3 Sleep Promoting Lavender Sleep Spray Recipes
Sleep can be a luxury in many households. Whether its from your children keeping you up, finances, world events or even a whirlwind of ideas putting around your head, getting to sleep can seem like an impossible chore. With 3 kids, 2 pets and 2 working parents at home, a lot happens in our house during the day, especially right now, that can keep us from getting the rest needed. This used to be the case for us, before we re-discovered the benefits of essential oils.
I remember my mother used to diffuse different oils when I was younger. As a teen, it never occurred to me that there was an actual benefit to the essential oils. After having children, restful sleep evaded us and left us tired and often cranky during the day. As we sought natural remedies, essential oils once again made their way into our home.
At first we mainly used the oils during the day and in the evening when possible. Lavender for calming the house and citrus oils when we needed to uplift our moods. Sleep was still suffering though. Our children would often crawl into bed with us at night which deterred us from using a intermittent nighttime diffuser as they were drawn to the lights and mysterious vapors shooting towards the ceiling. Were essential oils about to fail us?
No! As it turns out, there are other ways to utilize essential oils we had never even thought of… sleep sprays!
We started off using simple lavender sleep spray recipes made from water and a few drops of lavender essential oil. We would spray it on the pillows lightly and let it dry.
DIY Lavender Sleep Spray Recipe For Your Pillows Or Bedding
This easy to make lavender sleep spray can be made nightly with ease.
You will need:
- One spray bottle
- 1/2 Cup warm distilled water OR Witch-hazel (We prefer water since it is going ON our bedding)
- 10-15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- Fill bottle with the 1/2 cup of warm to hot water
- Add the 10-15 drops Lavender EO
- Replace nozzle and shake well
- Spray onto pillows or bedding 10-15 minutes before bed so it can dry
TIP: If you are going to use it as a facial spray, replace the water with witch-haze or at least add 1 tablespoon of witch hazel to help preserve the spray. The witch-hazel dries much faster than water and has its own benefits for your skin aside from the lavender that will help balance the oils and moisture in your skin and keep it looking youthful and healthy. There are recipes that use alcohol as well but these may dry out your skin rather than have additional skin benefits. We highly recommend using Lavender CBD essential oil as it increases the antimicrobial and anti-anxiolytic benefits than regular lavender oil – read on to learn more about how we found out essential oils with CBD are more beneficial.
While the easy Lavender Sleep Spray did help reduce the time it took to get to sleep, it was not quite enough to keep us from waking in the middle of the night. Sometimes the aromas would fade after a few hours and other times, especially when sleeping on our backs, the aromas were not strong enough to do their work. A second spray probably would do the trick but we still would have had to contend with waking up to do so, so we chose to explore more options before we resigned to this method only.
We then tried creating additional sprays that were designed to be used on our face and body so our body could absorb more of the oil and hopefully send us into a deeper sleep that would carry us through the night.
Still, sometimes late at night and in the early morning, we would find ourselves tossing and turning. It was time to do some more research.
There are numerous DIY recipes for lavender sleep sprays, lavender pillow sprays and lavender linen sprays to help you get ready for a restful nights sleep. Lavender as it turns out, is the most widely used essential oil for promoting sleep, especially in sleep sprays, but it is not the only beneficial essential oil for sleep.
There are many essential oils that can help promote rest and relaxation besides just lavender. Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Marjoram and even Orange essential oil can all help in different ways, from relieving worry-some thoughts, reducing irritability, calming your mind and body, and, of course, promoting sleep.
Here’s a full list of essential oils we have used and still use to make our own sleep sprays at home.
- Bergamot – Bergamot has a wonderful citrus aroma that many people love. Bergamot is known for its relaxing and calming effects but like most citrus based essential oils, it acts as an adaptogen. Adaptogens are able to switch from being a calming oil to an uplifting oil based on your body’s present needs.
- Cedarwood – Cedarwood is a warming, calming essential oil with a woody aroma. True cedarwood smells more cedar-like and has calming, mind-easing properties – great for reducing negative thoughts at night!
- Clary sage – Clary Sage is a naturally sedating essential oil with a floral aroma.
- Coriander – Coriander has higher levels of the calming and sedating terpene, Linalool. Linalool and other floral terpenes are fantastic to relieving stress and anxiety and creating a peaceful atmosphere.
- Frankincense – Has a warm, spicy aroma that promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, and satisfaction. A great oil to use to help balance your mood. When combined with other oils, frankincense often enhances the properties of the other essential oils.
- Geranium – This soothing oil has been known to help ease anxious feelings, balance emotions, and bring a sense of peace.
- Lavender – Lavender sleep spray is a bedtime favorite for many people to get to sleep faster, sleep deeper and longer. Whether its through diffusion or candle aromatics, lavender infused products can often be found in a bedroom of those who appreciate and understand the value of essential oils and how they can impact our daily routine in a positive way.
