With Essential Oils, Less is More
Go ahead… take a minute to really absorb that little tidbit. Easy enough for it to come off your tongue or to hear, but not so easy to put into practice use. But I have to tell you, it’s so important when it comes to essential oils, especially when you’re working with oils that are pure, without fillers and other junk. Remember, essential oils, when you’re working with a good brand, are highly concentrated, potent substances. That is where the right dilution of essential oils comes into play.
Benefits of Diluting Essential Oils
- Ensuring safe use of essential oils
- Decrease instances of sensitization
- Increase the absorption of the oil / blend into your system
- In some instances, a diluted oil is a more powerful oil
- Your oils last longer! Because… less is more.
What Best Dilutes Essential Oils
- Fractionated or Solid Coconut Oil < — my preference
- Almond Oil
- Grape Seed Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Olive Oil <— if desperate with no other option
These are known as CARRIER OILS.
I prefer to use Fractionated Coconut Oil (though coconut oil in its solid form is also a wonderful). Using coconut oils gets you the benefits of coconut along with the benefits of the essential oils… it’s a double win.
Mixing your essential oil with water is NOT diluting your oil. Remember… oil and water don’t mix. This is true especially when applying directly to the skin. However, you can use it within some spray mixtures. See the DIY section of this site for different recipes.
How Much Dilution Do You Need
Well… this is the tricky part. I’d like to say that I always use perfect dilution. But… that wouldn’t necessarily be a true statement. For instance, in my personal cold symptom killer recipe (helping with symptoms of colds until your body can get rid of the cold naturally), I do use a larger amount of oil. It does have the word “killer” in the title after all (see DIY section for this). However, especially with my kids, dilution is incredibly important if for nothing less than ensuring that you can continue to use these amazing natural wonders and not become sensitized to them.
So.. how much? In general, a good rule of thumb is:
- FOR CHILDREN / THOSE WITH SENSITIVE SKIN
1 drop of essential oil to 1 TBS (tablespoon) of carrier oil
- FOR ADULTS
1 drop of essential oil to 1-3 drops of carrier oil
And Don’t Forget
- Patch test: When you first begin using essential oils, doing a patch test is always recommended. What’s a patch test?
- DON’T USE: Do not use essential oils in your nose, your eyes or ears. Have extreme caution when using around your eyes and be VERY CAREFUL about considering using this around your ‘private’ areas.
- HOT OILS NEED CARE: Oh yes, there are “hot” oils. These include cinnamon, oregano, clove, lemongrass, thyme (and some may find the cooling of peppermint to be intense / hot). These oils need a higher dilution rate such as 2 drops of oil per 8-10 drops of a carrier oil (or more carrier oil). Be VERY cautious about using any of these on children.
- Less is more when it comes to essential oils
Not Sure which essential oil company is right for you? Well, I’ve done the research and found a company with integrity, honesty and absolutely pure essential oils. If you’d like more information, all you have to do is contact me and we can discuss your oil needs.