Essential Oil Dilution Chart, Dilution Guidelines, and Measurement Equivalents

Want to know how to make a 1% dilution? The best rule of thumb is one drop of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. View the chart below for other dilutions…

How do you know when to use what dilution? Here are some dilution guidelines…

Essential Oil Dilution Guidelines

1% dilution would be used on children under age 6, pregnant women, elderly adults, those with sensitive skin or compromised immune systems or other serious health issues, and when you are massaging over a large area of the body.

2% dilution would be used for most adults and most situations. This is also a good dilution for basic skin care issues and for daily use.

3% – 10% dilution is best for short-term use 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 is occasionally warranted for a muscle cramp, bad bruising, or severe pain.

Using oils neat (undiluted) should only be done if absolutely necessary, as some individuals can experience irritation or sensitivity when some oils are used neat. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat, when needed, but only for short-term use. A bug bite, burn, or wound, might be a good reason to use Lavender neat.

Essential Oil Measurement Equivalents

100 drops = 1 tsp = 5ml = 1/6 ounce

200 drops = 2 tsp = 10ml = 1/3 ounce

300 drops = 3 tsp = 15ml = 1/2 ounce

400 drops = 4 tsp = 20ml = 2/3 ounce

500 drops = 5 tsp = 25ml = 5/6 ounce

600 drops = 6 tsp = 30ml = 1 ounce

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