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.

  • 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:

  • 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!


I will never forget the day I knew I wanted to teach Aromatherapy.

At the time, I was running a Massage Therapy school with Cindy Black. We used carrier oils at the school, but I had not focused much on essential oils.

Then one day, I noticed a beautiful catalogue for a new essential oil company, and decided to order some of their oils. When the oils arrived, I used a bit of my new Roman Chamomile in jojoba to massage some tension out of my belly—the tension calmed almost immediately!

I knew then that I had to study these amazing oils more in depth, and that I wanted to teach others about their beautiful effects. I started Aromahead Institute in 1998, and it has changed my life in wonderful ways!

If you have ever taught Aromatherapy, I’m sure you can relate . . .

  • Teaching others about essential oils and making natural products is one of the sweetest joys in life!
  • It’s so heartwarming to hear feedback from students who have improved their health, or the health of family or friends, with what you’ve taught them about essential oils.
  • It’s fun to be able to make your own work schedules as you plan classes!
  • You can even travel to new locations to reach more people.
  • The relationships you form while teaching Aromatherapy can last a lifetime—there are so many beautiful people involved in Aromatherapy, and all of them love essential oils as much as you!
  • Using essential oils in your career is deeply fulfilling.

Right now is a wonderful time for Aromatherapy teachers. Essential oils are becoming very popular, and people want to learn about them from reliable sources. The need for well-informed teachers who can share research-based information about the oils is very high. This means that in addition to having a big impact on students, Aromatherapy teachers can also have a big impact on the profession and the way it is growing!

So keep learning about essential oils and sharing what you know!


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