Most aromatherapy applications are a two-percent dilution. This means 2 drops of essential oil is added for every 100 drops of carrier oil -- a safe and effective dilution for most aromatherapy applications. A one-percent dilution is suggested for children, pregnant women, and those who are weak from chronic illness. In some cases, you will want to use even less.
Dilutions of three percent or more are used only for strong preparations such as liniments or for "spot" therapy, when you are only treating a tiny area instead of the entire body. Always remember that in aromatherapy, more is not necessarily better. In fact, too great a concentration may produce unwanted reactions. The following are standard dilutions:
- 1 percent dilution: 5-6 drops per ounce of carrier
- 2 percent dilution: 10-12 drops (about 1/8 teaspoon) per ounce of carrier
- 3 percent dilution: 15-18 drops (a little less than 1/4 teaspoon) per ounce of carrier
Oils made by macerating (soaking) herbs in vegetable oils are called infused oils. These can replace plain vegetable oils in aromatherapy preparations to make a more potent medicine. You can buy an infused oil or make your own.
Buying an herbal salve, lotion, or cream and stirring essential oils into it is a quick way to make an herb and essential oil combination. Try to find herbal products that contain little or no essential oil, because you don't want to end up with too much essential oil in the final product.
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