Essential Oil Dilution Guidelines
.25% Dilution (1 drop per 4 teaspoons of carrier oil) – for children between 6 months and 6 years.Please only use if you absolutely must.
1% dilution would be used on children under age 6, pregnant women, elderly adults, those with sensitive skin or compromised immune systems or other serious health issues, and when you are massaging over a large area of the body.
2% dilution would be used for most adults and most situations. This is also a good dilution for basic skin care issues and for daily use.
3% – 10% dilution is best for short-term use for a temporary health issue, such as a muscle injury or respiratory congestion. Up to 10% dilution is fine, depending on the health concern, the age of the person, and the oils being used.
25% dilution (25 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil; 125-150 drops per ounce) – occasionally a dilution of this strength is warranted. This might be for a muscle cramp, bad bruising, or severe pain.
Using oils neat (undiluted) should only be done if absolutely necessary, as some individuals can experience irritation or sensitivity when some oils are used neat. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat, when needed, but only for short-term use. A bug bite, burn, or wound, might be a good reason to use Lavender neat.
Essential Oil Measurement Equivalents
100 drops = 1 tsp = 5ml = 1/6 ounce
200 drops = 2 tsp = 10ml = 1/3 ounce
300 drops = 3 tsp = 15ml = 1/2 ounce
400 drops = 4 tsp = 20ml = 2/3 ounce
500 drops = 5 tsp = 25ml = 5/6 ounce
600 drops = 6 tsp = 30ml = 1 ounce