Anxiety & Frazzled Nerves

Oils
Benzoin, bergamot, cedar, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, helichrysum, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, orange, palmarosa, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver, ylang ylang

 

 

Homemade oatmeal bath with lavender and chamomile for dry, problem skin

This super-nourishing homemade oatmeal bath recipe will soothe and moisturize dry, irritated or problem skin. Oatmeal, chamomile and lavender reduce dryness, itchiness and inflammation - a winner for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and extreme acne.

This is also a good recipe to use if you (or your kids) have a sunburn or a rash. Keep in mind that serious burns and rashes should see a doctor. Oatmeal is great for any type of itchiness because it soothes irritated skin while drawing out toxins.

In addition to healing your skin, this gentle aromatherapy bath recipe calms your nerves, quiets your mind and makes you pleasantly drowsy - the perfect choice for a pre-bedtime bath!

Homemade Oatmeal Bath Recipe

Ingredients
2 cups Rolled Oats
3 tablespoons Chamomile flowers
3 tablespoons Lavender flowers
4 drops Chamomile essential oil
4 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Palmarosa essential oil

Directions
Use your blender or clean coffee grinder to grind the oats to a coarse powder. Combine them in a large bowl with the chamomile and lavender flowers.

Drop in the essential oils, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the mixture. Use a stainless steel spoon to gently stir everything together.

Place the herbal bath tea mixture in a dark glass or PET plastic jar.

Cap the jar and let it sit for at least 24 hours before using to let the aroma 'cure' (longer is better.)

To use your homemade oatmeal bath, scoop a few spoonfuls into a small organza or muslin drawstring bag. Fill about half full - it will expand in the water.

If you don't have a bag, put a few spoonfuls into the center of a square of double thickness cheesecloth, pull the edges together and tie it closed with a string.

To get the most benefit from your aromatherapy bath recipe, boil a kettle of water, then steep the bag in a bowl of very hot water for 10 minutes or so. (Yes, you're making herbal tea for your bath!)

Pour the liquid into your bathwater BEFORE YOU GET IN then check the temperature to make sure the bath water is not too hot. Drop the herbal bag in the water, slide in and relax for 20 minutes.

Rub the bag over your skin - it will feel slippery. This is the mucilage from the oats, and it's extremely nourishing for your skin. It also gets rid of redness and itching.

For a truly luxurious bath, add a tablespoon of aromatherapy carrier oil to extra-moisturize your skin.

 

A soothing recipe for making bath salts...
sweet aromatherapy stress reduction

Come back to your happy place with this uplifting orange & lavender aromatherapy bath salt recipe.

Nerves, tension and stress melt away as these relaxing homemade bath salts balance your nervous system (and your mood swings.)

Bergamot and sweet orange are extensively used in aromatherapy for depression because they lift mood and ease tension, stress, anxiety, fear and anger. Lavender soothes and calms the nerves, relieving tension, panic and nervous exhaustion. The ultimate nerve-soothing combination!

This recipe for making bath salts is especially good for oily, acne-prone skin because it cleanses skin, reduces oil production and gently heals blemished skin.

Tension Tamer Bath Salt Recipe

Ingredients
2 cups Epsom Salt OR Dead Sea Salt
1 cup Sea Salt
1/2 cup Baking Soda
6 drops Bergamot essential oil
6 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil

Optional: 6 drops red, 4 drops yellow food coloring

Directions
Mix salt and baking soda together in a bowl using a metal spoon (a wooden spoon will absorb the essential oils and be ruined.)

Drop in the essential oils and food coloring, placing each drop in its own little spot on top of the salts. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

Store mixture in a dark glass or PET plastic jar. Let cure at least 24 hours before using.

Use about one cup of salts per bath. This bath salt recipe makes enough for three baths.

 

Aromatherapy Stress Reduction Recipe:
Make Your Own Inhaler

This nifty little aromatherapy stress remedy is great because you can carry it in your bag or keep it in your desk (keep an extra one in your car - it's great for road rage!) and use it whenever you need a time-out.

Pour a teaspoon of coarse sea salt in a very small dark glass or PET plastic bottle and add:

10 drops Bergamot essential oil
4 drops Lavender essential oil
4 drops Orange essential oil
1 drop Rose Geranium essential oil
1 drop Ylang Ylang OR Chamomile essential oil

To use, take three long, slow, deep breaths of the aroma. Take a short break, then take three more deep breaths. Do this three times to get some serious aromatherapy stress relief.