Hello, hello! Today we are talking about diluting essential oils, and a few favorite practices around our house. Dilution is the #1 way to make your essential oils go farther, while still impacting your health in a tremendously powerful way. Ready to get started? Let’s go!
There are a few reasons why dilution is so key to using essential oils:
- Essential oils are powerful. Our favorite brand, Young Living, makes oils that are top-of-the-line in therapeutic quality, and thus are the most powerful in the world. Because of how concentrated these plant extracts are, it is important to dilute so as not to overwhelm your body systems.
- Essential oil molecules are tiny. So tiny, in fact, that they hit your bloodstream in 15 seconds, and have reached every cell in the body within minutes. Each time you open a bottle of essential oil, the minute molecules leap into the air, creating the powerful aroma that you smell. When you apply oils topically, it’s important to trap these tiny, easily-evaporated molecules in bigger molecules so that they get absorbed more effectively into the body. How do you do this? Carrier oils!
- Essential oils are expensive. You get what you pay for, and if you are spending hard-earned dollars on top-quality essential oils like us, you want to get bang for your buck! By diluting, you are stretching the oil’s powerful properties by using a less-expensive, more readily available carrier oil.
- Essential oils are extremely concentrated plant extracts. It takes hundreds of pounds of plants just to make a few small bottles of oil. Using Young Living as an example, it takes 60 thousand rose blossoms provide only 1 ounce of rose oil (now you know why it costs $200/5ml 😉 ). Lavender is abundant–220 pounds will provide 7 pounds of oil. You can see that it’s important to be respectful of just how much goes into each bottle of precious oil, and not use it excessively. Now, in cases where your body needs extra support, how you use oils will differ. For general body support, however, a little will go a long way for both your body, as well as stewarding our planet.
What Carrier Oils to Use for Diluting
Let’s talk carrier oils! It’s important to make sure that the oil you are using to dilute with is of equivalent quality to your essential oils. Just like you don’t want cheap essential oils, you don’t want a carrier oil that is filled with genetically modified organisms or harmful chemicals. Do your research, and find a brand that you can trust to provide top-quality carrier oils.
We have tried many different carrier oils, and listed below are a few of our favorites:
This carrier oil blend is by the same company that we get our oils from, so my mind is at rest knowing that my precious essential oils are being “carried” in an oil of equivalent quality. This carrier oil is a blend of Coconut, Sesame Seed, Grape Seed, Sweet Almond, Wheat Germ, Sunflower Seed, and Olive oil.
I like to use this carrier oil for general use, like a digestive blend or sleeping blend. I stay away from applying this to my face because coconut oil clogs my pores and irritates my oily/acne-prone skin.
Molivera Organics 100% Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated coconut oil is coconut oil that remains liquid at cooler temperatures, so it’s ideal for diluting with essential oils! Plus, it’s lighter and more readily absorbed than some oils, like olive oil, so it’s perfect for topical application.
We like Molivera Organics because they list what they don’t include in the oil (i.e- hidden solvents, like hexane), and also list the Latin name on the bottle, Cocos Nuciferas, which is a further indicator of purity. Plus, it comes in a huge pump bottle, making it super practical for using on the daily… and we get it on Amazon Prime, sooooo… #winwinwin 😉
Jojoba Oil & Vitamin E Oil
I love jojoba oil or vitamin E oil for diluting oils for skincare. Jojoba is the most similar to our skin’s natural sebum, making it ideal for oily/acne prone gals like myself that can’t use pore-clogging (comedogenic) oils. Vitamin E oil helps with skin repair, so if you deal with acne scars or your skin just needs a nourishing boost, Vitamin E is the way to go!
These oils have been ones that we waffle around with as far as brands go. We’ve tried everything from NOW to Trader Joes. I want to do a little more research & testing myself before I recommend any specific brand to you. If you have recommendations that hit the mark on quality, hit up the chat box! I would love to hear!
How to Dilute
Dilution is really going to vary from oil to oil. Some oils are mild, others are moderately strong, while still others are very hot on the skin and can cause irritation if not used properly.
Listed below are a few basic ratios to dilute by, based upon an essential oil’s mildness-hotness:
For mild-moderate oils like Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Tea Tree, etc.
Dilute 1 drop/1-8 tsps carrier oil, or try a 50/50 ratio
For hot oils like Thieves, Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, etc.
Dilute 1 drop/1+ tbls carrier oil, or try a 20/80 ratio
When diluting essential oils, don’t stress the small stuff and just experiment with what works best for your body. Try different ratios and see how they impact you!
For children, always, always dilute 50/50-20/80, and even more with babies. Remember that essential oils are powerful, and even though it may not seem like 1 drop will do much, that one drop contains highly concentrated therapeutic properties of that plant, and should be used wisely & respectfully.
At this point, you’re probably thinking, “Well, that’s all very well and good, but I don’t want to have to juggle carrier oil bottles & essential oil bottles every time I apply!”
I get you! Our favorite dilution tools are roller bottles and dropper bottles. A few tips about roller bottles:
- Read the reviews! We have purchased roller bottles where the little metal roller ball falls out after a while… yep, super useful 😛
- Go for glass or metal. Plastic roller bottles feel cheap, and essential oil molecules can get trapped in the porous plastic. Plus, they don’t go on a smoothly as glass or metal.
Wehn you do a little digging, you can find so many beautiful, creative options for storing your diluted oils. We get both our dropper bottles & roller bottles on Amazon, which makes purchasing super convenient! Whimsy + Wellness knocks it out of the park as far a beauty goes, so if you love pretty labels, check them out for sure!
I hope that this guide was helpful! Feel free to hit up our chat box with any questions. I’m here for you!
By the Way...
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