Today on the blog, I’m sharing a quick & easy Sleepy Time Pillow & Linen Spray. This recipe contains 3 essential oils that will have you snoozing in no time!
I’ve always had a fondness for pillow sprays.
Back when I was small, my grandmother used to spray my pillow with her rose perfume whenever I spent the night at her house. To this day, whenever I smell roses, I always think of my grandmother. She was the one that started the long tradition of pillow sprays over the course of my life ( among many other things!)
The tradition of spraying my pillow each night continued when I was a teenager but I used my favorite perfume, Love’s Baby Soft (do they even make this anymore?) and maybe even Avon’s Sweet Honesty, another favorite.
In my 20’s, Bath & Body Works became all the rage and they came out with their Tranquil Sleep linen spray. Remember? It had the purple rocks in the bottom of the bottle. I used to love this stuff and it really did help me sleep! Come to find out, it did contain some interesting ingredients like Clary Sage, Vanilla, Cedarwood, Hops and Valerian extract. No wonder it was effective, many of the ingredients were sedative herbs and extracts! I still have an empty but scented bottle from way back when! I really want to duplicate the scent some day!
Well, these days, I’m making pillow sprays a whole lot healthier using pure essential oils and with none of the chemicals we find in store bought perfumes and scents.
The recipe I’m sharing with you today contains three essential oils that are naturally calming and relaxing to the body and the mind.
Lavender Essential Oil
We’ve talked about lavender a lot and I include it in many of my DIY recipes. I love lavender essential oil, especially at night for relaxing and restoring balance to the mind and the body.
There are several varieties of lavender which are used medicinally but the “common” lavender (Lavandula officinalis, also known as Lavandula angustifoli or Lavandul vera meaning “true lavender”) is probably the most loved and mostly widely-used variety. It is my personal favorite primarily because the scent is more delicate than some of the other varieties. For me, the scent of lavender angustifoli is the scent I most associate with lavender.
Lavender on it’s own makes a wonderful sleepy time spray but when you combine it with other essential oils such as Clary Sage and Roman chamomile, they work synergistically together to enhance the properties of the other oils.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary Sage is another one of my favorite oils for relaxation. It has a wonderful, nutty aroma and it can be helpful for stress and tension. I love adding Clary Sage to a warm bath where it also acts as a muscle relaxant. Within 10-15 minutes, you can feel completely relaxed and even drowsy at times.
Be aware that Clary Sage is an emmenagogue, which means it encourages menstruation, both by bringing on earlier bleeding and increasing flow. For this reason, it should be avoided during pregnancy and during the second half of your cycle as it may increase bleeding during menstruation.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Roman Chamomile is a soothing and calming essential oil, especially on a mental or emotional level.
German Chamomile would also work here but since it is more expensive, I save the German Chamomile for my skin care products and use Roman Chamomile in baths, for defusing and in my Sleepy Time Pillow & Linen Spray.
DIY Sleepy Time Pillow & Linen Spray
You will need:
1/2 tsp rubbing alcohol or vodka (this helps the scent linger)
6 drops Lavender Essential Oil
1 drop Clary Sage Essential Oil (NOT to be used during pregnancy)
3 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Add 1/2 tsp rubbing alcohol or vodka to a clean, 1 oz bottle. Add essential oils and swirl bottle gently to combine.
Fill the rest of the bottle (up to the neck) with distilled water and screw on the sprayer top. Shake to combine.
Shake the bottle before each use.
Aromatherapy: An A-Z by Patricia Davis
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