Lavender Linen Refresher & Sleep Spray……..
Lavender is a multi-faceted plant. Although it has many uses, it is most known for its calming capabilities. Yes, the scent of lavender is a great aid for those trying to unwind and relax. I often have trouble falling asleep and on those nights when I find myself counting sheep, it’s time for to break out my lavender spray. There are several methods that can used to make your spray, choose the one that works best for you.
Quick Lavender Sleep Spray (8 oz . recipe)
15 drops of lavender essential oil
10 drops of chamomile oil
1/2 cup distilled or purified water (boiled water that has cooled will suffice)
1/2 cup vodka (cheap vodka, save the good stuff for your martinis)
1 10 oz spray bottle
Combine all of your ingredients in the spray bottle and give it a good shake. The vodka will act as an emulsifying agent, allowing the oil and water to blend. You can use ethyl alcohol or witch hazel but don’t be afraid to use vodka. It evaporates once it hits the air and unlike the others, vodka is made for consumption. (Lemon Drop Martini anyone).
The second method and my choice calls for all of the same ingredients but you will also need a cup of dried lavender flower (buds), a mason jar, strainer, more vodka and ditch the water. Combine lavender flowers and oils in your mason jar. Add enough vodka to completely cover the flowers, cap the jar and give your mixture a gentle shake. Keep your jar in a cool dark place for 20 days and remember to gently shake every 2-3 days. By the 20th day, the color of your mixture won’t be pleasing to the eyes but if you like the smell of lavender, your nose will be happy. Strain the flowers well, and pour the mixture in your spray bottle. Use this spray on your pillows and linen. Your bed will smell wonderful and the lavender and chamomile combined will help your relax. I find this method makes a bit more potent, but I’m a horrible sleeper so this works best for me. If I have a cold, I make a smaller version of this oil but I add a few drops of Peppermint or Eucalyptus Oil to help with congestion.
When I’m about to call it a day, I spray my pillows and top sheet as well as a few sprays over my bed. My dog likes to join me in my bed and this spray (sans the Peppermint and Eucalyptus Oil) is a great flea repellent. Spray the floor area around the bed along with the linen and stop the buggers in their tracks. Be advised this mixture should not used around cats.
I hope these recipes work for you as much as they do for me. If you decide to try them out, drop me a line and let me know if this works for you. Relax and get your sleep on!