Diluting Essential Oils
Why Dilute Essential oils?
Using Undiluted Essential Oils On the Skin Can Be Harmful and can Cause Severe Irritation or Sensitization.
Sensitization can vary from individual to individual, but think of it like a skin allergy that results in a severe and/or itchy rash. More severe cases of sensitization can potentially lead to respiratory issues or apparently even shock. Once you develop sensitization to an essential oil, you are likely to remain permanently sensitized to that essential oil, even if you begin to adequately dilute it. You may also develop a reaction to other essential oils as well and will also experience reactions to products that contain these oils.
Dilute your essential oils prior to use on the skin and use caution with oils that are more likely to cause irritation and sensitization. Remember that even if you've been using one or more essential oils undiluted to date and you haven't had a problem, that doesn't guarantee that you won't develop sensitization with repeated exposure. Proper dilution is always recommended.
How to Dilute Your Essential Oils for Topical Use
Using a 2% essential oil dilution is generally considered a safe guideline for topical application of essential oils on adults when an essential oil does not have a more restricted dermal recommendation within the second edition of the second edition of Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young. For children or elderly, cut the dilution in half. With children, use only essential oils regarded as safe for children unless you have educated yourself very well on aromatherapy for children.
Many individuals have become accustomed to heavily scented commercial fragrances, lotions, cosmetics, soaps and room fresheners fragranced primarily with synthetics. The aroma of a 2% dilution may seem weak or barely aromatic at first. If you're used to strongly scented products, be assured that over time, you will begin to adjust and savor the nuances of your diluted blends.
In Carrier Oils
The Easiest Way to Make a 2% or less Dilution
When working with small quantities of essential oils, the easiest way to measure is by the drop. Unfortunately, one drop of one essential oil may be bigger or smaller than another because of the viscosity and temperature of the oil and the size of the dropper or orifice reducer. As such, measuring by the drop is not the most accurate method of measuring essential or carrier oils, but it is acceptable for creating small topical blends.
A good rule of thumb when seeking to make a 2% dilution is to add 12 drops of essential oil to 30 ml of carrier oil, lotion, vegetable butter or other natural lipid/moisturizer.
1% Dilution is usually enough (1ml essential oil to 100ml)
Do I Need To Dilute Essential Oils If I Use Them In My Diffuser?
You donot have to dilute the essential oils for use in a diffuser most diffusers require that you use water and add a few drops of oil to that water before heating it.