Are you wondering how many drops of essential oil should go in a 10 ml roller bottle? This is a question that actually has multiple answers.
Today I’ll be sharing those answers including safety tips, dilution level, essential oil recipes, and more!
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. This is not medical advice. I am not a doctor. All opinions are my own.
When I first started using essential oils I wanted to make sure I wasn’t overusing them. I had learned about the wonderful benefits of essential oils such as boosting the immune system, supporting emotions, and helping with pain relief but I needed to know how to use them.
Essential oils can be applied topically or diffused. I learned that essential oils are very potent and need to be diluted to be used safely.
I have heard of some people using them “neat” (not diluted) and every time it makes me cringe a little bit! There may be situations in which that may work for some people but in my opinion, it’s always safer to dilute essential oils.
Also, it will make your bottles of essential oil last much longer. That’s always a plus! 😉
The easiest way to know how much essential oil to use is first to consider what are you using the oils for. Are going to use them on your skin or for a DIY project such as a bathroom spray?
Then consider how long you intend to use them, daily or just once in a while.
After you answer those questions you can pick a dilution that fits your needs. You should also do your own research and decide which percent dilution is best for you.
First, let’s cover the basics of making a diluted essential oil roller bottle, and then we’ll go over the dilution ratio, essential oil blends, and where to apply your oils!
Essential oil bottles come in many different sizes. The most popular sizes are 5mL and 10mL. I usually use a 5mL glass roll-on for a blend I don’t think I’ll use as much of and 10mL roll-on bottles for blends I am going to use daily.
Most roller bottles are glass bottles and come with either a plastic roller ball or stainless steel ball. I recommend going with a stainless steel roller bottle. You can also get roller bottles with crystals inside of them!
In order to make a dilution of essential oils you need to use a carrier oil. The reason you need carrier oil is that essential oils will not combine completely with anything else.
When you use a carrier oil, the essential oil mixes evenly which allows you to get the same amount every time you use the roller.
The most common carrier oils to use in essential oil rollers include fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil. My favorite carrier oil to use is fractionated coconut oil for my roller bottles.
Be sure you get fractionated coconut oil though because regular coconut oil will harden when the weather is cold and you won’t be able to use your roller bottle.
Of course, essential oils are the most important part of essential oil roller blends. Not all essential oils are created equally so it’s important to only use high-quality essential oils that are organic and don’t have any fillers or artificial ingredients in them.
Choose brands such as Young Living or an organic brand of essential oils.
Essential Oil Safety Rules
- Always dilute essential oils unless the oil is pre-diluted. (check the labels)
- Avoid contact with your eyes and mouth.
- Know your hot oils – these oils can feel spicy when applied to the skin. Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano, and Thyme, are all examples of hot oils.
- Citrus oils are photosensitive which means they can react with the sun and cause skin irritation. Do not use them if you are going in the sun.
Dilution ratios are dependent on several different factors such as age and use. Here are the basic guidelines for you to follow to safely dilute essential oils into a 10ml roller bottle based on your specific needs.
10 mL Roller Bottle Dilution Chart
For a 10mL roller bottle, you will need about 2 teaspoons of your favorite carrier oil of your choice. You can add the drops of essential oil first using the dilution chart below as a guide and then top it off with carrier oil.
|Dilution Rate – 10ml Bottle||# of Drops of Essential Oil||Best Use|
|10% dilution||20 drops||best for short term use on small parts of the body|
|5% dilution||15 drops||best for DIY recipes that will not be used for topical application such as room sprays and linen sprays|
|3% dilution||9 drops||best for acute body and skin issues to be used for short periods of time|
|2% dilution||6 drops||best for topical use for skincare and body care that will be used daily|
|1% dilution||3 drops||best for use in the elderly, pregnant women, or those with a sensitive skin type|
|0.5% dilution||1 drop||best for use on young children|
Essential Oil Roller Bottle Recipes
Here are some great blends to try!
- Immunity Boost: 10 drops Thieves
- Sleep Well: 10 drops Lavender and 10 drops Frankincense
- Ease Your Worries: 10 drops Valor and 10 drops Frankincense
- No More Stress: 10 drops Stress Away and 5 drops Citrus Fresh
- Happy Muscles: 15 drops Panaway
- Breathe rollerball: 10 drops Raven
- Tummy Troubles: 10 drops Digize and 5 drops Peppermint
Where to Apply Essential Oils
Once you have made your roller blend you can apply it to different places on your body based on your needs.
Essential oils can be applied on the bottoms of feet, temples, chest, wrists, stomach, palms, or back. You can also use them in your skincare routine on your face or make an essential oil bath bomb to soak in the bath.
Making an essential oil roller bottle is one of the most convenient ways to have essential oils on the go. You can add them to your skincare routine, treat skin irritation, and more.
You can also easily throw them in your purse or diaper bag so you have your own blends with you all the time.
Using this guide you will be able to safely dilute your essential oils into a 10 ml roll-on bottle based only on your specific situation.
Always be sure to do a test patch with a small amount on your skin the first time you use a new blend. If you experience skin sensitivity it is best to stop using that single essential oil or blend of oils.
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