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Relieve Tension with Scent

Touching Lavender

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Relieve anxiety, tension, and headaches with this essential oil blend.

Loosen the Knot Tension-Release Blend

This powerful blend of essential oils is great for relieving anxiety, tension, headaches, migraines, and PMS. Dab onto wrists and temples, breathe in, and close your eyes.



1 tablespoon carrier oil of choice

8 drops peppermint essential oil

7 drops eucalyptus essential oil

5 drops clary sage essential oil

3 drops rosemary essential oil

Optional: 5 drops lavender essential oil*

* Use if you or your friends love lavender; some people don’t.

Add carrier oil to small spouted measuring cup. With separate eyedroppers, add essential oils to carrier oil and combine with spoon. With funnel, pour slowly into roll-on bottles. Press on roll-on lid and screw on cap. Use as needed. If stored out of direct sunlight, will keep for up to 2 years.

Read more from Jana Blankenship about the importance of our sense of smell, and try her "essential oil blend for setting intentions and clearing."

Reprinted with permission from Wild Beauty, by Jana Blankenship, © 2019. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.

Jana Blankenship

Jana Blankenship started her nautically inspired beauty company Captain Blankenship in 2009 while living in Berkeley, California, and inspired by the eucalyptus groves and blooming jasmine around her. Captain Blankenship has a full line of hair and body products and is carried in about 250 US stores, including Sephora, Anthropologie, numerous small retail outlets, and Target, which has a new exclusive line called Sailor.

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