What is “neat” application?
“Neat” is applying an oil topically without carrier oil. Some pure therapeutic grade essential oils can be applied neat, but until you know how you respond to a particular oil, apply it diluted 1:1 with a carrier oil and watch for skin redness or discomfort. When in doubt, check the label for dilution recommendations. You should always do your own research and be aware of any precautions.
What about dilution for kids?
Oils can be used topically on babies beginning at 6 months of age. For them, the best place to apply is soles of their feet. Here are some dilution suggestions. Go low and slow, you can always add more carrier, but you cannot take away EO’s. Here are some suggested dilutions: