Some people find the prospect of diluting essential oils a little overwhelming. It seems like a complicated process to some, and one that requires endless amounts of knowledge about essential oils. Nothing could be further from the truth!
Diluting essential oils is as straightforward as making yourself a drink, or a quick snack! And, it will usually take you less time than it does to put a sandwich together.
Besides, blending aromatherapy oils is really good fun. It’s immersive, creative, and deeply satisfying.
Working with beautiful, aromatic essential oils is an utterly delightful process. And, it is also one of the most rewarding things you can do on so many levels.
Not only do you get to be surrounded by beautiful smelling aromas, but unlike toxic fragrance oils, essential oils have the power to uplift and enliven you. They can also soothe and appease you. Simply working with essential oils can help regulate emotional outcomes and positively influence the hormonal systems within our bodies.
We also get to experience a sense of achievement when we accomplish our task, after which we get to benefit daily from the essential oil blends that we have made.
Benefits Of Making Your Own Essential Oil Blends
There are many benefits to making your own essential oil blends. The key benefits include:
- Tailoring your blends specifically to your needs, and the needs of your family, means that you get exactly what you need at the right time.
- You know precisely what has gone into your blend, so there’s no nasty, toxic, hidden ingredients, like there are in commercial products… and yes, sadly that includes organic products as well.
- Cost – you will save a lot of money over time.
- Environmental benefits – you can potentially cut out a lot of single use plastic from your life when you decide to start making your own essential oil products.
- Joy – blending oils is a delightful, immersive process, which can be very uplifting and life-affirming.
Why Dilute Essential Oils?
It is not necessary to dilute essential oils for most applications. However, if you are going to apply essential oils to your skin, they must be diluted first.
The reason that essential oils are sold in their undiluted form is because this is how they need to be used for the following applications:
- Inhaling Undiluted Essential Oils
- Diffusing Essential Oils
- Steaming Essential Oils The Old Fashioned Way
- Cooking With Essential Oils
- Spotting Essential Oils On Your Pillow
However, if you are going to use essential oils for any of the following applications, then they need to be diluted first.
- Bathing With Essential Oils
- Local Topical Application Of Essential Oils (including pulse points and Vagus Nerve points)
- Taking Essential Oils Internally
- Aromatherapy Massage
Wild As The Wind offer a good number of pre-blended oil products. These fall into two categories:
- Pre-Blended Essential Oils
- Pre-Blended Oils For Topical Application
All Wild As The Wind pre-blended essential oils will still need to be added to a good carrier oil if you would like to use them for topical application. However, most of the hard work has already been done for you if you are diluting a Wild As The Wind pre-blended essential oil.
This is because Wild As The Wind has done all of the research for you in terms of finding the best essential oils for specific applications. However, unlike other businesses, Wild As The Wind tells you precisely what essential oils go into each blend, so you can actually make up the blend yourself if you want to.
Other essential oil brands use the names of constituents in their blended essential oils to try and confuse customers about the ingredients in their products. This is specifically done to prevent customers from making the essential oil blends themselves.
Wild As The Wind pre-blended essential oils have a clear list of ingredients that anyone can use to emulate our products.
It is just one of the many ways in which Wild As The Wind is putting people before profit.
Common constituents found on ingredients lists include:
You’ll find these ingredients in lists for products containing:
- Geranium Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Frankincense Essential Oil
- Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Funnily enough, you find the Latin names for these essential oils listed in the ingredients lists right alongside the list of natural chemical constituents… so the producers of these products are effectively stating their ingredients twice!
Pre-Blended Oils For Topical Application
When you buy a pre-blended oil for topical application from Wild As The Wind, there is no need to do anything other than use it within the recommended time frame. This is because Wild As The Wind have done all of the mixing for you.
Examples of Wild As The Wind pre-blended oils that are suitable for topical application include:
Unlike other facial oils available on the market, Wild As The Wind Facial Oils are made exclusively from essential oils and carrier oils, and nothing else. Other facial oils tend to have a lot of unnatural ingredients in them, such as synthetic chemicals.
It is becoming increasingly clear that our bodies are struggling to understand and assimilate man-made products. I have a strong feeling, and a lot of insight, (based on copious research), to suggest that we will ultimately realise our bodies are incapable of coping with synthetic substances.
Find out more about Using Pre-Blended Essential Oil Products
The Basics Of Diluting Essential Oils
There are a few universal principles that are applicable to diluting essential oils. These are:
- All essential oils must be diluted prior to topical application, (applied to your skin)
- Different dilutions of aromatherapy oils are required for different applications
- Aromatherapy oils can be diluted at the following concentrations:
- 1% dilution – for body-wide application
- 2% dilution – facial application
- 3% to 5% essential oil dilutions are used for smaller areas of the body, with stronger dilutions used acutely, and lower dilutions used for chronic use.
- 7% dilutions are possible in certain circumstances, and should not be exceeded
- Some essential oils can only be used safely in very small amounts. It is therefore vitally important to read the ‘Cautions & Contraindications’ relating to each essential oil you intend to use.
However, we are all different and have different tolerances and sensitivities. This means that it’s important for you to experiment, within the bounds of safety, with the dilutions you make for you and your family.
You are advised to err on the side of caution in all cases, and always perform a skin test, also known as a patch test, before applying your oil blends to a broad area of your body.
Performing A Patch Test
Some people can have a severe reaction to certain oils and skincare products in general. This is why almost all skincare products come with advice to perform a patch test prior to broader use on your body.
A patch test usually takes about 24 hours, and is very straightforward to do.
Simply place a drop or two of your oil blend on the soft skin on the inside of your forearm, and check to see if a reaction is occurring. If you have no reaction within 24 hours, then you are safe to use your oil blend elsewhere on your body.
If you have a reaction, please click this link: Performing A Patch Test, and follow the advice provided.
What Carrier Oils Should I use To Dilute Essential Oils?
You can see the full list of Wild As The Wind Carrier Oils for diluting essential oils by clicking the link provided. (i.e. the text in red.)
Wild As The Wind have nearly 40 Carrier Oils to choose from.
The article 10 Carrier Oils We Need In Our Bathroom Cabinet lists ten of the most commonly used carrier oils for different applications. It includes the best carrier oil to use in the sun, the best carrier oil for inflammation, and the best carrier oil for aching joints etc, etc…
If you are making an essential oil blend for topical application, then a quick look through 10 Carrier Oils We Need In Our Bathroom Cabinet will be very helpful.
Another really helpful resource is: Carrier Oils For UV Protection.
You can also consult: What Carrier Oils Should I use To Dilute Essential Oils?
How To Dilute Essential Oils
Diluting essential oils couldn’t be simpler. Just got to the Diluting Essential Oils section of How To Use Essential Oils article, by clicking the link provided. This is the text in red in the previous sentence!
Good luck, and have fun!