Essential Oils for Bedtime: Bedtime/ Sleepy Spray Recipe with Free Printables

One of the first ways I started using my oils was to help me and my boys fall asleep.  I truly believe in the power of  lavender to help at bedtime!  I originally put a few drops behind our ears and on the back of our necks but now I have made a bedtime spray. This spray works great and easier to use!  

Essential OIls for Bedtime. DIY bedtime spray recipe with free printable

I made a couple different labels for the bottle so you can use them! My boys like the Monster Be Gone Label!



  • Small Spray Bottle (4 0z)
  • Distilled Water
  • 1 1/2 Tbl Witch Hazel or vodka
  • 6-10 Drops Various Essential Oils


  1. Fill the bottle with water and the witch hazel into the spray bottle and shake.  The witch hazel will help the essential oils to disperse evenly and not settle at the bottom.
  2. Add your Essential Oils and shake gently.
  3. Shake before each use.
  4. Spray the air, bed, pillow, sheets, windows, favorite stuffed animal…

For my spray blend I usually do 10 drops of Lavender but there are so many blends you can make! Here are 2 popular blends.

Essential Oil Blend Recipes for bedtime spray:

Recipe 1:

  • Geranium 3 drops
  • Lavender 3 drops


Recipe 2:

  • Lavender 3 drops
  • Wild Orange 3 drops
  • Chamomile 2 drops (optional)

  Other Oils Good for Sleep/Relaxing:

  • Clary Sage-Relieves stress, helps balance hormones, promotes restful night’s sleep.
  • Bergamot-Helps to relieve anxiousness & balance emotions.
  • Roman Chamomile-Calms your stomach & nerves-especially effective in children.
  • Frankincense-Promotes calmness, relaxation & deep breathing for staying healthy.


What’s Your favorite essential oils to use for bedtime or bedtime spray recipe?

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose,treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Check out my other DIY post to find out what other products you can be making in your home to save money and reduce your exposure to chemicals. 


  1. We have “Bad Guy Spray” at or house. It is so good, that it not only keeps the bad guys away, but if they happen to be nearby when it is sprayed, they will become Good Guys! It is great! My 3 girls love it. I have a ritual of spraying each bed (3 in the same room) the closet, the window, the center of the room, the ladder for the bunk bed, the trash can and then the doorway as I close the door. They love it. Mine is a bit more diluted so that is why I spray more. I have it in the 4 oz bottle, and I use 2-3 drops of OnGuard, to keep germs away, 2-3 of Lavender, to get them sleepy, 1-2 Vetiver, for extra sleepiness, and it does a great job. I use this straight on my feet, and lastly1-2 drops of citrus of some kind, those are happy oils, I don’t want to use much since I don’t want to wake them up too. Then I fill the whole rest of the bottles with water. Then I shake every time, and, when it starts to get low, just below half, I will add some water, but not everything else. I will usually dilute for about a month, then I will make a fresh batch. If anyone happens to be sick, with a head cold then I will add breathe, if they have a headache then I add in peppermint. Some kids need it to come from somewhere, but mine were happy that I looked for a recipe online. This way I can try out different recipes, and it is ok if it doesn’t always smell exactly the same since it isn’t made by a company, but I heard one mom say that she had to order it from the Netherlands and that it was very expensive, which if you don’t want to do it for long then this would be a good way to limit it, but I figured there wasn’t a need in my case.

  2. This is awesome! I’m just now sorta kinda trying to get into oils, and helping my little one sleep is definitely a worthy cause. Thanks for the info!!

  3. Thanks for the recipe and cute printed labels. Essential oils are a great was to create a mood or atmosphere of tranquility.

  4. I absolutely love this idea! I don’t have any oils as of yet, however, I’ve been hearing so many good things about them that I do want to start. When my kids were all little, I would buy the sleepy bath time with lavender in it to help calm them down before bed. I had a baby cream which also contained lavender in it and I would put a little on their neck and their pillows to help them sleep. Since they are no longer babies anymore, I’ve stopped. However, I sure could use some recipe to help me when it comes to sleeping! I appreciate the recipe and all the information you provided us with on these essential oils! I will be getting some soon, I hope! Thanks again, Michele 🙂

    • U can also use oils in a diffuser. I have mine going day & night especially when I’m sick. I also use cedarwood but definitely don’t 4get the lavender!

  5. This is great! I need to make some of this for those nights when my daughter is so overtired she has a hard time settling in for bed!

  6. This is really nice of you. I am very excited. I have all sorts of essential oils, and am excited to make this. I already do magnesium oil at night, but I love the lavender too.

  7. Christine A says:

    I know very little about essential oils but I’m interesting in trying your recipe to help with sleep.

  8. Anne Marie Carter says:

    This recipe is wonderful! I try to use lavender essential oils to help with my sleep. I shared this on Facebook.

  9. I need this for my 9 year old daughter to put her to sleep at night. Heck, I’d like to have this for myself to go to sleep at night as well. I bet it smells wonderful.

  10. what size labels do you use? brand maybe too? they are sooo cute!

    • Maria, I used Avery Print – To – The – Edge Rectangular Labels, Glossy Clear, 2 x 3 Inches, 80 Labels (22822). The clear didn’t work on the this particular bottle, so I put the label on a white piece of paper and then cut out and used double sided tape.

  11. Sandra Caballero says:

    I got to try the sleepy spray .. Some night I can’t sleep early when my baby sleep .. I get so tired in the mornings

  12. I love this idea! I am definately going to try it soon. One way I learned to relax is to take an Epsom Salt bath. The Epsom Salt naturally detoxes, relaxes muscles, is a great sleep aid and has many other wonderful health benefits.

  13. Amber Ludwig says:

    This sounds just fabulous!! I love that you always include cute labels!! Can’t wait to add this to my bedtime routine!!

  14. This is a great green cleaning product. I have just started using something like this for bed. Love the label!

  15. This looks very soothing. I like the lavender scent the best.

  16. Do we have to use witch hazel with this or we can use other kinds of carrier oils?

    • Hello Denise, the witch hazel is not a carrier oil it just helps the essential oils to disperse evenly and not settle at the bottom. It is optional but I would shake the bottle well before each use if you do not.

  17. The monster label is so clever! I’ve never used essential oils but I have a lavender sachet that I leave on my pillow sometimes. 🙂

  18. James Robert says:

    I have been hearing about this online and never knew until recently. We have to give this a try.

  19. SO FUN! THANK YOU FOR SHARING. Love this!!!! Sleep is important!

  20. Hi. Noticed you use a plastic bottle.
    Won’t the oils eat down the material? Have you had any troubles with spray bottles not working after a while?

  21. I am looking for ideas on how to use Baby powder essential oil? I was thinking for dryer sheets? Thank you for your help

  22. Looking for ideas on how to use Baby powder essential oil??? What to blend it with?

  23. I make a really nice spray for sleep that has Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot and Cedarwood in it. I use an 8 oz. spray bottle, put 2 Tbs. vodka and used 7 drops of each oil. Fill the rest with distilled water. So nice and relaxing!

  24. Tried this and it is fabulous. Usually sleep badly when away from home. Tried this and works a treat. Thank you.

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