How to Dilute Essential Oils

One of the top essential oil questions I receive is how to dilute essential oils. Essential oils are a powerful natural solution for families, but must be used safely. That is why it’s so important to discuss how to dilute essential oils properly.  

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How to Dilute Essential Oils:

Before we start diving in, lets discuss a couple of terms that people often use when they refer to essential oils and how to dilute them.

The first term I want to discuss is a “neat” application. Neat application of an essential oil is when you apply the essential oil directly to your skin. When people use this method they are not diluting the essential oils.

A carrier oil is an oil that you add to your skin along with an essential oil to help dilute the essential oil because essential oil’s are very potent. These oils help the essential oil to absorb into the skin, and they also help reduce the irritation that some essential oils can cause.

Since essential oils are very potent, it’s very important to know the proper dilution for ourselves and also for our families. Now that you know some of the terms regarding diluting essential oils, let’s go ahead and talk about some great carrier oils that you can use.

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Carrier Oils:

There are a lot of different carrier oils out there today that you can buy and use. My personal favorite is fractionated coconut oil, but there are many others. Some of them include:

When you’re using a carrier oil, just like essential oils, it’s important to remember quality matters since you’re putting these oils onto your skin. I always recommend trying to find an organic carrier oil since our skin is our largest organ. It is so important to remember that what we put onto our skin absorbs into our bodies.


Now that we have discussed some great carrier oils we can use when we are diluting essential oils, let’s go ahead and discuss some safe ways to dilute.

How to Dilute Essential Oils for Babies:

The first thing I want to start off with saying is that for babies three months and younger the safest way to use essential oils is by diffusing them in a diffuser.

For babies and toddlers the general recommendation is about one drop of essential oil per 1 tablespoon of organic carrier oil. A great way to create roller bottles for babies with more than 1 essential oil added to it is by mixing the 2 drops of essential oils you want, then adding in 2 tbsp of organic carrier oil in a glass bowl. After you have blended these together, you can fill up the 10 ml roller bottle with the mixture you created. Anything leftover can be stored in a cool dark place until needed. This way you can make sure to dilute your roller bottle safely while still being able to use 2 different essential oils into the roller bottle for added benefits!

For example, if you wanted to make a teething recipe for a baby, then put one drop of lavender and one drop of Roman chamomile in a glass bowl. Mix in 2 tablespoons of organic carrier oil into the glass bowl with the 2 drops of essential oils. Once this is blended, add it to your roller bottles. That is the safest way to do it. I know many moms who want to use more than just one essential oil for their babies roller bottles. 

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How to Dilute Essential Oils for Children:

Diluting essential oils for children is different than for a baby. The general recommendation on children is one drop of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of organic carrier oil. As babies and children get older, you can start diluting the essential oils a little bit less.

How to Dilute Essential Oils for Adults:

A general recommendation for adults is 3 to 6 drops of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of organic carrier oil. Diluting is so important, and I always recommend it to people especially people who have sensitive skin. If you do have sensitive skin, then I would start off diluting your roller bottles more to be on the safe side. Always remember that less is more when it comes to essential oils. You can always add more to help you achieve the desired result if needed.

What is your favorite carrier oil to use?

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Author: Simply Reeni

I am a Certified Essential Oils Coach, and the founder of Simply Reeni. I help empower women to take control of their family’s health by using natural solutions like essential oils! Get more articles like this (and a free diffuser blend mini-ebook) sent to your email here!

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  • AyeshaOctober 22, 2017 - 8:15 am

    Amazing and informative article as usual , Coconut oil is my favorite carrier oil due to its fragrance and benefits.ReplyCancel


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