What does Maximum Dilution mean? - Naturally Blended

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What does Maximum Dilution mean?

We often refer to maximum dilutions. What exactly does this mean?

Let’s learn more…

Essential oils should always be diluted when applied to the skin. Why – you ask? To avoid potential issues with Sensitization.

Since we all know it’s important to dilute, let’s talk about some essential oils that have MAXIMUM dilutions. In other words, we don’t recommend using these particular oils in amounts higher than listed in their descriptions. This is for a variety of reasons:

  1. May be a potential skin sensitizer – especially true when oxidized
  2. May be a “hot” oil – causing redness, warmth or irritation
  3. Long term use at higher dilutions can cause issues with blood thinning (as in the case of wintergreen)

Below you will find a listing of the essential oils that we offer at Plant Therapy that carry maximum dilution recommendations. Regardless of where you purchase your essential oils, this is a useful list:

Plant Therapy Maximum Dilution Essential Oils

As always, we want to hear from you! Contact us by emailing [email protected] for any questions, concerns or comments you may have. You can join our Facebook group Safe Essential Oil Recipes and participate in lively conversation with other essential oils users. We have your safety in mind – so come hang out with us to learn even more! We look forward to seeing you there!

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Plant Therapy and it’s representatives are not intending to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

11 thoughts on “What does Maximum Dilution mean?”

  1. I had a question about the maximum dilution. For example:lemon It says 2%.. so would you use 6 drops in a 10 ml? I also came across a calculation where they went by drops. For example: approximately 200 drops in 10 ml(.02×200=4). So wouldn’t that be 4 drops in a 10 ml? Could someone please clear this up for me. Thank you

    1. Hi Melissa, dilution can definitely be tricky. But you are correct, a 2% dilution in 10 mL of carrier oil would be 6 drops. We have a post that goes more in-depth about how to dilute. It even includes a handy dilution chart to make things easy!

  2. One of my very favorite things about Plant Therapy is the extensive amount of information you provide about dilution rates and essential oil safety. I refer to your blog posts (like this one) and the Facebook group so often. It is all so helpful and refreshing. Thank you!

  3. Other than the oils mentioned above, are there other oils that need to be taken note of? I’m thinking of doing a 5% dilution pain blend with mixture of oils but am unsure of how many should each different oil be.

    1. Lynzie, there are other oils not mentioned above that do have maximum dilution rates. You should look into each oil you are considering using. You could also email [email protected] to ask the aromatherapists about your specific oils.

    1. Yes they would. These percentage recommendations come from Robert Tisserand in his Essential Oil Safety book and are not brand specific.

  4. I appreciate this brief article about diluting oils. I’m fairly new to using a essential oils, and I understand why you need to dilute them, but I don’t understand the chart in the percentages listed. I would appreciate a little more information and clarification on that. Thank you.

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