Often times it is recommended to “dilute” an Essential Oil prior to topical application. But what does this mean? How do you do this? We have the answers for you:

Mixing Essential Oils with a carrier oil such as Coconut Oil or Olive Oil dilutes them (reduces the intensity/concentration), allowing them to be safely applied topically to the skin. However, there are different levels of dilution that will work for babies, children, and adults – knowing how to properly dilute oils can be tedious and take some thought and time. There is an easier way to make sure you can quickly get the remedy you need and get on with your day!

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The 1-2-3 method for Essential Oil Dilution & Topical Use

  • 1% dilution
  • 2 tsp. carrier oil
  • 3 drops essential oil

1% dilution = 2 tsp. Carrier Oil + 3 drops Essential Oil.

Starting with 1% makes the rest of your math much easier, so you can properly dilute essential oils for any age group and any percentage! If you start with the “1-2-3”, you can then adjust according to the proper percentage listed below:

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Diluting Oils for Different Age Groups:

The percentage is low for younger ones, so it’s important to get it right for their smaller bodies! Here are some recommended dilution percentages for a whole body massage, based on age:

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If you’re using a targeted application, such as soles of the feet or chest, you can up to double the amount of Essential Oil, but it is best to start with less and assess your tolerance gradually to avoid irritation. For Carrier Oils, Essential Oils, and EVERYTHING you need, click the blue button below to visit our shop! Be sure to subscribe to our blog!

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