I used to be able to sleep through anything and everything. I could fall asleep almost anywhere. But as I’ve gotten older, I’m starting to notice that sleep doesn’t come as easily anymore. That’s normal. Not only are your worries and responsibilities usually more taxing on your stress levels as you get older, but there is also a physiological explanation for the lack of sleep—as you get older, your body slows its production of melatonin, which is the hormone that helps regulate your sleep cycles.
About three years ago someone gifted me a pillow mist that I started using every night as I was getting ready for bed. Something about the ritual and the scent started triggering my brain that it was time to unwind. It had a nice citrus scent, which doesn’t necessarily sound like a scent that would help you sleep, but I really loved it anyway. When the bottle ran out, I decided to try making my own, experimenting with different scents that I cherished from my childhood. It started with one bottle and three years later my pillow mist is one of my best-selling products on this website.
If you need a pillow mist to help you relax so you can enjoy a blissfully peaceful night’s sleep here`s one for you, or you can read on to try your hand at making your very own pillow mist.
I want to share a recipe for a pillow mist that you will make from a blend of essential oils that smell wonderful, are completely natural, and have no side effects. It’s safe to use this spray on a child’s bedding for a calming effect, as well.
What You’ll Need
- Small funnel
- Small, dark glass spray bottle
- 1 to 3 ounces vodka
- Distilled water
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
- 10 drops bergamot, jasmine, ylang ylang, or geranium essential oil
- Add Vodka to Bottle
Pour vodka into your bottle using the funnel. Vodka won’t affect the fragrance of your sleep spray and the alcohol helps the spray to dry quickly so it won’t leave wet marks on your sheets.
The amount of vodka depends on the bottle’s size. For example, use 1 ounce of vodka in a 2-ounce bottle, 2 ounces of vodka in a 4-ounce bottle, and 3 ounces of vodka in an 8-ounce bottle.
- Add Lavender
Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil to the bottle.
- Add Chamomile
Add 10 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil into the bottle.
- Add the Other Oils
Add 10 drops of your third choice of essential oil.
If you want, you can also add 10 drops of a fourth choice from the list of essential oils that will blend to create a delicious sleep scent.
- Finish With Distilled Water
Pour in just enough distilled water to almost reach the top of the bottle. Leave a little bit of room so you can mix the ingredients. Put on the bottle top and shake to blend oils, vodka, and water.
- Spray Where Needed
Gently spray your pillows and sheets before climbing into bed at night or wherever the scent could help you to relax.