DIY Sweet Dreams Sleep Salve {with essential oil}

As I get older, it’s getting harder and harder to get a good night’s sleep.


So I use this homemade sleep salve to help me …

fall asleep fast

stay asleep (so I don’t wake up in the middle of the night)

get deep, restful sleep 


It’s a natural way to make sure that my mind and body get all the rest they need each night.



essential oil sweet dreams sleep salve by -- woman sleeping and container of homemade sleep salve



12 best essential oils for sleep

  1. lavender

  2. cedarwood

  3. vetiver

  4. marjoram

  5. neroli

  6. Roman chamomile

  7. bergamot

  8. wild orange (aka sweet orange)

  9. frankincense

  10. patchouli

  11. Hawaiian sandalwood

  12. ylang ylang


12 best essential oils for sleep by -- lavender, cedarwood, vetiver, marjoram, neroli, Roman chamomile, bergamot, sweet orange, frankincense, patchouli, sandalwood, ylang ylang



What you need to make this sleep salve

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coconut oil (find my favorite here)

olive oil

beeswax (I get mine here)

essential oils — Below, I share 4 recipes using different combinations of essential oils so that, hopefully, you can use essential oils that you already have in your collection.

4 oz tin jars (buy here)  OR adorable 2 oz glass mason jars (buy here)

wooden sticks for stirring (find them here)

heat-safe glass measuring cup or bowl (like these)

optional for decoration: Modge Podge (buy here) and scrapbook paper (buy here)

free printable of the recipe (find it here)

click for printable version of essential oil sleep salve recipe



ingredients and supplies for essential oil sleep salve- coconut oil, beeswax, essential oil, container, and glass measuring cup



How to make essential oil sleep salve


step 1:  add 2 Tbsp beeswax to a heat-safe glass measuring cup or mason jar


adding beeswax pellets to measuring cup

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step 2:  melt the beeswax using double-boiler method

to do this:  Heat 1-2 inches of water in a saucepan over medium heat.  Bring water to a simmer.  Add heat-safe glass measuring cup with the beeswax to the saucepan.  This will gently heat and melt the beeswax.  Stir occasionally.  Be patient melting the beeswax.  Beeswax has a fairly high melting point, so melting can take 10-15 minutes.


melting beeswax for homemade sleep salve



step 3:  Add 1/4 cup coconut oil to the melted beeswax


adding coconut oil to measuring cup



step 4:  Add 1/4 cup olive oil.

Heat in the double boiler until completely melted, stirring occasionally


heating beeswax and coconut oil until completely melted



step 5:  once completely melted, remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.


letting melted beeswax and coconut oil cool



step 6:  add essential oils (60-70 drops total)


option #1 — Deep Sleep blend

25 drops lavender

25 drops cedarwood

20 drops vetiver


option#2 — Sweet Slumber blend

20 drops neroli

20 drops sweet orange (aka wild orange)

10 drops frankincense

10 drops cedarwood


option #3 —  Serene Sleep blend

35 drops sweet orange (aka wild orange)

20 drops ylang ylang

10 drops bergamot



option #4 — Peace & Calm blend

25 drops Hawaiian sandalwood

20 drops lavender

10 drops Roman chamomile

10 drops frankincense


adding essential oil to sleep salve mixture



step 7:  pour salve into 4 oz container or two 2 oz containers.

tip:  I used a 4 oz metal tin, but glass jars and certain types of plastic jars work well too (look for plastic #1 PET or plastic #2 HDPE jars so they’re safe with diluted essential oils like this salve).


pouring DIY sleep salve into container


step 8:  clean up

Beeswax is too hard to clean with just soap & water.

So before it hardens, use paper towels to wipe out the glass bowl/measuring cup and any utensils you used to stir the mixture.

Then once you’ve wiped off as much as you can, wash as usual with soap and water.


step 9:  allow salve to cool completely before putting on lid.

This might take a few hours to harden all the way through.  You can put it in the refrigerator to speed this step up.

allowing sleep salve to cool and set up

DIY essential oil sleep salve for a great night's sleep


step 10 (optional):  If you use a tin container like I did, then you can decorate the lid with a little scrapbook paper and Modge Podge.

  • cut out scrapbook paper to fit the lid
  • use a foam brush to apply a little Modge Podge to the top of the lid (this acts as the glue)
  • put paper on lid, and starting from the center, use your finger to press down and smooth out any bubbles
  • then cover the top of the paper with a little more Modge Podge to seal the paper
  • let it dry


scrapbbok paper attached to container's lid with modge podge



How to use

  1. Rub sleep salve into feet and legs at bedtime
  2. Then rub into pulse points on wrists
  3. Finally, cup hands and place over mouth and nose.  Breathe in deeply for several seconds, exhale for several seconds.  Repeat if desired to calm thoughts and prepare for a restful night’s sleep.


other Essential Oil Sleep Aids

I love this sleep salve, but I don’t use it every single night.

Why not?  Well, our bodies can become too sensitized to essential oils (and other sleep aids) if we use them too frequently.  So I prefer to switch up both the essential oils I use and the way in which I use my essential oils for sleep.

That’s part of the reason I shared four different essential oil blends for this sleep salve.  Try it one time with one blend and then the next time you make it, change it up and use a different combination of essential oils.

Also, try mixing it up with other homemade sleep aids so that you’re not always using the same thing.  That will help your body to not grow too accustomed to a given approach and you’ll keep sleeping soundly night after night after night.  For example, try this sleep salve applied topically one night.  Then the next night use a DIY pillow spray like this.  Then the next night take a calming bedtime bath using essential oil bath salts (recipes here) and then diffuse essential oils for a great night’s sleep (recipes here).  These are just a few ideas.  Feel free to mix and match and find what works best for you.  Here are some DIY sleep aids to try making yourself with essential oils:


homemade essential oil sleep salve



get a free printable of my essential oil sleep salve recipe here

click for a printable version of sleep salve recipe



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