Last Updated on January 16, 2020 by Ellen Christian
Have you ever thought about making a clay stress ball? Did you ever have one of those days where you just want to smash something? Maybe your computer is acting up or your neighbor started mowing the lawn at 7 AM on a Saturday morning? You need to make a stress ball with clay!
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How to Make a Stress Ball with Clay
As tempting as it is to totally lose your mind in those situations, it’s sort of frowned upon. I decided that I would learn how to make a stress ball with clay to release some of that pent-up frustration. Of course, I added lavender essential oils to the clay so that I would have the extra benefit of soothing aromatherapy. Using essential oils to manage stress and tension is one of the best ways to relax. Have you ever tried it?
What other essential oils can I use?
Lavender is my favorite essential oil but you can also use neroli, yuza, orange, ylang-ylang, lemon, frankincense, chamomile, bergamot, lemongrass, and rose. These have all been noted to be good for managing stress. Experiment until you find one or two that work the best for you. You can blend several together if you like. Just don’t blend too many or you may not like the end result.
Are stress balls good for anxiety?
Clay is very simple to make and it may be something that you’ve made for your child in the past. The only difference between this clay and the clay that you make for your child is that this has no artificial food coloring and it has essential oils added to help you relax. Just working the clay between your hands can help relieve stress by itself. But, it’s always fun to add essential oils as well.
Why do stress balls work?
When we’re stressed out, we get anxious and clench our muscles. You’ve probably felt your shoulders tighten up or clenched your jaw or teeth when you’re feeling stressed out. When you squeeze and release a stress ball, you encourage your body to release energy at the same time. This can help some people manage their stress levels. You can find lots of different types of stress balls on Amazon.
How long does this clay stress ball last?
I generally keep this aromatherapy clay for a few weeks in the refrigerator and then start over since the scent of the essential oil fades and the surface oils from your hands get into the clay. It won’t last forever, but it will definitely help for at least a few weeks. Just be sure to keep it in the refrigerator to discourage bacteria growth.
If you make this in a larger batch, leave out the essential oils until right before you’re going to use it. Then mix it in well so you aren’t exposing your skin to full strength essential oils in one large area.
Other aromatherapy crafts
Have you ever used aromatherapy for stress relief? I love my essential oils and I regularly make aromatherapy craft projects to help me relax.
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Other ways to manage stress
Of course, there are lots of ways that you can manage stress besides learning to make a stress ball with clay. You can try journaling your thoughts and feelings. Learn more about the benefits of doodling for stress relief. Some people find that hemp CBD oil helps them manage stress. Or, learn to turn off negative thoughts with Elf Emmit.
- 1 cup of all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup of salt or sea salt
- 2 tbsp cream of tartar
- 1 tbsp oil of your choice
- 1 cup of water
- 8 drops of lavender essential oil
- Mix the all ingredients in a pot until blended. Stir constantly and heat on medium-low until it forms a thick dough that isn't sticky. When done it will no longer stick to the side of the pot. This can be tough to stir.
- Remove the dough from the pot and allow it to cool on waxed paper.
- Add the essential oil to the dough and work it in while you are kneading it. You can add more essential oil if you want the scent stronger.
- Store it in a container with a tight-fitting lid.
- When you feel stressed out squeeze, pound and otherwise take out your frustrations while enjoying the lavender scent and a cup of tea.
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