When bedtime rolls around, I always do whatever I can to create a calming atmosphere for my kids.
I’m not sure if this happens with everybody, but sometimes around bedtime in the Myers house, things turn into CRAZY town. Having this Sleepytime Spray on hand has been such a lifesaver for us.
I first mentioned this Sleepytime Spray in my Day in the Life of An Oily Mama and Wife post. Y’all were begging for the recipe; since it’s so easy, I just had to share.
This Sleepytime Spray is what I use most often to create a peaceful environment for my kids before bed.
I use this blend 3-4 nights a week. I do sometimes change it up, because it’s good for our bodies to not get used to the same thing all the time. Yes, you can just use essential oils in your diffuser to promote a calming atmosphere. But sometimes at night – when the kids are getting their crazy on – I just want to save time and get them to bed! That’s when I skip the extra “filling the diffuser” step, and give their pillows a quick spritz with this Sleepytime Spray instead.
Y’all know I’m not a fear monger. But, if you’re using essentials oils to make something that you’ll be using around your kids, please don’t just buy any old essential oil. Many of the “essential oils” available on store shelves these days are just perfumed oils that are full of synthetics. Make sure you know and trust the company.
I purchased these beautiful glass spray bottles on Amazon and I love them. I’ve had different bottles before that only worked if you held them straight up. I prefer these trigger handle bottles that always work perfectly, even if you tilt them to spray on a pillow. These 16oz bottles came in pack of two with cute chalkboard labels for about $10.
My favorite version of Sleepytime Spray is made with Lavender and Cedarwood.
Certain smells speak to me and my family, but might not work for yours. The combination of these two essential oils is the magic sauce for my kids. But if you don’t like either of these, some other options you could try are:
- Peace and Calming
- Ylang Ylang
- Roman Chamomile
All it takes are a handful of simple ingredients to make this spray: essential oils, water, and witch hazel. The witch hazel serves as an emulsifier to blend the essential oils into to the water. If you don’t have witch hazel, you could also use salt or rubbing alcohol. One note, if you aren’t going to use this up pretty quickly; I recommend you cut this recipe in half so it stays fresh.
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel
- 10 drops Cedarwood
- 10 drops Lavender
- 12-14 oz of water
- Add a tablespoon of witch hazel and 10 drops of each oil to the bottom of your spray bottle.
- Do not shake, just swish around a bit before adding filtered or distilled water. Do not fill all the way to the top.
- Before using, always give the bottle a quick swish to agitate it.
- One spray per pillow is all you need.