How To Dilute Essential Oils For Topical Use:

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!


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:

dilution feature

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:

dilution chart

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!


4 thoughts on “How To Dilute Essential Oils For Topical Use:

  1. Ok I read a couple of similar articles when I was first getting acquainted with essential oils. I mean, they are natural, they are healthy but people, always do your reading first. I used to use coconut oil as a carrier oil at the beginning and I had very bad acne breakouts. I was in pure agony, and to make it worse I tried treating the breakouts with essential oils. It was only after reading this article on HealtHead did I realize that it was the Coconut Oil that was the culprit of my breakouts. After substituting it with Olive oil (which you also suggest) my skin cleared up and I’m once again in love with them.

    1. Gilea, I’m sorry you had such a bad reaction. Oils affect everyone differently so it is definitely a good idea to test a patch on your skin and do your research. Thank you for your insight!

  2. Great work for sharing this amazing article. I’m a long time reader but I’ve never been urged to leave a note.
    I’ve subscribed to your blog and shared this to my Facebook.|
    This is an helpful post! I’ve shared this to my Twitter as well!
    Good Stuff!|
    completed this blog , great pointers. I’ll share this
    to Twitter and to some of my buddies as well!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s