Today we are going to talk about safe dilutions of essential oils. This post will be presented over several days so that the information doesn't get confusing. A 1 % dilution is 5 to 6 drops per ounce of carrier oil. A carrier oil can be any type of oil, butter, water or gel that the essential oil can be dispersed in. In other words, let's say we have one ounce of olive oil. In order to create a blend with a 1% dilution, we would add 5 or 6 drops of essential oils to that olive oil.
Who should use a 1 % dilution? Adults over 65 years of age with challenging health problems or health problems that are not well controlled can start with a 1% dilution. People that have chronic conditions, immune system disorders, children under 12 and those that have pulmonary (lung) concerns, including sensitivity to fragrances, chemicals or environmental pollutants should proceed carefully with a 1% dilution or consult their physician or clinical aromatherapist. Discontinue if you experience redness, swelling, pain or burning at application site or if you have respiratory problems after application. Wash immediately with soap and water.
We also like to start with a 1% dilution for some of the essential oils which are a bit stronger. On our list would be Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang, Peppermint, Jasmine Absolute and several others. We feel that a 1% dilution might provide enough aroma for a blend made with these oils.