Hi everyone! I am so excited to share this fabulous Stress Away Bath Scrub with you all and but I am even more excited to launch our new “Healthy Living, Healthy Home: Embracing Wellness” series today along with seven other amazing ladies.
We also have a really awesome giveaway to kick it all off but before we get into all of that I need to give you a quick back story of how my Stress Away Scrub and using essential oils in our home came to be.
About eight months ago it seemed like I had reached a point where I was always a huge bundle of stress by the end of each day. Between family, working full time and the blog I was feeling pretty overwhelmed with everything. I would wake up almost every night around 3AM for an hour or so with my brain spinning.
“What had I forgotten?” “What did I have to get done the next day?” “Why can’t I just go back to sleep??”
Then, by the time I DID fall back to sleep, I would be dragging the next day and inevitably I’d also be too tired to really focus on that day’s priorities and goals as well as I should. It was not a great cycle because then I would just fall more behind.
I even considered taking a break from blogging or ::gulp:: just giving it up altogether.
In my heart I knew that I really loved having this creative outlet and sharing ideas and recipes and inspirational posts with you all but sometimes the deadlines and anxiety (and sleepless nights) just didn’t seem like a great trade off.
It was around that time I first heard about Young Living essential oils and also their”Stress Away” essential oil blend.
I will be the first to admit that I was a little skeptical and that I also really didn’t have the time to explore something new. Fast forward a month or so and the stories just kept coming and I finally had to take a deeper look and see what all the fuss was about.
Something had to give so I decided to take the plunge and try them out and you guys…
I can’t believe I waited so long. I have so many positive things to share and, to stay focused here, I am seriously not kidding when I tell you that the “Stress Away” oil is amazing. I wish I could just have a “scratch and sniff” panel on the screen for you all.
I started by adding it to my home diffuser next to my bed at night and it has been life changing. There really is no other way to say it.
Adding a couple of drops to my wrists during the day, especially in the early afternoon when the day seems to be getting ahead of me, has such a calming effect. It is truly amazing how certain perfectly combined scents can really lift your spirits.
I decided to make my own Stress Away bath scrub because I am sooo in love with the scent – not to mention hot baths – and this could not be simpler to make. I used a sealable jar that I found at The Container Store but you can use any jar you have on hand or you can grab one online.
- 7oz sealable jar (can be larger)
- 2/3 cups coarse sea salt
- Zest of one lime, chopped (about two tbsp)
- Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
- 1/4 cup plus a splash of scent free massage oil (I recommend Young Living V-6 Vegetable Complex)
- 20 drops Young Living "Stress Away" essential oil
- Add the salt, lime zest, vanilla bean seeds and Stress Away oil to the jar and mix to combine.
- Add the massage oil on top which soaks into the salt mixture.
- You can add a little more massage oil or Stress Away oil as needed - you just want to stir it up each time before using so that everything mixes together.
- Apply to body in gentle, circular motions (be sure to avoid any open scrapes or wounds) and rinse off with warm water.
- **Be sure to keep salt scrub sealed between use.
Here are the links to the other wonderful Healthy Home, Healthy Living posts – make sure to check them out!