Dilution Guidelines

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Basic Guidelines for Diluting Essential Oils

Basic Guidelines for using Essential Oils.

The Guidelines below are a general ratio of the amount of essential oils to use per the amount of carrier oils for specific purposes.

 

Dilution Ratio

  • ½% dilution for cats
  • 1% dilution for children, pets and elderly
  • 2% dilution for whole body massage
  • 4% dilution for concentrated ailments

 

 

Examples

Volume

1% dilution

2% dilution

3% dilution

Room spray

2 ounce bottle

10 drops

20 drops

40 drops

Massage

1 ounce bottle

5 drops

10 drops

20 drops

Face mist

.5 ounce bottle

3 drops

6 drops

12 drops

 

 

 

Essential Oil Dilution Chart according to Bottle Size/Carrier Oil used

Carrier

1%

2%

5%

10%

20%

50%

 

drops

# drops

# drops

# drops

# drops

# drops

5ml

1

2

5

10

20

50

10ml

2

4

10

20

40

100

30ml

6

12

30

60

120

300

50ml

10

20

50

100

200

500

100ml

20

40

100

200

400

1000

 

            Please note that anything more than 2% dilution should only be done by a trained Aromatherapist as they must be able to monitor their client carefully.

An Example

If you have a 5ml bottle of Jojoba Oil, you can 1 drop of Lavendar essential oil to it to make a great smelling and effective massage blend. This would be considered a 1% dilution ratio. If you added two drops of essential oil to the blend, it would then be a 2% dilution, etc.