Ok, so you’ve worked really hard to ensure that you are getting the best essential oils on the market. They are 100% pure, 3rd party tested on 7 different levels with 2 different independent labs, and contain no fillers or contaminants. Awesome!
However, because of all of this, they are extremely potent. Which is also awesome, but sometimes a little too awesome. When you need to tone it down a notch, we call it dilution.
How to Dilute your Essential Oils
First of all, why dilute?
Well, there are a few reasons:
- You want to cover a larger area, and diluting the oils helps to spread them more evenly
- You are applying to a sensitive area, such as the throat, belly, or face
- You are applying to an infant or child. Wee ones are, well, wee, and a little bit of essential oil goes a long way. Rule of thumb for infants is 1-3 drops in 1 TBSP of carrier oil (about 10mL), and for children, 1-3 drops per tsp of carrier oil (about 5mL). Take extra care with hot oils like Black Pepper, Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano, Protective Blend, and Thyme. Most essential oils are safe to use with wee ones, we just have to be smart about it.
There are many different “carrier oils” to dilute your essential oils with. My personal favorite is Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO), which is liquid at room temperature, won’t stain clothes, absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue, and has no scent.
For my children, I usually dilute ahead of time by adding a few drops to a roller bottle and topping it off with FCO (and labeling it, of course!)That way I can grab it quickly without worrying that it’s too strong for them. It also makes it very convenient to apply anywhere on their little bodies – feet, belly, around the ears, along the jawline, etc. For myself, I dilute as needed by mixing the essential oil and carrier oil in my palm.