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How to make your own Pillow Mist – a gentle sleep aid for young and old


LavendarPillowmistlabelI’ve always heard of pillow mist, but as a hard-core insomniac, I was a bit iffy on the effeciecy of all that essential oil stuff. However, as my experience with more natural remedies and essential oils has grown over the years, I’ve learnt that often when these natural remedies “don’t work”, it was more because they weren’t being used correctly, as opposed to it being ineffective. So I knew it would be silly of me to write-off pillow mist.

And I don’t know about you, but this year, I’m getting my sleep in order! All the things I wish to achieve – and there is alot – pivot upon my ability to get more disciplined about me sleep. Cause who can conquer the world when you’e cerifiabily zombified? So, I’m taking every little bit of (natural) help I can get! Starting with this here pillow mist.

And besides, it made such a cute little take-home gift for our North Pole Party that I decided to try it. (By the way, speaking of party favours, this would be perfect for any other smiliar type parties – think Sleep overs, Beauty Spa parties, etc.)

So, first up, what is a pillow mist, I hear you ask? Well, it’s a light misting spray that you’re supposed to spray all over your pillow, bed linen, etc. that intends enhance sleep by calming and clearing the mind for a truly peaceful slumber.

Now, with everyone on the same page, there are two bits to this D.I.Y project that I really love:

    1) It’s so freaking easy to make, you honestly don’t need any special skills or need to have that Martha Stewart genome. You and me? We totally got this.
    2) It actually works. At least that’s that results that my tiny and rather limited survey has produced.

There’s actually a whole lot more as to why I really like it, but lets keep it simple and just dive right into the how-to’s shall we? Yes,lets!
What you would need:

    Travel sized spray bottles – I still have a few of them left from my travels, but you can get them at Diskem (R24 for a pack of 4 bottles) or Clicks – look in the travel isle)
    -Witch Hazel /Rubbing alcohol (You need this to ensure that the however Vodka makes the perfect substitute too)
    Lavender oil
    -Distilled water (or normal tap water like I used)
    -A small funnel or embrace your inner-Macguywer and do like me: use your store bought bottle top as one. Works perfectly, and cheap.


    1. Add 1 tablespoon Witch hazel/alcohol/vodka to the spray bottle using your filter.
    2. Drop in 20 -30 drops of lavender oil
    3. Shake up to mix well.
    4. Add the water, leaving enough space from the top of the bottle, and shake up to mix well.


How to use it:

    Simply lightly spritz the pillow, bed linen and maybe one spray to the jammies if need be right before head on pillow time. (on jammies is not necessary for effectiveness, but on rough days I have sprayed it on Morgan-Lee’s jammie-top.

    You’ll need to label this as well – you don’t mess with essential oils. If you’d like you can download this label here that I created – simply print and affix with glue.(school grade/wood/craft glue is fine).

    Or if it’s for your North Pole Party or for a more Christmassy themed favour, then go here for the more festive-themed download.

And there you go. You’ve just made your very own pillow mist in a matter of minutes. For children, I find that it works best with a simple and calm bedtime routine. On those rough days where I haven’t yet sprayed it, and I’ve already been in and out of the kids’ bedroom for the third time with the usual toddler bedtime delay tactics, I spray as per above, and 15 minutes later, all is quiet again. Just not too much, these are essential oils after all.

So clearly, it works for us. It has been reportedly also working for my god-child and has apparently even helped a little teething baby boy who was struggling night after night. In fact, I also used it one night where I was in a particular need for a come-down from the caffeine high I was using to power through decorating the house before a party.

So why not give it a try? Hope it can bring some assistance to you too.
Let me know how it works for you. Sweet dreams! x


Author: mommabeartrax

Mother of two (and counting), pregnant with the third and have a sweet little angel in heaven. A very happy wifey, blogger, lover of life and laughter, a clumsy swimmer, loyal friend, Im funnier in my head than I actually am, I am a qualified HypnoBirthing Child Birth Educator, I get inexplicably excited about good food, baking & crafts. Although, I think baking and crafts are just trying to fill a void that my Kenpo and gym-rat days used to fill. Lastly, according to the rest of the world, I fix your printer. But I'm actually a Software Architect.

12 thoughts on “How to make your own Pillow Mist – a gentle sleep aid for young and old

  1. I can’t believe the mist is so easy to make! Thank you for this helful post.


  2. Thanks I am keen to try… no price i would not pay for some sleep! 🙂


    • Haha! I so feel you on that sleep vibe, Adventure Kidz Mom! Just as a side note, it’s best combined with what they call generally good “sleep hygiene” (no blue lights from screen, etc). But as someone who finds it hard to “switch off” at night, this mist has definitely had a positive, although subtle, effect on my sleep. Here’s hoping it helps you too! (Keen to hear you results! )


  3. I really want to try this, my 8 year old is an insomniac, willing to try anything


    • Shame,so young and dealing with insomnia- i feel dor him.Give it a try, Sula. However,remember as stated before it works best with proper sleep hygiene- what he eats, how much stimulation before bedtime and how much screen time all play a role. Good luck! X


  4. Thanks for sharing. I especially love your funnel. Never thought of usinga bottle top. How cool is that!


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  7. Thanks for this recipe. As an insomniac myself, I love using these pillow mists but they can get a bit pricey at the stores.


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