Essential Oils: Dilutions & Doses

For many people, the term “essential oil” is familiar, but their purpose and use oftentimes is associated with an unconventional and progressive way of healing. However, essential oils were one of the first forms of medicine used by man. Thousands of years ago, ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilizations harnessed their powerful healing properties to aide in relief of common diseases and mental ailments.

Today, essential oils remain a prominent form of physical and emotional therapy in the natural world. Proper application and use of essential oils can at times be an overwhelming process. Who makes the best oils? How do I know what is high quality? Should I buy local? Should I buy organic? And how do I use them? In this article, we will show you where to find affordable, high quality essential oils (locally!) and offer a plethora of simple, everyday uses.

First, let’s talk about quality. Unlike the Egyptians, we have many different essential oil companies to pick from. With that, comes a wide variety of philosophies, methods, and consequently, qualities. So how do you choose? Luckily for Minnesotans, we have a local essential oil company, Wyndmere Naturals, located right in Minnetonka, MN.

Wyndmere Naturals is committed to quality, and they do this by starting from the source. Unlike many companies, they never source based on the cheapest price. Rather, they choose plants that are flourishing in their natural habitat. From there, they ensure proper harvest, and the extraction is done by skilled distillers. Whenever possible, they source indigenous plants that are pesticide free and either grown organically or sustainably wild-crafted  They package all of their oils in cobalt blue glass bottles that preserve their potency. They never use synthetic fillers or dilute with cheaper oils, which hinder the effectiveness and integrity of the oils. From start to finish, the oils are treated with care and compassion, aiming to provide consumers with a high quality product at an affordable price. You can find Wyndmere products (including single note essential oils, Synergistic oil blends, soaps, lotions and hydrosols) at your local Fresh and Natural Foods in the Wellness Department.

Use the dosing, dilution and measurement tables below to find out how to properly apply essential oils based on your use!

Bath: 3-15 drops in tub
Compress: 5 drops per cup of water
Cream/Lotion: 3-6 drops per ounce of cream/lotion] Facial Clay: 3 drops per tablespoon prepared clay (water already added)
Foot Bath: 5-10 drops per quart of water
Nebulizer: 5-10 drops per 4 ounces of water
Inhalant: 3-5 drops per bowl of hot water
Liniment: 15-18 drops per ounce of carrier oil
Massage: 10 drops per ounce of carrier oil
Mouthwash: 1-2 drops per ¼ cup of water
Perfume: 1 drop for fragrance alone or 5 drops per ¼ cup of Organic Vodka
Room Spray: 20 drops per 4 ounces of water (shake before using!)
Salve: 12-24 drops per 2 ounces of salve
For further questions on the benefits and application of essential oils, please ask one of our Fresh and Natural Foods Wellness Staff members!

Block, Robin, and Cyndi Trachy. “Wyndmere Naturals: About Us.” Wyndmere Naturals. Wyndmere Naturals, Inc., 2005. Web. 10 Feb. 2013. <>.
Karol, Barb. “Essential Oil Basics.” Telephone interview. 22 Jan. 2013.
“Pure Essential Oil.” Pure Essential Oil. Frontier Natural Products Co-op, 2012. Web. 10 Feb. 2013. <>.

Author: Fresh & Natural

5 comments on “Essential Oils: Dilutions & Doses

  1. Reg says:

    On Wyndmere’s website it says that essential oils should not be taken internally, but doesn’t really give a good explanation, just says that the oils are “very concentrated”. But so is vitamin E if you take a supplement. I know plenty of people that take oils internally (they use different brands), and I know a doctor who specializes in essential oils, and he takes oils internally too. Obviously not all oils are ok for internal consumption, but a lot of them are, and even considered GRAS by FDA. There are a lot of people that swear by oregano oil when it comes to cold and flue, and they take it internally (either in a diluted form or put it in a capsule and swallow). So when a company says, “our oil is pure”, but then says, “do NOT take it internally”, makes me doubt the purity right there.

