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Essential Oil Applications, Dilutions, & Measurements

Essential Oil Applications, Dilutions, & Measurements

APPLICATIONS & DILUTIONS

Droppers come in many sizes with various size openings. A dropper is usually exactly the same amount of liquid no matter what size the dropper, but essential oils are either very, very, thin and lightweight or very, very, thick and heavy weight. So thick Patchouli weighs more in less space than thin Tea Tree. Generally, most use the arbitrary number of 20 drops per ml of oil, because water almost always has 20 drops/ml. However, while 20 drops/ml works great for water because of its high surface space tension and special physical characteristics, 20 drops/ml of essential oil is just not reliable. I’ve counted anywhere from 20 to 45 drops in one ml of oil, depending on both the oil and the dropper. That kind of difference can change a safe 2% blend into a sensitizing 4% blend.

It’s really important to measure accurately. If a blend is too concentrated, it can sensitize or irritate the skin. Too diluted, and a blend may not have quite the intended therapeutic effect. Measuring accurately without making assumptions is important. It just isn’t worth risking sensitization or irritation to save a bit of money.

AVERAGE MEASUREMENT EQUIVALENTS

  • 1 milliliter (ml) = 1/5 teaspoon = approximately 20 drops
  • 5 ml = 1 teaspoon = approximately 100 drops
  • 10 ml = 2 teaspoons = 1/3 oz = approximately 200 drops
  • 15 ml = 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon = 1/2 oz = approximately 300 drops
  • 30 ml = 6 teaspoon = 2 tablespoons = 1 oz = approximately 600 drops
  • 100ml= 3.4 fluid oz
  • 240ml= 1 cup
  • 1 liter= 34 fluid oz
  • 1 liter= 4.2 cups
  • 1 liter= 2.1 pints
  • 1/2 dram = 1/16 oz = approximately 60 drops
  • 1 dram= 1/8 oz = approximately 120 drops
  • 2 dram= 1/4 oz = approximately 240 drops
  • 4 dram= 1/2oz = approximately 480 drops
  • 8 dram= 1oz = approximately 960 drops 
  • 1 fluid oz = 2 tablespoons = 6 teaspoons = 30 ml = 28.35 grams = approximately 700 drops
  • 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons = 15 ml
  • 15 grams = 1/2 oz
  • 1 pound = 454 grams 

*To convert ounces to grams, multiply # of ounces by 28.35

*To convert grams to ounces, multiply # of grams by .03527

HERE ARE A FEW SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO APPLY AROMATHERAPY TO YOUR LIFE

  • Aromatic Bath:  Add 5-8 total drops of essential oil or blend in a carrier per bath.
  • Aromatic Detoxifying Bath:  Add 6-10 total drops of essential oil or blend to 1/2  to 2 cups of unscented  bath salts, mix  well, and add to a full tub of water.
  • Aromatic Luxury Bath:  Add 6-10 drops of essential  oil or blend to 1 cup of real cream  and add to a full tub of water.
  • Aromatic Massage Oil or Body Lotion:  1- 2% essential oil or blend in appropriate base (vegetable oil or unscented lotion).
  • Aromatic Room Mist:  2% essential oil or blend in pure distilled water (be sure to shake well before each use).
  • Aromatic Treatment Oil:  For local application, like a strained muscle, or chest rub. 2.5-3% essential oil or blend in an appropriate base.
  • Aromatic Shampoo or Conditioner:  2% essential oil or blend in an unscented shampoo or conditioner.
  • Inhalation:  Inhale directly from a tissue, scent stick, diffuser, inhaler, or direct steam.

The method applied can affect the results you receive.  First of all, please remember that almost no essential oil should be applied neat (undiluted) to the skin. Newborns only the Chamomiles & Lavender 1-2 drops in 2 tablespoons base oil. 

1% dilution for children and the elderly.

2% dilution for general, whole-body massage.

4% dilution for concentrated, local massage. 

DILUTION TABLE

Carrier Or Base

1% Dilution

2% Dilution

3% Dilution

4% Dilution

½ oz (1 tbsp)

3 drops

6 drops

9 drops

12 drops

1 oz (2 tbsp)

6 drops

12 drops

18 drops

24 drops

2 oz (4 tbsp)

12 drops

24 drops

36 drops

48 drops

4 oz (½ cup)

24 drops

48 drops

72 drops

96 drops

8 oz (1cup)

48 drops

96 drops

144 drops

192 drops