Tuesday, June 11, 2019

DIY Essentil Oil Roller Bottle Guide

I have been loving essential oils for almost 20 years. We use them all the time around in our home, for healing, emotional support, first-aid, house cleaning and just the pleasure of the scent of them. I have always rubbed them on my body, diffused them, put them in my bath, put them in my tea and my food, but when I learned you could put them in a roller bottle and use them that way... well let me tell you that was the cherry on top! The person that first came up with the essential oil roller bottle, deserves some kind of metal  or at least a hug and a thank you from those of us that love them ("Thank you, whoever you are out there that thought these up!")  The first time I made essential oils roller bottles, I became addicted, and I think my family did too. Even my husband keeps a close eye on his roller bottles and ask for more when his are empty. The ease of making up a variety of remedies putting them into a bottle, taking them with you anywhere, and rolling them on with ease whenever you want them is what it's all about. 

So, I thought I'd share a quick DIY of how to make them, and I'll share a few of my favorite recipes with you at the end of the post. For this tutorial, I've included some fun little extras, that I have loved adding, such as dried flower petals and gemstone chips. You don't have to put them in of course, but they do add such a beautiful element to the bottle, and I imagine that there is some beneficial aspect to them as well.

What You Will Need:
  • Roller bottles
  • Essential Oils
  • Carrier Oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil)
  • Labels
  • Organic Dried Flower Petals, Flower Buds, Herbs Gemstone Chips, (optional)
  • Recipe Cards (optional)
Where you can get it:  Roller bottles, Carrier Oils, Labels,  Flower Petals and Buds, Gemstone Chips and Recipe Cards can all be ordered from Amazon or Etsy.  Look for good quality and organic ingredients when collecting what you need to go into the roller bottles; remember what goes onto your skin,  is absorbed by your body through the skin, you want it to be good quality and organic. I use Young Living Essential Oils, and have used them for almost 20 years now. I haven't found anything else that I like as well  Young Living Oils, as far as purity and quality. If you are interested in purchasing Young Living Oils, click the link here, or the link under the "Shop" Tab under my header.


  1. Gather your supplies and ingredients, and place everything on flat workspace.
  2. Decide on the recipe or purpose for your roller bottle, and if you don't have one yet, pick an appropriate name for it.
  3. Choose your label and apply it to the bottle: I like to apply the label first, so that I am applying it onto a clean surface, whereas when applying it at the end, there is sometimes oil on the outside of bottle, and the label may not stick as well.
  4. Add any natural elements to the bottle that you want to add, such as flower petals, buds, dried herbs or gemstone chips.
  5. Add essential oils.
  6. Top off the remaining space with the carrier oil.
  7. Place the roller bottle top into the opening in the bottle, and press until it is firmly in place. (Sometimes screwing on the bottle lid will finish securing the roller top).
  8. Shake bottle well, to distribute and mix the oils evenly.
  9. Roll on the bottom of feet, arms, legs, wrists, neck, back of the neck, back of the head and under chin, spinal cord, hips, or where ever you want it.
  10. Enjoy!


  • Keep a recipe book or recipe cards and a pen at hand, so that you can write down any recipes that you come up with; then you have a record of what you have made, and if you like it, you can make it again, or share it with someone. 

  • Put your bottle into a "holder" of some sort, while you are adding oils, so that it will stay secure, and you don't accidentally dump it when it is almost full (yes, I have done that). I have found that the styrofoam that most of the bottle companies send their bottles in, is a perfect tool to hold the bottle when your adding oils to it. Another thing that works, is a small make up organizer that has lipstick compartments in it (you can find these at the dollar store).

    Any variety of labels will work nicely; be creative, make it attractive. For some labels, you can write the name of your recipe, and some you can order with the names already printed. I've used all kinds.

    You'll be able to see from this post the variety of bottles that can be found; My eyes light up any time I see a new bottle to try, and have fun collecting various styles, even my daughters have had fun helping me collect them.

    Adding some lovely natural elements such as gem stones, organic dried flower petals, buds, herbs to your roller bottle really enhances your bottle, adding one more dimension to the roller bottle; the therapy of creating something beautiful.

    Step by Step

    1.     Choose a bottle, recipe and a label.

    2.   Apply the label.

    So pretty isn't it?

    3.  Choose a natural element you would like to add. (Optional)

    4.   Add them into the bottle.

    5.   Place the bottle into something that will hold it and keep it from tipping over (optional).  Add essential oils.

    6.  Use a little funnel or a dropper for the carrier oil (these often come with the roller bottles).

    7.   With your carrier oil, fill the bottle to the base of the neck of the bottle.

    8.   Place the roller top into the opening of the bottle and press to seal.  You can screw the lid firmly over the top and onto the bottle to help seal the roller top. 

