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Easy essential oil relaxation rub recipe - great for reducing stress & anxiety, sleep, calming, balancing, & relaxing (just 3 ingredients)

DIY Essential Oil Relaxation Rub

There’s so much going on in life right now that’s it’s easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed.  I try to do what I can to keep stress, anxious feelings, and frayed nerves at bay, by …

  1. getting a good night’s sleep every night (with the help of these favorite sleep diffuser blends)
  2. taking calming, detox baths (15 easy DIY relaxing bath salt recipes)
  3. using roller bottle blends (find my favorite roller recipes for emotions here)
  4. keeping inhalers in my purse so I can use whenever needed to combat stress and anxiety (it’s really easy to make essential oil inhalers – here’s how)
  5. using this calming magnesium body butter

And a new favorite way for me to calm down, get balanced, and grounded is this Essential Oil Relaxation Rub.  There are only 3 ingredients, but it works great for me.  I hope it works great for you, too!  After you try it, please leave a comment below and let me know how it worked for you and any tweaks you may have made to the recipe.

 

essential oil relaxation rub- great for reducing stress & anxiety, sleep, calming, balancing, and relaxing (made with frankincense, lavender, ylang ylang, cedarwood, and orange essential oils)

 

What’s in this Relaxation Rub?

coconut oil – Acts as a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils.  Diluting essential oils when used topically is beneficial because it both (1) makes it safer (less risk of skin reactions and overuse sensitivity) and (2) increases the effectiveness of the essential oils by slowing evaporation and improving absorption.

beeswax – Beeswax performs two functions in this rub: (1) it soothes, protects, and nourishes skin and (2) raises the melting temperature – coconut oil melts at 76 degrees F, so without the beeswax on a warm day, this rub would completely liquefy.  Beeswax has a much higher melting temperature (144 degrees F), so adding a little beeswax helps to keep the rub at least somewhat solid in warm weather.

frankincense essential oil – Frankincense oil has a warm, earthy scent that is slightly fruity and sweet.  Frankincense promotes deep positive and grounding feelings as well as a true sense of purpose.  It also helps to calm and collect your thoughts.

lavender essential oil – Lavender has a sweet, floral, slightly herbal scent.  Lavender is calming and soothing.  It slows activity in the nervous system to promote relaxation, lift mood, and improve sleep quality.

ylang ylang essential oil – Ylang ylang has a rich, floral romantic scent that is calming and soothing.  Ylang ylang helps release anger and frustration.

cedarwood essential oil – Cedarwood has a warm, woodsy and slightly sweet scent that stabilizing & grounding.  Cedarwood helps to release the past so we can let go.  Cedarwood works in the brain to stimulates both the limbic region of the brain (which is the center of emotions) and the pineal gland (which releases melatonin to help calm and regulate the circadian rhythm for restful sleep).

sweet (wild) orange essential oil – Orange oil has a bright, fresh scent that is uplifting.  It promotes a sense of peace and harmony, as it eases anxious feelings.  And as an adaptogen, orange essential oil helps balance mood by recognizing what the body needs at the given moment. It can adapt to be both energizing and calming, depending on what your body needs.

 

Easy essential oil relaxation rub recipe - great for reducing stress & anxiety, sleep, calming, balancing, & relaxing (just 3 ingredients)

 

How to Make Homemade Essential Oil Relaxation Rub?

step 1:  Add 2 tablespoons of beeswax to a heat-safe glass bowl or measuring cup (this will be used to melt the beeswax using double boiler method)

Easy essential oil relaxation rub recipe - great for reducing stress & anxiety, sleep, calming, balancing, & relaxing (just 3 ingredients)

 

step 2:  to melt beeswax, put the heat-safe glass bowl/measuring cup into a pot of simmering water.  Melt beeswax over medium heat.  Stir occasionally.  It will take about 15 minutes to melt beeswax.  Make sure beeswax is completely melted, otherwise the beeswax might partially re-solidify, making the relaxation rub grainy.

Easy essential oil relaxation rub recipe - great for reducing stress & anxiety, sleep, calming, balancing, & relaxing (just 3 ingredients)

 

step 3: Add 1/2 cup coconut oil to the melted beeswax

Easy essential oil relaxation rub recipe - great for reducing stress & anxiety, sleep, calming, balancing, & relaxing (just 3 ingredients)

 

step 4: stir to combine and melt the coconut oil (this won’t take long)

Easy essential oil relaxation rub recipe - great for reducing stress & anxiety, sleep, calming, balancing, & relaxing (just 3 ingredients)

 

step 5: once completely melted, remove the beeswax and coconut oil mixture from the heat.  Allow it to cool for a few minutes.

