How to Dilute Essential Oils for Children and Adults

Diluting Essential Oils

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So you’ve got your oils,  you’re excited to use them, but the thought of diluting your new essential oils makes your head spin. Does this sound like you? This is how most people feel starting out. I know I was intimidated at first. So I’m going to break it down for you. Lets take a minute to go over the basics.

What exactly is diluting?

When you see the term dilute, it simply means combine the essential oil with a vegetable carrier oil before applying to the skin. Going forward I’m just going to refer to it as a carrier oil. For example, 1 drop of lemon essential oil should be diluted with 1 drop of carrier oil, and 1 drop of peppermint essential oil should be diluted with 4 drops of carrier oil. How do I know this? I checked the product label on my bottles. Every bottle of Young Living essential oils will tell you whether or not it needs to be diluted and by how much. You do not have to memorize dilution ratios. Isn’t that great!

Diluting essential oils with a carrier oil is a great way to apply essential oils topically. Especially, for people with sensitive skin. Essential oils should always be diluted for infants, children, and the elderly whose skin is thinner.

Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil. Diluting helps to prolong the release of the essential oil, and prevents waste due to excessive application. Essential oils are volatile, meaning they turn from liquid to gas. So diluting essential oils with a carrier oil helps to hold the essential oil onto the skin, so more of the essential oil can be absorbed and carried throughout the body at the cellular level.

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What’s the first step?

Look up your concern in your reference guide. See which essential oil is recommended to use. Next, check that essential oil bottle label to see the recommended dilution ratio. Then consider the size of the area on your body you’ll be applying to. Are you trying to cover your lower back or just your wrist? The larger the area, the more carrier oil you’ll use. In my opinion, you can’t really over dilute, so as long as you’re doing the minimal amount suggested on the bottle label you should be good. And the more you use your oils the better you will be at knowing how much you need. It’s helpful to put some of your carrier oil in a glass dropper bottle. Having a glass bottle with a dropper top is the best way to get just one drop of carrier oil at a time. I suggest having a few glass dropper bottles on hand. You can usually find them at Whole Foods or you can purchase them from Amazon. Sometimes the reference guide will have recipes. This is why it’s good to have a few glass dropper top bottles so you can make your own pre diluted blends. When I’m following a recipe that calls for carrier oil in milliliters, I use a baby bottle to measure that amount of carrier oil. Luckily, I have them on hand. But, you can always pick one up at Target for cheap. Sometimes a recipe calls for a teaspoon or tablespoon of carrier oil and we all have those, right? Whether we cook or not 🙂

Bang for your Buck

Diluting your essential oils with a carrier oil also helps to stretch how long your bottle of essential oil lasts. Less is usually more with essential oils. Remember they are very concentrated.

Less vs. More

It’s  better to apply less essential oils more often, rather than more all at once. This will help to prevent skin irritation. Especially, when your body is just getting used to essential oils.

Did you know? 

When applied topically it takes 2-3 minutes for an essential oil to reach the bloodstream, 20 minutes to affect every cell in the body, and 2 1/2 hours to fully metabolize. Pretty amazing, huh!

Dilution Musts!

When diluting essential oils with a carrier oil, choose a carrier oil that is organic, cold pressed and plant based. Such as sunflower oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed, or Young Living’s V-6 which is a combination of oils. These are all oils that are derived from the fatty part of the plant, usually the nut, seed, or kernel. This is important because essential oils are lipid (fat) soluble, so they easily absorb into these oils.  Check out my other blog post to learn more about choosing a carrier oil. I especially go into detail on the skin care benefits of different carrier oils. If making your own beauty products using essential oils interests you as much as me, then you’re going to love this post!

Hot Oils

It’s also very important to dilute when using a “hot” oil. Examples of “hot” oils include cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, peppermint, oregano, thyme, Exodus II, and Thieves. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or if you develop a rash, add more carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed.

Diluting Essential Oils for Infants and Children 

There are many essential oils appropriate for use with infants and children. When using essential oils on infants and children it is important to dilute. I would suggest using a medium viscosity carrier oil like, jojoba or olive oil. Coconut oil is another good choice, these will slow the rate of absorption. Lavender is a gentle oil, and one of the only essential oils I will sometimes apply neat to my daughter. I actually use lavender everyday with my daughter. It’s part of our sleep through the night bedtime routine. Lavender is a great oil to use with kids.

Some essential oils, like YL’s Kids Scents Oil Collection are pre-diluted with carrier oil, and are intended for direct application. Again, the bottles product label will indicate dilution requirements.

