About six months ago I bought a pillow mist and I LOVED it. I used a spritz every night as I was getting ready for bed. Something about the ritual and the scent started triggering my brain that it was time to unwind.
I've struggled with sleep this past year, so I've tried all the things…keeping the bedroom more tidy, leaving the bed when I wake up (instead of laying there frustrated that I can't get back to sleep), and consuming less caffeine and alcohol. All of these things have been helpful to me.
Anyway—when I saw the pillow mist, I loved the idea of it and started using it. It had a nice citrus scent, which doesn't necessarily sound like a scent that would help you sleep, but I really loved it anyway. When the bottle ran out, I decided to try making my own. I was already buying supplies to make a face mist, so I thought, "why not?". But when I looked at the bottle to see what ingredients were in it, I found that there was actually a lot of artificial stuff that I didn't even know was in there. So, of course, I was even more excited to make something with natural ingredients.
Here's what I came up with!
Use the funnel to add 20 drops of lavender oil, 15 drops of wild orange and 10 drops of chamomile to your bottle. Fill the rest with distilled water. Shake before each use.
If you want a much stronger scent, you can always add more drops, but I suggest starting with these.
I've been using this daily for several weeks and I really like it. It's a mild scent, not too overpowering, but noticeable. Don't use too much because it is primarily water and it can potentially make your pillow damp if you overdo it! :)
Cheers to bedtime rituals! If you have any secrets to a good night's sleep, I'd love to hear them. xx- Elsie
ps—Once you buy the ingredients, you'll have plenty to make lots of bottles. They also make great gifts!
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.