What are the recommended dosage and dilution amounts?

The appropriate dosage for topical use of essential oils is different for each individual and should be tailored to their personal circumstances. Every oil is different as well. The age and size of an individual are the biggest considerations as is the individual’s overall health status. It’s best to use smaller amounts more often than greater amounts less often. You want to start with the lowest amount that makes sense and then increase the dose as needed to achieve the desired outcome. A topical dose of essential oils can be repaid every 20 minutes in an acute situation or every 2 to 6 hours as needed otherwise.

Here’s a handy dilution guide for topical application:


The best dosage for aromatic use is smaller doses implemented multiple times throughout the day. It is best to avoid having infants and young children inhale oils at a close distance, as it is harder to determine the dosage.

The recommended dosage for internal use should always be adjusted for a person’s age, size, and health status. A common internal dose for an adult is 1 to 5 drops of essential oil every 1 or 2 or 6 hours (depending on the oils selected), but preferably no more than 25 drops divided into doses in a 24-hour period. This methodology allows the body, especially the liver, time to process each dosage. For extended internal use, a lower daily dose is advised. Always consult a healthcare professional if you’re unsure.

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