You may recall my oily journey started with one little bottle (it was a blend that promoted relaxation). I was armed with my essential oil and the tiny bit of knowledge I had gained at a friend’s direct sales party. Which basically meant I mostly put a drop on my pillow or a couple of drops in my bath. I still occasionally do put drops on my pillow or apply an oil undiluted (neat in essential oil lingo), but I’ve had the best results diluting or mixing my oils.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional or an aromatherapist. I have found essential oils useful in my attempts to have a more holistic home. Any information I share is simply what I have learned in my essential oil journey, make sure to do your own research in determining what is best for your family.
A good Essential Oil mantra is less is more. Essential Oils are extremely potent and a little goes a long way. Diluting an oil is where you mix a small amount of your essential oil with a larger amount of a carrier oil. Almond Oil, fractionated coconut oil, and grape seed oils are often recommended as carrier oils because they are gentle on your skin and do not have a strong odor. Diluting an oil allows for better absorption through the skin and also allows your oil to spread easier. You can also mix your oils with Epsom salt for bathing or vinegar for cleaning. Mixing your oils with distilled water is recommended for diffusing and spray bottles. Both diluting and mixing your essential oils helps your little oil go a long way. When using your 15 mL bottles of essential oils, a couple of drops at a time means that bottle can easily last for 6 months to a year, or even more depending on how frequently you use it.
So for most topical applications the recommendation is that you dilute. Since everyone reacts differently to essential oils you will want to experiment to achieve the right mix for you and your family. If you feel your mixture is too strong, keep your carrier oil close by and simply dilute further. Some companies sell pre-made roller bottles, but you can easily make your own that are specifically suited to your family’s needs. This is where roller bottles come in handy, and that is why all of our Essential Oil Display Racks include roller bottles. You simply mix 10-20 drops of your essential oils into the 5mL roller bottle and then fill it the rest of the way with your carrier oil of choice (this ratio is approximately a 5% dilution). Snap on the roller filament, shake and you are ready for use. You can use the roller bottles to have a ready-made blend that is already diluted and easily applied to the target area. Trust me, this is much better than trying to pour a carrier oil into your hand then trying to drop in the desired amount of each essential oil!
Essential Oils are also used for their aromatic properties. Most essential oil enthusiasts have a diffuser. You put water in the diffuser and add a couple of drops of the desired essential oil and the diffuser puts out a fine mist that carries your oil throughout the room. You can make do without a diffuser by using spray bottles. As with the roller bottles, you add 10-20 drops of essential oil and then fill your spray bottle the rest of the way with distilled water and shake well. You can also use a mix of water and witch hazel. The witch hazel helps distribute the oils and acts as an emulsifier. Remember when using spray bottles to shake well before each use. You can then spray your mixture in the desired area. This works great especially on the go so you don’t have to carry a diffuser with you. Spray bottles are also great for creating cleansing blends. Our Deluxe Essential Oil Display Rack Bundle has both roller bottles and spray bottles included.
KB Innovations is on Pinterest so you can follow KBInnovations or our board dedicated to different recipes for making Essential Oil Blends. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Once you get used to diluting and mixing essential oils, you will see the possibilities for making your own blends is endless. Roller bottles are great for diluted blends that you want to have on hand for quick topical application. Spray bottles are great for blends mixed with water for air fresheners or cleansing. Having these tools available, you can customize your blends for your family needs.