- Mixing Ratios
- Undiluted Application
When blending essential oils, it often works best to use an essential oil from each perfumery note. A 3:2:1 ratio is a good place to begin – three parts top note to two parts middle note to one part base note and is best to use up to between three and a maximum of five different essential oils. If you use too many then the oils may have an antagonistic effect on each other and the benefits of the therapeutic actions will be reduced.
Another good rule of thumb is the 30-50-20 rule, which is to prepare your oils by using 30% top notes, 50% middle notes, and 20% base notes.
.25% Dilution. For use on children 6 months to 6 years of age.
.25% = 1 drop per 4 teaspoons of carrier oil
1% Dilution. For use on children over the age of 6, pregnant women, elderly adults, people with a sensitive skin type, and those with pre-existing conditions.
1% = 1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil or 5-6 drops per 30ml
2% Dilution. For use on all normal adults.
2% = 2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil or 10-12 drops per 30ml
3% Dilution. For use in treating temporary health concerns, muscle pain, injury or respiratory problems.
3% = 3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil or 15-18 drops per 30ml
25% Dilution. There are some essential oils which can be used at this strength. A few can even be used with no dilution, or “neat.”
25% dilution = 25 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil or 125-150 drops per 30ml
Once the essential oils are mixed, set the blend aside to rest for 24-48 hours. This resting period allows the chemicals and constituents of the different essential oils to meld together, helping them blend better. Thereafter, mix with the carrier oil.
Undiluted or “neat” application is the use of essential oils applied directly to the skin without a carrier or base oil. An undiluted application is only applied in a specific localised area. It is important to only use a small amount (1 to 2 drops) of oil and not to continue use for extended periods. There is also a school of thought you must not use essential oils undiluted.
- Acne spot treatment
- Carpal Tunnel
- Cold sores
- Ear infections
- Insect bites
- Minor burns
- Minor skin infection or trauma
- Whip lash
Oils considered safe to use undiluted
- Bergamot (sun sensitive)
- Chamomile, Roman
- Geranium (Rose)
- Lemon (sun sensitive)
- Lemon Balm
- Orange, Sweet (sun sensitive)
- Tea Tree
Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.
thank you for this!
Thanks for stopping by Carolina. Glad you enjoyed the post. Have a great day. 🙂 xo
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I use Lavender and Tea Tree undiluted all the time but would be cautious of using some of the oils you have listed here during the day undiluted as they can lead to sunburn xx
I have mentioned all over about sun sensitive oils but might be a good idea to update the post to include it here too. Have a great day. xo
Great information, Mindy!
Thanks Angie. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo
You have done a terrific job with all your research.
Thanks very much Karen. Have super day. 🙂 xo
very helpful just starting essential therapy
Best of luck in your new journey, Tanisha. 🙂 xo