While some essential oils can be used “neat” (without dilution), many do require dilution, especially when used on children, pregnant women, or people with sensitive skin. The most common way to dilute essential oils is to mix them with fractionated coconut oil. Sometimes this can get a little messy—especially when you’re on-the-go or applying oils to a wiggly child. We found a dilution solution by creating a thickened blend of carrier oils stored in a twist-up container: a dilution stick. This stick contains a formula of carrier oils that are good for sensitive skin and will remain solid at room temperature.
Our dilution stick recipe does not contain essential oils, so it can be used with any essential oil you need at the time. To use the stick, simply twist it up and rub it onto your skin before (or after) applying your essential oils.
If you have a favorite essential oil that you use frequently, you can also add it to the melted liquid before pouring the mixture into your containers. Or you can add the essential oil after pouring the carrier oil mixture into each container. Just be sure to stir the essential oil in with a toothpick or bamboo skewer before the mixture cools. A good dilution ratio is 1–2 drops per .15 oz. (4.25 g) of carrier oil mixture, or the following:
1–2 drops of essential oil for each Lip Balm Tube (.15 oz./4.25 g)
The following recipe fills at least 2 dilution sticks—1 large and 1 small. (Or make 1 round one and 2 small ones, or many little ones—any combination of containers totaling 3 oz.) Keep a big one at home and a small one in your purse or travel bag. That way, you’ll always have one when you need it!
Place the mango butter and beeswax in a double boiler on the stove over medium-low heat. You can create a double boiler by placing a glass measuring cup (containing the ingredients) in a pan filled with an inch or so of water.
Once the mango butter and beeswax are melted, reduce the heat to low, and add the coconut oil. When the coconut oil is melted, add the sweet almond oil, and remove boiler from heat. Continue stirring until all the oils have melted together.
Make sure your containers are clean and twisted all the way down. Pour the oil into your containers, and allow them to cool. You can place them in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.
To use, rub the stick over the skin before applying essential oils.
Refresh your wood cutting boards and spoons by rubbing a little coconut oil and lemon essential oil on them. The coconut oil helps season the wood, and the antibacterial properties in both the coconut oil and lemon essential oil help sanitize your kitchenware at the same time.
Have you noticed how difficult it is to open up a bottle of myrrh essential oil that hasn’t been used for a while? Because myrrh is a resin-based essential oil, it can get sticky as it oxidizes. When myrrh essential oil gets on the inside of the bottle cap, it can actually seal your bottle shut. We found a great way to prevent this from happening—coat the inside of the lid with fractionated coconut oil! To do this, just fill the cap with fractionated coconut oil so it covers everywhere inside. Then dump out the FCO, and screw the lid back on the bottle. No more sticky lid!
Extra Tip: If your lid is already sealed onto the bottle, you may want to have an extra lid on hand just in case you end up ruining your lid trying to get it off. Once you have the old cap and orifice reducer off, screw the new cap (with the new orifice reducer) on, and then remove the lid and coat it with fractionated coconut oil to prevent it from sticking again.
Do you get frustrated when you try to fill a capsule with essential oil and end up getting oil on the side of the capsule or accidentally pour in too many drops? A glass dropper top can make filling capsules a breeze! It fits inside the capsule opening and makes it easy to get a single drop out. Now you can get the right number of drops and never have to deal with a capsule-filling mess again!
Do you have an almost empty essential oil bottle, but you just can’t seem to get the last couple drops out? Make it into a freshening spray! Simply remove the cap and orifice reducer, add a couple drops of an emulsifier (such as Castile soap, vegetable glycerin, Epsom salt, or witch hazel), fill with distilled water, and screw on a small spray top. Shake to combine before using. Use as a body spray, air-freshening spray, linen spray, etc.
Need something that will leave you feeling refreshed even after being outside in the hot summer sun? These Frozen Eucalyptus Mint Towels could be just the thing you need. Not only are they cool to the touch, but the essential oils will help the cooling sensation last even longer on your skin and may help you feel energized as you breathe in the pleasant aroma. You could even try using them after a good workout!
These frozen towels are simple to make, and you may want to double or triple the recipe below so you can always have one in the freezer whenever you need one!
Step 1: Mix epsom salts and essential oils together. The epsom salts help the essential oils mix with the water so the oils will be distributed throughout all the washcloths you use rather than only being absorbed into the first towel.
Step 2: Add warm water, and stir until the salts are dissolved.
Step 3: Soak the washcloths in the water, and wring out the excess liquid.
Step 4: Fold each washcloth in half and roll it up.
Step 5: Place the washcloths in the freezer until frozen (about 2 hours).
Step 6: Enjoy the cooling sensation as you place the frozen washcloth anywhere on your skin! It will stay cool longer if you leave it rolled up and slowly unroll the towel as it thaws.
Kids will be kids and sometimes that means bubblegum doesn’t stay in the mouth. What do you do if your child gets bubblegum in their hair? Use essential oils! Simply rub a few drops of lemon oil on bubblegum to dissolve the gum and make it easier to remove.
Do your shoes give off a funny smell? This common problem can be resolved with the use of essential oils! Just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or oil blend to a diffuser pad or cotton ball and place one in each shoe. Leave overnight, and replace as needed.