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How to Dilute Essential Oils with Coconut Oil in 4 Simple Steps

From alleviating anxiety to easing pain, essential oils are quickly becoming a staple home remedy for many ailments and conditions.

jar of coconut oil, lavender essential oils

If you’re new to essential oils, there are two things you should know. First, essential oils are affordable, versatile and easy to use. Secondly, how to use them properly.

To tap into the full potential of essential oils and apply them safely, you need to pair these oils with the perfect carrier oil. Carrier oils work together with essential oils to highlight their best therapeutic properties. Of all the carrier oils, coconut oil is one of the best options out there (olive oil is another commonly used carrier oil).

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Coconut oil is pretty close to being the perfect ingredient to blend with essential oils, the all-natural combination goes together like peanut butter and jelly. They tend to bring out the best in one another.

Here’s your four-step guide on how to dilute essential oils with coconut oil, which oils are best for you, plus our favorite tips on how to use the nourishing blend.

What Is a Carrier Oil?

A carrier oil is an oil that is used to dilute essential oils prior to application. They’re normally made from vegetables, nuts or seeds and are great to add to your self-care routine because they help nourish and moisturize your skin and hair.

It’s important to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil because essential oils are extremely potent and can irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction. When you don’t properly dilute these potent oils, you’re also at risk of developing systemic toxicity such as hepatotoxicity and neurotoxicity.

Because carrier oils are usually unscented or lightly scented, they don’t interfere with the therapeutic properties of essential oils. Carrier oils also have healing and moisturizing benefits.

Benefits of Coconut Oil

1. It Can Kill Pathogens

The fatty acids within coconut oil have the ability to kill numerous types of viruses, fungi, and bacteria. Studies show that lauric acid, which makes up about 50% of the fatty acids within this particular carrier oil, is the most effective of the fatty acids to kill bacteria.

2. It Can Reduce Inflammation

Studies have shown that coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, reducing inflammation caused by conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, and other skin conditions.

3. It’s An Effective Moisturizer

It can also be used to treat dry skin and hair because it significantly improves your moisture content. The ingredient also makes it a great natural remedy for eczema that causes dry, flaking skin.

4. It Can Help With Wound Healing

When you apply coconut oil to a wound, it accelerates the healing process by improving antioxidant status and increasing your collagen levels.

Essential Oils for Self-Care

Not sure which essential oils you should blend with this carrier oil? Here are a few ideas for which ones to use and how they can best help you:

Best Essential Oils for Body Skincare

  • Juniper Berry Oil: If you suffer from itchy, inflamed skin, you should try juniper berry essential oil. This oil also soothes and heals irritations from eczema, rashes and other skin issues. Along with treating your skin concerns, juniper can treat acne and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
  • Lemon Oil: Lemon oil is perfect for anyone who wants to thoroughly cleanse their skin. It has antiseptic properties that help treat and clear skin. Plus, it helps that lemon is astringent, detoxifying and removes oil buildup in your skin.
  • Lavender Oil: Lavender oil is also a popular option for skincare, providing the ability to prevent acne breakouts and treat eczema and dry skin. Because lavender oil is loaded with antioxidants, it can also be used to reduce wrinkles. There’s also evidence that it benefits hair health and digestion.
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Best Essential Oils for Facial Skincare

  • Cypress Oil: If you’re looking for an inexpensive under eye treatment, you can use diluted cypress oil. Cypress oil has a strong astringent property that is ideal for those seeking anti-aging properties, as it reduces bags and dark circles under your eyes.
  • Peppermint Oil: Have acne-prone skin? Peppermint oil is an excellent way to treat it because of its antimicrobial, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Peppermint oil can reduce acne-causing bacteria that live on your skin. Combined with coconut oil, they’ll help soothe any inflammation and irritation you have from pimples.
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Best Essential Oils for Hair

  • Tea Tree Oil: Due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties, tea tree oil is great to use to treat dandruff. It soothes your itchy scalp while removing whatever is causing your scalp to feel dry and flaking. Like coconut oil, tea tree is a great moisturizer, so the two work together to rehydrate your scalp and hair.
  • Rosemary Oil: Need help growing out your hair? Add rosemary oil to your shampoo, deep conditioner or hair treatment. Rosemary stimulates hair growth and reduces hair loss by improving blood circulation to your hair follicles. It also prevents your hair from turning grey and can be used alongside tea tree oil to treat dandruff.
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What You’ll Need to Dilute Your Essential Oil

  • Essential oils of your choosing
  • Organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • Two glass bowls (one small and one large)
  • Mixing spoon
  • Water

How to Dilute Essential Oils with Coconut Oil in 4 Simple Steps

Step 1: Place two teaspoons of your carrier oil in a small glass bowl.

teaspoon of coconut oil

Step 2: If your coconut oil is solid, you’ll need to melt it. To do that, you can fill a medium glass bowl with a cup of warm water. It starts to melt at 76 degrees Fahrenheit, so the water doesn’t need to be boiling for the oil to liquefy.

measuring spoon scooping out coconut oil from bowl

Slightly submerge the bowl with the carrier oil into the bowl of warm water. You only want the bottom of the bowl to be in the water. As you’re holding the bowl in the water, gently stir the
coconut oil until it melts.

Step 3: Add the essential oil to the melted coconut oil to dilute it. Because the recommended dilution rate is 1%, 2% or 3%, this ratio will affect how many drops you’ll blend into the carrier oil.

measuring spoon in bowl of coconut oil

If you want to use 1% dilution, which is universally recommended for facial, daily and long-term use, you’ll need to add three drops of essential oil. For 2% dilution, you can use six drops. Most people use 2% dilution when they’re using the oil in the bath or on their entire body. When using 3% dilution, nine drops are good, particularly for localized areas of discomfort.

