Common Use of Essential Oils
Be assertive: What is in the media today may not always be the best resource to follow when using essential oils. It is important to know who the author is, and what guidelines they are following to support the written material regarding essential oils.
Dilution Guide (AIA recommends)
1% 5 - 6 drops
2% 10 - 12 drops
3% 15-18 drops
- Bath - 3 drops in a warm bath tub
- Diffuser - 3 - 5 drops with water in diffuser
- Room Spray - one pump from spray and inhale ( 1 oz. distilled water and 10 drops essential oil)
- Steam inhalation or facial steam: 1 drop in a small bowl with warm water and towel over head. Please use skin friendly oils (lavender angustifolia). Please keep eyes closed
- Massage Oil - one ounce of carrier oil ( grapeseed, jojoba oil, coconut oil) 6 drops essential oil.
- Unscented Lotion - one ounce of lotion, add 6 drops essential oil.
Essential oils may have therapeutic benefits, however, it's important to use them safely. Due to the components each essential oil may have different safety factors. Below is a general guideline:
Quality of essential oil - GC/MS tested
Chemical composition - what percentages/constituents
Method of application - dermal, inhaled or diffused
Dosage/dilution applied in blend
Dermal application - sensitization on skin
Age of client
Health condition of client
- Essential oils are always diluted in a carrier oil (See common usage of essential oils).