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How to Properly and Safely Dilute Oils

While using essential oils in your home and health is easy there are guidelines for how to use them safely.

Essential oils are highly concentrated. For instance, in the 15ml bottle of doTERRA Lemon, it takes 76 lemons to make that 1 bottle. That means 1 drop of this lemon essential oil is equivalent to almost 3 and 1/2 lemons.


That’s whole lemons too not 3 and 1/2 slices.

So when you use essential oils it’s important to know how to apply, diffuse and internally take them to not only maximize the benefits they provide but not overdo it with too much causing yourself harm or a bad experience.

The Value and Benefit of Diluting EOs

First dilution means blending the oil with another material such as a carrier oil, lotion or other ingredients. There are 3 primary reasons to dilute:

  1. It will make your essential oils go farther, thus saving you copious amounts of money

  2. Adding essential oils to a carrier oil helps to increase the absorption of the oils.  You can also spread the oil over a larger surface.

  3. Helps you to practice essential oil safety.

How to Dilute an EO for Topical Use

You can get rather scientific about dilution but in general the easy way to do this is: