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How to Dilute Essential Oils

Dilution Guide

With Essential Oils more is not necessarily better. Some people experience skin sensitivies to even mild essentials oils when applied diluted and or neat (undiluted) to the skin (children and the elderly are especially sensitive). Test yourself for sensitivity by applying your chosen essential oils in a dilution to a small skin area before using on a larger area.

These are a few of the more popular dilutions for pure essential oils.

Suggested Dilutions of Essential Oil


Application # of Drops Amount of Carrier
Massage Oil \ Lotion 50 - 60 4 ounces oil
Ointment 50 - 60 2 ounces oil
Topical Application 50 - 60 1 ounces oil
Compress 5 8 ounces water
Bath 5 - 15 tub full of water
Foot Bath 8 - 10 bowl of water
Facial Sauna 2 - 5 bowl of warm water
Facial Mask 2 - 3 1 tsp clay
Facial Oil 6 - 8 1 / 3 ounce oil
Cleanser 10 - 15 4 ounces oil
Hair Oil 10 - 20 1 ounce oil
Body Mist 10 - 20 4 ounces water
Room Spray 20 - 30 4 ounces water

Remember that with essential oils, one drop goes a long way. Pure essential oils are volatile oils that easily penetrate the skin and some may cause skin irritation or sensitivity if not properly diluted in a carrier oil or lotion, or if used in high concentrations. Always be sure to use only pure essential oils from a trusted source.

Simplers Botanicals 2014 - By Robin Lander, Clinical Herbalist & Aromatherapist