So you take your time to research the best companies that offer 100% therapeutic essential oils, you spend your hard earned money and your excited to put your oils to work but you hear this word “dilute” and you think great now what do I do or how and how much do I dilute. Don’t worry lots of people feel intimidated when they are just getting started with essential oils. There is a lot of information to take in. I was in the same boat when I started using essential oils. First you need to start with the basics which once you get the hang of using essential oils isn’t all that complicated.
What Is Diluting
The term diluting simply means combining essential oils with a vegetable carrier oil before applying them topically to the skin. You can use any carrier oil that is preferably cold pressed, such as:
Sweet Almond Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Coconut Oil / Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Camellia Seed Oil
- Evening Primrose Oil
Essential oils can be highly beneficial but one must have some respect for them and know that when applied incorrectly they can cause series harm and in some cases can be very toxic if handled without the proper care. Essential oils are volatile, meaning they turn from liquid to gas. So diluting essential oils with a carrier oil helps to hold the essential oil onto the skin, so more of the essential oil can be absorbed and carried throughout the body at the cellular level.
Combining a carrier oil with an essential oil is the best way of applying oils to the skin topically, especially for people who have sensitive skin. Ultimately everyone should be using a carrier oil with essential oils when applying them topically, trust me it’s not worth the risk. Essential oils should always be diluted for infants, children, and the elderly whose skin is thinner. Diluting essential oils with a carrier oil does not minimize the health benefits of an essential oil, it does however prolong the release of the essential oils, and prevents waste. Diluting essential oils with a carrier oil is also ideal when trying to apply it to a larger area of the skin.
When essential oils are applied topically it takes roughly 2-3 minutes for the oil to absorb into the bloodstream and only 20 minutes to effect every single cell in the body. Doesn’t matter where you apply it which is why essential oils are amazing. If you have a specific ailment you want to resolve you don’t necessarily need to apply the essential oil in the area of concern because it will naturally absorb where it needs to.
It’s also very important to dilute essential oil when using a “hot” oil. Examples of “hot” oils include cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, peppermint, oregano, thyme etc. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or if you develop a rash, add more carrier oil to the affected area until the irritation subsides. Never remove oils from the skin or the eyes using water, water will only penetrate the oils more. If you end up getting an oil into the eyes, use a good carrier oil or milk to remove the oils from the eyes.
Diluting essential oils with a carrier oil helps oils last much longer. Using less essential oils in an application will provide more benefits then using more drops. Remember they are highly concentrated. It’s better to apply less essential oils more often, rather than more all at once. This will help to prevent skin irritation. Especially, when your body is just getting used to essential oils.
Essential oils are very beneficial to infants and children. Dilution is key when using oils on younger children. I would recommend using coconut oil or jojoba oil on younger because these oils will slow don the rate the essential oils are being absorbed into the skin. Young children and seniors for that matter have very delicate thinner skin, so applying oils to the soles of the feet are ideal. There are plenty of oils are that are suitable for children and there are plenty of oils that are not safe for children under the age of 10 no matter how much you dilute so it’s important to do your research.
I hope this post made the idea of diluting essentials a little bit more easier.