Dilute Essential Oils Coconut Oil Chart

For topical application on children, you should be extra cautious with the dilution rate and consult with a family doctor or medical professional before applying these oils. With kids age 3 to 24 months, use 0.25% dilution. For two to six-year-olds, the suggested dilution rate is 1%. Finally, for six to 15-year-olds, you can apply 1.5% dilution.

Dilute Essential Oils Coconut Oil for Kids Chart

Step 4: Once you’ve added the necessary drops of essential oil, stir them with the coconut oil until they’re fully mixed together. Now, the dilution is ready to use.

lavender essential oil, dropper, coconut oil jar

Additional Tips on How to Dilute Your Essential Oils

  • There are two main types of coconut oil: refined and unrefined. The refined oil comes from dried coconut meat and is normally bleached, deodorized and lacks the coconut smell and flavor. You shouldn’t use this type as a carrier oil. However, unrefined coconut oil is great to use as a carrier oil because it’s not processed with chemicals and is made from fresh coconut meat.
  • When using essential oils for the first time, place one drop of the diluted oil on a small area of skin to make sure you won’t have an allergic reaction. It’s best to wait 24 hours for results.
  • If you plan on using essential oils on a child, remember that there are different dilution rates for children depending on their age.
    Store your essential oils properly because they can deteriorate and oxidize very easily.

Be aware of their expiration date. You don’t want to use expired ingredients on your face and skin.

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Comments (15)

  • Many thanks for your recommendation, which is clear but with a problem I have that i hope you could clarify please. Everything else is dound and clear, would you please specify 1 drop equal how many ml please? Or 1ml = how many drops please? And also, if to dilute in 1% solution, would you please specify the ratio of ?ml essential oils to ?ml carrier oils? Many thanks in advance.

  • Many thanks for your recommendation, which is clear but with a problem I have that i hope you could clarify please. Would you please specify 1 drop equal how many ml please? Or 1ml = how many drops please? And also, if to dilute in 1% solution, would you please specify the ratio of ?ml essential oils to ?ml carrier oils? Many thanks in advance.

  • Hi Ling
    looking at it in the desolving section on this page it says the following:

    How to Dilute Essential Oils with Coconut Oil in 4 Simple Steps

    Step 1: Place two teaspoons of your carrier oil in a small glass bowl.

    So looking at the “How to dilute guide” it says 3 drops for 1% dilution for facial use so I am assuming that it’s three drops every two teaspoons. I hope i’m correct but hopfuly Josh or someone else will be able to clarify better/more



  • I am an adult and I’d like to use the mix of coconut/eucalyptus oils on my knee, to see if it would help me with some arthritic pain.

    Could anyone advise how many times per day can I apply mixed oil to my knee?

  • Can I mix 3 different essential oils together in a carrier oil? For example mixing Rosemary, lavendar, peppermint oil with coconut oil??

    • Hi Priya!

      You can definitely mix together your own essential oils. Just be sure to dilute them properly, and to consider how they might smell once mixed together. The standard dilution is 2%, which is about 12 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. Or, you can follow the steps above and make a solution with 2% dilution with equal parts of each oil if you’d like to make a smaller amount.

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  • Coconut oil should definitely NOT be used on the face, as it is highly comedogenic (pore-clogging) and can trigger acne in many people!

    • Thanks so much for pointing this out! There’s definitely been conflicting information about the use of coconut oil on the skin, and we’ll be sure to look into that. Some people have had good experiences, but we agree that it could be harmful depending on the person, especially those who are acne prone. If that’s the case, we recommend using a different carrier oil like Jojoba oil!

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  • Am new to essential oils. I want to mix (rose, rosemary, frankincense, lavender, ylang ylang, lemongrass, geranium, bergamot) essential oils to coconut oil for daily use on my body and face. Are all the essential oil listed good for my body and face. Am dark in complextion. I also want to mix rosehip oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil,grapeseed oil, sesame oil and avocado oil with my coconut oil to form my carrier oils to mix with my essential oils. Am dark in complextion. Will all these essential oils and carrier oils be good for me and my kids? Looking forward to a positive response. Thank you.

    • I just did some essential oil research this morning and I came across your comment here. Bergamot is phototoxic, so it should not be used when you will be under the sun.

  • essential oils are not actually “oils” additionally dependent on the product purchased they might only contain 5% true extrapolated resin whereas the main 95% of matter is who knows what this the real. undisclosed issue with essential oils while it is true even if you purchased purer essential oils there are many such as peppermint, wintergreen or clove which are too strong to be used or digested without dilution for those who believe these should come under the guidelines of the FDA or some other governmental guidelines for consumer protection you need to understand how & why these agencies really operate the fact of the matter is these agencies never were to protect the consumer they were actually designed to protect the larger corporations who manufacture and contract in secret with our governmental agencies for these protective rights thus ensuring they provide some sort of consistency of product along with control of the most valued of materials thus the reason many very beneficial matter has been stripped from the general populate while this is a great topic of controversy it is best discussed at a later date or in a different forum the important part of this subject is in large part of why the FDA & other such organizations exist knowing & understanding are critical in more subjects than reading & writing as the less we know the deeper those in power can manipulate & control the more we believe everything we are told rather than logically analyze & interpret for ourselves this is the real issue we face & also a topic for another forum even if it plays into this subject

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