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How to Care for and Dilute Your Essential Oils Using Aromatherapy Dropper Bottles

Aromatherapy, also referred to as essential oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilising naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonise and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.

It was the French perfumer and chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who coined the term "aromatherapie" in 1937 with his publication of a book by that name. His book, Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy, contains early clinical findings for utilising essential oils for a range of physiological ailments.

Diluting your essential oils

Essential oils are highly concentrated, volatile plant extracts and should be diluted with a carrier oil before use on the skin. In addition to avoiding a potential skin reaction, diluting essential oils allows them to work better—when exposed to air alone, the molecules of the pure essential oils tend to evaporate very quickly.

In most cases (even if you're just adding an essential oil to scent your bath), you'll need a carrier oil—a neutral, plant-based oil that can act as a base. Common carrier oils include almond, jojoba, olive, sunflower seed, avocado or grapeseed.

Storing your essential oils

Due their volatility, essential oils are best stored in coloured glass bottles in a cool, dark space. Using a squeezable dropper bottle allows you to add essential oils to your chosen carrier oil in small droplets to carefully control the amount.

While specific dilutions can vary based on personal needs and individual essential oils, the general rule of thumb is to aim for a one to five percent dilution. A one percent blend is six drops of essential oil per 30ml of carrier oil, while a five percent blend would be 30 drops per 30ml of carrier oil.

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