This is important because essential oils are extremely potent and if incorrectly used can cause fires (!), skin burns and other adverse side effects.
The number of drops of an essential oil used depends on what you want that blend for.
Ideal if the blend will be used by a child, an elderly person, someone who is chronically ill and pregnant women
Ideal for the average adult. Do not use more than this to avoid adverse effect, e.g. lavender is a sedative in small doses and will help you sleep but a stimulant in high doses! Go figure.
Okay if you are making cleaning agents or if recommended by a professional.
What do these dilutions translate to in number of drops?
For every 30 ml (1 oz) of oil, you need:
- 5-6 drops for a 1% dilution
- 10-12 drops for a 2% dilution
- 15-18 drops for a 3% dilution
Why aren't the number of drops of exact?
Different essential oils have different thickness / density / viscosity. If the essential comes out the bottle in big/thick drops you need fewer drops than if it comes out in small/thin drops.
Application and Dilution
Essential Oil Dilutions Chart
Diluting Essential Oils