    • Danielle says:

      We have talked to Wyndmere about this and wanted to write about it but it is a very controversial point. I will try to get a comment regarding yours. Expect a follow -up soon. Thanks for the reply.

    • ann says:

      I have been using Wyndmere essential oils for years and have always been very happy with their quality. In fact, they sell and use them at many of the hospitals here in town. I just saw them a week ago when I was at Park Nicollet in St. Louis Park at the Pharmacy! I don’t think they would be offering and using them on patients if they did not believe in their purity.
      I have read from many sources over the years and looked at many reputable essential oil company websites and they all advise the dilution of essential oils because they are highly concentrated. Check out the AIA; Alliance of International Aromatherapists website they promote the responsible use of aromatherapy; they suggest the external application of essential oils only and to avoid contact with eyes and mucus membranes. If you or I want to take oregano buy a supplement which is made for internal use and leave the pill making to the professionals. I have found that diluting oregano oil in a lotion or jojoba and applying to the bottoms of my feet is very effective for colds and flu.
      Have you ever searched the web and read the blogs about some of these essential oil companies that are big into ingesting….lots of controversy! No thanks, I will stay with the mainstream as a consumer.

      • Reg says:

        As far as hospital pharmacy selling it, they sell what ever sells, not because they “believe” it’s pure. It is supply/demand kind of world, not a fairy tale. Hospitals also like to feed jello to their patients, which is full of artificial colors and flavors, so why would they seek out the oil without any contaminants? And I am not saying that Wyndmere’s oil is bad or doesn’t work, I am just questioning the purity.

        • Danielle says:

          The following is Wyndmere Quality Standards:

          “To ensure that our oils are of the highest quality, they undergo a variety of tests which include: optical rotation, refractive index, specific gravity, gas liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC/MS). These tests are done by an independent testing source and not by Wyndmere staff to ensure their integrity.

          We import from growers who have been in business for over 25 years and whose oils are used in hospitals, hospices and by professional aromatherapists. We also make every effort to obtain oils which are indigenous and/or grown organically, ethically wild-crafted or pesticide free.

          Our customers include health food stores, spas, medical spas, clinics, pharmacies,hospitals, hospices, assisted living facilities, and professional aromatherapists. We provide our customers with as much information as possible. Our labeling provides the common name, the botanical name and the country of origin, method of extraction and plant parts used.

          We also have available upon request Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and Certificate of Analysis (GC/MS testing).

          Wyndmere is a USDA Certified Organic facility, offering the highest quality USDA Certified Organic essential oils.

          The company further released the following statements in regards to the questions and concerns to Fresh & Natural:

          1. Wyndmere essential oils are for external use only. Promoting any essential oils for internal use is not only dangerous as most lay people would not know how to use them properly (for example because of their concentrated nature, many are mucous membrane irritants) but more importantly, any company that promotes internal use of essential oils must comply with the FDA supplements requirements. Wyndmere is not a supplement company. Our products are all considered cosmetics and body care and thus we fully comply with the FDA’s rules and regulations on marketing safe cosmetics and body care items. Any reader who is told essential oils can be used internally needs to perform their due diligence and find out if the marketer of such oils has obtained proper FDA approval to be marketed as a SUPPLEMENT.

          2. Quality: Gras is not a standard of quality. It means “generally regarded as safe” and refers to food and food additives. If you go onto the FDA Web site or , you will better understand that GRAS is not only applicable to food and food additives but is not a quality standard for essential oils. In the United States, the only such quality standard for Organic Essential Oils is the USDA which will give proper certification upon a company’s completion of rigorous procedures and policies which must be kept up-to-date. Once the certification is obtained by an USDA approved Organic Certifier, the USDA seal may be displayed on the label but has to also disclose who the certifier is. Wyndmere offers USDA certified organic essential oils (certified by Midwest Organic Services Assn.).

          3. Purity of essential oils is best measured by an INDEPENDENT third party that has the very expensive equipment to perform gas liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Wyndmere Naturals randomly tests batches of oils using this method.

          If you wish to learn more about Wyndmere products, please contact the VP of sales at

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