How to DILUTE Essential Oils

Essential Oil Safety is IMPORTANT!  Learn how to keep yourself (and your kids) safe when you're using essential oils.

Here is a link to the Quick Reference Guide just in case you need to reprint a copy!


      Hi this is Emili Whitney and today we’re going to talk about essential oil safety. Some of the oils are hot oils and you’re going to want to dilute them. To know which ones you’re going to go to this quick reference chart; this should come in your enrollment kit and you can find it online, we’ll have it on our website where you can re-print it if you need to. I recommend sticking this in a slip cover by your oils so that you have it for quick reference. 
      One of the oils that you will always want to dilute is this oregano oil. Oregano, clove, thyme, these are hot oils and they will burn your skin if you put them on directly. Or I’ve had times where I use them, and I touched my eye, and they burned like crazy. So if something like that happens you do not want to use water to flush it out because water will actually intensify that burning, even though that’s kind of naturally what you would think to do you’re going to want to cut it with a different oil. 
     So doTERRA sells fractionated coconut oil. I love this stuff; it’s awesome for diluting oils that are burning you. You just take some oil; put it in your hand, rub it on top of that oil and it will go away. I’ve gotten it in my eyes, I have literally put this stuff right in my eyes and it has taken that burning feeling away. When you use it ahead of time if you know you need to dilute it then just go ahead and dilute it by 50 percent. So if you use four drops of oregano you’re going to want to use eight drops of an oil to dilute it. If you do not have fractionated coconut oil you are more than welcome to use regular coconut oil, olive oil, or even vegetable oil in a pinch because that will take away the burn and help you be able to dilute it, it’s just that those ones will leave you with more of an oily feeling. Which is why I like this fractionated coconut oil because it absorbs really well. But whatever you do cut it with another oil, not with water, and you should be good.
There’s a couple that are recommended to dilute for sensitive skin, if you’re putting it on a baby, or an infant, or someone who is just a wimp you can just dilute this with a little bit of coconut oil and then it won’t burn as much. I personally don’t have a problem with most of them. So you can always try it on a small part of your skin and see if it bothers you and then know if you’re going to need to dilute it on them or not, and that should help you with that. 
     So keep this guide close, you’ll get to know them quickly the more you use them, and be sure to have some oil close by for an emergency in case someone gets some in their eyes or their ears, and normally they are not recommended for that, so try to keep them from the insides of your ears and your eyes. And that should be good, that should cover you for essential oil safety. Don’t be afraid to use those oils, and we will talk to you soon. This is Emili helping you make the most of your family’s healthcare.