Essential Oil Dilution Guide - Use Oils Safely

Essential oils are really powerful and the "less is more" mantra should definitely be used when applying dilution rates. 

Why?

If used in high doses, essential oils can cause skin irritations and increased phototoxicity and systemic toxicity, amongst other things, depending on the oil type. 

As such, we have created a guide which shows which dilution rates should be used. As a general rule, if in doubt, opt for a lower ratio, but a 2% dilution is the general rule. We would recommend avoiding the use of essential oils on children and always seek medical advice before using essential oils if pregnant.

The table below explains dilution rates in more detail:

 Application Type Dilution Ratio
Massage/Body Oil 2.5% dilution = 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier​
Baths Mix 2 to 12 drops (depending on how potent the oil is) with a tablespoon of oil dispersant like coconut oil or natural bath gel. It is important to do this as if not, the oil will form droplets in the water and can cause skin irritation
Facial Oil/Cream

Sensitive skin: 0.5 to 1 percent dilution = 3 to 6 drops per ounce

Normal, healthy skin: 1 to 2.5 percent dilution = 6 to 15 drops per ounce​

Room Sprays 10 - 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of water (1 - 3 types of essential oil can be used)

 

References: This dilution guide has been taken from the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. You can find more safety information on their site here