Essential Oil Dilution Chart

Dilution Chart Essential Oils

If you are new to Essential Oils, you are probably wondering to yourself, what do I do with this magical little bottle?  First of all, many oils need diluted. I like to make rollerball blends to easily tote along in my purse, pocket, or have a blend on hand for certain ailments, like muscle soreness or a sinus headache.

The above ratios in the graphic are for blends that you may keep in a rollerball, serum dropper, or dark colored glass container (always store oils in dark glass).

Always use therapeutic grade essential oils, such as Young Living. Please do not use fragrance or store bought essential oils. See my article on Essential Oil School.

Some essential oils can be applied directly or  without dilution. This is called applying “neat.” Please do your research before applying any oils without dilution. Many oils should be diluted. However, for example, Lavender is one oil that can be applied “neat.” I do so all the time on minor skin irritations and bug bites. Of course, do not apply any oil “neat” or even diluted on broken or blistered skin. That’s just common sense (one would think).

Some oils, even if diluted, such as Clove, Cinnamon, Oregano, or Peppermint, are “hot” oils that may tingle upon application. I personally do not mind this sensation; it is a matter of personal preference. Hot oils typically are diluted.

Always conduct a spot test first and wait 20 minutes when trying any new oil. When layering multiple oils “neat” apply 1 oil, wait 5 minutes, then apply the next.

If any irritation develops dilute with more straight carrier oil (not water).

Take note, dilution rates are different for children and especially different for babies, infants, or the elderly! I stick to a “less is more” ratio on my own children.

For children:  I do not ever go above a 1% solution on my children personally. Many containers are 1 oz sized. For a 1% solution that would be 5 drops EO per 1 oz. carrier oil. Typically, I buy rollerballs that are roughly 10ml. I fill with a carrier oil like coconut oil and add 2 drops essential oil- this is a 1% solution for a child.

For adults: A 2% to 3% solutions is recommended for topical massage or therapeutic purposes. For sensitive skin and use in a facial lotion or serum a 2% solutions is recommended by the NAHA. [1]

Methods of Use- No Carrier Oil Required

  • Diffuse: You can also diffuse your essential oils into a mist in the air using a diffuser. This is a great way to inhale and enjoy the aromatherapy and wellness benefits of essential oils.
  • Warm Compress: You can apply 1-2 drops of an essential oil to a wet soaked washcloth and apply as a warm compress (great for period cramps or put compress on your chest to help with cold symptoms).
  • Cup/Hands: Apply 1-2 drops in your hands and cup and inhale directly (eyes closed).
  • Steam Inhalation: Fill a bowl with hot water and create a steam inhalation (eyes closed), using 2-5 drops of oil, such as Eucalyptus or Rosemary for respiratory or sinus benefits.
  • Bath: Add 2-3 drops directly to bath water.

There is, frankly, an essential oil for just about everything related to health and wellness. Each oil you may prefer used a different way.

I love diffusing Lavender and Vetiver prior to bedtime to promote deep relaxation.  If I need a pick me up mid-day or I feel a headache coming on, I may inhale or apply topically some Peppermint oil. Eucalyptus and Rosemary in a steam inhalation may help to clear congestion from a cold or sinus issues. Clary Sage helps me greatly in a warm compress for period symptoms.

If you have any questions, feel free to message me at genbumom@gmail or comment below. I am here to help!


Always consult a pediatrician or your primary care physician before using any essential oils, especially if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, nursing, or on any sort of medication or illness treatment plan. These statements are not evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to cure, prevent, or treat any diseases. Always use precaution when using essential oils.


National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy: [1] and Methods of Application Article.