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What Does Maximum Dilution Mean?

There are a few ways to make the best of essential oil use. One of the ways is we often refer to maximum dilutions when applying essential oils topically. But, what exactly does this mean?

The Importance of Dilution

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. One of the reasons being that it could be a potential skin sensitizer, which is especially true when oxidized. Another reason is if it has properties to make it a “hot” essential oil, which causes redness, warming of the skin, or irritation. If you are using higher dilutions for a long time, it can cause issues with blood-thinning, which can be the case for Wintergreen.

To view a chart that guides you through the proper dilution of essential oils, click here. Regardless of where you purchase your essential oils, this is a useful chart to help you safely dilute essential oils to use in DIY projects, diffusion, and more!

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 its representatives are not intending to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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12 thoughts on “What Does Maximum Dilution Mean?”

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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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