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Monday, April 5, 2021

How to Make Pillow Mist For Sleep

How to make a pillow spray for sleep and how to use a pillow mist.  Promote better sleep with this easy recipe that uses essential oils to  promote natural relaxation and better sleep.  

Raise your hand if you go to bed exhausted and then lay in bed for hours and can't fall asleep.  You can't see it, but mine are up too.

I use a passive diffuser beside my bed for oils, but I recently made the best pillow spray for sleep to use my oils with.

This was a recipe from the April 2021 essential oil recipe box.  The theme was rest and relaxation, and it has some great oils in it.

How to Make Pillow Mist for Sleep

Simply Earth Recipe Box

I get the Simply Earth essential oil recipe box each month.  For $40 per box, you get 4 full size bottles of oils and supplies to make 6 easy DIY recipes at home.

It's great for beginners because the recipes are easy.  You also learn about 4 oils each month, so you're not overwhelmed if you're new to oils.

I'm more experienced with DIY recipes with essential oils, so sometimes I adapt them.  I adapted this recipe because I wanted it shelf stable.  

If you subscribe to the essential oil recipe box and use code EVERYTHINGPRETTYFREE, you get a free bonus box with more supplies plus a $40 gift code for a future purchase when you sign up.

Do Pillow Sprays Help You Sleep?

This pillow mist for sleep has essential oils that promote better sleep.  I do notice a difference when I use oils.  However, they don't really affect my husband.  

I've made rollers for friends.  It's worked for some, other don't see much of a difference.  My daughter says they don't work for her, but she does fall asleep faster when she uses the roller I made her.

I think that essential oils can promote better sleep and give your body a gentle nudge towards sleep.  However, if you suffer from insomnia or have another medical condition, then they may not work.  Talk to your doctor if you think there's more going on.

What is the Best Pillow Spray For Sleep?

I like this, and it's the best pillow spray for sleep for me.  It is easy to make and has essential oils that promote better sleep.

What Can I Spray on my Pillow to Help Me Sleep?

Most pillow mist for sleep formulas have essential oils.  Common ones to use are:

I used the Sleepy essential oil blend from Simply Earth.  It's in the April box, or you can buy it from them without buying the box.

Sleepy is a blend of Lavender, Grapefruit, Ho Wood, & Bergamot.  Before I made this pillow spray for sleep, I used it on a passive diffuser beside my bed every night.  

I also like the Sleep essential oil blend from Mountain Rose Herbs.  It's a blend of organic clary sage essential oil, organic bergamot essential oil, organic lavender oil, organic sweet marjoram essential oil, and organic Roman chamomile essential oil.

Learn more about how to use essential oils for sleep and get three more recipes using the oils in this box.

I also use it in a roller ball for my daughter or when I have to stay with my mom when she's sick

How Does a Sleep Sleep Pillow Spray Work?

A pillow spray for sleep has essential oils that can promote relaxation and better sleep.  There have been several studies that show that inhaling essential oils can promote better sleep.

Is Lavender Spray Good for Sleep

Lavender is perhaps the most well known essential oils for the best pillow spray for sleep.  There have been studies that show that inhaling lavender can improve sleep quality.

How Do You Make Homemade Pillow Spray Recipe?

A pillow spray for sleep is easy to make.  You'll need essential oils and a liquid base.  The base can be water, alcohol, or witch hazel.

You can also add an emulsifier.  You can also add a preservative, but we will get into that in below.

Can You Mix Essential Oils With Water for a Spray?

Technically, yes you can.  However, the oils and water won't mix.  Since you aren't applying this directly to your skin, you can safely do that.  Just shake it each time you use it.

However, the water can grow mold, bacteria, and other germs.  You will need to use a preservative or use alcohol to prevent germs.

Otherwise, you will have to store it in the fridge or use it only for 2 to 3 days at a time.

Can I Put Essential Oils on my Pillow?

Yes, you can with a pillow mist for sleep.  I don't recommend just adding a drop or two of essential oils to your pillows for a few reasons.

Essential oils are very concentrated.  I add three drops to my passive diffuser each night.  If you just add oils to your pillow, they will be very concentrated and could be too strong.

They can also irritate your skin if you use them undiluted on your skin.  Laying your head on the pillow can cause redness and even a rash since the oil isn't diluted.

I highly recommend making a pillow spray for sleep and learning how to use pillow mist instead of adding oils to your pillow.

What To Mix With Essential Oils to Make a Spray?

You can use water, vodka, rubbing alcohol, or witch hazel.  If you use water, you will need to use a preservative or store it in the fridge.  

Rubbing alcohol can cause lung problems, so I don't recommend using it on your pillow.  Breathing in the fumes can cause coughing, and touching it can irritate your skin.  

I would recommend vodka or witch hazel.  I used witch hazel because it's inexpensive and doesn't smell like vodka does.


Essential oils are oil based.  If you use water to make this pillow mist for sleep, then you will to use an emulsifier for them to mix.  An emulsifier combines the oils and water.

However, you do not need to use one.  Since you are spraying this on your pillow and not on your skin, you do not need an emulsifier.  You can simply shake this pillow spray for sleep well before using it.

If you do want to use an emulsifier, I recommend using polysorbate 80.  To use, combine equal parts poly 80 and essential oils and add that to the pillow mist for sleep recipe.

More Natural DIYs for the Home

If you like this pillow mist for sleep recipe, check out these DIYs to use essential oils for a natural home.

Pillow Mist for Sleep Ingredients

To make the best pillow spray for sleep, you will need the following:



Pillow Mist for Sleep Directions

Step #1

If you are using polysorbate 80, combine that and the essential oils in a small bowl.  Mix well.  Otherwise, skip to step 2.

Step #2

Add the essential oils to the spray bottle.  Fill with witch hazel.

Step #3

Place the cap on the bottle and shake gently.

How to Use Pillow Mix

If you do not use polysorbate 80, then you will need to shake the pillow spray for sleep gently before each use.

Then spray one or two times on your pillow before bed.  I like to let it dry before I lay down.  You will breathe in the aroma and feel relaxed and ready for bed.

Where to Buy Pillow Spray for Sleep

Not ready to DIY the best pillow spray for sleep?  Try one of these:

Don't forget to use code EVERYTHINGPRETTYFREE to get your free bonus box and a $40 gift card when you subscribe to the Simply Earth recipe box!

essential oils, sleep spray, pillow spray, pillow mist
Yield: 2 ounces
Author: Cari @ Koti Beth
Estimated cost: $5

Pillow Mist for Sleep Recipe

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 5 Mtotal time: 10 M
How to make a pillow spray for sleep.


  • 1 ounce witch hazel
  • 1 ounce distilled water
  • 12 drops Sleepy essential oil blend
  • 12 drops polysorbate 80 (optional)


  • 2 ounce spray bottle


  1. If you are using polysorbate 80, combine that and the essential oils in a small bowl. Mix well. Otherwise, skip to step 2.
  2. Add the essential oils to the spray bottle. Fill with witch hazel.
  3. Place the cap on the bottle and shake gently.
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