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Last month I wrote about diffusing essential oils, which is one of my favorite ways to use them.  I am a big believer in the positive impact that smells can have on our physical and mental health simply because I’ve seen how they work for me.  (Here’s an article on that if you’re interested)

But today I wanted to share another way that we often use essential oils in our family.  I make roller bottles of diluted oils so that it is easier and faster for us to use them topically.


I make roller bottles of essential oils for several reasons.  First, it dilutes the essential oil which has a two fold benefit.  My essential oils last longer when they diluted and it also means that I can safely use them on our skin.  Rather than diluting it before each use, it’s nice to have a roller bottle I can grab and use without thinking about it or making a mess.  This is especially important since when you’re using essential oils with children.  Essential oils are ridiculously strong!  They say that one DROP of a peppermint essential oil is equal to 26-28 CUPS of peppermint tea.  Making a diluted roller bottle means that we can use these oils for Hadden easily and don’t have to stop and think about diluting each time we use it.

Secondly, I make roller bottles because it allows me to take oils with me on the go.  I have a nice wooden box that holds all my bottles of oils at home, but it would be bulky and messy to try to carry those with me for daily use or on trips.  The roller bottles fit nicely into a small pouch that I keep in my purse which means I always have access to my favorite oils!

Here’s my process for making roller bottles:

Making Your Own Roller Bottles -- WHAT YOU'LL NEED


Essential Oils
I have used doTERRA essential oils exclusively since I first started using EOs and I’m happy with their products.

Carrier Oil

A carrier oil is basically a neutral oil that you use to dilute the essential oil.  If you do a quick Google search you’ll learn that there are many different oils that can be used as a carrier oil.  Some of these you can order online and others can be picked up at your local grocery store.  I use doTERRA’s Fractionated Coconut Oil which has worked great for me.

Roller Bottles

I bought these off of Amazon and they have worked well for me.  It comes in three piece: the bottle, the roller, and the cap and it was very easy to snap on the roller once I filled the bottle.


doTERRA sells a whole sheet of labels for only $0.50 and it even includes some blank ones so you can label a blend you created.  These fit nicely on the end of the bottles so that’s what I like to use.


  • Start by washing and drying your roller bottle
  • Add drops of the essential oil.
    • I wish that I could give you an easy ration for mixing essential oils with carrier oils, but it really depends on WHAT essential oil you are using and WHO you are planning to use it on.  Some essential oils are safe to be used on the skin directly so they do not need to be diluted as much.  Others are too strong for the skin and need to heavily diluted.  If you’re planning to use them on children, someone with sensitive skin or on someone who is pregnant, you will also need to dilute them more than you normally would.  As a very general guideline, plan on using 3-5 drops of an essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil.  I often reference this page in my doTERRA catalog that gives guidelines for how diluted each oil needs to be and make my calculations based off of that.
  • Fill the bottle the rest of the way up with your carrier oil.
  • Add roller to the top of the bottle.
  • Label bottle and use!

Two of my favorite oils to have in roller bottles are the Breathe blend and Peppermint.  Hadden gets quite carsick on trips and peppermint is an excellent remedy to an upset stomach.  Since the oils are already diluted, I can pull out a roller bottle of peppermint and rub a little on his belly or his wrists to quickly calm his stomach.  I love having the Breathe blend ready to use because it’s great for congestion in the winter.  We rub it on our chests and our feet before bed.

If you’re looking for more ideas about how to use essential oils, check out my Pinterest board!

  • What are your favorite ways to use essential oils?
  • Do you have any tips for making your own blends?
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