// WHY DILUTE //
I bang on about dilution in all my classes and that’s for one reason.
It’s really important.
So what is dilution? It’s applying your essential oil with a carrier oil to help carry the oil into the body. Kind of like diluting your cordial – but it doesn’t impact the effectiveness or strength but also lessens the likelihood for sensitivity or a reaction.
Essential Oils are powerful plant extracts. 70-80 more potent than the real thing. Peppermint for example, 1 drop of @doterra is equivalent to 28 cups of tea! That’s a lot huh?!
So when you go to use them in your perfume, in your skincare, in your bath, on your sore muscles, for your headache, on your pimples, to help soothe a rash or burn, and all the things you use them for – it’s so so so important that you don’t use them neat on your skin.
And of course, just to add to the complexity, all oils aren’t created equal. No two oils are the same. So there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ in terms of strength. Some are gentler than others. Some are hot oils and some require higher dilution.
So what’s a good carrier oil and how do you dilute?
A good rule of thumb is 1 drop to a teaspoon of carrier oil, or a tablespoon for toodlers. Less is ALWAYS more.
Any carrier oil will do but my favourites are jojoba, macadamia, sweet almond and obviously fractionated coconut oil.
I never add more than 10-15 drops to a 10ml roller. Sometimes less depend on on which oils and what the roller is for. The best way is to use less and more often.
Be cautious of recipes that suggest you need 50-80 😱 Cut the amounts down and you can always add more.
If you have any questions please reach out. 💜