How to Make Roller Bottles | Diluting Essential Oils

How to Make Roller Bottles | Diluting Essential Oils

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To make a roller bottle you want to add your essential oils of choice and then top off with a carrier oil.  Depending on who you are making the roller bottle for will depend how many drops you will need.


This chart is based on using a 10mL roller bottle.

Newborn-6 months: 1-2 drops

6 months- 2 years: 1-3 drops

2 -5 years: 2-5 drops

5-12 years: 5-10 drops

13 and up: 15-20 drops


Carrier oils are what you add to your essential oil to dilute it. This is a must when using essential oils on children, elderly, or anyone with sensitive skin.  Diluting  essential oils reduces the concentration of the essential oil without altering its therapeutic benefits.  Their are several options when it comes to carrier oils, here is a list of the most common carrier oils pros and cons.

Fractioned Coconut Oil- FCO is my favorite carrier oil because it is a very light oil and has many health benefits.  FCO is different from regular coconut oil because it stays liquid.  It prevents oxidation making it effective for extending the shelf life of your essential oils.
Coconut Oil- Coconut oil solidifies at 75 degrees so this one is not a good option to add to your roller bottles.  Coconut oil is great to used in homemade salves and when you are trying to cover a larger surface area with your essential oils.  For example, if you are experiencing back pain add 2-5 drops of peppermint essential oil to 1/4 cup coconut oil and massage it into the back.
Grape Seed Oil- This oil is popular in the culinary world and a very popular carrier oil for essential oil users.  GSO is a favorite carrier oil because of its light texture, leaves little residue on the skin, and has wound healing properties.
Avocado Oil- Studies describe avocado oil as a superfood and the best option for oil to use while cooking.  It is very hydrating and an excellent moisturizer for dry skin.  However, avocado oil is very “oily” and thick so it will leave behind a thicker residue than some of the other options.
Jojoba Oil- Jojoba oil has a mild smell so when it is mixed with essential oils you will smell the essential oil over the jojoba oil. I find that jojoba oil doesn’t stain clothes like other oils can making it a good carrier oil option, especially for kids.  Jojoba penetrates the skin well and is a great option for anyone with ultra sensitive skin.
Sweet Almond Oil-  This oil has a slightly sweet and nutty aroma.  It has a medium consistency and known for its moisturizing properties.  This oil can cause skin irritation to anyone with a nut allergy.
Olive Oil- Olive oil is my least favorite out of all the carrier oils for two main reasons, smell and texture.  Olive oil has a very distinct smell that taste fabulous on chicken and in salad dressing but I don’t prefer the scent on my skin.  It is also a very thick oil making it harder to get out of roller bottles and leaving behind an oily film.  On the flip side, olive oil is high in antioxidants and very healing to dry patchy skin.  Like coconut oil, olive oil makes a better homemade salve rather than a roller bottle.

Immune Support 

5 drops frankincense

5 drops wild orange

3 drops oregano

3 drops melaleuca

Add essential oils to 10mL roller bottle and top off with carrier oil. Roll on the bottom feet, wrists, and down the spine to boost the immune system.

Respiratory Blend

5 drops eucalyptus

5 drops peppermint

5 drops lime

2 drops lemon

Add essential oils to 10mL roller bottle and top off with carrier oil. Roll on the chest, bridge of nose, and bottom of feet to open up airways and promote clear breathing.

Calming Blend

5 drops lavender

4 drops vetiver

3 drops roman chamomile

2 drops cedarwood

Add essential oils to 10mL roller bottle and top off with carrier oil. Roll on the pulse points to promote feeling of relaxation.

Energy Blend

6 drops wild orange

6 drops lemon

5 drops bergamot

2 drops peppermint

Add essential oils to 10mL roller bottle and top off with carrier oil. Roll on the pulse points for a natural energy boost.

These are the blends I use most often in my home.  If you are making them for a child you can dilute them as needed.

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