DIY sleep salve


So I’ve finally found a solution that helps get my nearly two-year old off to sleep calmly and peacefully and keeps him in his bed (at least most of the night!) Of course he does still wake-up in the early morning (we’re night weaning) but the tantrums have subsided and it’s a lot calmer and happier experience altogether these days.

So for bad sleepers and insomniacs everywhere here is the recipe (by popular demand!):

Sweet dreams – homemade sleep salve


  • 160 ml lavender infused olive oil
  • 20 grams of beeswax
  • 9 drops of essential oils (lavender, chamomile, bergamot and cedarwood
  • Tin cans for storage

This recipe is sufficient for 6 x 1 oz (or 30 gram) tins or 3 x 2 oz (60 gram) tins.


This recipe is sufficient for 9 x 1oz tins (or similar).

Alternatively, you can make whatever quantity you like using a ratio of 8 parts oil to 1 part beeswax (and the appropriate dilution of essential oils based on age).


1. To infuse oil, fill-up a jar with dry*, crushed lavendar and top with oil so that the lavendar is covered. Secure the jar with an airtight lid.

2. For the sun infused method place in the sun for two to six weeks , shaking once or twice a day.  Or for the heat method, place in a pan of boiling water to create a bain-marie and simmer for several hours. You can also use a double-boiler if you want to be fancy!

2. Once the oil has taken on the colour and aroma of the plant, it’s ready! Strain off the herb using cheesecloth (or similar fabric) and store the oil in a clean jar.

3. Now it’s time to add the beeswax. Simply add the required amount to the jar and return to the bain marie until the beeswax has melted.

4. Drop in your essential oils to the desired dilution.

5. Test consistency by taking a spoon fool of the mixture and placing in the freezer. If it’s to hard for your liking, add more oil. If it’s too soft, add more beeswax. And repeat.

5. Pour out into your tins and allow to set.

*It’s important to use dried herbs and to prevent any water or steam entering the solution to avoid nasty bacteria from growing including botulism in rare cases.

Voila! You have your very own tins of sleep salve!

A note on safety and dilution for essential oils

Please note, if you’re planning to use this sleep salve for young children (like I do!), it’s important to do your research and follow appropriate safety guidelines.

The recipe included above has been created using mild essential oils at a dilution of <0.25% (the recommended dilution for children over six months). However everyone is different so if this is the first time using these essential oils on your child, you may like to consider doing a patch test.

For older children, elderly adults and pregant women, the recommended dilution is up to 1% and for other adults up to 2%. Please also be aware that bergamot essential oil can cause photosensitivity so should not be used before tanning or going out into the sun.

Where to find ingredients

If you’re in the US or Canada, you can find all the supplies you need including tins from Mountain Rose Herbs.

For the rest of us, there are plenty of great suppliers to be found at Etsy and Amazon.

What sleep remedies do you used in your household? Please share in the comments section below.

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