As most of you know if you’ve been following my blog, I love essential oils. I use them in a lot of my DIY projects for soaps and bath products, but also just for a little relaxation. I was really excited to find an organic, 100% pure essential oil company by the name of Plant Therapy at ShiftCon last month. They’ve sent me some delightfully fragrant essential oils that I’ve had a chance to mix into my bath soaks and enjoy multiple times. But learning the process of diluting essential oils is still very important.
What I also really love about Plant Therapy is the fact that their essential oils are also kids safe. In fact, they gave me a sample to try that’s specifically for kids for help getting them to sleep at bedtime. And my kids always need help getting to sleep at bedtime!
With that said, however, there are some really important guidelines to follow when it comes to diluting essential oils. This is a critical step in using essential oils safely, since they can be quite potent and potentially harmful if uses incorrectly. (If you’re new to using essential oils, start with my post on How to Use Essential Oils.)
With that said, here are some dilution guidelines to follow:
Diluting Essential Oils
For children under the age of 2:
Use a .25%-.5% dilution: 2-3 essential oil drops + 4-5 teaspoons of carrier oil
For long term or daily use and full body application:
1% dilution: 3 essential oil drops + 2 teaspoons of carrier oil
For short term use:
5% Dilution: 15 drops of essential oils + 2 teaspoons of carrier oil
For small areas of concern and acute situations:
10% dilution: 15 drops of essential oils + 1 teaspoon of carrier oil
Note: like most companies, they recommend always starting with a lower dilution amount and increasing as you go along as needed.
For more tips on how to dilute essential oils, view the full chart by Plant Therapy HERE.