Dilution carries many benefits from added therapeutic value by using different carrier oils to making those golden drops of essential oils go further! Dilution also depends on the issue you want to address, the oil(s) being used and the age of the recipient. Below are some suggestions but please feel free to contact Shannon with any questions or for a recommendation around an issue.
.25% Dilution (1 drop per 4 teaspoons of carrier oil) – for children between 6 months and 6 years.If your child is sick, you may increase up to .50% if needed.
1% dilution (1 drop per teaspoon of carrier oil; 5-6 drops per ounce) – for children over age 6, pregnant women, elderly adults, those with sensitive skin, compromised immune systems, or other serious health issues. This is also the dilution you want when you are massaging over a large area of the body.
2% dilution (2 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil; 10-12 drops per ounce) – ideal for most adults and in most situations. This is also a good dilution for daily skin care.
3% dilution (3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil; 15-18 drops per ounce) – best used short-term for a temporary health issue, such as a muscle injury or respiratory congestion. Up to 10% dilution is fine, depending on the health concern, the age of the person, and the oils being used.
25% dilution (25 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil; 125-150 drops per ounce) – occasionally a dilution of this strength is warranted. This might be for a muscle cramp, bad bruising, or severe pain.
Using oils neat (undiluted) – There are a few essential oils that can be used in an undiluted form safely. Lavender is an example. I do not personally recommend neat use of essential oils except in the case of an intense burn where a drop or two of lavender neat may be used. To avoid sensitization dilute! See this great post for more details.
The best rule of thumb for most cases where topical application is needed is one drop of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil for a 1% dilution.