Soothing Baby Stick


I am the newest member of the blog team and I have a great recipe for you! The Soothing Baby Stick was inspired by my 3-year-old who loves all the scents and lotions that I try at home and rub on her to soothe her. I find that when I rub my child, and talk to her at nap time or at bedtime, with an interesting scent that it calms her down and helps her drift off to sleep. This works especially well when she thinks she is not ready for bed but mom knows the sooner the better!Now that I have her accustomed to scents I thought that I would try it in a balm/stick form that is a sort of an aromatherapy to soothe her into sleep.For this balm I used oils that glide on smooth and soak in fast. The balm is meant to be applied on the chest, the temples, the neck, and anywhere you want to help achieve that aromatherapy state of mind. I chose a few scents that are calming in nature and blended them together to create one great new scent!

Recipe yields approximately 100.25 grams or 3.54 ounces. I filled 20 of the regular lip balm tubes with this recipe, but I would also recommend trying the lotion bar tubes.

 

Ingredients:
Hydrogenated Soy
Sweet Almond Oil
Palm Oil
Castor Oil
Beeswax
Deodorized Cocoa Butter
Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Williamette Valley Peppermint Essential Oil
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Equipment:
Lip Balm Tubes to fill
Small Pipettes
Glass Beaker
Scale
Recipe in Grams:
20 grams Hydrogenated Soy
20 grams Sweet Almond Oil
5 grams Palm Oil
20 grams Castor Oil
20 grams Beeswax
15 grams Deodorized Cocoa Butter
.25 grams Scent Blend
Recipe in Ounces:
0.71 ounces Hydrogenated Soy
0.71 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
0.18 ounces Palm Oil
0.71 ounces Castor Oil
0.71 ounces Beeswax
0.53 ounces Deodorized Cocoa Butter
0.01 ounces Scent Blend
Recipe in Percentages:
20% Hydrogenated Soy
20% Sweet Almond Oil
5% Palm Oil
20% Castor Oil
20% Beeswax
15% Deodorized Cocoa Butter
.25% Scent Blend
Scent Blend in Grams:
1 gram Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
1 gram Rosemary Essential Oil
1 gram Williamette Valley Peppermint Essential Oil
1.5 grams Lemongrass Essential Oil.
Scent Blend in Ounces:
0.04 ounces Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil
0.04 ounces Rosemary Essential Oil
0.04 ounces Williamette Valley Peppermint Essential Oil
0.05 ounces Lemongrass Essential Oil

Instructions:

Measure out all of your ingredients carefully except for the scent blend into a microwave-safe container. Microwave in short bursts of time until all ingredients are just melted together (somewhere around 2 or 3 minutes for me). If your mixture passes the pipette test, add your scent blend. Pipette your mixture into desired lip balm tubes.

Rub the baby stick on the temples, neck, chest, and anywhere else you would like to experience the wonderful aromatherapy.

Hint: If you would like to make some to share with your family or friends then use small lip balm tubes. If you want one big one for just you and your family then consider using our bigger lip balm tubes all the way up to the lotion bar tube.

Note: The pipette test is a way to quickly check to see if your mixture is too hot to pour into your lip balm containers. Insert your small pipette into your melted mixture. When you take the pipette out of the oils and it is straight, then you can proceed to adding the mixture into your lip balm containers. If it bends or curves it is TOO HOT! Wait a while and then recheck.

Joy

Additional Note:
In order to address the concerns that have been raised by this post, I would like to share some more information with our readers.

Joy’s 3 year old daughter is a rambunctious baby and I am using the term baby liberally. She loves to cuddle, touch, and be rubbed. As this Soothing Baby Stick has been formulated to contain only 0.25% (1/4 of a percent) of an essential oil blend, we feel this is a very lightly scented product. Any essential oil or fragrance oil can be irritating if used at a percentage that is too high. We feel this is a acceptable use of essential oil for use on a baby or person of any age (including grandparents). The biggest goal of this product is to encourage the growth of a parent-child bond as a bed/nap time ritual.

I hope this helps!

