An Easy-to-Make Balm that Soothes Tension and Anxiety


What happens when you combine three calming essential oils with Shea butter?

You create a soothing, aromatic balm that can help relieve nervous tension, insomnia, anxiety and headaches. This natural remedy can be stored at room temperature, lasts up to one year, and can be safely used up to three times every day.

You can put this balm together yourself in about 15 minutes. Keep it in your medicine cabinet, purse, briefcase or in a drawer at the office to help restore tranquility when life becomes hectic.

Five Items You Will Need

  1. Refined Shea butter (unrefined shea butter has a strong smell that can overpower the fragrance of essential oils).
  2. Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia). Lavender is an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body adapt to imbalances or stress. It can also be used to cleanse and soothe minor cuts, skin irritations and bruises.
  3. Bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia). Bergamot has both an uplifting and relaxing effect. It is used to enhance mood and build confidence.
  4. Geranium essential oil (Pelargonium graveolens). Like bergamot, geranium is both calming and uplifting, and it supports the nervous system. It may also help us let go of negative memories.
  5. A glass, plastic or tin storage container (recipe makes about 1/4 cup balm).

Preparing the Balm

  1. In a small saucepan or double boiler, warm 4 tablespoons of Shea butter over low heat until just melted. Remove from the heat.
  2. Put 30 drops lavender oil, 25 drops bergamot oil, and 10 drops geranium oil directly into your storage container.
  3. Slowly pour the melted Shea butter into the container.
  4. Stir the balm gently to blend.
  5. Cap the balm and set it aside to thicken. Depending on the room temperature, Shea butter may take up to 24 hours to thicken. When it is ready, it will be very thick, white and semi-hard.

Using the Balm

This balm is highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way. You will never need to use more than a pea-sized amount. Massage the balm into your temples, throat, under your nose, on your chest, pulse points (inside wrists or elbows, back of the knees), the nape of your neck, or just underneath the ear lobes. You can also enjoy the balm's benefits by using it as an inhalant. Breathe deeply from the jar for about 10 to 15 breaths.

Caution: If you use more than a pea-sized portion of the balm at one time, you may experience grogginess or lightheadedness.

Source: Tourles, Stephanie, L., Hands On Healing Remedies, Storey Publishing, 2012.


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