What is Dilution? How do you Dilute Essential Oils?

Diluting an Essential Oil is adding it into a carrier oil, such as olive oil, sunflower oil, jojoba, and many others.

Diluting an essential oil before using it on your skin is a pretty good idea. In fact it’s an incredible idea. So incredible we created a nice table showing you how many drops of Essential oil you should put in different amounts of carrier oil to achieve that level of dilution as you can see above.

How does it work?

So for example, say a recipe or remedy you read lately says “use 2% dilution of Lavender”, and you’re not too sure what it means.

Well by using the reference chart near the bottom of this page you can say “I want to use one table spoon’s worth of carrier oil (15ml)” and in order to get 2% dilution you should use 6 drops of Lavender.

This is also useful for when you want to use different oils in create a blend. Though blends are easier to figure out if you’re using a larger amount of carrier oil.

An Example to Dilute your Essential Oil

Diluting your essential oil is really quite easy! Lets say you have an oil and you want to dilute it to 2%. When you read this this generally means you should use enough of a carrier oil (like olive oil) and drop in enough essential oil until it makes up about 2% of the total.

So if you’re using 50ml of carrier oil, and you want to create a 2% oil with Lavender. By using the calculator or the quick guide chart at the bottom of the page you can see that you should use 20 drops of lavender.

And that’s really all there is to it! Drop in 20 drops of Lavender into your carrier oil, now you have 2%.

How did we get to this figure?

While the amount of drops per ml in an oil can vary due to thickness, it’s safe to say that there is approximately 20 drops per 1ml of oil (this also goes for essential oils). That means 50ml of carrier oil makes up about 1000 drops.

Now 2% of 1000 is 20.

That’s it! That’s how we come to these numbers!

Here’s an Example to make a Blend

If you are using 50ml of carrier oil, you want to create a 2% dilution blend. The blend calls for 3 different oils in a 2:1:1 ratio.

That means you should

  • put 2 drops of Oil A
  • 1 drop of Oil B
  • 1 drop of Oil C

That’s 4 drops in the set and the blend should consist of this balance. Now how many drops of oil do you need to make a 2% diluted oil? If you refer to our diagram or calculator near the bottom of the page you will see that we need 20 drops.

Since you must use 4 drops of oil to keep the blend recipe that means you have to use 5 sets to achieve 20 drops of essential oils in total.

Your final blend is 10 drops of Oil A, 5 drops of Oil B, and 5 drops of Oil C.

Now you can get your synergy on!

 Just a word of warning!

Dilution ratios vary according to age. For adults 2 to 2.5% is the standard rate, whereas for children under 12 or the elderly it is 1%, or, about 1/3 that of an adult. Always seek professional advice first when blending essential oils for children under the age of 12 or the elderly.

Need Help Figuring Out How to Dilute Your Oils?

How about using our dilution calculator?

It’s so easy.

Simply put in how much carrier oil you want to use, and how concentrated you want the oil and it will tell you how many drops of Essential Oil you need to get it!

Located below is a quick guide reference sheet. Simply find the most commonly used amounts of carrier oil, seek the dilution strength you want and start!

Carrier Oils
  • Carrier Oil
  • 5mL
  • 10mL
  • 30mL
  • 50mL
  • 100mL

  • # Drops for 1%
  • 1
  • 2
  • 6
  • 10
  • 20

  • # Drops for 2%
  • 2
  • 4
  • 12
  • 20
  • 40

  • # Drops for 5%
  • 5
  • 10
  • 30
  • 50
  • 100 (5mL)

  • # Drops for 10%
  • 10
  • 20
  • 60
  • 100
  • 200 (10mL)

  • # Drops for 20%
  • 20
  • 40
  • 120
  • 200
  • 400 (20mL)