How To Dilute Essential Oils
Today is a big day! Our first blog post is extra special because it’s exactly one year since we launched our brand! Happy first birthday to us.
Now, on to the juicy stuff.
So, you’re new to the world of essential oils and all-natural body and home care – welcome! We’re thrilled to have you be a part of our world.
You’ve bought your first assortment of essential oils, and you’re beyond excited but, now what? How do you use them? Can they only be used in diffusers? How do you incorporate them into your skincare regime? These are all important questions when starting and, we’re here to make it easier by providing you with all the answers. And yes, essential oils can be used for skincare, home-care, immune-boosting, mood upliftment and, so much more. Essential oils are an underrated gem!
First things first: What are essential oils?
Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts or “essences” drawn from botanicas (flowers, plants etc.) The oils are extracted through a process of distillation – which is a method of withdrawing the essential compounds from the plant through steam or water to purify the extracts, i.e. You’re getting the best of the best!
With highly concentrated extracts, we need to keep in mind that they are potent. Let us give you a classic example of common mistakes that can happen when using essential oils.
Many people during their hormonal teen years are introduced to tea tree oil, a potent essential oil used to stop breakouts in their tracks because of its exceptional antibacterial properties. However, many people have damaged their skin due to applying the highly concentrated oil directly to their skin without diluting it, which causes drying and flaking. This causes people to lose faith in all-natural remedies. The moral of the story, always dilute your essential oils before applying them to your skin.
How to dilute essential oils?
Please note: the dilution percentages below are intended as MAXIMUM total doses. As always with essential oils, start at the lowest effective dosage indicated.
1ml is the equivalent of 34 drops in our 10 ml bottles. Always read the essential oils properties and indications before use (on the product page website or scan the QR code on our bottles.)
For cosmetic uses: as an active ingredient or to perfume your products
- to 2% essential oil MAX (i.e. three drops MAX in total) in your facial products, 0.5 to 5% MAX (i.e. four drops MAX in total) in body care. The essential oils can be added to creams, kinds of milk, oils, balms, shampoos and shower gels: p.s. Do not apply essential oils next to the eyes.
For target massages: In 50 ml of carrier oil of your choice, add a MAX total of 30 drops of essential oils of your choice. For a soothing, relaxing massage, drop essential oils in a tablespoon of carrier oil (2%)
For home care:
Add antibacterial essential oils to your homemade household products. For laundry, replace your softener with white vinegar aromatized with ten drops of essential oil. For natural home sprays, dilute 10-15 drops of essential oils into vegetable glycerin and top up with water or hydrosols
Pour 5 – 10 drops of your essential oils into a diffuser. Diffuse for 10 minutes 3 times a day. You can also place a few drops of essential oil on a handkerchief or your wrist (Remember if on the skin, first dilute in Carrier oil) and inhale deeply 2 to 3 times in a row.
Always perform a patch test and consult a medical practitioner if you have a prior medical condition, are pregnant, breastfeeding or when in doubt.
We hope that our first blog has helped you understand what essential oils are and how to use them in your day-to-day routines. Let us know your favourite ways to use essential oils, and watch out for more blogs to come!
The eOil Family