Essential oils effectively absorb into skin to provide benefits quickly. Never apply essential oils directly on skin. Instead dilute them with a carrier oil. Popular choices of carrier oils include coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, or grape seed oil. Each carrier oil has a slight difference in smell and texture. Try different carrier oils to decide which works best for you. The most common places to apply essential oils are on the wrist, temples, feet, or behind the ears.

The amount of dilution depends on your purpose for the essential oil. Here is a brief dilution guideline:

  • .25% Dilution: When using essential oils on children from 6 months to 6 years of age, this dosage is recommended. Do not use essential oils on children under the age of 2 unless directed by your healthcare provider.
    How to use: Add 1 drop of essential oil for every 4 teaspoons of carrier oil.
  • 1% Dilution: If you have sensitive skin or are prone to rashes and other skin conditions, this dosage is the right one for you. It is also recommended for children over the age of 6, pregnant women, and seniors.
    How to use: Add 1 drop of essential oil for every 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.
  • 2% Dilution: This is the idea usage for normal, healthy adults for use in aromatherapy or topical application.
    How to use: Add 2 drops of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil
  • 3% Dilution: This use is recommended for treating temporary health concerns to be used in topical application for muscle pain, injury, or respiratory problems.
    How to use: Add 3 drops of essential oil per every 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.