Before I get into how you dilute essential oils I’m just going to start with a quick note about the different types of essential oils & hopefully clear up a little bit of confusion.
Essential oils, like most things in life come in all shapes, sizes and quality.
Depending on the quality of your oil, the oil itself and where/what you’re doing with the oil you may not even need to dilute at all…
I know, but it’s completely true.
I did my aromatherapy diploma a couple of years ago and I was told under no uncertain terms do you EVER apply essential oils neat to skin.
But, my diploma course materials were written in 2008 & back then essential oils were in a completely different place.
Nowadays, certain essential oil companies have completely cleaned up their act, carry out testing and guarantee the safety and purity of their oils.
However, in most circumstances, what I was told is absolutely correct – be EXTREMELY careful about what you’re putting on your skin because the less pure an oil is, the more synthetic material is in there and the higher the likliehood you’ll have a negative reaction.
Even with 100% CPTG (certified pure therapeutic grade) essential oils you still need to be careful because there are oils which are classed as ‘hot’ such as thyme which you would dilute as standard 1:4 (1 drop of thyme to 4 drops of carrier).
So, always check with your supplier, do your research and if you’ve got a wellness mentor looking after you then reach out to them for help/advice.
Now, back to the post in hand – how do you even go about diluting essential oils?
Well, you can make up your own essential oil blends using a carrier oil in advance (e.g., in a roller ball, spray bottle or tub) or you can dilute on location using the layering method (e.g., apply 1 drop of lavender and massage in, then apply 1-2 drops of carrier and massage in).
I do both.
It depends on how often I’m going to need the oil blend, how large a surface area I need to cover and whether it’s for my partner (I know, but unless things are super easy for him it’s just far too much effort!).
In fact I’ve actually just made up 4 roller-balls for my pooches so that both my partner and I can keep on top of looking after them.
- a soothing blend for Loki (black Staffie) & Bruno (brown & white American Bulldog);
- a car sickness & calming blend for Loki;
- a digestive and immunity blend for Chaos (grey Neopolitan Mastiff Puppy); and
- a skin restorative & calming blend Chaos.
Doing all this in advance means that everything is on hand when we need it.
I’ve also made myself a hay-fever blend which I carry round with me because the one day I got caught short & oh man it was bad!
I ended up running into a pharmacy and begging for anti-histamines (which made me so disappointed with myself because until that day I’d been synthetic medication free for almost 18 months…).
Anyhow, back to carriers.
A carrier oil is any food grade oil (any oil you can ingest) often people have carriers lying around e.g., olive oil, rapeseed oil, vegetable oil… but most of these oils tend to be pretty greasy and often very smelly…
There are lot’s of different oils out there – some are very specialist like avocado or jojoba and are better for certain areas or skin types.
Personally, I use coconut. Either in it’s raw form for my skin (mainly for moisturising large areas) or fractionated (in all my roller balls, sprays and for layering) because it’s colourless, odourless and non-greasy.
Plus, coconut oil has so many different benefits all of its own I feel like I’m getting a double whammy!
But, how many drops should you use?
This completely depends on your age, weight, skin sensitivity, the essential oil… but as a general rule of thumb – always dilute with children or if you have sensitive skin & if you’re an adult always dilute spices and herbs (tend to be the ‘hot’ ones).
There are certain oils which you may not need to dilute but you’ll need to be careful about where you place them.
For example, citrus essential oils are photosensitive so you’d never slather your face with lemon and then head out into the sun!
Unfortunately, a lady did something similar (she didn’t use lemon but used one of her blends with citrus oils in & then went to hot yoga followed by getting on a sunbed… she ended up with some very serious burns…)
My rule of thumb with the gorgeous weather we’ve been getting over here in the UK – use citrus on your clothes or on your feet (as long as you’re not sticking your feet in the air!).
But, often you will be able to find a non-citrus alternative e.g., orange is phenomenal at helping to stave of anxieties and so is lavender. One is citrus and one is a flower.
I hope this helped?
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Have a fantastic rest of your day & I’ll catch up with you soon x Katie x
p.s. hope you like my pooches 😀 xx
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