How to Dilute Essential oils

8:32 AM Posted by Jo Pedranti



Here is a chart for you. You can make massage oil blends and rub on your own skin, it doesn't have to be done by a professional massage therapist. You might not get the whole body massage but it is still beneficial. I like to add essential oils to massage oil and use it instead of body lotion after the shower, or to put on aching joints or muscles.
Please remember it is not advisable to massage in conditions such as inflamed or swollen joints, fractures, hemorrhages, inflammation, inflamed veins, or cancer.
I like to gently put on a massage oil blend in situations where my son has sprained his ankle or is in pain from football.

Please keep in mind:

1% dilution for children and the elderly.
2% dilution for general, whole-body massage.
4% dilution for concentrated, local massage.


 Scroll down for dilutions for adults
Children:
This is Worwood's recommendations, and it doesn't necessary mean that oils not mentioned are not suitable for children in certain circumstances. I may mention other oils from time to time based on research I have come across.

Suitable oils for Babies and Young Children from Valerie Ann Worwood’s Book “The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy”:

Essential Oils
NEWBORN BABIES
Chamomile Roman
Chamomile German
Yarrow
Lavender
Dosage: 1-3 drops diluted in 2 tablespoons Base Oil
Suitable base oils: Hazelnut, sweet almond

2-6 MONTHS OLD
As above plus:
Mandarin
Eucalyptus (Never apply on face) 
Coriander
Neroli
Dosage: 3-5 drops diluted in 2 tablespoon Base Oil. 
Suitable base oils: Hazelnut, sweet almond

6-12 MONTHS OLD
As above plus:
Calendula
Grapefruit
Aniseed
Tea tree
Dosage: 3-5 drops dilutet in 2 tablespoons Base Oils
Suitable base oils: Hazelnut, sweet almond

1-5 YEARS OLD
All the above plus:
Ginger, but only use 1/3  of the dosage directed for other oils
Dosage: 5-10 drops diluted in 2 tablespoons Base Oil
Suitable base oils: Hazelnut, sweet almond

5-7 YEARS OLD
All the above plus following used in 1/3  dosage directed for other oils:
Ginger
Peppermint
Rosemary
Thyme linalool
Clary Sage
Geranium 
Nutmeg 
Hyssop
Dosage: 5-12 drops diluted in 2 tablespoon Base Oil
Suitable base oils: Hazelnut, sweet almond,apricot, grapeseed

7-12 YEARS OLD
All those to 7 years old; plus the following at 1/3  dosage  directed for other oils.
Fennel
Frankincense
Cypress
Basil
Dosage: 5-15 drops diluted in 2 tablespoons Base Oil.
Suitable base oils: Hazelnut, sweet almond, apricot, grapeseed

PUBERTY
All the above oils at full dose, plus:

Females:
Rose
Geranium
Sweet Marjoram

Male:
Marjoram
Bergamot
Dosage: 10-20 drops diluted in 2 tablespoons Base Oil.
Suitable base oils: Hazelnut, sweet almond

Oils like borage, wheatgerm and jojoba can be added to the base oil for extra healing. It should not exceed 10% of the base. 

Adults:

Basic suggested dilution for essential oil massage blends for adults

CARRIER OILS


ESSENTIAL OILS


Volume

1% dilution
2% dilution
4 % dilution
½ oz.
1 tablespoon
15 ml


3 drops
6 drops
12 drops
1 oz.
2 tablespoons
30 ml


6 drops
12 drops
24 drops
2 oz.
4 tablespoons
60 ml

12 drops
24 drops
48 drops

1% dilution for children and the elderly.
2% dilution for general, whole-body massage.
4% dilution for concentrated, local massage

Add 8-10 drops of essential oils to a full bath. Dispersion is important because most essential oils will float on the surface and burn the skin. Here is a chart of different additives you can use in your bath.

ADDITIVES
AMOUNTS
BENEFITS
PRECAUTIONS
Castile Soap
Quick bath: 2 teaspoons bubble bath: ¼ cup plus ¼ cup glycerine.

Cleans skin, prevents tub ring, disperses essential oils.
Can be drying to the skin.
Massage Oil
1/4 cup
Moisturizes lightly, disperses essential oils.
Agitates the bath water. Be sure not to slip.
Jojoba Oil
1/8 of a cup

Moisturizes deeply and heals.

Epsom Salt
1/3 to 2 cups
Detoxifies the body, eases muscle pain and joint aches, disperses essential oils.


Do not use in cases of low blood pressure. Mix with essential oils before adding to water.
Sea Salts
1/3 to 2 cups
Detoxifies, aids eczema, remineralizes the body, disperses essential oils.

Use caution in cases of high or low blood pressure. Mix with essential oils before adding to water.
Dead Sea Salt
1/3 to 2 cups
Detoxifies, aids eczema, remineralizes the body, disperses essential oils.

Use caution in cases of high or low blood pressure. Mix with essential oils before adding to water.
Hydrated Bentonite Clay
½ to 2 cups
Detoxifying.
May absorb smell of essential oils.
Kelp
1/8 cup
Detoxifies, contains minerals.

Has a strong smell.
Honey
1/8 cup
Conditions skin, disperses essential oils.

Mix with essential oils before adding to the water.
Milk
3 cups or more
Conditions skin, disperses essential oils.
Mix with essential oils before adding to the water. Do not use if Candida is present.
Apple Cider Vinegar
½ to 2 cups
Conditions skin, detoxifies.
None





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3 comments:

  1. Teresa said...

    A great post on Essential Oils to make Dilute, Thanks for sharing this great post on EO.

  2. TravisNeilRobbins said...

    This chart is awesome! I am just getting into making home body care production and this has been helpful. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. TravisNeilRobbins said...

    Thanks so much for sharing this chart. We have started making our own homemade body care recently and this chart is awesome!