i had been reading up on essential oil safety and came to find that dilution is a very important step in oil use safety. most oil companies, reps, etc will definitely advocate for dilution; however, some say that it is okay to apply "neat" or without a carrier oil. and while i imagine that for the majority of the people, this would seem harmless, it seems to me (and reading where this was the case for some people) that prolonged use of an oil "neat" will lead to sensitization or other issues / irritations. also, if someone happens to have a sensitivity to an oil, applying it "neat" could cause damage to their skin. therefore, the safest application would be diluted in a carrier oil. carrier oils also help to get the oils into your body by slowing the evaporation process as they are absorbed into your body! and there are so many options for carrier oils that can provide all sorts of different properties too! but i'll get into that in a later post.
there are many dilution ratios out there on how many drops of oil to carrier oil. with a little research (and i'm doing more and more every day!) i have found that you can get away with a far less amount of oil and that it is much safer to do so. i found a great chart that shows the number of drops of oil per mL container used. SO easy! and it was created by a very reputable source in the essential oil community, Robert Tisserand. so not only does diluting to these ratios make for a much safer usage, but it will also save you money because you will be using less oil! YAY!
so after you are armed with your favorite blend of oils, some roller bottles, and carrier oil of choice, you can use this chart as a guideline to create safe and delicious smelling roller blends! i know i'm already thinking of the next great blend to try!
i am in no way a medical practitioner or expert, so always be sure to do your research and make sure that you are using safe essential oil practices! if you are interested in getting into essential oils, you can find out a bit more by clicking on my doTERRA link at the top of my blog or click contact me to find out how to try some out for yourself!