After a long day of writing projects and taking care of the children, I look forward to unwinding and getting a good night’s rest. This task is more or less difficult depending on what I’m going through at the time. Stress is something that we all experience and any healthy way we can ease it, is a great idea. The better rest we get, the more prepared we are for life. Have you ever had a day where you didn’t get any sleep and you still had to function at full capacity the next day? I’m shaking my head just writing this, because it’s painful. Being tired makes us not only irritable but emotional.
I can always tell when my children are really sleepy because they get upset about the smallest things. I created this DIY Calming & Cleansing Balm for helping to quell you and your child’s anxiety after a stressful day or situation. This balm is great to use right after bath, for a peaceful sleep. I’m not a doctor, so please do your due diligence to find out if it’s safe for you to use essential oils. I know the package says to consult a practitioner if you are pregnant or nursing.
This balm is also an excellent Makeup Remover! Yes, the combination of calming essential oils and butters clean, nourish and calm skin. Just take about a dime sized amount of the calming balm and rub it into your face using small circular motions. After you have applied the oil to your face, wet a clean washcloth with very warm water. Wring the washcloth out completely and rub off the oil. Your makeup should easily come off as well. After cleansing, splash your face with cold water to close your pores.
DIY Chamomile + Lavender Calming & Cleansing Balm
1/2 cup cocoa butter (prevents dryness, moisturizes and nourishes skin)
1/4 cup olive oil (antioxidants prevent skin from premature aging)
10 drops chamomile essential oil (calms feelings of anxiousness)
10 drops lavender essential oil (reduces stress)
cosmetic glass containers with lids.
Heat 2 cups of water on medium high. Add the cocoa butter and olive oil to a glass bowl that can fit over the top without completely being submerged in the water. Place the glass bowl over the boiling water and allow to melt. After the cocoa butter melts, remove from heat and add both essential oils. Pour in glass container and allow mixture to cool for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
What do you day when you need to take a load off after a stressful day? I also use a diffuser not only for relaxing but cleaning the air in my home with essential oils like lemon!