Easy essential oil relaxation rub recipe - great for reducing stress & anxiety, sleep, calming, balancing, & relaxing (just 3 ingredients)

 

step 6:  After the oil/wax mixture has cooled for a few minutes, add the following essential oils and stir well

15 drops lavender essential oil

15 drops cedarwood essential oil

10 drops sweet (wild) orange essential oil

5 drops frankincense essential oil

5 drops ylang ylang essential oil

note: this is a lot of drops of essential oil (50 to be exact), but because it is being diluted in 1/2 cup of coconut oil, it is only a 2% dilution.

Easy essential oil relaxation rub recipe - great for reducing stress & anxiety, sleep, calming, balancing, & relaxing (just 3 ingredients)

 

step 7: pour the mixture into containers (glass, metal, plastic #1 PET & plastic #2 HDPE jars are all safe for diluted essential oil blends like this)

Easy essential oil relaxation rub recipe - great for reducing stress & anxiety, sleep, calming, balancing, & relaxing (just 3 ingredients)

 

step 8: clean up

Beeswax to hard to clean with just soap & water.  So before it hardens, use paper towels to wipe out the glass bowl/measuring cup and any utensils you used to stir the mixture.  Then once you’ve wiped off as much as you can, wash as usual with soap and water.

 

step 9:  Allow the relaxation rub to cool and solidify completely before putting the lid on (this might take a few hours to harden all the way through)  You can put it in the refrigerator to speed this step up.

Easy essential oil relaxation rub recipe - great for reducing stress & anxiety, sleep, calming, balancing, & relaxing (just 3 ingredients)

Here’s what it will look like once it has cooled:

Easy essential oil relaxation rub recipe - great for reducing stress & anxiety, sleep, calming, balancing, & relaxing (just 3 ingredients)

 

step 10 (optional):  If you use a tin container like I did, then you can decorate the lid with a little scrapbook paper and Modge Podge.

  • cut out scrapbook paper to fit the lid
  • use a foam brush to apply a little Modge Podge to the top of the lid (this acts as the glue)
  • put paper on lid, and starting from the center, use your finger to press down and smooth out any bubbles
  • then cover the top of the paper with a little more Modge Podge to seal the paper
  • let it dry

decorate a tin container using scrapbook paper and Modge Podge

Here’s the Relaxation Rub Recipe One More Time

2 Tbsp beeswax

1/2 cup coconut oil

15 drops lavender essential oil

15 drops cedarwood essential oil

10 drops sweet (wild) orange essential oil

5 drops frankincense essential oil

5 drops ylang ylang essential oil

 

How to Use Essential Oil Relaxation Rub?

I use this relaxation rub several different ways:

  • slather on the bottom on feet and cover with socks before bed
  • apply to pulse points on wrists and behind ears, then I bring wrists towards my nose and take several deep breaths in and out
  • use as a “lotion” on arms and legs

 

Where to get supplies?

organic, extra-virgin coconut oil (buy here)

organic, cosmetic-grade beeswax (buy here)

4 oz tin jars (buy here)

Modge Podge (buy here)

scrapbook paper (buy here)

adorable 2 oz glass mason jars (buy here)

 

If you liked this post, here are a few other essential oil posts that I think you’ll like:

Calming Diffuser Blends for Stress

Calming Magnesium Body Butter

15 Recipes for Relaxing Bath Salts

12 Best Essential Oils for Sleep Plus 12 Sleep Diffuser Blend Recipes

20 Favorite Roller Bottle Blend Recipes and Free Printable Labels

31 Ways to Use Essential Oils

25 Ways to Diffuse Essential Oils without a Diffuser

How to make essential oil inhalers + 24 favorite inhaler recipes

Clever & Creative Ways to Use Empty Essential Oil Bottles

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25+ Easy DIY Gifts Made with Essential Oils

 

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By | 2017-04-23T19:38:10+00:00 |Essential Oils|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Polly April 21, 2017 at 8:17 am - Reply

    I didn’t know you could use Pyrex glass measuring cups on the stove! Much easier. I will use that idea ; )

    • Sarah Lewis April 26, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      Hi Polly,
      I just wanted to clarify that I use the Pyrex measuring cups inside another pot that has water in it. I don’t use the Pyrex directly on the stovetop burner. I realize that looking at the cropped photos, it could look like I was putting the measuring cup directly on the burner, and I don’t think you’re supposed to do that with Pyrex. But it works great inside another pot that has simmering water (to form a double boiler).
      Sarah

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