Homemade All-Natural Sleep Balm

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I’ve been taking on quite a few new projects lately, which is exciting and rewarding, especially because for the first time in my life, I am doing work that I truly love (Hooray for that!).  I am admittedly pretty exhausted too though – like so exhausted I regularly have to double-check what day of the week it is, and I keep putting random objects into the refrigerator that definitely do not belong there.  You would think I could fall into bed then, and immediately snooze, but no such luck as my monkey mind keeps on wandering well into the wee hours of the morning.  It’s been a vicious cycle that I am trying to combat as best I can with healthy habits like clean eating and exercise, as well as bedtime rituals including a soothing cup of tea, light reading (I made the mistake of starting Gone Girl late one night a few weeks ago, and that sure kept my mind racing too!), and now – this balm.  The key ingredients here are lavender, orange, and rose, essential oils which all promote relaxation.  A tablespoon of chamomile tea added into the mix, provides an extra calming boost.  Rich in almond oil and cocoa butter, this formula also helps to heal cracked, dry, skin.  It’s a winning combination that will take you straight to dreamland!

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{ Gold Sequin Hanger from PearlsandPastries }

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INGREDIENTS

5 Tablespoons Almond Oil

1 Tablespoon Beeswax Pellets

3 Tablespoons Cocoa Butter

1 Tablespoon Brewed Chamomile Tea (Sip on the rest, for a doubly relaxing experience!)

1/2 Vanilla Bean, Scraped

20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

20 Drops Orange Essential Oil

20 Drops Rose Essential Oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small saucepan, over low heat, combine all ingredients with the exception of the essential oils and gently warm, just until the solids are melted.  Remove from the heat, and stir to ensure everything is combined.  Allow to cool for approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Add the essential oils to the mixture, and stir again, to combine.
  3. Pour into a storage container, and allow to cool for an additional 15 minutes.  Cover and store in a cool dark place.  The balm will last for up to 8 months, but is best used sooner as the scent will diminish significantly over time.

~ Application:  Dab a small amount of balm under your nose, on your temples, throat, or chest.  Inhale and rest.

 

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18 Responses to Homemade All-Natural Sleep Balm

  1. Cecile Roy says:

    Looks almost good enough to eat !! About “putting things in strange places” – I took care of someone after they had an operation. They had two very small (adorable) children but, by the time it was over I was brain dead. When I was leaving, I couldn’t find my cell, so I called from the house phone…. I’d put it in the vegetable bin in the fridge….. I soo understand how you’re feeling right now !!

  2. michelle says:

    That looks lovely!

  3. Karen says:

    Looks fabulous! It might be something fun to add to my annual Christmas packages that I send out to friends (instead of just cookies)! 🙂

  4. That’s a good recipe and as always your presentation and photo is beautiful.

  5. Laura says:

    Hiya!!! great recipe (IS it a recipe???), I am defo gonna make these…. Can the beeswax be left out though???

    • jjbegonia says:

      Hi Laura!

      If you leave the beeswax out, the balm will have a different texture [as it helps to solidify, and makes the overall effect smoother], but the recipe will still work : ) I hope you love it!

  6. Your blog is so beautiful! I’m dying to try everything!

  7. ohlidia says:

    I must give this a try as my mind is always racing when it should be resting! I read Gone Girl in like… a weekend! Enjoy.

  8. priyanjanaroy says:

    Lavender and rose oils are really very relaxing.
    I’ll just have to find out where to get the beeswax !
    love your hanger 😀

    • jjbegonia says:

      Thanks : )

      I have purchased beeswax via Amazon, and found that it’s stocked in most large craft supply stores. I hope that helps!

  9. You are seriously, BOMBtastic!! I can’t get over your level of creativity and mastery of natural and delicious goodies! How do you have time for all of this goodness?! I’m sharing this recipe with a friend of mine who I know will love it (small baby+no sleep for either of them = major disaster)

    • jjbegonia says:

      Thank You (and Thanks for sharing, too)! I work from home which is beneficial in terms of scheduling and have a lot of help from my sister who is a great source for all things ‘natural’ : )

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