Make your Own Lavender Sleep Aids
Do you like to use lavender to sleep better at night? It's no wonder lavender's one of the most popular natural sleep remedy, it's been scientifically proven in medical studies to improve the quality of sleep in 60% of cases.
I didn't need medical research to tell me how great lavender is. It's always been my favorite scent and I've used it for years to help me rest.
And you don't have to just use lavender to sleep the typical way - with a diffuser. There's a whole wide world of blissfully relaxing homemade lavender sleep aids out there! Here's a roundup of my best lavender sleep DIY's.
Use Quality Lavender Essential Oil for Sleep
When you want to use lavender to sleep better, it's important to use quality 100% pure lavender essential oil.
Now, I'm not going to push some particular MLM brand essential oils. Yeah, they're good, but there's plenty of cheaper brands that are just as effective as the MLM brands. A lot of times you're paying for the name when you buy those MLM brands in my opinion.
I know when I was new to essential oils, I had no clue which ones were good and which ones weren't. Here's a few I've had good results with:
Organic Dried Lavender for your Insomnia Remedies are a Must-Have Ingredient
To get a strong lavender scent, essential oils often need an extra boost.
Adding dried lavender flowers to any project always enhances the lavender scent, not to mention boosting its sleep promoting properties.
That's why I like to use these dried lavender buds when I make my DIY sleep projects. They're non-GMO and certified organic but they're still affordable.
If you want to use lavender to sleep better, this is a good starter recipe because you can make it in less than 15 minutes. It only has six ingredients and doesn't have hard to find expensive ingredients.
The key to making this an effective lavender sleep balm is to use quality beeswax pellets (click here to see what I use) and high quality lavender essential oil. This recipe also calls for sleep promoting ylang-ylang and sweet marjoram, but it's okay to leave these out if you want just plain lavender sleep balm.
When I first started making homemade sleep balm, I wanted a simple recipe because I'd never made anything like this before. It had to be quick, easy, and basic. I'm happy with this recipe because it delivers. And, yes, you can make it in 15 minutes. I know, because I timed it. 🙂
Not gonna lie, this is one of my favorite ways to use lavender to sleep. I use my lavender eye pillow every night. It even goes with me when I travel.
I figured out how to make my own after the one I had bought lost its potency. I didn't like what I found in the stores because they were made out of silks and satins, and I wanted something made out of cotton. So I said, what the heck, I'll make my own!
Even if you're not crafty or don't know how to sew, I promise you can make this. Yes, I did sew mine together, but I also included no-sew instructions so everyone would be able to make their own lavender eye pillow.
This lavender sleep lotion recipe is a bit more involved than the the sleep balm. Don't get me wrong, it's not hard to make, just requires a few more steps that the lavender balm. If you're a newbie, I recommend making the balm first.
That said, this is an awesome lotion. I use it every day and the lavender scent is heavenly! One benefit I've found when I use lavender sleep lotion (other than sleep of course!) is my skin is buttery soft the next morning.
Just a note, this recipe does require some specialty ingredients like pure vitamin E oil and cocoa butter. Check the shopping list before you start to make sure you have everything you need.
This DIY came about because I was looking for a spray that didn't have alcohol and chemicals in it and couldn't find one. I also wanted one that smelled like real lavender, and not synthetic perfume.
If you have absolutely no Martha Stewart skills, don't skip this recipe because you think it's going to be hard and complicated. As long as you can boil water, you can totally make this!
If you're wanting to use lavender to sleep better, this is an easy project that packs a double punch of lavender scent. I love to use it as a body spray after I get out of the tub. It's cool and refreshing and I smell like I've rolled in a vat of lavender. I also mist my pillow and sheets so I can breathe in lavender all night.
Use Lavender to Sleep Better...Using a Cotton Ball?!?
When I first started using essential oils to help me sleep, I had a bottle of lavender EO and that was it. I couldn't really afford a diffuser at the time (not that I even knew how to use one anyway!).
So I got creative. Which can be scary.
But being creative totally paid off. What I did was put a few drops of lavender essential oil on a couple of cotton balls and slipped them inside my pillow case. I was able to enjoy using lavender as a sleep aid without any kind of fancy or expensive equipment. It did the trick until I was able to get a diffuser and learned how to make lotions and sprays.
Luxuriate in Lavender Bath Salts
Okay, so I make up my own words. But I can't think of any other way to describe what it feels like when I soak in this lavender bath recipe.
I love this recipe because it's really easy to make, and chances are you already have all the ingredients at home. And if you don't it's no big deal because it's a really forgiving. Missing an ingredient or two? It's okay to just leave it out. Just don't leave out the lavender!
It makes about four cups of lavender bath salts, which is enough for you and to give some to a friend. I like to put a jar of this in my sleep themed gift baskets.
Double Lavender Milk Bath Salts
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 1 cup mineral salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup powdered milk
- 30 drops lavender essential oil
- 1/4 cup dried lavender flowers
Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix well. Store it in a pretty glass container. Add 1/4 cup to a running bath.
Enjoy your Love Affair Nightly with Lavender
So the other day my husband told me I might be a little addicted to lavender. I'm like, no, I just know how to use aromatherapy to help me sleep better.
Okay, yeah, maybe I do diffuse lavender in our bedroom at night. Plus, before bed I rub in either lavender sleep lotion or lavender sleep balm. Plus, I sleep with the lavender eye pillow, and lately I've been using my homemade lavender sleep spray.
I've found that essential oils can be one of the most effective natural sleep aids, and lavender oil has been a star performer for me. I loved lavender even before I ever gave a flying flip about essential oils.
All of these DIY projects are easy and doable. You don't have to be so obsessed (okay, addicted!) like I am and use more than one of these a night, one at a time will give you all the sleep promoting benefits you need.
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