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 sometime 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 and this lavender aromatherapy dough has been a huge help.

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, lavender therapy dough is definitely a natural stress relief that you should try.

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What is stress relief dough?

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!

Heap of dried Lavender (close-up shot)

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Ingredients in this lavender therapy dough recipe

As I said before, ingredients for scents and texture are pretty flexible, however, here are the ingredients I used for my aromatherapy dough

  • White all purpose flour
  • Table salt
  • Vegetable oil or grapeseed oil
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Water
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Dried lavender flowers 

How to make stress dough

The steps for making therapy dough are pretty simple but here is a quick rundown of the steps before you get started

  1. Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan
  2. Place pan over medium heat and stir constantly
  3. As the mixture thickens into 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.

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Lavender Aromatherapy Dough Recipe

How do you make aromatherapy dough? It is seriously so easy! This DIY aromatherapy playdough for stress relief uses the soothing power of lavender to provide stress relief.  It keeps your hands busy as you knead, knead, knead your way to calmness.  

Yield: 1 cup

Lavender Aromatherapy Dough

Lavender Therapy Dough in a wood surface

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

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty easy

Materials

  • 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)

Tools

  • Medium sauce pan
  • Wooden spoon

Instructions

  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.

Notes

For other scents, add different essential oils and texturizing ingredients. For example, rose oil and dried rose petals for Rose therapy dough, etc.

22 thoughts on “Lavender Aromatherapy Dough for Natural Stress Relief”

  1. 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 : )

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  2. 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!

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