Feeling overworked or overstressed? Try these great holistic recipes for diffusers, scrubs, baths, and sprays to naturally relax your tired body and mind.
Hello again! Natural and holistic recipes have been a big thing in my life because of my allergy to man-made chemicals. I can’t use perfumes, lotions, or anything with man-made chemicals. So, none of those stress relief lotions you can find in stores! So how does Julie unwind after a long, stressful day? Well, I have a few recipes for you today for baths, scrubs, lotions, and even blends to drop in a diffuser to fill your nostrils with relaxing smells, and calm you down, naturally! Most of this stuff you might possibly have on hand already, if you are a natural junkie like me. If not, I’m also going to list places where you can find all of the ingredients I list as cheaply as I can find it, or give you an alternative!
Lavender Bath Salts: I love this bath salt recipe. I sometimes tweak the recipe a bit, adding powdered milk or oats to it, but the traditional recipe is also fantastic. This also makes a really pretty gift!
- 3 cups Epsom Salt (can get in nearly any grocery store)
- 3/4 cup Mineral Salt (I typically just use regular sea salt, coarse or fine grain works
- 3/4 cup Baking Soda
- 20-30 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- Optional: 1-2 tablespoons Lavender Buds (try health food stores or online for these)
Recipe: Stir together all dry ingredients. Slowly add in essential oil drops until the scent is perfect for you. Scoop into container. Decorate with ribbons if you want. That’s it! Add 1-2 cups to a warm bath when you need to relax.
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Whipped Body Butter with Lavender and Sage: After taking a long, relaxing bath, you gotta have a good lotion! This has only 5 ingredients, many of which you can find at grocery or health food stores for a decent price, or even online (thank you, Amazon!). This is a super thick, wonderful body butter that you can also tweak for your skin type by adding more or less of one of the ingredients (i.e. if you have very dry skin, use more shea butter, more cocoa butter if you have more mature skin, or less coconut oil if your skin is like mine and doesn’t absorb lotions). Also, there are benefits to the different carrier oils like Vitamin E, Olive, Sweet Almond, and Jojoba. Find the one that’s best for your skin type!
- Equal parts cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, and a carrier oil such as Vitamin E, Olive, Jojoba, or Sweet Almond
- 10-20 drops of Essential Oils (I use Lavender Oil and Sage)
Recipe: Melt cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, and your other oil of choice together either in a double boiler or in the microwave. You can also place them all in a heat proof jar inside a pot on the stove. Add about an inch of water in the bottom and lightly simmer. When all the oils and butter have melted, take off the heat. Place in the fridge or freezer until it hardens again (but not completely solid), making sure the container you have the mixture in can either be used with a hand or stand mixer. When hardened, take the mixture out and whip it until it looks like frosting. While whipping, add in your essential oils until the smell is how you like it. Dollop into containers and lather on your skin as needed!
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Neroli Orange and Mint Sugar Scrub: This sugar scrub started out as an Orange and Mint scrub that I made just like this recipe I found. However, with most of what I do, I tweaked it. I found a natural essential oil perfume roller one time at a local health grocer, and it was a mix of sweet orange, mint, and Neroli. Oh. My. Gosh. It was so amazing and relaxing to me. I could literally feel myself calm down as I smelled it. So, I took this sugar scrub and added Neroli essential oil to it as well. Now, Neroli oil isn’t exactly cheap, but remember: pure essential oils go a long way!
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
- Zest of one Orange
- 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 10-15 drops Orange Oil (I use Sweet Orange Essential Oil)
- 5-10 drops Neroli Essential Oil
Recipe: Combine coconut oil and sugar in bowl with either a hand or stand mixer until mixed. Add in orange zest and essential oils. Mix until fluffy. Scoop into airtight containers. To use, scoop out a dollop and rub onto skin softly. Rinse off with soap and water.
Lavender Oatmeal Face Mask: This face mask is super soothing and just awesome. Probably one of the best things at the end of the day to help me relax is to scrub off all that makeup I’ve been wearing. Yep, that’s the life right there! I use coconut oil as a makeup remover because it’s super hydrating, and it feels and smells awesome, and then once a week or so I use a face mask like this one. I just recently got into these, and let me tell you, they make me feel like a queen. This one has oats and lavender, and that’s it! Oats are hydrating and keep your skin from getting oily. Lavender is soothing to the skin and relaxing. What could be better?
- 1 cup Oats (Rolled Oats are fantastic for this, and you can get them in bulk bins for cheap
- 1 tablespoon Lavender Buds
- Optional: 5 or so drops Lavender Essential Oil if you want a stronger lavender smell
Recipe: Combine oats and lavender buds in food processer or high speed blender. Grind into a fine powder. Scoop into an airtight jar. To use, take a few pinches out of the jar and add a few drops of water or milk until you create a paste. Apply to face and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water. You can also add honey to the paste to create an even more soothing face mask!
Oil Diffuser: I absolutely love my essential oil diffuser. It’s so easy to use. I have an ultrasonic one like this that I got with a coupon (score) and it’s super easy to use. Although, I kind of want a really pretty oil diffuser like the one above, or this one! Diffusers are awesome. All you have to do is add water and your essential oils of choice and crank it up. It’ll create this wonderful vapor show for you that smells absolutely fantastic.
Below, I’ll go over some of my favorite essential oil blends that I drop into my diffuser. These are base recipes for each of these aromatherapy blends, and you can always tinker to create something you love even more! You can also add these to reed diffusers or even Scentsy warmers. To add to a Scentsy warmer, add in about ¼ cup coconut oil as the base, and you’re ready for some great aromatherapy!
Relaxing Lavender Mix:
- 4 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Bergamot
- 2 drops Clary Sage
- 2 drops Ylang Ylang
Balancing Sage Mix:
- 4 drops Sage
- 4 drops Peppermint
- 2 drops Patchouli
Soothing Lavender Chamomile Mix:
- 4 drops Lavender
- 4 drops Chamomile
- 2 drops Mint
There you have it, folks! Some of the all-natural bath and aromatherapy recipes I use to unwind and relax! I hope these bring you peace and calm. Let me know in the comments below if you have any holistic recipes you use to relax, and if you have tried one I mentioned. Don’t forget to share this post with your family and friends, and as always, stay creative, my friends!
**Featured image via Julip Made