How to make a roller blend with essential oils

Roller blends are great for their convenience and ease of use. There are some blends you will find you use frequently or want to have ready to use. It is so much faster to grab the roller blend all ready to use and roll it on.

It is also convenient to have your favorite blends pre-diluted according to who you are using them on. For example, on pets and small children we want to dilute at a 1% - 2% dilution rate. What this means is for every 1 drop of essential oil we would need to add 100 drops of essential oil to make a 1% dilution blend.

What I do is I will dilute the roller for adult strength and if I use it on a small child I will add fractionated coconut oil to dilute it further. But, I do not have small children anymore. If you have small children in your home it may be easier to make your rollers child strength. They will work great on adults too!

If you are just starting out using essential oils - start slow. Essential oils support our bodies best when we use less and consistently. Consistency is key!

Let's do some math

How are you at math? Don't worry! With the charts below the math is done for you.

This can feel confusing at first. But it is pretty straight forward once you understand it. The dilution chart below shows the number of essential oil drops per carrier oil for the dilution rate you want to achieve. There are appx. 160 drops in a 10ml roller.

These are recommended amounts. Use common sense and listen to your body. Experienced essential oil users will use more oils but this is after they have used an oil for a while and know their own tolerance for the oil they are using.

Safety Tip

If you experience any discomfort add a carrier oil to your skin. A carrier oil is a vegetable based oil such as coconut oil, jojoba, argan oil, olive, etc... This will reduce that discomfort by slowing down the absorption of the essential oil into the skin. Water will not help because oil and water don't mix.

Fractionated coconut oil is my favorite carrier oil. It is simply coconut oil with some of the fats removed so that it stays in a liquid state. The reason I love it is because it doesn't stain my clothes, doesn't smell and absorbs nicely into my skin.

Citrus oils should not be used topically within 12 hours of going in the sun. They may cause a photosensitivity reaction.

Essential oils that may cause sensitivity and should always be diluted are: Oregano, Clove, Thyme, Lemongrass, Cinnamon and Cassia.

How to make a roller blend with essential oils review:

  1. Look at your recipe and the essential oil drops required.
  2. Reference the dilution guide to determine the dilution rate you want to achieve.
  3. Most recipes are for an average adult so you may have to cut the recipe down. Example - I am making a calming roller for my pet. The guide above says to use a maximum of 6 drops of essential oil in a 10ml roller. My recipe calls for 20 drops of Lavender. I am going to reduce the essential oil maximum to 6 drops and fill the rest with a carrier oil.

Remember! Less is more and consistency is key. Essential oils are concentrated and potent. One drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea.

Are you using Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils?

Essential oils are not all created equal. I trust doTERRA essential oils because they are third party tested to ensure purity and potency. I know with every drop I get consistent results because there is nothing added or taken away. They are just pure essential oils.

To get started with doTERRA essential oils and make these recipes I recommend starting with the Healthy Start Kit or Healthy Essentials Kit.  Purchase at

I hope you will have fun making roller blends and experimenting. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me at

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