Between bouts of pregnancy insomnia and my predisposition to anxiety and overwhelm, I love using essential oils to help calm and support me in life. At this point in my motherhood journey, self-care is high on my list; when I go downhill, my entire family suffers, when I am uplifted, they all flourish. As such, I work hard to create not only a calm home for my own sense of sanity, but soothing routines and habits for my whole family. One of my favourite rituals is our bedtime routine, both for myself and the kids, helping calm us down at night and making our beds a cosy haven for sleep and restoration. I’ve been using a pillow spray made from essential oils for about six months now and I feel so soothed going to sleep, I feel my quality of sleep and general mood is better, plus it’s a fun thing for the kids to do before bed – spritzing their pillows and benefiting from the essential oil properties. They also help me make up more bottles when we run low, and I love that they are learning about essential oils and how to boost their wellbeing by using them.
Give it a try!
These would also make wonderful home made Christmas gifts if you are in need of some inspiration!
SLEEPY PILLOW SPRAY:
What you’ll need
- 2oz or 4oz amber glass spray bottles (I source mine from here)
- Pinch of salt
- Distilled water (I got a 5L bottle from Supercheap Auto for about $10)
- Essential oils (we use a combination of Young Living and Rocky Mountain Oils)
- Embosser * optional but makes it look pretty and beauty is also important! (I got mine from office works)
- Pop a pinch of salt into your spray bottle (this gives the oils something to bind to before they dilute within the distilled water)
- Add 10 drops roman chamomile, 5 drops lavender, 5 drops sweet orange, 2 drops cedarwood
- Swirl around to mix, then fill bottle with distilled water. Pop a label on and it’s done!
- To use the spray, lightly mist a pillow a few minutes before bedtime. Be sure to shake the bottle well before each use. You could also spritz your pajamas!
STRESS-AWAY PERFUME SPRAY:
What you’ll need:
- 2oz or 4oz amber glass spray bottles
- Pint of salt
- Distilled water
- Essential oils
- Pop a pinch of salt into your spray bottle
- Add 10 drops roman chamomile, 10 drops bergamot, 5 drops vetiver, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops cedarwood
- Swirl around to mix, then fill bottle with distilled water.
- To use the spray, lightly mist your neck/chest with 3-4 sprays.
I have found this blend to be the best for my anxiety, stress and moods – it keeps me uplifted throughout the day, while also grounding me. I wear it every day; it’s my daily perfume.
Once you get the basic routine for how to make sprays with salt and distilled water, you can swap out the essential oils and make them for anything: air fresheners in the bathroom (a citrus blend with lemon, bergamot and sweet orange would work well here), hand sanitisers with essential oils like thieves, lemon and tea tree, floral room sprays, and perfumes for all sorts of moods and uses. Use 20-30 drops of essential oils per spray bottle.
Favourite Calming + Uplifting Essential Oils:
There are many essential oils that are known for their calming and soothing effects, but a few of my favourites are:
- Lavender – This is probably the most popular “calming oil,” widely used to relax the mind and body, reduce anxiety and stress, and improve sleep quality. Great for kids.
- Sweet Orange – I always thought orange was invigorating, but it can help give good rest too! Orange oil reduces stress hormones, uplifts the mood, and calms the body. This is a great oil for kids, we often burn it in their bedroom at night.
- Bergamot – One of my very favourite oils – I wear it every day. Like an anti-anxiety and anti-depressant all in one — it’s said to impart cheery effects as well as calming the mind/body and lowering anxiety. And it smells amazing.
- Frankincense – This oil is used for its grounding, stress-relieving properties and its ablity to make you feel peaceful and relaxed. Love this oil so much but it’s highly expensive so we don’t always have it on hand.
- Roman Chamomile – Another favourite daily oil and worth its cost! It’s so grounding, helps to calm nerves and promotes relaxation.
- Cedarwood – This oil is often used for its soothing and calming effects on the mind, and is said to relieve tension and anxiety. Don’t use too much with kids.
- Vetiver – A great calming oil to try. Vetiver also has grounding and calming effects on emotions, and soothing effects on the body.
- Rose Geranium – This soothing oil has been known to help with anxiety, depression, and balancing emotions. It’s very strongly sweet smelling though so I, personally, can only use a little of it as it can be too much.
Venture out and try a combo that you like. And if you have a favourite stress-away or sleepy combo, share away!
P.S. Christmas decorating is at a Level 8, meaning my Christmas linens are out and this party is getting dangerously ramped up.
More festive cheer to come!