Dilution Ratios for using essential oils with Infants and Children

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Infants and children have delicate skin. The bottoms of feet are usually less sensitive, making them a good choice for application.  If you’re interested in using essential oils with your child, I recommend getting a copy of the book Gentle Babies, by Debra Raybern. There is also a section dedicated to infants and children in the reference guide I give away to new members when they purchase the Premium Starter Kit. Please note, I only recommend using Young Living essential oils on babies and children. Their commitment to quality and purity are unmatched. Making them the only choice for my family.

So do you feel better about diluting essential oils? I hope so.  🙂

Thanks for reading, and Happy Oiling!

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Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my personal use. You can read the full disclaimer here.

The NON-TOXIC way to Banish the Dirty Diaper Smell from your nursery

Is your baby’s diaper pail stinking up the whole room? Ours was and after much trial and error I’ve finally found a solution! A Non-Toxic solution using two simple ingredients!

A non toxic way to eliminate dirty diaper odors

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I may be naive, but I thought the whole point of using a diaper pail was to contain those poopy diaper smells!? Maybe we just have the wrong one, because our diaper pail does not! It’s cute, but not an effective option for keeping our daughter’s nursery from stinking like a dirty diaper from the moment you enter the room. So after many attempts to find a natural and non-toxic remedy I’ve finally found something that works! And it’s so easy, I just have to share!

All you need is Baking Soda and Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea tree oil), this is one of the new oils now included in the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living. When I first bought my kit this oil was not included. I recently ordered a bottle to have on hand for this winter to use if needed. This is a great oil to have in your natural medicine cabinet. Since this was a new oil for me, I have been doing a lot of reading on how it can be used and decided to give it a try in my battle against the diaper pail.

If you’d like to give this a try,

All you do is add about 5 drops of Melaleuca Alternifolia to about a 1/4 cup of baking soda and pour it in your diaper pail bag. I am so pleased to have finally found something that not only works, but also keeps the chemicals out of my lil’ baby’s room!

Hopefully, this will save you from the trial error time it took me to come to a natural solution!

Happy Oiling,

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Infant Massage using Essential Oils


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A few years ago, a friend of mine told me about  the many benefits of infant massage. She was getting ready to adopt her first child and wanted to do everything in her power to bond with her new baby, to relieve any stress he may be feeling from all the new changes, but most importantly to let him know he was LOVED, to relax now that he’d found his forever family!!

After all, love is what we all want and whether our babies are adopted or not; we want them to feel loved too.

But I have to admit, when I first heard the term, “infant massage” I thought, I can’t do that…. I have no idea how to do that…darn, I wish I knew how to do that!!!! Well let me tell you, it’s not that hard. It just sounds intimidating or at least it did to me. 🙂

Luckily, I learned how to incorporate infant massage into my daughter’s life from the book, “Gentle Babies” by Debra Raybern. This has now become apart of our evening bed time routine. My daughter loves it. And I believe it has something to do with her sleeping through the night. She now knows to place her little hands in front of her mouth and nose and inhale the relaxing oils after I’ve applied them to her….it’s so stinking cute! I use a base of organic coconut oil (about a TBSP) and either 1 drop of Young Living’s Lavender essential oil or 1 drop of their Peace and Calming blend of oils. You can also mix up a batch and store it in an airtight glass if you don’t want to mix it up each time.

Let me just quickly say, PLEASE do not go out to the store and buy any old essential oil and try this. I will only use the Young Living brand because I know their oils are not adulterated, cut with synthetic chemicals or fillers, and only come from the first distillation, these are all important since our skin absorbs everything we place onto it in less than 30 seconds. And our babies are so precious and pure they deserve the best!!! If you wanted to read more about why I only use Young Living, click here.

Here are some excerpts from “Gentle Babies” on the benefits and the how to’s for infant massage using essential oils.

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One of the many benefits to infant massage includes promoting bonding. Over the years, baby massage has also shown beneficial in assisting overall growth and development, sound sleep, relaxation and reduced fussiness. Additional benefits include relief from the discomforts of gas, colic and digestive complaints. Improvements in respiratory, circulatory and immune system function also have been reported. Gentle massage using therapeutic-grade essential oils diluted in high-quality carrier oils, is enjoyable for both baby and mom or dad. Parents find the special quality time with baby develops a special bond and using essential oils to support the baby’s health give parents confidence in their ability to respond to the child’s needs.

Cross-cultural studies show that babies who are held, massaged, carried, rocked and breastfed, grow into adults that are less aggressive and violent, and more compassionate and cooperative. Recent research shows benefits for premature infants and children with asthma and diabetes. Mothers with postpartum depression have shown improvement after starting infant massage.

