To dilute or not to dilute? That is the question. When in doubt I always dilute. Diluting with a carrier oil will drive the volatile molecules deeper into the skin and cells stopping them from flashing off into the air. Dilution also prevents irritations from strong oils.
There are 3 main classifications of oils for topical use: Neat, Dilute, and Sensitive.
- Neat. Essential oils categorized as “neat” can be applied topically without dilution on most people. These oils are considered mild and generally do not induce skin sensitivity. Examples of “neat” essential oils are frankincense, lavender, melaleuca, melissa, and sandalwood.
- Dilute. If categorized as “dilute,” essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil before topical application in every case. Oils that fall into this category are those with a high proportion of constituents that are especially potent, such a phenols. Examples of essential oils that require dilution are cassia, cinnamon, clove, oregano, and thyme.
- Sensitive. “Sensitive” oils are those that should be diluted before use on young or sensitive skin. Examples of “sensitive” oils are peppermint, ginger, eucalyptus, wintergreen, and black pepper.
Here are some of my favorite oils that I make in a glass roller bottle.
Lavender 10 drops - fill with Carrier Oil such as fractionated Coconut Oil. On temples for head tension or calming sensation
On Guard 10 drops - fill with Carrier Oil such as fractionated Coconut Oil. On spine or on baby's feet
Deep Blue 10 drops - fill with Carrier Oil such as fractionated Coconut Oil. For sore muscles and head tension
Calming baby blend - Wild Orange 5 drops, Frankincense 5 drops & Balance 5 drops - fill with Carrier Oil such as fractionated Coconut Oil. Rub on baby's feet
Download the dilution chart today and stick it on your medicine cabinet or fridge.