how many drops of essential oil in a ml

by Sarah B.

I'm trying to make my own bath products, etc.

There was a handy measurement table in an aromatherapy book I had once, but I didn't write it down. Can you tell me how many drops of essential oil in a ml?

Thank You

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Nov 14, 2010
20 ml per drop
by: Liani W

Hi Sarah,

According to Penny from Birch Hill Company,
The Aromatherapy standard is 20 drops per ml of essential oil, But of course, this all depends on the thickness of an oil.

The thicker the oil the less drops per ml and the thinner the oil the more drops per ml.

Example for thicker oils, Patchouli and sandalwood have a tendency to become larger on the end of a pipette. While thinner oils, all citrus oils, produce a much smaller drop and drip off more quickly, resulting in many more drops per ml.

There is no way of knowing what your dropper is going to give you when it comes to actual counts, unless you sit down and experiment with each essential oil and the dropper you are going to use.

The only thing I can say is when you have the pipette/dropper in hand you will need to measure out 1 ml provided your pipette is graduated (marked) and then suck 1 ml up in the dropper. Then you will have to count the drops. this will give you an actual number.


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