About a month ago I started having trouble sleeping. It was getting pretty bad and nothing I did seemed to help. My sister Rebecca (Camp Wander) came to the rescue with her Dream-y Sleep Salve and ever since then sleep has again become my friend. As a matter of fact, I will not leave home without it!
Earlier this month I went to a blogger retreat in the Outer Banks of North Carolina where I shared a beach house with 30 other women and a room with my daughter Britta and my daughter-in-law Kaitlyn. It wasn’t the ideal sleeping arrangements but I had my trusty sleep salve and all three of us slept great (until lightning struck the power pole outside our window at 6am!)
I didn’t consider making my own because I figured I could just purchase it from my sister, who sells it on her blog. However, when we got home from North Carolina, Britta and Kaitlyn wanted a jar of their own, so I decided I’d better learn how to make it because it was going to be a hot commodity in my family. I also wanted to be able to make it to give as gifts. Britta and I whipped up a batch earlier this week and were happily surprised at how well we did….so I thought I’d share it with the rest of you insomniacs out there.
Statistics show that insomnia is a major problem among American adults. Approximately 60 million American adults report insomnia ranging from long-term or chronic, to brief and temporary. (Brain Basics: Understanding Sleep.) If you are one of those 60 million, you know how frustrating it can be. Hopefully this will help you as much as it has helped me.
This is very simple salve to make…but it does involve two steps. The first step is to make the DREAM BLEND of essential oils that you will then add to the salve.
Dream Blend Recipe:
- 20 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil
- 40 drops Ginger essential oil
- 40 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 40 drops Lemon essential oil
- 40 drops Grapefruit essential oil
This ends up being enough to make (2) 4 ounce jars of the Dream-y Sleep Salve. The recipe below for the All-Purpose Salve makes (4) 4 ounce jars. If you want to make all four jars into the sleep salve, double the Dream Blend recipe above.
All-Purpose Salve Recipe:
- 1 Cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (Tropical Traditions Gold Label makes the silkiest salve!)
- 1 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4 T. Beeswax Pastilles
- 1/2 t. vitamin e oil (optional)
Makes enough for (4) – 4 ounce jars.
Melt the coconut, olive oil and beeswax in a warm water bath, stirring every few minutes until melted. This will take 10 – 15 minutes, you want it to melt slowly. No blender necessary.
While you are waiting for the wax to melt, add 90 drops of Dream Blend to each 4 ounce glass jar.
When the beeswax is completely melted, pour the mixture into the jars and let cool.
Cover with lid after completely cooled. Shelf life is approximately 8 months (but trust me, it won’t last that long!)
How to use:
Apply Dream-y Sleep Salve to the bottom of both feet after you’ve climbed into bed and massage in. (The large pores of the feet allow the oil to absorb quickly.) I like to really SLATHER my feet with the salve and then put lightweight socks on.
As an all-natural sleep aid, this stuff is amazing, but as an added benefit you end up with soft and supple feet as well! A major bonus in my book!
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