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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.

Essential oil Conversions

Ounces -> Millileters

Ounces Millileters
1/8th oz 3.75 ml
1/4th 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.

 

Ounce -> Drops

Ounces Drops
1/8th oz 75 drops
1/4th 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.

 

Organic Essential Oils In Triangle Formation

 
Dilutions:

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 

Topics: Aromatherapy Education, All recipes

Christine

Written by Christine on January 25, 2013

Christine, Products Manager and Certified Aromatherapist, is super knowledgeable about all our products after having spent more than a decade at Mountain Rose Herbs. When she isn’t overseeing our line of thousands of sustainable offerings, she can be found gardening, running around with her energetic daughter, canning and preserving food, crafting botanical perfumes, and spending time outdoors.