A Haitian Treasure: Relaxing "Tensyon" Rub

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My oh my, how I love writing about Haitian treasures. A while ago, I wrote about "Tensyon tea", a tea formulated to help reduce the effects of hyperthyroidism and associated symptoms, like anxiety, heart palpitations, insomnia, irritability, etc. Bet you weren't expecting a follow up to that one! 

I created a rub (an oil based topical application) that could also help reduce anxiety, mainly due to the amazingly calming scents. This rub also has herbs hand-picked from Haiti!

It contains soothing citronelle (lemon balm), a little bit of kowosol (soursop), a lovely mixture of nourishing carrier oils, and the ever-relaxing lavender and chamomile essential oils.

I have been using this rub I created for a while now, and it just smells so amazing. It also really helps promote a restful sleep

Here we go!

"Tensyon" rub
1/2 Tsp lemon balm herb (citronelle)
1/2 Tsp of soursop herb (kowosol)
1/3 cup jojoba oil
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup coconut oil
15g beeswax
50 drops Lavender EO, 30 drops chamomile EO


-       Since this was the “lead herb” in the tea for addressing anxiety, I thought it made sense energetically to include it in the rub
-       smells lovely
-       also has relaxing and soothing effects, making it appropriate for reducing anxiety

- Traditionally, Haitians have put crushed kowosol leaves on children's pillows to help induce relaxation and sleep

- the most important element
- calming and relaxing affects, especially effective at treating anxiety and insomnia
- improves mental alertness upon waking
Homemade Chamomile essential Oil

-       a sweet herb, physically and energetically
-       soothing, relaxing, tonic
How to make it?
1.              Place herbs in 9 oz jar and pour oils over herb mixture, make sure the volume of oil covers all the herbs
2.              Place dried herbs and oil in a double boiler and bring to a low simmer
3.              Digest the mixture for about an hour (ideally 1-2 hrs) while making sure it is not overheating
4.              Press out as much oil from the herb as possible
5.              Store in a dark, glass bottle and label.
6.              Pour infused herbal oil into measuring cup and fill it to the 1 cup mark, if it does not reach the 1 cup mark, top it off with enough of the oil previously used for the infusion
7.              Place measuring cup into a water bath and heat the infused oil
8.              Add ~ 15 g of beeswax to the infused oil
9.              Let it melt and stir
10.          Check for consistency with a frozen spoon
a.              Add more beeswax to adjust consistency if needed
11.          Once achieved desired consistency, remove the infused oil from the water bath
12.          Add enough essential oil to the infused oil, as needed
13.          Add the vitamin E oil when the infused oil is cooled, as a preservative
14.          Pour mixture into opaque containers, put on the lid and label them
15.          Store in a cool dry place

Use as needed. Rub appropriate amount on your body to relieve anxiety and to have a calming experience- particularly useful right before bed.

If you try to make this yourself, please let me know how you like it! 

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The "Haitian Treasures" series explores the magnificent benefits and uses of Haiti's natural resources, which I call "Haitian Treasures" because they are truly national gems.  Naïka in Balance is the premiere source for information on healing herbs used by Haitians. In this series, I explore the tie between Haiti's natural resources and natural, traditional, and holistic healing.

Learn about other Haitian Treasures explored on this blog here!

The two most popular Haitian Treasures on this blog are:

Castor oil/l'huile palma christi
Wonder of the world plant/fey lougawou

Naika, the writer of this blog, has a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture as of June 2017. Please do not take the information presented on this blog, as medical advice, without consulting your certified health care practitioner. Knowledge is power and your health is your wealth!