How to Make Anti-Stress Lavender Putty

Feeling stressed? Having problems sleeping? Then you might want to try whipping up a batch of anti-stress lavender putty. The herb, which produces produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects, has been used as a remedy for a range of ailments, from insomnia and anxiety to depression and fatigue. And putty? Well, putty is just fun (and, yes, also stress-relieving)! From HelloGiggles:


1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

3 tbsp. cream of tartar

1 tbsp. oil (almond oil, canola oil, coconut oil work best for the scent)

1/2 cup boiling water

10-20 drops of lavender essential oil


1. Combine flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil in a large bowl.

2. Add boiling water and stir to combine.

3. If adding glitter, start with 2 tablespoons and add up to 1/4 cup. You may need to add more water. And keep in mind that glitter may cause additional stress because you’ll never get that stuff off your hands. Or off your counter. Or off your floor. Or off the back of your toilet. (How did it end up there? WE DON’T KNOW.) If not adding glitter, which is the call we would make, you may need to add more flour if the mixture is too sticky to handle.

4. Once you’ve reached the desired consistency (adding more water or flour as needed) add in 10 drops of lavender essential oil and stir to combine. If you would like a stronger scent, add 10 or more drops.

Wait 20 minutes until cooled, then pull, squeeze and mold the heck out of that lavender putty. Aaahhh.

Candy Kirby

Candy is the founder of The Mom Beat and a humor columnist whose work as appeared in Redbook, Nickelodeon's NickMom, Disney's BabyZone, HelloGiggles and eHow. She also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation.