How to Make a Stress Ball with Clay for Aromatherapy

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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 7am on a Saturday morning? As tempting as it is to totally loose 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. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

How to Make a Stress Ball with Clay for Aromatherapy

How to Make a Stress Ball with Clay

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.

How to Make a Stress Ball with Clay
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  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. Remove the dough from the pot and allow it to cool on waxed paper.
  3. 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.
  4. Store it in a container with a tight fitting lid.
  5. When you feel stressed out squeeze, pound and otherwise take out your frustrations while enjoying the lavender scent and a cup of tea.

How to Make a Stress Ball with Clay for Aromatherapy

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.

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.

Have you ever used aromatherapy for stress relief? What is your favorite method to use? Have you ever tried journaling?

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  1. Andrea Kruse says
    Nice! I knew there was a reason I enjoyed playing with my kids' clay. I love the idea of adding in the lavender. Thanks for sharing.
  2. How neat - I've heard using something like this can actually help with arthritis, too.  I might have to try it, so I don't lose my sewing hands! :(  Pinned & Tweeted!
  3. Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods says
    My favorite thing to do is play with my daughter's homemade playdough when I blog. I love that you added a wonderful scent to your stress ball! Pinning! ~ Ashley
  4. Gentle Joy says
    I love the idea of using essential oils in this.... we have one of the regular stress clay balls.... I think I will just add some oils and hope it will mix okay w/ what is in it.... Thank you for posting this. :)
  5. Who says clay is just for kids? What a great idea!
  6. Dawn Pruitt says
    Very cool!  I need to make one of these for my husband!  What a great gift idea as well! Thanks!
  7. kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor says
    This is such a great idea, Ellen!  Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us this week! 
  8. Very lovely idea, yes homemade stress balls sounds very nice. thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. Pinning it.


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