Over the past several years I’ve had a lot of trouble sleeping. It seems as though if I’m not having trouble falling asleep, I’m having trouble staying asleep. And I know I’m not the only one! It’s estimated that around 60 million American adults report suffering from some type of sleep disorder. If you are one of those 60 million, then you already know how frustrating it can be to have trouble sleeping.
A few years ago I started using a “sleep salve” that my sister Rebecca (Camp Wander) and I came up with a few years ago. Not only has this salve helped me relax at bedtime, but it also helps with my dry, cracked heels! I love a good two-for-one. :-) And I think you’ll like it just as much as I do, so today I’ll be showing you how to make your very own Sleep Salve.
This is very simple salve to make, but it does involve two steps. The first step is to mix up a blend of essential oils that aid in relaxation and sleep and then add them to the salve in the second step. I’ve included the recipe for the blend below, but I also wanted to mention that Spark Naturals offers a pre-mixed bottle of their Dream oil blend that you can use as well. If you don’t have any essential oils on hand (or have a limited selection), buying a bottle of the Dream blend is an easy and affordable option.
Dream Essential Oil Blend
- 20 drops cinnamon bark essential oil – balances blood sugar levels which in turn helps the body to rest.
- 40 drops ginger essential oil – warming quality serves as a sleep aid and stimulates feelings of ease.
- 40 drops peppermint essential oil – anti-inflammatory attributes help clear sinuses and improve breathing.
- 40 drops lemon essential oil – citrus oils are adaptogens (natural substances that help your body adapt to stress.)
- 40 drops grapefruit essential oil – helps lower blood pressure, balances estrogen levels.
Add all essential oils to a small bowl or jar, and stir with a wooden stir stick or other non-metal utensil.
Note: This recipe yields enough oil mixture to make (2) 4 ounce jars of Sleep Salve. The recipe below for the salve makes (4) 4 ounce jars. So if you want enough of the Dream essential oil blend to go into all 4 jars, you’ll need to double the oil blend recipe above. (If you’re buying the Dream blend from Spark Naturals, a 5ml bottle will be just enough for 2 jars of Sleep Salve, so buy accordingly.)
How To Make Your Own Sleep Salve
- 1 cup organic virgin coconut oil
- 1 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
- 4 Tbsp beeswax pastilles
- 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)
- Dream essential oil blend (see above for recipe)
Melt the coconut, olive oil, and beeswax in a double boiler, stirring every few minutes until melted. This will take 10 – 15 minutes, you want it to melt slowly.
While you are waiting for the wax to melt, gather (4) 4 ounce jars. Add 90 drops of the Dream oil blend to each jar.
When the beeswax mixture is completely melted and well mixed, pour the mixture into the jars and let cool.
Cover each jar with an airtight lid after the salve has set. Shelf life is approximately 8 months (but I always use it up long before then!)
How To Use Your Sleep Salve
After you’ve climbed into bed, apply Sleep Salve to the bottom of both feet and massage in. The large pores of the feet allow the oil to absorb pretty quickly. (If you have really dry feet, you can also really slather the salve on and then cover your feet with clean cotton socks. It works wonders!)
As an all-natural sleep aid, this stuff is amazing. But ending up with soft and supple feet is another major bonus in my book! :-)