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What dilution is right for essential oil massage blends?

by Andrea Butje on March 27, 2017

Diluting essential oil massage blendsWhen I make essential oil Massage blends, I usually stick to about a 2% dilution.

2% Dilution

  • 1 oz (30 ml) — 10 to 12 drops
  • 2 oz (60 ml) — 20 to 24 drops

That’s assuming I’m doing a relaxation massage, and not blending for any specific issue. If I just want to encourage a calm mind and relaxed body, 2% is strong enough. That comes to about 10–12 drops of essential oil for every 1 oz (30 ml) of carrier oil.


Here’s one of my favorite essential oil Massage blends for relaxation. You’ll need a 2 oz (60 ml) glass bottle.

We Love Relaxation Massages!

  • 2 oz (60 ml) jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil (Cananga odorata)
  • 2 drops Vetiver essential oil (Vetiveria zizanoides)
  • 10 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 6 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

That’s a 2% dilution—a total of 20 drops of oil in 2 oz (60 ml) of jojoba wax.

But sometimes I want something a little stronger.

If I’ve hiked a little too long during the day and I feel sore in the evening, I want a blend that will soothe my muscles, so I’ll increase the dilution to 3%.

3% Dilution

  • 1 oz (30 ml) — 15 to 18 drops
  • 2 oz (60 ml) — 30 to 36 drops

So if I’m still making a blend in 2 oz (60 ml) of jojoba wax, and I want to increase the dilution from 2% to 3% how many drops of essential oil will I need?

You got it! 30 drops (3%) is 15–18 drops of essential oil per oz (30 ml).

Here’s a 3% essential oil Massage blend that never fails to ease my muscles after a long day.

Calm Muscles - Happy Muscles

  • 2 oz (60 ml) jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 16 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • 6 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita)
  • 6 drops Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
  • 8 drops Ravintsara essential oil (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1,8 cineole)

This sports Massage oil includes essential oils that are relaxing, cooling, soothing to inflammation, and healing to strained muscles.

If I'm blending for children, I'll use an even lower dilution.

1% is usually enough for children between five and 12 years old.

1% Dilution

  • 1 oz (30 ml) — 5 to 6 drops
  • 2 oz (60 ml) — 10 to 12 drops

And that’s how I adjust dilutions for kids, relaxation, and acute issues!

If you want to know even more about using essential oil blends for Massage, you can come to my FREE webinar, "Reduce Your Clients' Pain Using Aromatherapy." It's perfect for Massage Therapists, but you don't have to be a Massage Therapist to use all the recipes you'll learn at the webinar. I hope you'll attend!

Reduce Pain Using Essential Oils

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: aromatherapy for massage, Aromatherapy massage, Recipes and Blends, Massage and Essential oils, massage oil

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