- Lemon – Bright, happy scent that eases anxious feelings and boosts mood
- Marjoram – Has a slightly spicy, warm aroma that calms and helps you release emotional stress and trauma.
- Sweet Orange – Sweet citrus scent and, like bergamot, orange is also an adaptogen that can be either energizing or calming, depending on what your body needs.
The only problem we had, was keeping the essential oil working longer for us.
The answer for us in the end, was incorporating CBD, a well-known cannabinoid from the cannabis plant that does not get you high. CBD, short for cannabidiol, has a calming effect on the entire body that increases as you increase the dose. We had learned about it from some friends in the cannabis industry and were eager to try them.
So we tried a found a few CBD rich products at some cannabis tradeshows, which, at the time, were not even mainstream recognized yet – it was 2015 after all.
Some left us a little groggy and foggy in the morning… not a good thing when you have kids. Other products just took too long to take effect and then ended up frustrating us even more.
So… we knew essential oils helped. And we knew the CBD helped. How could we make something that would blend the benefits of each and give us the restful nights sleep we so badly desired?
It was late one night when we decided it was time to start our own experiments to find our solution. We ordered some CBD oil distillate online, which was rather new at the time, and waited patiently for it to arrive. While waiting, we explored up a few different ways to infuse the CBD into the essential oils. We then researched more recipes for sleep sprays.
It was a Friday morning when the shipment arrived. Excited about the new project, we quickly got to work.
Within 2 weeks we had researched and created 4 different sprays using 2 different amounts of CBD. Two of the sprays were for the face, two were body sprays. For each spray, we had made 2 different solutions, one with higher levels of CBD and one with lower levels of CBD since it was intended to be absorbed directly into our skin.
We used each variation for 2 solid weeks. Each day we would record how we felt in the morning; tired or refreshed, foggy or clear minded, happy or cranky and how easily we fell asleep the night before. This went on for 8 weeks.
DIY Sleep Spray Recipes For Your Face and Body
For Facial Sleep Spray Recipe #1 we used a 3% CBD/EO solution with 45mg of CBD per bottle.
For Facial Sleep Spray Recipe #2 was the same recipe but a 10% CBD/EO solutions with 150mg of CBD per bottle.
Lavender CBD Essential Oil Sleep Spray Recipe For Your Face
This easy to make lavender sleep spray can be made nightly easily.
You will need:
- One spray bottle
- 1/2 C. Distilled Water
- 1 Tbsp. Witch Hazel
- 30 drops Lavender CBD Essential Oil
- Fill bottle with 1/2 cup of distiller water
- Add 1 tbsp. of Witch Hazel
- Add 1 tbsp. of Grapeseed or Jojoba Oil
- Add the essential oils
- Replace cap and mix well
- Spray onto face lightly or if you prefer you can use a facial brush to spread it more evenly around. Let it dry naturally and do not rinse.
The second sleep spray recipe we made was a body spray. There are several variations available online but after using the witch-hazel and lavender for our faces, we wanted to try something less astringent for our other parts since our skin mostly fares on the less oily side.
For Body Sleep Spray Recipe #1 we used a 3% CBD/EO solution with 90mg of CBD per bottle.
For Body Sleep Spray Recipe #2 was the same recipe but a 10% CBD/EO solutions with 150mg of CBD per bottle.
DIY CBD Essential Oil Sleep Body Spray Recipe
You will need:
- One spray bottle
- 3/4 Cup Distilled Water
- 1 Tbsp. Witch-Hazel
- 1 Tbsp. Vegetable Glycerin
- 15 drops Lavender CBD Essential Oil
- 15 drops Cedarwood Atlas CBD Essential Oil
- Fill spray bottle with 3/4 C. Water
- Add 1 Tbsp. Witch-Hazel
- Add 1 Tbsp. Vegetable Glycerin
- Add essential oils
- Replace cap and mix well
- Spray over arms and legs or any other body part you wish! Let it dry naturally and do not rinse.
Those are the are 2 sprays we tried… AND LOVED! Not only because they helped up get to sleep faster, but because they have many benefits for your body and mind as well. We were easily able to tailor this recipe with a little of our new-found knowledge and help from other essentials oils to help balance oily skin, increase moisture and elasticity and even reduce blemishes like pimples and uneven skin tones.
We found the higher levels to be more beneficial overall and dramatically decreased the time to fall asleep. And since it was being absorbed through our skin, we did find it lasted longer and provided a deeper and better nights sleep. Here is our results for each sleep spray recipe.
With a clear winner, it was time to fine tune.
Now that are kids are a little older (it’s been 5 years!) and mainly sleeping in their own rooms (we have a 2 year old now as well), we have returned to our trusty diffuser more often than before, but now with our sleep spray blends. The one thing we love most about diffusing at night, it goes on intermittently throughout the night helping to keep us sound asleep through the entire night but there isn’t a night we don’t use at least 1 of the sprays! (Our favorite diffuser blends for sleep)
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Until next time, remember, be.Happy, be.Healthy, be.Essential!