I Need Sleep Now Essential Oil Recipe

by Andrea Butje on July 10, 2013

We all love to sleep well. This bath salts recipe can really help! It’s one of my favorite essential oil recipes for sleep.

I have a lot of essential oil recipes for sleep, and I especially love this one in pink bath salts. But you can use any natural salt you like.

1 drop Neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
3 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 drop Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
2 oz (56 gm) pink Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)

This recipe is just the right amount for one bath, but you can easily make a larger amount and store it in a glass jar for future baths.

If you don’t like to take baths or don’t have a bath tub, this same blend can be used in 2 oz (56 gm) of lotion and applied to your back and shoulders right before bed. Another idea is to use the same recipe (minus the salt) in a spray bottle of water for your linens.

I recommend making a fresh batch of bath salt or linen spray every few weeks.

Do you have any essential oil recipes for sleep you like? Please share it in the blog comment section below! (If you’re reading this via email, just click the link to the blog post and you can comment there.) Thanks!

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Kimberly January 16, 2017 at 10:10 pm

Sounds like a match made in “sleep heaven!” Instead of the neroli, could I use a neroli-petitgrain co-distillation? Same drop amount? Thank you!


Andrea Butje January 17, 2017 at 2:23 am

Hi Kimberly! Yes you could use neroli-petitgrain co-distillation – same number of drops 🙂


Shannan September 17, 2016 at 10:37 pm

For the linen spray, how much water would you recommend? Or, could a hydrosol be used instead of the water? If so, which hydrosol/hydrosols would you recommend and again, how much? Thanks!


Andrea Butje September 19, 2016 at 9:39 pm

Shannan, as a linen spray I would suggest 2oz of distilled water. A hydrosol would also be lovely – Lavender hydrosol would be great. Just add the oils to either and give it a shake before using.
1 drop Neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
3 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 drop Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)


Shannan September 23, 2016 at 11:36 pm

Thank you, Andrea! I am in total love with your sleep stock blend that has lavender, green mandarin, and bergamot – can’t wait to try this linen spray!


Andrea Butje September 26, 2016 at 3:26 pm

That’s wonderful to hear Shannan, that makes me happy! I’d love to hear back when you try it!


sharon July 1, 2016 at 7:43 am

If blending these 3 ingredients (5 drops total) into an unscented lotion or jojoba, would you increase any of these essential oils? In 2oz of carrier, this would be 0.5% dilution. Thanks, in advance, for your suggestions/advice.


Andrea Butje July 1, 2016 at 11:59 am

Sharon, for 2oz of carrier, you could double the number of drops. Let us know when you try it how it goes for you.


Diana April 5, 2016 at 8:04 am

If making recipe for sleep for adults would you increase the amt of the oils any? Where do you buy the neroli oil? I have the other oils.


Andrea Butje April 5, 2016 at 8:46 am

Hi Diana – no need to increase the amount of oils! I’ve found that this is a perfect amount for the baths I take. I usually buy my neroli from Aromatics International, Essential Elements, or Florihana. Essential Elements currently has it in stock: http://essentialelementsstore.com/product/neroli-essential-oil/


Pat April 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm

How would you modify this recipe for shower instead of bath?


Andrea Butje April 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Hi Pat – it depends, are you trying to make a shower gel or a blend to drop on the shower floor for inhalation?


Cheryl L. May 29, 2015 at 9:58 am

Is this safe to use on babies in lotion form? He is awake every 1 – 2 hrs. (5 months old)


Andrea Butje June 1, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Hi Cheryl -The Aromahead Approach is extra cautious and we prefer to use hydrosols, butters and carrier oils on children under about five years old. Babies and children are so sensitive that essential oils can easily become overwhelming for them. Hydrosols, butters and carrier oils can often give a child the nudge they need towards rebalancing their health You can always use hydrosols, as they are much gentler. I also have this suggestion using lavender: http://www.aromahead.com/blog/2014/07/22/great-idea-using-lavedner-around-babies/
Hope this helps!


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