Lavender Aromatherapy Dough for Natural Stress Relief

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Ever have one of those days where the stress of life is weighing you down? Like, if you do not get chocolate or wine or a nap some time very soon you are going to totally snap and end up in a padded room? The last two days for me have been like that for me. With bathroom construction going on and my inlaws in town, I am about one crisis away from a nervous breakdown this week. I decided I needed to do something about my unhealthy stress level before mommy got in the car and drove to Tahiti all by herself. If you have ever wanted to just take your frustration out on an inanimate object, aromatherapy dough is definitely a natural stress relief that you should try.

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So, what is aromatherapy dough? Essentially, it is playdough for grownups! Instead of food coloring and artificial fruit aromas, aromatherapy dough includes essential oils and dried herbs that offer natural stress relief. I chose to use dried lavender flowers and lavender essential oil for my aromatherapy dough. You could also use a chamomile tea bag and Ylang Ylang essential oil or whatever other essential oil works to relax you. This aromatherapy dough took literally minutes to make and is a great way to relax at the end of a busy day!

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Yield: 2 cups

Lavender Aromatherapy Dough for Natural Stress Relief

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This lavender aromatherapy dough is an easy solution for natural stress relief

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 TBSP oil (vegetable oil, grapeseed oil, etc)
  • 2 TBSP Cream of Tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 10 to 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 1/2 TBSP dried lavender flowers (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan
  2. Place pan over medium heat and stir constantly
  3. As mixture thickens into a dough it will be hard to stir but heat and stir until it is a solid ball that holds together.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool
  5. Squish as needed to relieve stress!
  6. You can store it in the refrigerator for longer life.



  1. This is awesome! I have anxiety and always loved play dough and I love lavender! I will have to give this a try, thanks!

  2. Just reading about this dough is relaxing! I think this would also be a great activity for an anxious child, squishing and squashing dough is so fun!

  3. This is a great idea. I have never been a fan of the plastic smelling stress balls this is a great way to naturally get the same stress relief.

  4. What a creative idea Diane! I’ve never heard of aromatherapy balls but I can totally see how helpful they could be. Pinned and going on my list of things to try!

  5. It is relaxing to play with play dough. I do it sometimes with my kids. I’m sure kids would love this recipe as well. Of course I also find actually baking (working bread dough etc.) nice. And freshly baked bread smells pretty good too : )

  6. Oh how I love this idea! I’m visualizing my entire family sitting around with Lavender Aromatherapy Dough at the end of each day. Sounds pretty simple to make-I’m going to give it a try. Thanks Diane.

  7. I love this idea. I just made calm jars with my children last week. This is definitely another idea that I think will work. Thanks for this helpful post!

  8. Becky Striepe says

    Oh my gosh, I love this! I wonder if I could make some for Darrol Henry to help him when he’s having a meltdown. All of those volatile toddler emotions can use all the help they can get!

    • that is a great idea…no only because lavender is calming but maybe squishing playdough will get out some frustration!

  9. Phil Barnhart says

    We’ve used a no-cook / no-tarter recipe for regular playdough ( – how different is the cooked recipe in terms of texture?

    • I have made a no cook playdough and found it a bit firmer and slightly less pliable. This is really soft and squishy!

  10. Laurie Emerson says

    Thank you so much for sharing this!! I really need it!

  11. Dana Washington says

    Hello, how long will this last before it spoils?

    Thank you,

  12. How long does the dough last?

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