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Essential Oil Dilutions & Conversions Guide

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Have you ever been happily crafting herbal treats with your favorite essential oils and suddenly realized there are different units of measurement to convert from drops to ounces to milliliters? Does this lead you down the inevitable path to a math headache? Well, here are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to converting ounces to milliliters to drops and diluting essential oils with ease.


1/8 oz = 3.75 ml          1/4 oz = 7.5 ml          1/2 oz = 15 ml

1 oz = 30 ml          4 oz = 120 ml          8 oz = 237 ml          16 oz = 473 ml


Technically, there are 29.57 ml in a 1 oz bottle of essential oil, however, this is usually rounded up to 30 ml on labels and in recipes. This gives you a nice whole number to work with and less agonizing over decimals.


There are around 20 drops of essential oil in 1 ml.

This works out to be...


1/8 oz = 75 drops          1/4 oz = 150 drops          1/2 oz = 300 drops          1 oz = 600 drops


See our Essential Oil Blending Tips article for blending basics and techniques. These drop conversions will help you multiply any 10 drop blend to the appropriate amount that you need.


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Essential oils are very strong and must be diluted (usually in a carrier oil) or incorporated into a finished product such as a massage oil, lotion, or aroma spray. Whether diluting an essential oil or adding it to a finished product, the oil content should only account for 1% to 2% of the total blend.

Here's an easy guide for how much essential oil to add to 1 oz of carrier oil or to a finished product. These dilutions for 1 oz can be easily multiplied for larger batches of finished product or divided for a fraction of an ounce.

Let's use our conversions from above!

1% Dilution

1 oz = 30 ml = 600 drops of oil

1% of 600 drops is 6

Add 6 drops of essential oil for 1 oz of carrier oil or finished product.


2% Dilution

1 oz = 30 ml = 600 drops of oil

2% of 600 drops is 12

Add 12 drops of essential oil for 1 oz of carrier oil or finished product. 


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Essential Oil Dilutions & Conversions Guide 

Happy blending and diluting!

Topics: Aromatherapy Education, All recipes


Written by Christine on January 25, 2013