How to Make an Aromatherapy Sleep Spray

DIY aromatherapy sleep spray in small brown spray bottle

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Project Overview
  • Total Time: 5 - 10 mins
  • Skill Level: Beginner

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An aromatherapy sleep spray may help you relax so you can enjoy a blissfully peaceful night's sleep. It's a blend of essential oils that smells wonderful, freshens your room, is completely natural, and has no side effects. It's safe to use this spray on a child's bedding for a calming effect, as well. Making an aromatherapy sleep spray is a quick and easy DIY project.

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, which are derived from plants, to create a desired frame of mind or physical effect. It’s been around for centuries, and it’s very effective at promoting relaxation, inducing sleep, reducing anxiety, and dulling aches and pains. There are several ways to use aromatherapy oils, but one of the easiest and most versatile is to create a spray that includes lavender to promote sleep.


Keep all bottles of essential oils safely away from children so they are not tempted to drink them.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Small funnel
  • Small, dark glass spray bottle


  • 1 to 3 ounces vodka
  • Distilled water
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 10 drops bergamot, jasmine, ylang ylang, or geranium essential oil


Materials and tools to make an aromatherapy sleep spray

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  1. Add Vodka to Bottle

    Pour vodka into your bottle using the funnel. Vodka won't affect the fragrance of your sleep spray and the alcohol helps the spray to dry quickly so it won't leave wet marks on your sheets.

    The amount of vodka depends on the bottle’s size. For example, use 1 ounce of vodka in a 2-ounce bottle, 2 ounces of vodka in a 4-ounce bottle, and 4 ounces in an 8-ounce bottle.


    If you don’t have vodka, substitute witch hazel or rubbing alcohol, but be aware that these might alter the scent of your finished spray.

    Vodka added to small brown spray bottle through funnel

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  2. Add Lavender

    Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil to the bottle.

    Lavender essential oil added to spray bottle

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  3. Add Chamomile

    Add 10 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil into the bottle.


    There are two types of chamomile essential oil: Roman and German. Roman chamomile oil is a centuries-old remedy for a good night's sleep. It has been prized for centuries for its abilities to relax both the mind and body. German oil is typically used in a bath for muscle and joint discomfort. It has been used as a medicine for thousands of years dating back to the ancient Egyptians.

    Chamomile essential oil added to spray bottle

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  4. Add the Other Oils

    Add 10 drops of your third choice of essential oil.

    If you want, you can also add 10 drops of a fourth choice from the list of essential oils that will blend to create a delicious sleep scent.

    Other essential oils added to spray bottle

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  5. Finish With Distilled Water

    Pour in just enough distilled water to almost reach the top of the bottle. Leave a little bit of room so you can mix the ingredients. Put on the bottle top and shake to blend oils, vodka, and water.

    Distilled water poured into spray bottle

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  6. Spray Where Needed

    Gently spray your pillows and sheets before climbing into bed at night or wherever the scent could help you to relax.


    The lavender in the spray is safe to use on a dog's bed or crate to help your pet settle down. Do not use lavender for a cat's bedding or crate, however, because the oil is toxic for felines.

    DIY aromatherapy spray applied over bed with brown comfortor

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Article Sources
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  1. Babar, Ali et al. Essential oils used in aromatherapy: A systemic review. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, vol. 5, no. 8, pp. 601-611, 2015. doi:10.1111/1750-3841.12492

  2. Essential Oils. Missouri Poison Center.

  3. German Chamomile. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

  4. Lavender. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.