I mentioned a few weeks ago that I would be posting a little recipe that we like to use at bedtime for my kiddos. Those of you with little ones know that bedtime can really be exhausting on some nights. With our children I am ushering them upstairs, teeth brushing, picking up bedrooms, organizing backpacks/homework, picking out outfits for the following day, reading stories and God Bless America!- hopefully they will finally go to bed and I can start on the 8 million other things I need to do before I can go to bed 🙂
In our house bedtime is even more complicated because both of my girls like to have Mom or Dad sit in their bedrooms and wait until they actually fall asleep. My husband flat out refuses to do this but I find the kids are up longer and then we have the “Mom can I get some water.” “Mom I have to potty.” “Mommy I had a bad dream!” endlessness and so I cave and sit with them until they finally fall asleep. Every.night. So anything at all that can move this process along faster and help them to get the rest that they need for their growing little bodies I am all for!
I started using Lavender at night when we first bought an Essential Oils kit – I was reading about how it can be relaxing.
I do have a few suggestions for other fragrances to try but overall Lavender is a very safe bet for most people . I was applying the lavender oil directly on my children at bedtime but then I started using this spray which is actually a little easier and faster.
You can use this for the kiddos or for your own bedroom and hopefully it works for you! My girls love this spray as it makes them feel special and fancy. If you have really little ones you can tell them it is a monster spray to keep away any bad dreams 🙂
The directions couldn’t be easier! Here is what you need:
- Glass or High Quality Plastic Spray Bottle (find them here on Amazon or mine was $3 at Whole Foods)- a dark colored bottle is best to filter out any light.
- Distilled water (tap water can get murky over time and clog your spritzer)
- Lavender Essential Oils (I use Young Living– it is best to use a high quality therapeutic grade oil- lavender is a great investment oil because it works for tons and tons of things)
- Witch Hazel or Vodka (you can omit this step but the witch hazel/vodka is disinfecting and makes the spray much more effective)
So to mix this just requires two simple steps.
- Add 2 teaspoons of witch hazel or vodka to a small bowl and stir in 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
- Next pour 2oz of distilled water into your spray bottle and pour in the essential oil mixture.
Shake well and you are done! You want to give it a shake before each use to evenly distribute the oils.
Since I originally made this for my kids the lavender fragrance is very mild and I can just spritz this right on their pillows before bedtime.
If you are making this for yourself, you might add 20 drops of lavender to get a stronger fragrance. Initially the Witch Hazel smell is strong but that will go away after just a bit so let it settle for awhile before you decide to add more lavender drops.
And you are done! I truly believe that fragrance plays such a key part in our daily routines and habits.
If lavender is not your thing, you can play with other fragrances too! A lot of people like Cedarwood at night or Young Living offers a Peace & Calming fragrance that is very popular for bedtime. Just be careful with any dark colored oils as there is a tiny chance of staining.
I add a few drops of Valor essential oil to the Lavender because it is a great one for fostering emotional well being. You might also consider Chamomile, Jasmine, Orange etc… see what fragrances work the best for you. I actually use a mixture of Spearmint and Eucalyptus for my own pillows at night.
PS: You can spritz this in your closet too or in your gym bag or anywhere that needs a little refreshing.
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