Lavender Sleep Balm to Ease Your Dreams

A few nights ago, I woke with a start.
It was 3 AM and my mind had just recalled an important task for the following day. I tossed and turned, trying to find the restful sleep I had been jolted from, but it was useless: my mind now raced with to-dos, lists and errands that had to be done. While sleep hasn’t been eluding me as much over the past few months, this habit of worrying over little things right before bed — and in the middle of the night — is one I’ve never been able to break.

The next day, determined to get a good night’s sleep I whipped up this lavender-infused sleep balm. Quick and easy to make, adding a small dab to my wrists and temples is the perfect before-bed ritual to help ease my mind and quiet my frenetic thoughts. Keep a pot of it by your bed to have on hand for 3 AM wake-ups, or anytime you crave some calm in your life:

Sleep Balm

Sleep Balm

Lavender Sleep Salve

10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops chamomile essential oil
3 drops bergamot essential oil
2 tbsp beeswax
1 tbsp jojoba oil
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Sleep BalmPlace a clean glass jar inside a sauce pot that is partially filled with water. Place the beeswax, olive oil, and jojoba oil inside the glass jar, and heat on medium until the beeswax is completely melted, being sure the water doesn’t boil over. Stir with a wooden chopstick to combine.

Once the oils are melted and mixed together, add in the essential oils and mix with the chopstick. You can add more or less essential oil depending on your preference.

Sleep BalmVery carefully pour the oil blend into a clean metal or glass container with a lid (I found mine at the craft store). Allow to cool completely before covering and storing in a cool, dry place.

The balm will keep for awhile, but is best used within a year as the oils lose their potency over time. To use, rub on pulse points before bed and breathe deeply. Sweet dreams!

Sleep Balm

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  1. Lovely idea! As I was reading this, I had the idea to put my salve in a clean altoids mint tin! Super cute

  2. I use lavender like it’s my religion. A true “knight in shining armor” for one of the million college students struggling with insomnia.

  3. This sounds absolutely wonderful! I love the idea of adding the balm to my nightly ritual. I can’t wait to make some. As always, thank you for the great diy posts.

  4. I made this just last night! Very simple recipe. I used 15 drops lavender and chamomile, and 6 drops bergamot EO. I put some on as soon as it cooled and had a wonderful dinner time/evening of lovely calm it evoked! All day I’ve been looking forward to bedtime so I could put some on and enjoy the aromas. Thankyou so much! :)

  5. My daughter and I just made it and I already love it. The smell is gorgeous! I used cedarwood instead of bergamot because that’s what I had :)

  6. What a wonderful idea. I am going to make some so I can keep it next to my bed. It will be easy to use before bedtime to help with sleeping.

  7. I loved this idea and made it last night! Except mine ended up being kind of hard and I find it hard to rub on. It seems to be more like beezwax, should I add more oil? Does anyone have any suggestions?

  8. I made this also & it was so hard that i found it hard to get anything on my finger also? Thought i had done something wrong.

  9. I love this balm! I’ve been using it the past few nights and have slept really well. Which is a miracle because I have been having trouble with restless leg syndrome. I made a new batch and doubled the oil in the recipe and used only 1.5 tblsp of the beeswax. It is a little easier to put onto the skin. Thanks for the recipe!

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