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Essential Oil Fragrance Stone DIY

I’ve been searching for fun DIY projects lately and stumbled upon fragrance stones, I had to give it a try. These stones offer an alternative to diffusers, potpourri etc. as they hold and emit fragrance from essential oils. This is also the easiest DIY, anyone can do it. It was also a fun way to get my son involved in the kitchen πŸ™‚

I took the instructions from Hello Glow with a couple modifications from my own trial.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Β½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ΒΌ cup table salt
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 30-40 drops essential oils
  • Flower petals, grated citrus rind or food coloring (optional)
  • Parchment paper.

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, salt and boiling water in a bowl. While the water is hot, use a whisk to combine everything as best you can (it’s going to thicken quickly). When it’s cool enough to touch, use your hands to knead the ingredients into a dough.
  2. Add the essential oils and optional ingredients (like flower petals) and continue kneading.
  3. Break off 1 to 2 inch pieces of dough and roll with your hands until it forms a ball. Press the ball slightly until it resembles a stone.
  4. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let dry overnight.
  5. Put several stones in a bowl or stash individual stones wherever you need a boost of fragrance.

I have found these to be a great option for small spaces like the bathroom or conversation spaces like a side table. With little kids in the house, these stones make an awesome alternative to waxes and oils πŸ™‚ I might even try them in my sons room for some lavender oil.

Note** in these photos mine have not dried fully. I ran out of time for camera photos and a full dry time πŸ˜‚

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Four Steps to Relieving a Tension Headache

The last weekend before Christmas is always crazy! If you’re on the island like me, this also means you’ve been without power this weekend! The stores are crazy, the weather is crazy….it is feeling hard to stay organized this week. If the extra crazy has brought on a little tension, here is my 5 step process to relieve a tension headache and how to incorporate your essential oils. I always like to try natural methods first, it often works if you catch it early enough.

One thing to keep in mind, like western medications, essential oils can take 20 minutes to two hours to start taking effect. I like to start by apply the oil so it gets working asap for me.

1. Apply your essential oils! Make sure they have been properly diluted in a carrier oil, you can also use my Head-Helper roll-on, designed specifically for headaches. I like to apply it to my temples, back of my neck and traps. I usually roll on and massage in.

2. Apply heat. I use a neck pillow, throw it in the microwave and voila!

3. Use peanut or massager on neck/traps. Once my heat bag has cooled, I use a roller for the back of my neck/head and traps. If you have someone near by, I’m sure they could help you out! If you don’t have a roller, a tennis ball or hockey ball work great. I usually apply pressure as it feels good.

4. Drink lots of water. Water helps flush toxins out of the body. If you’re massaging the area, different chemicals may be released in the body bringing out toxins in the body πŸ™‚

When we have busy days we sometimes forget to drink water (I’m guilty…it usually starts with forgetting my water bottle at home). When you become dehydrated, your brain tissue shrinks causing it to pull away from the skull. This often causes headaches and can be solved with hydration!

As someone who suffers from chronic migraines and headaches, the best thing you can do for yourself is listen to your body, respect its needs and rest! Making sure you notice when it’s coming makes a huge difference too πŸ™‚ if I can catch it at the early stages, I usually start drinking water and I apply my roll on and massage it in. Often times this is enough to stop it !