Diluting Essential Oils
Diluting Essential Oils
Essential oils are HIGHLY concentrated.
So it is important to be aware that using essential oils is very different from using the whole plant material and only a small amount is necessary to induce a powerful benefit.
Essential Oils are pure concentrations of the oil-soluble chemicals in the plant. Essential Oils make up, on average, 1-5% of the total plant matter. Every Plants essential oil can contain up to hundreds of different chemical compounds. This complex chemistry gives essential oils their therapeutic properties and explains why different essential oils may have overlapping effects. The chemicals help the plant reproduce, ward off pests, fight environmental threats from the micro world, and even allow the plant to heal itself if physically injured.
3 pounds of Lavender to make ONE 15 mL bottle of Lavender
105 pounds of Roses (or 242,000 rose petals) to make ONE 5 mL bottle of Rose.
63 pounds of Melissa plant to make ONE 5 mL bottle of Melissa.
50 lemons to make just ONE bottle of Lemon.
So you get my point. Within 1 bottle of essential oil contains a ton of plant essence. This is why even 1 drop is so so powerful.
Diluting means that you MIX essential oil with a carrier oil
Carrier oils are plant oils as well, but they are different.
Carrier oils are pressed from the fatty portions (seeds, nuts, kernels) and do not evaporate or impart their aroma as strongly as essential oils.
Essential oils are distilled from the leaves, bark, roots and other aromatic portions of a botanical.
Essential oils evaporate and have a concentrated aroma.
Carrier oils can go rancid over time, but essential oils do not.
Instead, essential oils "oxidize" and lose their therapeutic benefits, but they don't go rancid.
The term carrier oil is generally limited to use within the practice of aromatherapy. In natural skin care, carrier oils are typically referred to as vegetable oils, fixed oils or base oils. Not all fixed oils/base oils are vegetable oils.
Below are cold pressed carrier oils ranging from dark Avocado Oil to clear Coconut Oil.
When we talk about percent dilution, the percentage represents the percent of ESSENTIAL OIL in the total solution or blend.
Most people will need some sort of dilution when using most essential oils. This guide will help point you in the right direction!