My youngest, Micah, has always had trouble sleeping, from the moment he was conceived I think. I’m constantly trying new things to help him sleep without resorting to medication.
Last night, I remembered something that I had made in the past…that had worked, but I had forgotten to make again: A stress “ball”. I put ball in quotation marks because what I made is not really a ball–its a sock–but you get the idea.
Homemade Stress “Ball”
1 sock (this is a good use of those mysterious single socks that always seem to show up)
1 cup rice (not minute rice)
Essential oils: Lavender, Chamomile, and Ylang Ylang (or any other combination of relaxing oils you prefer).
1. In a small non-plastic bowl, combine the rice and 40 drops of Lavender, 10 drops Chamomile, and 10 drops Ylang Ylang. Stir with a non-plastic spoon until the rice is completely coated with the oils–it will look shiny on the surface.
2. Open the neck of the sock and spoon in the rice. Once the sock is filled, stretch out the sock’s neck a couple of times to loosen it and then tie it in a knot.
3. This can be heated up in the microwave if you want. I usually put the sock on a clean, microwave safe plate and heat it in 30 second intervals. Obviously, check and see how hot the sock is before you give it to anyone.
If the rice loses its scent, untie the knot, dump the rice in a bowl and reapply the essential oils.
Hope this gives you or a loved one some much needed relaxation!