Relaxing Pillow Spray Recipe with Essential Oils

Relaxing Pillow Spray Recipe with Essential Oils

With six kiddos in the house, sleep can be hard to come by sometimes. Fortunately, I’ve found ways to naturally improve sleep quality, including ditching the night lights and using magnesium oil before bed. This relaxing pillow spray is another healthy (and great smelling!) way to promote a good night’s sleep.

So would a simple scent make a difference in your sleep? Good question!

Pillow Spray for Your Sleep Routine

As I’ve searched for answers on sleep over the years … as every parent has I’m sure … I’ve learned a lot about just how essential sleep is for our health. In fact there’s no way to be healthy without good, quality sleep, and enough of it.

It turns out that establishing a solid sleep routine with little cues that it’s time to wind down and get some shut-eye is not just important for babies and kids. Grown-ups need these routines too, whether it be an epsom salt bath, or some self-massage, or just reading a good book.

In the same way, smelling a familiar, relaxing scent every night moments before we hit the pillow can send a strong and comforting signal to our over-wired, over-stimulated brains to prepare for sleep.

Proven Essential Oils for Sleep

Part of the answer is that this pillow spray recipe uses the proven sleep-inducing powers of some great essential oils. I’m sure you’ll recognize some of the players here!

Soothing Ylang Ylang

It may be a little difficult to pronounce, but ylang ylang is a potent relaxer. Its unique scent is frequently used by perfumers (and just so happens to be a featured ingredient in the popular Chanel No. 5!).

Ylang ylang has been used to relieve anxiety and as a sedative for more restful sleep. Even though it has a feminine, floral smell, a 2016 study showed its anti-anxiety benefits were even more pronounced for male mice (interesting!).

Stress-Relieving Bergamot

Bergamot essential oil, like other oils of the citrus family, has an uplifting scent that helps ease tensions. This oil is versatile since it can be used to both rejuvenate the mood while relaxing the mind. (Bergamot is highly phototoxic … but this is more of a concern in a lotion than in a nighttime pillow spray.)

Relaxing Lavender

Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils for both its scent and its skin-healing properties. It’s also well known for its ability to relax the mind and improve sleep quality. In one study, sleep-deprived college students inhaled either lavender or a placebo. Those who used lavender slept better and felt more refreshed upon waking up.

A Word on Carriers

Normally when making something with essential oils a carrier oil is used to safely dilute the oils. Honey, glycerin, and even castile soap will also help to disperse essential oils.

Since this spray is meant for fabric, olive oil or honey aren’t really the best options here. This spray uses alcohol to disperse the essential oils. The vodka also evaporates quickly to avoid damaging or staining fabrics.

Relaxing Pillow Spray Recipe

I’ve been using this homemade pillow spray for several weeks, and have noticed that I’m sleeping more deeply and feel more rested upon waking up.

Pillow Spray Ingredients

Pillow Spray Instructions

  1. Put the vodka and essential oils into the glass spray bottle and swirl the bottle to combine.
  2. Fill the bottle with water until almost full, leaving room for the lid. Cap the spray bottle, and shake well to combine.
  3. To use the spray, lightly mist a pillow a few minutes before bedtime. Be sure to shake the bottle well before each use.

Do you use any scents or essential oils in your sleep routine? What has helped you the most with getting better sleep? I’d love to know!


This relaxing homemade pillow spray smells wonderful and will help you get a good nights sleep.

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Reader Comments

  1. This sounds lovely and I’ve heard essential oils are toxic for cats. I wonder if there is a safe way I could do this one vs spraying it?

  2. I use magnesium oil as my base, since it is proven to relax the muscles, to that I add 10 drops each lavender and chamomile in a roller bottle and put on the bottom of my feet right before bed. Works like a charm. I like your idea as well and may add it to our night time routine. Maybe just a light spray.

  3. I use lavender oil in coconut oil and rub it on my son’s chest before bed. Helps him calm down and get to sleep more quickly.

  4. Since this has water, do you need a preservative or does the Vodka suffice?

  5. I am always looking for great, easy ways to get better sleep. I have two crazy kids and this may help. I think it’s so helpful that I am pinning it too.

  6. Can there be a substitute for the vodka? Could you use rubbing alcohol?

  7. I’ve never heard of essential oils being toxic to cats. I have two cats and diffuse essential oils almost daily. I try to use organic but have a couple oils that are not organic. No problem for my cats. Just to let you know.

    • Some essential oils are harmful for cats, please look at it.
      Bear careful with the oil quality too. Other than that, I’m looking forward to try it

  8. Would witch hazel work instead of vodka? We don’t use alcohol and I don’t really want to buy any just for this…

    • I use witch hazel instead. It doesn’t leave any residue or stain.

  9. We do equal drops of lavender…balance (rocky mountain oils)…and cedarwood….in a diffuser for bedtime when needed. Works great for my teenage son that has anxiety.

  10. I enjoy the soothing affects of applying lavender to my wrists and neck before bed. I love the idea of spraying it on your pillow and will have to try this.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, Katie!

  11. Vetiver and Lavender are great choices also!

  12. I use lavender oil on my feet nightly. I also make a pillow spray wth just lavender oil and water. 10 drops per 1 oz of filtered water. I use the spray every night on my pillows and lightly mist my nightshirt as well. Works great for me! I also add Vetiver sometimes but I find it very strong so I don’t use much.

  13. Although this does help me sleep I have had a severe reaction related to breathing. I have a viral induced asthma and though my recent lung problems were viral induced, but it wouldn’t go away for weeks. After reading up, I’m wondering if it may be micro particles from the spray. Plus I figured if a little is good, more is better. Lol ? Best to have cautions on this post for numbskulls like me (who are so desperate to sleep), who don’t understand the importance of waiting till the spray is dry, not spraying it on themselves, etc.

  14. I have to say Thank god for you. I have a sleep disorder where my mind doesn’t shut down. I have been on medication for years to sleep and I still can’t sleep. I have tried many of your health recipes and liked them all. Some how I missed this one and I’m very excited to try it. Thank you

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