How many drops of essential oils?
I have been asked this question many times, and thought i would put it into a, hopefully, easy to read format for you all to use in your treatment rooms, and in the home too.
Here is a chart of blend proportions:
Blend strength guidelines
1% blend – Use for face treatments / products, sensitive skin, pregnancy, children, elderly
2 – 2.5% – Use for body treatments / products, healthy adults
3 – 5% – Use for perfume, acute use & for specific areas, i.e., arthritic joint
Here’s a little bit of science for you
An average 10ML bottle of essential oils contains 200 drops of essential oil. This will vary to 250ML depending on the density of the oil. For example, a bottle of lavender essential oil would contain more drops than a bottle of benzoin essential oil due to the density of the drops.
Therefore, on average, 2.5% of 200 drops = 5 drops
How to get the most out of your essential oils
If you are a qualified aromatherapist, make sure you use them in every day life, and if you are an aromatherapy hobbyist, here are some ways to use the oils at home as well as using for massage and in oil burners / diffusers:
- Cleaning products – add 30 drops of lemon & tea tree oil to 50ml of white wine vinegar to clean kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Add baking soda for a more scrubbing action. Coconut oil makes an excellent cleaning product too.
- Shampoo / conditioner – add 10 drops of tea tree oil to 20ml of fragrance-free shampoo / conditioner to make a hair treatment for dry scalp or dandruff
- Deep conditioner – add 10 drops of chamomile to 20ml of coconut oil and coat the hair in for =15 – 20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning.
- Air freshener – add 12 – 16 drops of geranium to 20 ml of water in a spray bottle and spruce up the upholstery and curtains
- Linen freshener – add 12 drops of lavender to 20ml of water in a spray bottle to freshen up your ironing
- Bath oil / bubble bath / Shower gel – add 2 drops of orange, 2 drops of lavender & 2 drops of ylang ylang to 15ml of carrier oil or fragrance-free bubble bath for a deeply relaxing bath before you go to bed
- Body butter – Add 2 drops of petitgrain, 2 drops of chamomile and 2 drops of Jasmin oil to 15 grams of shea butter for a deeply moisturising foot cream
- Body scrub – add 10 drops of rose oil to 20mls of evening primrose oil and add dead sea salts for a luxurious womanly body scrub. Swap the rose oil for sandalwood and the evening primrose oil for sweet almond oil for the men.
- Cleansers, moisturisers – add 1 drop of bergamot, 1 drop of geranium & 1 drop of frankincense to 15ml of cleanser or moisturiser for oily skin
- face mask – Add 1 drop of orange, 1 drop of chamomile and 1 drop of neroli to 15 ml of plain yoghurt and mashed avocado (or avocado oil) for a deeply moisturising face mask.
- Toner – add 4 drops of rose oil to 20ml of distilled water to make a flower water / toner
- Add a couple drops of lavender to your pillow to help you sleep, or a couple drops of eucalyptus oil to a hankie to inhale for sinus congestion
If you have an ailment, such as sinus or chest problems, then mix the essential oils in a cream or carrier oil, as above and apply directly to the balls of your feet, this is a direct reflex point to your chest and lungs.
There is no end to ways in which you can use essential oils, if you want to know more, check out my forthcoming 2nd book ‘The advanced essential oils guide’ or my new ‘advanced aromatherapy accredited course’
More blogs to come soon, on how to use essential oils with reflexology.
Advanced Aromatherapy accredited course – https://www.holistictherapiestraining.co.uk/courses/advanced-aromatherapy-accredited/
‘The Essential Oils Guide’ by Karen Ashton – https://www.holistictherapiestraining.co.uk/courses/the-essential-oils-guide-paperback-book/
Thank you for reading 😊
Holistic Therapies Training