Scents to help you sleep

Nothing beats a good festive scent in every room of the home at this time of the year; December is a recognisable time of the year thanks to the notes of cinnamon, orange and clove filling the air.

With all the festivities the season brings, you’ll no doubt be looking forward to a good night’s sleep at some point, but as reminiscent of Christmas as cinnamon and cloves are, they may not always be the best scents to assist with your sleep.

So, how do you keep your bedroom environment as inviting as possible without compromising on the quality of your sleep?

Reed diffusers, room scents and pillow sprays always prove ever-popular at this time of year and there are many combinations that can aid a good night’s sleep – we’re sharing some of our favourite mixes today that are suitable for use in reed diffusers, room and pillow sprays, which we have teamed with simple instructions detailing how to create them at home.

Reed diffusers

Reed diffuser oils can be easily created at home for a quick fix to scent a bedroom. Depending on how much oil you mix in, they can last for a good month or so and with a minimal number of supplies. Both lavender and jasmine are both known to benefit sleep, meaning the scents would sit perfectly on a bedside table.

You will need:

  • A small glass bottle with a narrow neck (this will prevent the oil from evaporating too quickly)
  • Wooden skewer sticks
  • Pure almond oil
  • Jasmine essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil

Method:

Pour almond oil into the glass bottle until it is about ⅓ full, and then add four drops of each of the essential oils before mixing thoroughly with a wooden skewer.

Lastly, cut the ends from four of your wooden skewers and place these in the bottle, leaving the reeds to sit for 15-30 minutes before flipping them over.

Room spray

Homemade room sprays are great multifunctional products that, when combining the right oils, can work as both air deodorisers and fabric fresheners. Spritzing the right scent in your bedroom half an hour or so before bed can be a real benefit to how you sleep. Pure jasmine oil is considered a powerful relaxant, and studies also show that those who sleep in a jasmine-infused space are more likely to have a productive sleep – and when combined with scents of orange, you will create an uplifting fresh scent for the bedroom.

You will need:

  • A small spray bottle
  • Water
  • Pure almond oil
  • Jasmine essential oil
  • Orange essential oil

Method:

Pour almond oil in your spray bottle until it is roughly ⅓ full, and then add two drops of each essential oil before filling the bottle to the top with water.

When you are ready to use it, simply shake the bottle before use and then spritz it around the room of your choice.

Pillow spray

Pillow sprays are a real go-to for an easy way to improve your sleep – a few sprays on your pillow as part of your sleep routine will send you into an undisturbed slumber.

Lavender and camomile work wonders together, both promoting a healthy sleep, making them great oils to include within a pillow spray.

You will need:

  • Small spray bottle
  • Water
  • Pure almond oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Camomile essential oil

Method:

Mix together ⅓ of pure almond oil and 100ml water by pouring them in your spray bottle and shaking vigorously, then add two drops of both the camomile and lavender essential oils and shake again. Spritz lightly on to the underside of your pillow just before going to bed.

Will you be making your own homemade sprays to add to your bedtime routine? They even make great gifts!

Sleep well!

Kelly Clisby

Kelly Clisby

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