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Essential oil blend Peace & Calming® by Young Living is a very helpful blend. Only problem is, because of its popularity, quantities are often limited (and have been out of stock in the past) according to their website.
A friend messaged me with this question:
“My daughter has been suffering from postpartum depression again, after this second baby. She is doing better now but one thing she relies on is an essential oil a friend gave her by Young Living called Peace & Calming. Do you know of any equivalent products? It is getting difficult to obtain and occasionally they are out. It seems to relieve her anxiety and helps her to sleep. Thank you.”
Being the do-it-yourself-er that I am, it got to thinking of just how to attempt to recreate this restful essential oil blend. First, I checked to see the ingredients and the order of their use in the original product.
Anyone can make your own version if you know the ratios for mixing, and I will share approximate ratios with you in a moment.
First, An Immediate Alternative
With the same named ingredients to YL’s 5 ml. product ($31.91), a 10 ml. bottle of Plant Therapy’s Let It Go Synergy Blend is $11.95 – that’s twice as much for a third of the cost!!!
Now if you still want to make your own essential oil blend, carry on…
Peace & Calming Properties:
Tangerine’s benefits: antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-aging, purifying, sedative, assisting digestion, and tonic (balancing). Uses include: anxiety, stress, and hypersensitivity of allergies, reduces general hyperactivity, depression, anger, impulsive responses, inflammation, Staphylococcus Aureus, sepsis, open wounds, stimulate generation of new cells, removing cellular waste, blood purifier, increases O2 carrying capacity of red blood cells. (source)
Orange’s benefits: antidepressant, antispasmodic (muscle spasms), sedative, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, tonic (balancing), anti-inflammatory. Uses include: spasms, coughing, convulsions, muscle cramps, diarrhea, chronic anxiety, anger, depression, infections, side effects of antibiotics, gas, ingestion of toxic substances, boosts immunity. (source)
Ylang Ylang’s benefits: antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, nervine and sedative. Uses include: depression, anxiety, sadness, chronic stress, nervous breakdowns, acute depression or shock after an accident, sepsis, tetanus, disinfecting wounds, bacteria, virus and fungus. (source)
Patchouli’s benefits: antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, fungicide, insecticide, sedative and tonic. Uses include: sadness, loss, disappointment, tension, anxiety, wound healing, loss of sex drive, fungal infections of respiratory system by inhaling, mosquitoes, ants, beg bugs, lice, fleas, flies and moths. (source)
German Camomile’s (or Roman Camomile’s) benefits: antispasmodic, antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, antineuralgic, analgesic, sedative, nervine, digestive, tonic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, vermifuge. Uses include: annoyance, anger, irritation, sluggishness, poor digestion, stomach aches, intestinal worms, bacteria, fungi, lice, mites, detoxify the blood from toxins like uric acid, rheumatism, arthritis, high blood pressure and more. (source)
Copy Cat Peace & Calming Homemade Blend:
25 drops Tangerine Essential Oil
25 drops Orange Essential Oil
15 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
10 drops Patchouli Essential Oil
4 drops German (Blue) Camomile Essential Oil or Roman Camomile (either can be used)
= 79 drops total
Do The Math & Compare
I will try to make this simple… please note the recipe above and the amounts and prices below.
One 5 ml. (100 drops) bottle of Young Living’s Peace & Calming ® is $31.91. That’s a very small amount considering there is just one of the above recipes (79 drops total) in it, plus 21 more drops to equal 100 drops in that little bottle. Buying the individual YL or MRH essential oils (below) will give you 12 recipes (using up all the tangerine and orange, and leaving a nice amount of the other 3 oils to use for other purposes). That’s approximately 12 times more product, plus left over!
Young Living: for 6 times the cost (see below) of 1 premixed 5 ml. bottle you get 12 times the product with 5 individual EOs and mix them yourself. Quite expensive, unless you have the bucks and you’ll use the product in the next 5-6 years. To be clear, though, when you buy as a member and with rewards program, they are certainly not as expensive as many like to claim. You can save 60 percent and…
Plant Therapy: you will get 8 recipes since PT sells in 10 ml. bottles of 200 drops each. A very good product and free shipping on Amazon.
The Aromatherapy standard for drops is 20 drops per ml. of essential oil, of course, this all depends on the viscosity (thickness) of an oil. This should simplify the thought process a bit.
- a 3.69 ml. bottle should give 75 drops
- a 5 ml. bottle should give 100 drops
- a 10 ml. bottle should give 200 drops
- a 15 ml. bottle should give 300 drops
Individual Oil Young Living Mountain Rose Herbs Plant Therapy
Tangerine 15 ml./$21.05 15 ml. (300 drops)/$3.50 10 ml. (200 drops)/$5.99
Orange 15 ml./$14.14 15 ml./$4.25 10 ml./$6.45
Ylang Ylang 15 ml./$53.62 15 ml./$14.25 10 ml./$9.99
Patchouli 15 ml./$44.41 15 ml./$11.00 10 ml./$7.93
Chamomile 5 ml./$48.03 3.69 ml. (75 drops)/$30.00 5 ml. (100 drops)/$17.49
Total: $181.25 $63.00 $47.85
Soothing Ways To Use Your Copy Cat Peace & Calming
Add 3-4 drops of the blend to a 1/4 or 1/8th tsp. carrier oil of your preference (olive oil, coconut oil, etc.) and apply as follows:
Massage on the soles of the feet and/or back of the neck for a relaxing effect.
Rub this essential oil blend on feet to release tension and promote a good night’s rest.
Rub this essential oil blend behind your overactive pet’s ears after an afternoon of playing with the kids.
It is truly a beautiful thing to be for a mom to be able to calm a distraught child, a friend, or get relief herself with God’s gift of essential oils.
Have you ever made your own essential oils blend?