How to Dilute Essential Oils

How to Dilute Essential Oils

Essential oils provide many health benefits and are something many people, including myself use regularly. They are highly concentrated oils obtained by plants so it’s very important you use them safely… which brings me to the topic of diluting!

Many people have a misconception about diluting oils and think it weakens the power of the oils. This is not the case! Let’s dive in and learn why and how to dilute our oils!

*As always, I am not a medical professional or expert on essential oils so please always consult your doctor. This is just what I’ve learned and use based off my experiences. 

Why Should You Dilute Oils

  • Diluted oils are more easily absorbed in skin
  • More cost effective because oils will last much longer
  • Helps avoid skin irritation
  • Helps to reduce the rate of oil from evaporating
  • The therapeutic properties of the essential oils will be strengthened when used with carrier oils

Different Types of Carrier Oils:

A carrier oil does exactly what it sounds like… it carries the essential oils onto the skin. You want to use a vegetable oil that is typically derived from seeds, nuts or kernels.

 Popular Carrier Oils:

  • Almond Oil
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  •  Sunflower Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  •  Jojoba

How to Dilute Based on Age/Situation:

0.5%-1%: For children 2-6 years old and *pregnant women.

2%-5%: For seniors and adults with sensitive skin.

5%-10%: Adults

*Some oils are not safe during pregnancy. As always, consult your doctor first. 

How to Dilute Essential Oils

Supplies Needed:

Roller Bottles: You can decide what size roller bottle works best for you. Personally I like using 10 ml bottles so they last longer. I’ve tried a few different ones, but found these to be the best quality so far.

Essential Oils: I personally use and love dōTERRA, but you can make these rollers with which ever brand you love!

Carrier Oil: Pick a carrier oil you prefer. I use fractioned coconut oil and really like how it goes on smooth without leaving a residue.

Bottle Labels: You can get labels for the oil use (ex: headache) or labels with the name of the oil (ex: peppermint).

How to dilute essential oils

How to Make Rollers:

It’s so simple! All you do is add the amount of drops your dilution calls for, fill the rest of the bottle up with your carrier oil, pop the roller on and place the sticker on the cap!

The bottles I get come with this handy little tool to help you easily put the roller on, and it helps make sure it’s secure and won’t spill!

There you have it, now you know how to safely dilute your essential oils!

If you are new to essential oils and want to learn the basics, make sure you read a post I did on “Essential Oils 101”.


*Ms.Modify is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to


Leave a Reply