Dilution rate for body massage.

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Dilution rate for body massage.

Postby Space_bunny1 on Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:17 pm

Hello, I am a bit stuck on one of my questions in my study.

A basic dilution rate for a body massage is recommended to be:

A. One drop essential oil to 2 mls of carrier oil

B. One drop essential oil to 5 mls of carrier oil

C. Two drops essential oil to 2 mls of carrier oil

D. One drop essential oil to 10 mls of carrier oil


I am thinking its A or D. But not to sure . Can anyone help? I know it should be between 2-5% for a body massage. But my maths is when sorting out percentages is not that great.
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Postby EgoMagickian on Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:08 pm

Just curious... where is that study question for/what's it from?
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Postby Space_bunny1 on Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:16 pm

Its just a question in my course work book for Aromatherapy foundations.

w w w.cengage.edu.au/health-well-being/aromatherapy-foundations
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Postby Space_bunny1 on Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:30 am

After hunting through all my text books I have found that

.......the answer is A and its actually 1-3% for a body massage essential oil to carrier oil. Doh silly me.
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Postby AngEngland on Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:19 am

What does that translate into in ounces?

*laughing*

Just curious.

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Postby EgoMagickian on Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:50 pm

Don't different droppers make different size drops? And different oils will produce different size drops out of the same size dropper bottles? So isn't measuring in drops actually ineffective, unless you know the volume per drop of each oil/bottle combo you use?
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Dilution and measurements

Postby ALMT on Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:44 pm

Josh, I suspect you're right. However, I found this helpful info at:
http://www.naturesgift.com/methods.htm

Methods of Application
Pure essential oils have a wide range of therapeutic benefits. The method applied can effect the results you receive. First of all, please remember that almost no essential oil should be applied neat (undiluted) to the skin. "Normal dilution" is 2.5%, ie, 15 drops of the essential oil or synergistic blend to one ounce of carrier oil. Less is more when we speak of these powerful healing essences.

How to achieve a specific dilution:
For one fluid ounce (600 drops) of carrier oil:
1% of 600 = 6 drops
2% of 600 = 12 drops
2.5% of 600 = 15 drops
5% of 600 = 30 drops OR 1.5 ml
10% of one oz = 60 drops OR 3 ml

Measurements/conversions (volume)
30 ml = 1 fl oz = 600 drops = 2 tablespoons full
15 ml = 1/2 oz = 300 drops = 1 tablespoon full
5 ml = 1/6 oz = 100 drops = 1 teaspoon
1 ml = 1/30th oz = 20 drops = 1/5 teaspoon


Hope that helps!
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Postby Naturesgift on Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:26 am

2.5% may be a bit strong if using for a full body massage...actually it's a good dilution for topical use to one portion of the body... "where it hurts" and then switch to a weaker or totally unscented version for the rest of the body.

Another option, if what you are seeking to achieve is, let's say, simple relaxation or stress relief, you'll find it just as effective to put a drop of the appropriate oil in the cushion, where the client will be inhaling it, and use an unscented lotion for the massage.

The oils work most effectively by inhalation. Now, if you are, for example, working on a spasmed muscle, you'd want to use the anti-spasmodics topically.
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