Update: With Covid having changed all our lives — particularly with the need to wear a mask even in the hot summer — we thought it would be a perfect time to bring out our sleepytime spray again. Wearing a mask can cause an anxiety for people of all ages. Lavender is a wonder herb that helps relax the nerves and calm the mind. This spray can be used on your mask just like you could spray it on your pillow. Allow a few minutes for the alcohol and water to dry before you put your mask or your child's mask on.
We hope this helps in this time of uncertainty and anxiety.
For anyone even remotely aware of herbal remedies, using lavender as a sleep aid is a no-brainer, but the addition of sweet orange oil makes this blend particularly lovely for children. Most other citrus scents can be overstimulating, but sweet orange is relaxing and soothing. It reminds me of the dreamy whiff of honeysuckle that sometimes gets carried into an open window on a summer evening.
In the recipe below, the essential oils are mixed with alcohol and distilled water. This isn't strictly necessary — you can use plain water — but both are preservatives that will help your spray last longer.
You'll also notice that I've mixed my spray in a tinted glass bottle. Again, this isn't required, but it will help the spray last.
Lastly, I tossed a handful of beads in my bottle to make it just a bit more special. Many recipes for kids' pillow or “monster” spray have glitter in them, but I just can't quite wrap my head around spraying sheets with glitter. The beads add a little extra fun without making a mess — a magic spray, indeed!
Lavender and Sweet Orange Magic Sleepy Spray
½ tablespoon vodka, rubbing alcohol, or witch hazel
20 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops sweet orange oil
A few beads (optional)
Add the alcohol, essential oils, and beads (if using) to a small, tinted, glass spray bottle.
Fill the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water. Spritz a few pumps into the air, then add a few more drops of either essential oil, as needed to suit your taste. Shake well before each use, and spritz 2-3 pumps into the air right between story time and lights out.
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The Sparkle Kitchen Series is created by Meryl Carver-Allmond.
Meryl lives in a hundred-year-old house near the prairie with her sweet husband, two preschoolers, one puppy, one gecko, and about ten chickens. While she's been writing since she could pick up a pen, in recent years she's discovered the joy of photography, too. She feels lucky to be able to combine those skills, along with a third passion — showing people that cooking for themselves can be healthy and fun — in her Sparkle Kitchen posts.