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Sweet Dreams Balm

Sweet Dreams Balm

This balm is absolute heaven! You can’t help but be lured into dreamland when you take a deep whiff of this citrus-floral dream enhancer. These essential oils are said to open channels for peaceful dreaming and creative visualization while aiding in the relaxation of mind and body. It is also works to help relieve headaches or neck and shoulder tension, and great for anxiety or irritability. With or without the essential oils, it also performs wonderfully as a hand, foot, nail and lip balm—and as a great gift idea as well!

5 tablespoons soybean base oil
1 tablespoon beeswax
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
1 tablespoon shea butter
20 drops sweet orange essential oil
20 drops tangerine essential oil
15 drops geranium essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops neroli essential oil
5 drops vanilla essential oil (optional)
4 drops rose otto essential oil (optional)

In a small saucepan over low heat combine all ingredients except the essential oils and gently warm until all solids are just melted. Remove from heat. Stir a few times to blend the mixture thoroughly, and then allow to cool for five minutes. Add the essential oils and stir again.

Pour into storage container. Lightly cover with a paper towel and allow the blend to cool for 15 minutes, then cap. Allow the balm to harden overnight at room temperature. Because both cocoa butter and shea butter are included, the balm may continue to slightly change texture slightly for another 24 hours.

No refrigeration is required, but for maximum freshness and potency, please use within six to eight months.

Application tips: Spread a bit of balm under the nose, on the throat, temples, chect, back, or even the soles of your feet. Inhale deeply and feel blissfully Zen-like.

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Adapted from Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Publishing, 2007).

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1:53AM PDT on Apr 27, 2008

If you like this recipe and other aromatherapy balms, check out and they carry the supplies at a reasonable rate if you want to try your hand at making it. They will even formulate the oils together for you, but you need to email them or call to request that, but it's cheaper versus trying to order them individually. Breath big!

12:33PM PST on Jan 5, 2008 or have EVERYTHING you need for this recipe. There are many soap & lotion makers sites out there.

2:32PM PST on Dec 31, 2007

Young is the best I have found for essential oils and the rest can be found at most local health food stores.

6:28PM PST on Dec 21, 2007

I believe you can find most of the ingredients at

8:52PM PST on Dec 20, 2007

Aura Cacia Is the best oils that I have found and they are very common and priced great. I use them for everything.

1:44PM PST on Dec 19, 2007

I buy these oils all the time at places like Trader Joes, Henrys markets, Mothers Markets, and try looking on line for "essential oils", it will tell you where to buy or what on-line places have them. Usually places that sell crystals and mystical things will carry these oils too. (there are tons of listings on line!)
I can tell you the BEST oil is called "aura cacia" pure aromatherapy. good luck in your oil hunting!

1:23PM PST on Dec 19, 2007

WHERE do you get your ingredients for these mixtures?

Alice Osborne

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