While it’s true that essential oils are natural products, it’s also true that they’re highly concentrated and there is potential for adverse reactions if they’re not used properly. Follow these basic guidelines for properly diluting essential oils before you use them.
One of the simplest (and cheapest!) ways to make the switch to natural living is to incorporate essential oils into your life. They’re incredibly versatile, they smell fantastic, and they contain a multitude of therapeutic properties. They can be used in everything from cleaning products to body care formulations and they’re perfect for those of us who like to DIY!
With all the research being done on essential oils, as well as their subsequent rise in popularity, more and more people are starting to incorporate essential oils into their natural living routines. However, with the dramatic increase of essential oil users comes a need for basic essential oil knowledge.
I highly encourage you to research the specific essential oils that you’ll be using. See if there are any situations where you should NOT be using a particular oil.
Also, learn what the potential risks are, and most importantly, determine if there are certain individuals that a given oil should not be used around. Hint: You can find a lot of great information in the Aromatherapy section of Hello Glow!
Why Dilute Essential Oils?
When using essential oils on the skin (topical application), it’s important to dilute them properly so that you don’t cause skin irritation, redness, itching, allergic reactions, or even systemic reactions.
Some essential oils are known to be skin sensitizers and can cause adverse reactions and even pain when applied to the skin undiluted. For instance, oregano essential oil is often referred to as a “hot oil” because if applied to the skin undiluted, it can cause a burning sensation and redness—or worse!
It’s also important to note that some essential oils have recommended maximum dilutions that may differ from general dilution guidelines. For example, clove bud essential oil should not be used on the skin above a 0.5% dilution.
For this reason, I recommend the book Essential Oil Safety for in-depth, accurate, and safe information regarding maximum dilution amounts.
Essential Oil Dilution Guidelines
In general, essential oils should be used in 1%-3% dilutions. Most of the situations in which you will use essential oils will be well-suited for dilutions within that range. However, there may be times when a lower or higher dilution may be needed.
Real Life. Real News. Real Voices
Help us tell more of the stories that matterBecome a founding member
Subscribe to the newsletter news
We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe