When you’re having a hard time falling asleep, skip the heavy medications and turn to this all-natural sleepy time essential oils roll-on blend. It takes just minutes to make and doesn’t require any expensive ingredients. Plus, with kid-friendly oils like chamomile and lavender, it’s safe for your whole family! Read on to see how to make it, then keep reading for some alternatives to lavender for those who just don’t love the scent.
How to Make It a Sleepy Time Essential Oil Roll-On
- A roller ball bottle (you can buy them in bulk on Amazon fairly cheap and comes with a dropper)
- Carrier oil, like sweet almond oil or coconut oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Chamomile essential oil
- Liquid measuring cup or a dropper
How to make it
While you can add the ingredients directly to the roller ball bottle, if you don’t have the steadiest hands it may be easier to use a measuring cup (one made for liquids) or a dropper.
Either way, making this DIY is super simple:
- Fill the bottle about ¾ of the way up with carrier oil
- Add 3 drops of each essential oil
- Put the cap on the roller ball and shake it a bit.
- Take the cap off and give it a sniff. Is it strong enough? Then it’s good to go. If not, add one drop of each EO at a time until you’re satisfied. Just be careful not to overdo it. Even though both Lavender and Chamomile are “skin-safe” oils, too much can still cause skin irritation.
- Top it off with more carrier oil if needed!
- To use, just uncap the bottle and roll it across your pulse points, temples, or the back of your neck. If you’re using it for your kids, stick to the back of their neck or “out of reach” pulse points. I avoid the temples because it’s too easy for them to accidentally rub it into their eyes.
Tip: Also, if you’re making the roll-on exclusively for kids, less is always more when it comes to children and essential oils. Try using just two drops of each first, then go from there.
5 Relaxing Alternatives to Lavender Essential Oil
While lavender is the most popular relaxation and sleep-promoting essential oil, it does have a rather strong floral aroma. Not everyone loves that scent. There are ways to cut it a bit. Using vanilla extract or a citrusy essential oil helps quite a bit, but for those who really just can’t stand lavender at all, there are alternatives.
The other half of this sleepy time roll-on recipe, chamomile can also stand on its own as a relaxation oil. In fact, it was used as a mild sedative in ancient times (and continues to be used as such by holistic practitioners today).
Here’s the thing about orange: it’s both relaxing and uplifting.That may not sound like a good choice for a sleepy time blend, but if stress is keeping you up at night, it actually makes sense. Citrus blends are well-known for their ability to combat anxiety.
If you prefer a sweet scent but don’t love orange, Frankincense is a wonderful choice. It has kind of a woody citrus scent. Think “eating lemons during a walk through the forest after it rains.” If you do happen to like lavender, the two pair pretty well together.
Aside from being fun to say, Ylang-Ylang is also an excellent stress-busting relaxation oil that is best known for its calming properties. Since it has a heavier scent, a little goes a long way.
5. Rose Oil
Fair warning: rose oil is among the most expensive essential oils out there because of the number of flowers and amount of work that goes into making it. Is it worth it? Sort of. While it’s absolutely wonderful at helping you relax, as you’ve seen there are other essential oils that do a good job. Still it’s a good “last ditch effort” thing, in case you simply can’t tolerate any other scent.
Here’s one last tip: any essential oil can work if YOU find it relaxing. There are people who say lavender makes them feel edgy and those who find peppermint the most soothing. Scent preferences are highly personal and have a lot to do with associations. For example, if you grew up smelling cinnamon wafting from the kitchen, you might find that it’s the most soothing and relaxing essential oil for you.
Just remember, if you’re using it for your children, you’ll want to check and make sure it’s a kid-safe essential oil.
DIY Sleepy Time Essential Oil Roll-On Blend for the Whole Family