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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Calm Balm

As some of you already know, my little Finn, who is 7, was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder when he was 5. Over the past 2 years, we have seen huge improvement in how he deals with his anxiety, but we still have a long way to go.
So, when I saw a recipe for an easy to make anti-anxiety balm that was safe for kids, I couldn't resist. The recipe comes from Hands on Healing Remedies by Stephanie Tourles. I have dubbed it "calm balm".  And it is super simple.

Warm 4 tablespoons of shea butter in a saucepan until it melts. Into your storage container add:
- 30 drops lavender essential oil
- 25 drops bergamont essential oil
- 10 drops geranium essential oil
Add the melted shea butter. Stir. Cap. Let sit for 24 hours.
Makes about 1/4 cup and stays good for about 1 year (keep it away from heat and light)

To use, either inhale deeply a few times, or (as I like to do), take a tiny (less than pea-sized) amount and place it either on the wrists or behind the ears.

Although I don't think this is a cure-all that has saved our family, I have felt a sense of ease when I used it and I have seen small, yet positive results, when used on Finn as well. Plus, it just smells nice.

Do you have any favorite herbal remedies? Anything that works to curb your anxiety?

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  1. I love this and will be giving it a go!!
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    Angie xxx

  2. I bet that smells great. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I didn't know that about Finn, have you ever tried to see a homeopath doctor? I have much faith on homeopathy. That balm it looks so good. thanks for sharing it :)

    Happy weekend!

    Lluisa xoxo