Think of the baby massage as a gentle stroking of the body, not the vigorous, deep tissue, Swedish variety. Ideally both the parent and baby should be in a calm relaxed state. However, massage also can help calm a baby; a fussy child may respond well to massage with Lavender or Peace & Calming oil. This may be before bath or bedtime. It is best to wait at least one hour after baby’s feeding.

The room should be warm, rather than cool. A temperature of about 78 degrees is good. The baby should lie on his or her back on a padded blanket or towel. The parent can either stand over the baby if using a bed or massage table (we use our changing table) or sit on the floor with the parent’s legs form a diamond shape where the baby can lie with his head cradled in the adults feet. Leave the diaper on, but uncover the baby’s arms, legs and torso. Be sure to remove all jewelry so as not to scratch the baby.

The parent should place 4-5 drops of the massage oil ( I use about a TBSP organic coconut oil and add 1-2 drops of essential oil) place it in your hands and rub together to warm both the oils and your hands. Apply the oil with long gentle strokes on the arms, legs and then the torso. Make the strokes gentle, but not ticklish. The direction of the massage can be in both directions, but end with strokes towards the heart. In the case of digestive concerns (colic, gas, etc), massage in small circles from the right to the left side of the body – the same direction the colon flows. If massaging the scalp, use small circular motion as if shampooing the baby’s hair.

During the massage it is fine to softly talk or pray, hum, sing and or play softy music. To further bond with the baby, maintain eye contact during the baby massage.

The massage may last 10 – 30 minutes, depending on the mood of the child and the desired results of the massage. Keep a warm towel or blanket nearby to cover the massaged area and keep baby from becoming chilled.

Massage may be done near or around the navel area and spine, but do not focus on these areas. Every parent is capable of giving his or her baby a wonderful massage. A great way to learn more about baby massage is to find a massage therapist skilled in baby or infant massage to teach specific techniques depending on a child’s health challenge.

If gas is an issue, hold the legs under the knees, then gently press the knees up towards his or her tummy. This position can help the baby expel gas.

I hope these tips have helped to empower you to add infant massage into your baby’s routine!!!

You may or may not know this, but our feet have points on them that correspond to different parts of our bodies. Take a look at this great chart which outlines these areas for baby.

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Happy Oiling,

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A Mommy’s Must have reference guide to using essential oils

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If you’re new to oils and looking for guidance on how to incorporate these amazing oils into your family’s life this book is for you.  Especially helpful for new Mom’s looking for natural remedies for themselves and their precious babies.You can purchase on Amazon or Abundant Health.

Happy Oiling Mommies,

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Make your own Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer

We all know that washing our hands with good old fashion soap and water is the best way to keep germs and sickness away. But, when I’m on the go, in and out of stores, running errands, or out and about with my little one who HAS to touch everything; and then stick her hands right in her mouth we need hand sanitizer!

diy Hand Purifier using thieves essential oil

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Hand sanitizers are everywhere these days! But, have you ever considered what’s really in your hand sanitizer? Chances are they contain alcohol, triclosan, or both! The alcohol in most traditional hand sanitizers simply dry my hands out too much. And triclosan, oh boy! No, thank you. I was shocked when I first learned about the possible side effects of triclosan. Especially, since it’s in so many personal care products. If you haven’t heard of triclosan yet, here’s an interesting read. This revelation was actually what drove me to finding an alternative to the traditional hand sanitizer I had been using.

Here’s the good news!

Making your own hand sanitizer is easy when you have Thieves essential oil and a few other common household ingredients. Thieves essential oil contains Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. This blend is basically germs worst nightmare!

Now for the Recipe! What you’ll need.  

  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Distilled Water
  • Thieves Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Essential Oil  *optional
  • Mini funnel *optional
  • Dispenser bottles (you can reuse ones you already have)

How to make your own hand sanitizer using essential oils.

How to make your own Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer!

The easiest way to do this is to add your ingredients directly to the dispenser you plan on using. I have a mini bottle attached to my purse that I bought from Target. You can reuse an old bottle or make a spray if you’d like, just use more water.

Step 1. Fill your bottle a little more than halfway with Aloe Vera Gel.

Step 2. Use a pin or scissors to poke a hole in one Vitamin E gel cap and add to bottle. Or add 1/4 tsp Vitamin E oil.

Step 3. Add 10-15 drops of Thieves and a few drops of Peppermint essential oil.

Step 4. Place lid on and shake well.

Step 5. Fill the rest of your bottle with water and shake to mix everything together.

Voila… that’s it, you’re done!

See how easy it is to avoid traditional toxic products when you have essential oils! I hope you enjoy making and using this as much as I do 🙂

Happy Oiling,

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Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my personal use. You can read the full disclaimer here.