    9.  Roll on the bottom of feet, arms, legs, wrists, neck, back of the neck, back of the head and under chin, spinal cord, hips, or where ever you want it.



    For 10 of my favorite roller bottle recipes, click here

    Good quality essential oils like Young Living Essential Oils can be safely applied topically, directly onto the skin (neat). Some oils, such as  Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon, Clove, Lemongrass, Thieves and Exodus are be best diluted with a carrier oil, because they are considered hot oils, and can cause a strong warming or heating sensation when applied directly.  Using a roller bottle, is a perfect way to pre-blend any oils, as well diluting them to your preference level. Below is a dilution chart, that shows you how many drops make up how much of a percentage of a 10 ML bottle.

                    Suggested Dilutions for a 10  ml roller bottle 
    • For babies zero to 1 years old: 10 - 20 drops essential oils into roller bottle, finished off with carrier oil; this is 5% to 10% dilution
    • For babies and children 2 to 6 years old: 20 -50 drops essential oils into roller bottle, finished off with carrier oil; this is a 10% to 25% dilution rate.
    • For Children 7 to 11 years old: 50- 100 drops essential oils into roller bottle, finished with carrier oil; this is 25%to 50% dilution rate.

    • For 11 years old to Adult: 100 -200 drops essential oils into roller bottle, this is 50% to 100% dilution rate, finished off with carrier oil.
    • For Hot Oils: 50 - 100 drops essential oils into the roller bottle, finished off with a carrier oil; this is a 25% to 50% dilution rate.

    Dilution Totals for a 10 ML Bottle
    A percentage to the amount of drops you use
    75%    =   150 drops
    50%    =   100 drops
    25 %   =     50 drops
    10%    =     20 drops
    05%    =     10 drops
    03%    =       6 drops

    My Little Essential Oils Directory
    Adrenal Support:
    Black Spruce, Lavender, Nutmeg, Frankincense, Geranium, Rosemary, EndoFlex/blend
    Lavender, Valor/blend
    Bergamot, Chamomile, 
    PeaceandCalming/blend, Gentle Baby/blend
    Fever Reducer: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Angelica
    Muscle Ease Marjoram, Cypress, Lavender, Wintergreen, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Valor/blend, Copaiba, Black Spruce, Black Pepper 

    Thyroid Support: Endoflex Blend,  
     Black Spruce, Frankincense, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Spearmint
    Tea Tree, 
    Lemon, Grapefruit, Orange, Purification/blend, Bergamot, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Thieves/blend, Lavender, 
    Black Pepper, Myrrh, Frankincense, Cinnamon, Clove
    Cold, Cough and Flu Relief: 
    Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Oregano,
    R.C. /blend
    Focus:   Peppermint, Frankincense, Bergamot  
    Hair and Scalp Support: Rosemary, Sage, Clary Sage, Cedarwood
    Pain & Inflamation Relief: Peppermint, Copaiba, Wintergreen, Valor Blend
    Tummy Relief: Digize Blend, Ginger, Peppermint, Fennel, Marjoram, Black Pepper, Angelica

    Copaiba, Wintergreen, Marjoram, 
    Valor/blend, Cypress, Black Spruce, Black Pepper
    Colic Relief: Fennel, 
    Digize/blend, Lavender, 

    *See dilution chart for babies.
    Headache Relief: Peppermint, Wintergreen, Lavender, Chamomile

    Hormone Balance and Support:
    ForMen: Sandlewood,  
    Skin Support: Lavender, Geranium, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Sacred Sandalwood, Black Spruce,
    Grapefruit, Bergamot,  
    White Angelica/blend
    HighestPotential/blend, Joy/blend, 
    Ylang Ylang, 
    Black Spruce
    Brain Support:
    Clary Sage

    Breathe: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Cypress, Peppermint, Black Spruce
    Cuts, Scrapes, Bug Bites: Melaleuca 
    Tea Tree, 
    Manuka, Helichrysm, Lavender, Rosemary, 
    Immune Support: Oregano, Thyme, 
    Clove, Thieves/Blend, Melaleuca, Lemon, Longevity/blend, Frankincense, Black Spruce
    Cedarwood, Lavender, Valor/blend, Bergamot, Marjoram, Vetiver, Sandlewood, Chamomile
    Weight Loss Support: Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Ginger  

    Women Hormone Balance and Support : 
    Clary Sage, 
    Thyme, Dragontime/blend, 
    Lavender, Progessence/blend


    1. I can't believe all the information here Mom! And the bottles are so pretty!! Thank you thank you, for sharing!! I will be back here often!!!

    2. This is so interesting. I haven't dared plunge into the oil world but this sure is helpful. Thanks for sharing.

    3. Is it true your suppose to let it sit for two weeks before using it?
      I heard that once your finished making it and adding the herbs at the end your suppose to let it sit for two weeks?

    4. No need to let it sit. It is ready to go.