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BLENDING GUIDELINES

PERCENT DILUTION OF ESSENTIAL OIL IN A CARRIER FOR TOPICAL APPLICATION

Always Remember:  A blend with a 1% Dilution Rate = 5-6 drops of essential oil in 1 fl oz carrier.  In today’s class, a 1 oz (30 ml) bottle will be used to make a blend.

 

Example of a 1 oz blend @ 1 % Dilution:  3 drops of lavender, 1 drops tea tree, & 1 drop eucalyptus in 1 oz of jojoba.

Refer to the page 7 for blending guidelines for children & babies

Container Size

% Dilution Rate = Total Drops of Essential Oil Per Fluid Ounce (fl oz) of Carrier

 

1%

2%

3%

5%

0.25 fl oz (7.5 ml)

1

2 - 3

3 - 4

5

0.5 fl oz (15 ml)

2 - 3

5 - 6

7 - 9

10 - 15

1 fl oz (30 ml)

5-6

10 - 12

15 - 18

25 - 30

2 fl oz (60 ml)

10 - 12

20 - 24

30 - 36

50 - 60

4 fl oz (120 ml)

20 - 24

40 - 48

60 - 72

100 - 120

1 ml of essential oil = 20 - 30 drops

1 fl oz = 30 milliliters  = 600 - 900 drops of EO

1 tsp = 0.125 oz

2 tsp = 0.25 oz

1 tbsp = 15 ml = 0.50 fl oz

2 tbsp = 30 ml = 1 fl oz

 

 

RECOMMENDED DILUTION RATES

0.5% ~ for people with sensitive skin, those with eczema & children under the age of 2

1%  ~  children 2 - 6 years old, adults over 65, pregnant women (only with oils considered safe during pregnancy), for a full body massage and people with long-term health issues or immune system disorder.

2% ~  Most common dilution ~ skin care, bath & body blends & blends used on a daily basis.

3% ~ acute health concerns such as pain relief or cold & flu that are used for short periods of time and on small areas of the body and for body mists.

4 - 12 % ~  skin healing issues such as cuts (CAUTION), burns, sores and ulcers, insect repellent, hand sanitizer or when the blend will be used on small areas of the body such as perfume, roller balls, ointments & for a stronger body mist, or linen & room sprays.

NEAT ~ essential oils can be used undiluted (NEAT) for short time use, such as lavender when dealing with a burn, on bug bites, poison ivy, on a wound, and tea tree for teens and adults for acne spot treatment.

 

CHILD SAFETY

 

 

Do not allow children to ingest essential oils.

Do not add undiluted essential oils to bath water because it could irritate their skin.

Do not apply essential oils to the inside of a child's ears or up inside the nose or on or near the face of children.

Avoid using oils high in 1,8-cineole.

Do not diffuse strong essential oils to children 5 years or younger.

Direct inhalation should be avoided for children of 5 years and younger.  Ambient inhalation is generally safe (oils diffused into the air).

Neonatal skin does not mature until three months of age.  Refer to the below chart for appropriate blending %.

 

AGE-RELATED RECOMMENDED & MAXIMUM CONCENTRATIONS OF ESSENTIAL OILS FOR MASSAGE

AGE

Essential Oil Concentration

 

Recommended (%)

Maximum (%)

Premature infant

0

0

Up To 3 months

0.1% ~ (1 drop e.o. / 1 oz carrier)

0.2% ~ (2 drop e.o. / 1 oz carrier)

3 - 24 months

0.25% ~ (2 drop e.o. / 1 oz carrier)

0.5% ~ (5 drop e.o. / 1 oz carrier)

2 - 6 years

1% ~ (10 drop e.o. / 1 oz carrier)

2% ~ (20 drop e.o. / 1 oz carrier)

6 - 15 years

1.5% ~ (15 drop e.o. / 1 oz carrier)

3% ~ (30 drop e.o. / 1 oz carrier)

15 +

2.5% ~ (25 drop e.o. / 1 oz carrier)

5% ~ (50 drop e.o. / 1 oz carrier)

*Per Essential Oil Safety, by Robert Tisserand & Rodney Young