How To Make an All-Natural Herbal Sleep Salve

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Here’s a great tutorial I just found courtesy of those cool folks at Design Sponge: How To Make Your Own Sleep Salve.

This “classic” formulation uses all-natural ingredients (you know how we roll by now!) and essential oils which have a tradition of being used to aid with falling asleep.

The recipe follows a fairly similar “base formula” to many other all-natural salves: using beeswax – together with olive and sesame oils as the base ingredients.

We’re pleased to see the inclusion of lavender, which corresponds to our own list of herbs for insomnia (which is worth a look if you are unfamiliar with herbs that are reported to be beneficial as sleep aids).

Lavender is one of the old sleep remedies that has been used as such since ancient times. It can be employed in several forms – such as sachets of flowers, a herb tea, in salves such as the one that is the subject of this page, or even a waft of the vapor from the essential oil bottle can help! I’ve noticed in the past that it really seems to work: The smell of lavender makes me sleepy! Lavender is also used in numerous skin and hair products owing to its reported benefits in these areas.

Chamomile is another classic sleep remedy that is considered calming and restful. This flower, which looks like a “giant daisy”, has been used since ancient times in bedtime teas. The recipe calls for the option of chamomile essential oil, which I would opt for (instead of sandalwood) because I think it will be more effective.

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One last tip – be sure to use the “double boiler” method for warming beeswax as stated in the original tutorial. This helps control the temperature of the besswax and prevent it from going too high. Overheating the beeswax, such as is likely to happen if you simply heated it in a pan, will cause it to spoil and burn.

Here, then, is the link to the full sleep salve tutorial:

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  • By Monica, May 31, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    I can use lavender it winds me up. But that look great!

  • By william, August 27, 2013 @ 5:37 am

    I am allergic to lavender. Any other suggestions? I am tired of taking temazapam… taking chemical drugs is just fogging up my consciousnesses… I’m tired of being in a fog.

  • By Fran, September 19, 2013 @ 4:49 am

    If a busy mind is your problem for getting sleep then try white chestnut, I use Bach brand putting it under my tongue. They have combinations with white chestnut in it that might work for you too called Rescue Sleep, it’s what I used to use then discovered white chestnut being one of the ingredients worked well on its own for me.
    Hops is another herb you can try, Ive created a small pillow filled with hops that stays in my bed near my pillows but I also put in mint to cover the strong hop smell that I personally don’t like, just don’t use peppermint.

  • By Katherine, September 19, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    Thank you ! I am going to look into this, cuz my son has trouble sleeping in da night

  • By Danuta, November 13, 2013 @ 2:44 am

    William why do not take Mellisa extract, it is the easiest thing to make. Melisa is Lemon balm :))

  • By Dawn, November 13, 2013 @ 2:49 am

    I’ve been melting several of your salve. I usually melt the oil and beeswax in the microwave. Any problem with that instead of a double boiler?

  • By lacey, November 13, 2013 @ 2:50 am

    magnesium and zinc help with sleep too. I have been taking it for a few months now and have been sleeping great!

  • By Jen, July 13, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

    valerian root is a natural sleep aid

  • By pp sabat, November 16, 2014 @ 7:12 pm

    Let me know how to strengthen my liver

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