I am often asked how to dilute essential oils for topical use. Proper dilution is essential for a positive experience; increasing effectiveness and decreasing the risk of sensitivity. These dilution guidelines were provided by a master aromatherapist, and have worked successfully for me for years.
A Few Notes About Carrier Oils
Many blogs recommend using coconut oil. If you have acne AVOID coconut oil; it is highly comedogenic!
If you are prone to acne, I highly recommend argan oil and hemp seed oil. Both have a comedogenic rating of 0, which means they won't clog your pores. I consider these two oils to be the Holy Grail of skincare. If you have problematic skin, don't waste another dime on expensive moisturizers! I use PURA D'OR Organic Moroccan Argan Oil and US Organic Hemp Seed Oil.
Another excellent choice for those who are acne-prone is jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is similar to your sebum, which means it won't irritate, and it won't go rancid because it is a wax. I use HobaCare for my at-home blending.
These are general guidelines for dilution. Every guideline should be adjusted to fit individual needs based on sensitivity:
Only the mildest essential oils should be used on babies, and they should always be diluted.
- Up to 6 months: Only use Lavender or Roman Chamomile. 1-2 drops in 10 mL (2 tsp) of carrier oil.
- 6-12 months: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, or Rose. 1-2 drops in 10 mL (2 tsp) of carrier oil.
After diluting, here are some ideas for the use of Roman Chamomile:
- Teething: Dilute, and apply gently to the baby’s cheeks (externally).
- Colic: Dilute, and apply gently to the baby’s abdomen.
- 1-6 years: Use Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Neroli, Orange, Tea Tree. 2-3 drops of oil to 10 mL (2 tsp) of carrier oil.
- 7-12 years: Same choice of oils as for an adult, but use 4 drops to a tablespoon of oil.
A 2% dilution is the gold standard for adults. That means about 40 to 80 drops to a 4-oz. bottle of carrier oil, or about 10 drops to a tablespoon of oil.