Cooling lip balm tubes

Fuzzy picture of adding ingredients

Melted oils

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  • Kathy White

    Essential oils should not be used on babies under 6 months old, and most essential oils (except lavender) are not recommended for use on children under 3 years of age. Oils that can be senstizing, such as peppermint, should be be used on children under the age of 6. Please be responsible when using essential oils! Just because it’s “natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe – arsenic is natural, too!

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    • Andee

      Kathy,
      You are right in that not all natural items are safe or desired. However, as this recipe only uses a total of 0.25% of an essential oil blend, we find this to be an acceptable use of these ingredients for all ages from babies to grandparents. As long as all essential oils or fragrance oils are used in moderation, you are fine using any skin safe essential oils.
      Best!
      Andee

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  • sarah

    I have to say when I got the email subject in my inbox this morning I was giggling! Soothing baby stick hehehehe pictured a little baby stick.

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  • Cecelia

    Sounds like a lovely combination of EO’s. Is it true that you should not use peppermint EO on a child under 3 years of age? If so, you might want to note this on the recipe.

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    • Andee

      Cecelia,
      As long as all essential oils or fragrance oils are used in moderation, you are fine using any skin safe essential oils. This recipe only uses a total of 0.25% of an essential oil blend, so this is a lightly scented product that is fine for use by all ages, babies to grandparents.
      Best!
      Andee

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  • Sixwhiteties

    I think this sounds wonderful. Each and every person must adjust any fragrance oil or EO to suit them. I know I can handle a ton of peppermint and my son can not. So I believe common sense rules as far as scenting any product.

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    • Andee

      Sixwhiteties,
      We agree! We have always believed that it is easier to lightly scent and say “Next time, I would like a stronger scent.” It is difficult to remove fragrance after it has been mixed in!
      Thanks for commenting!
      Andee

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  • andrea

    This sounds delightful. I loved to bathe our little munchkins in lavender/chammomile baths to help soothe and calm. The additional lemongrass and rosemary would be lovely 🙂 Great job Joy!!!

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  • Tammy

    This sounds like a great recipe, and is similar to one that I make. My Grandson (two years old) LOVES to get a rub. In fact, I had him for overnight a few weeks ago and we went to watch a movie at bedtime. As he laid next to me, I asked if he wanted a massage, and before I could finish saying “massage”, he had yelled “peeze” and flipped over on his belly and pulled his shirt up! I didn’t even think he would know what “massage” meant, much less respond so fast! It was too cute. He had a smile on his face the whole time! And he was asleep a few minutes after the massage!

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  • Marjo

    If there is one thing I can count on, its MMS to be careful and thorough with all of your testing with products and recipes. Thank you so much for doing all the hard work for us and allowing us to reap the benefits. You all rock!

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  • CanfieldCrafts

    Excellent recipe! In a mix that I make for adults I use over 3% EO, so the amount of EO in this one seems really gentle, which would be nice for little ones.

    This reminds me of a story a friend from Tahiti told me- she said that when she was growing up parents would give their kids gentle facial massages every night before bed, on their pressure points and sinuses. She said it was very soothing, and the kids she knew rarely had sinus issues! Very interesting, eh?

    🙂

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  • Christine

    what a fabulous and convenient idea! all my kids got their very own dream pillows filled with soothing herbs that they used to sleep with all the time. so i know that having a bedtime ritual that involves scents totally works. i like that you can take this balm or stick and put it in your purse, take it with you wherever you go. great for traveling too!

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  • Heather Gwinn

    Ohh I have everything for this recipe. This will be a fun and easy one to try. That scent sounds delightful too. Thank you for sharing Andee!

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  • Mesha

    Sounds like a lovey scent combination! I am going to note it and try it soon. Lavender and Lemongrass are heavenly together and the Williamette Valley Peppermint is the best Peppermint ever! I have been making dream pillows with a combo of Lavender, Bergmont, Ylang ylang and Rosewood in them so I am interested to compare.

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  • Carolyn in Salt Lake City

    I wish I could smell it! I love lavender, but I’m not so sure about the peppermint. Thanks for a wonderful idea, as my youngest has trouble falling asleep. Thanks again, Carolynb

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  • Lesley

    Hi Joy, thanks for the lovely post. It sounds wonderful. Lavender is so soothing for all of us.

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