Let’s talk about ~ Essential Oil Dilution

I can remember when I first started using essential oils, I thought that if I were to dilute the oil it would make it less effective. Ha, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Diluting essential oils actually allows them to remain on our skin for longer, so we can gain more of the benefits of our precious oils. As some essential oils can be very strong, diluting them can also protect our bodies from their powerful strength. There are many other benefits to dilution which we will cover down below.

Now I understand that learning about essential oils can be a long process, and everyone must start at the beginning. So here are a few questions and answers that you may have when you first start learning about essential oils and how to use them.


let's talk about dilution

What do you mean, dilution?

To dilute an essential oil means to mix it with a carrier oil before applying it topically to the skin.  We call it a carrier oil because it does just that. It carries our essential oils into our bodies.  A carrier oil is a vegetable oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil.  Personally, I use doTERRA’s Fractionated Coconut Oil, but you can use whatever you have on hand.

 How do I dilute my oils?

The recommended dilution ratio is generally 1 drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.  If you find yourself constantly making a small mix, you could try making a larger batch in a glass rollerball.  I’ve ordered these off Amazon and find they work well.

I whipped you up a handy dandy dilution chart that you may print out for reference. Or pin it to your Essential Oil board on Pinterest. You can check out my EO Pinterest Board here.

Essential Oil Dilution Guidelines


Who should dilute essential oils?

Children and those with sensitive skin may show a sensitivity response if they’ve used essential oils that have not been diluted.  Diluting the oils will reduce the chance of developing a sensitivity.   There are some oils that should always be diluted as they can be hot to our skin.  Some of these are cassia, cinnamon, clove, oregano, and thyme.

How do I know which oils need to be diluted?

If you are looking in your catalogue you will see a chart like this one which shows us 6 different symbols. A, T, I, N, S, & D.  When you are looking in the catalogue at each product or oil, they will have the corresponding symbol which tells how each oil can be used, and whether or not we should dilute it.

There are 3 different classifications of oils.

  • Neat. Essential oils categorized as “neat” can be applied topically without dilution on most people. These oils are considered mild and generally do not induce skin sensitivity. Examples of “neat” essential oils are frankincense, lavender, melaleuca, melissa, and sandalwood.
  • Dilute. If categorized as “dilute,” essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil before topical application in every case. Oils that fall into this category are those are considered “hot” oils and have a much great chance of causing sensitivity with most people. Examples of essential oils that require dilution are cassia, cinnamon, clove, oregano, and thyme.
  • Sensitive. “Sensitive” oils are those that should be diluted before use on young or sensitive skin. Examples of “sensitive” oils are peppermint, ginger, eucalyptus, wintergreen, and black pepper.

What are the benefits of diluting essential oils?

  • Diluting essential oils allows them to remain on your skin for longer as they will not evaporate as fast, leaving you with a longer lasting effect.
  • Scientific studies have shown that diluting actually allows the essential oils to permeate our skin faster than without.
  • And lastly, your oils are going to last longer, because you won’t need to use as much.  Diluting the oils will make them go much further.

When in doubt, dilute!!

doTERRA has recently come out with a TOUCH line, which all come prediluted. This means they are ready for you and your kids whenever you need them, no fussing around.  They are absolutely wonderful, a great addition to your collection if you don’t already have them.

Where to Buy High-Quality Essential Oils at a Discount ~

It is highly recommended that when using essential oils, you use the highest quality you can get your hands on.  CLICK HERE to find out how to purchase my favourite brand of oils at a discount.

I hope this blog post has given you some tips on how and when to dilute your oils.

Happy Oiling!!

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