential oil contain compounds that react to UV ray exposure and exposure could lead to inflammation, blistering or burned skin
  • taking oils internally...we do not recommend this but we are aware that certain oils may be taken internally please seek the advice of a professional aromatherapist for advice if you wish to ingest a oil

  • Babies & children have thinner skin than adults, never apply an undiluted essential oils to their skin if you have not done your research -there are oils that are not safe for use with children

  • as a final note all DEATHS associated with using essential oils have been from ingesting the oil internally

a good rule (as with all things) if in doubt leave it out!

Please remember that I am not a doctor nor a trained healthcare professional. The information that I am providing is meant for informational purposes only and I can't diagnose or prescribe medications for you. This disclaimer acts as the explicit waiver of any liability,
products referred to are not intended to or guaranteed to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Comments ( 1 ) - Add Your Comment
I`m very new to essential oils and found your blog very easy to understand especially the dilution instructions

by Claire Jackson on 4 April 2018 21:1

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