Homemade Deep Sleep Salve

I have a lot of trouble sleeping. Sometimes it’s difficulty falling asleep, but most of the time it’s issues waking up over and over and over again throughout the night. I have a lot of bad dreams as well leaving me feeling emotionally and physically exhausted most mornings when it’s time to actually get out of bed. I decided to look into what essential oils would have a positive effect on sleep and then see what natural remedy I could make. Here is the recipe for the resulting homemade Deep Sleep Salve.

Homemade Deep Sleep Salve DIY Recipe

Homemade Deep Sleep Salve

2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp grapeseed oil
2 tbsp beeswax
15 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops cedarwood essential oil


In a heat-safe bowl in the microwave or double boiler over the stove, melt the coconut oil, grapeseed oil, and beeswax together.
Add in all the drops of essential oil and stir.
Pour the oil into a suitable container and allow to set.
Screw on the lid and store in a cool, dark place.


To use, rub the salve on your pulse points and take a couple slow, deep breaths of the scent. You can also massage it into the soles of your feet.


Lavender is commonly used to calm anxiety and treat insomnia. Studies have shown that people who slept with lavender essential oil diffusing throughout the night reported sleeping 20% better than those with the placebo. In other study, those who smelled lavender before bed slept more soundly and brain scans showed an increase in slow-wave sleep which is the deep sleep in the cycle.


Cedarwood is another essential oil that has a sedative effect. In a study with rats a compound that is found in cedarwood essential oil decreased their motor activity even when given caffeine. Cedarwood essential oil also promotes the release of serotonin some of which is converted into melatonin which is calming and regulates the sleep cycle.


I’ve been using the salve for about a week now, and I think it is helping somewhat. I still feel tired in the mornings because I still have bad dreams every night, but I knew this salve probably wouldn’t solve that issue. Otherwise, I have been falling asleep pretty quickly when I go to bed. I also think that I have been waking up fewer times throughout the night.


How do you ensure you get a good night’s sleep? Also, does anyone have any suggestions for preventing constant bad dreams?

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  1. Reply
    Missy@My Sh!tty Kitchen
    April 14, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I will pin this and make it soon! Music to this insomniac’s ears!

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      April 14, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Oh, nice! I’d love to hear what you think of it after.

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        September 6, 2016 at 8:10 am

        I used to suffer from nightmares a lot, scared the shit out of me, and I got anxious even getting ready for bed. Then i got angry and thought I’d better find a way to deal with them, and the exhaustion during the day. So I started reading about dreams and what they meant. And I began meditating. Both were revelations. Turns out dreams are the most amazing things!! They are a way for our brain/body to sort out issues we’re facing and regroup after a days learning. I went from seeing them as the enemy to something I could learn from. The book that made the most sense to me was ‘Dreams and the search for meaning.’ By Peter O’Connor. Its a bit academic in parts, but well worth persevering. The meditating helped reenergize me from lost sleep, then when I started sleeping better it made me feel fantastic.

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          September 6, 2016 at 9:24 am

          Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I have been curious about the meaning behind dreams, and I didn’t realize there were actual legitimate resources that I could turn too. I’ve looked things up online, but it didn’t seem to be researched or anything. I will have to look for the book you mentioned. Thank you! I’m so glad to hear that you’re feeling better now.

          1. Angela
            December 11, 2017 at 7:08 pm

            I have crazy dreams when I eat a tomato based (pizza, chili)dinner or anything with loads of veggies(Chinese). Pay attention to this as well and journal to see if thereโ€™s a pattern.

          2. Grace
            December 11, 2017 at 10:44 pm

            Oh wow! I have never thought about diet affecting it. Thanks for sharing. That’s kind of crazy, haha.

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      December 21, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Some other oils that could maybe be added to improve effectiveness are Lemon, Bergamot, and Frankincense. I use them along with cedarwood and lavender and make them into a salve, as you do, smells great and it helps me get to sleep faster and gives me a deeper more restful sleep. I put a little on my wrists, under my nose and massage a little into my temples.

      Also Grace…..for the bad dreams, maybe lucid dreaming techniques could help. In the shorter term have you tried listening to guided meditations as your going to sleep? might be helpful, kelly howell does some good ones and has a very soothing voice.

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        January 1, 2017 at 12:38 pm

        Thank you so much for all your essential oil suggestions! I will have to try some of them out.

        I have had others recommend lucid dreaming to me as well – my concern is that I won’t feel rested when I wake up. I already feel like I spend my sleeping hours living another day’s worth of of events. I imagine with lucid dreaming I would feel as though I’ve been expending my energy even more. I don’t actually have experience with it though.

        I have tried meditations before going sleep before, but I will check out Kelly Howell. Thank you!

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      June 8, 2017 at 4:38 am

      It sounds like you may have sleep apnea you may need a sleep study I am a sleep technician I would deff get it checked out

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        June 8, 2017 at 12:15 pm

        Oh really? My husband says I don’t snore, so I never thought about sleep apnea. Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Reply
    April 15, 2016 at 6:57 am

    I am an avid insomniac and want to go crazy sometimes. I have always been skeptical of some of these natural sleep salves, or herbal supplements for sleep. However, I have tried this and I could feel my body start to relax due to the relaxing scent. I did couple some relaxing exercises and meditation into the mix, but this did help. Thanks!


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      April 15, 2016 at 8:28 am

      I’m so glad to hear this helped! I find some days are better than others still with the salve. Last night, for example, was not great, haha. I use progressive muscle relaxation sometimes when I can’t fall asleep, and I’ve been wanting to more regularly practice meditation before bed too.

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    Sarah @ Pretty Simple Ideas
    April 18, 2016 at 6:36 am

    I made something recently like this and it works just like a sleep drug! I used cocoa butter because I had some extra laying around, and also added Frankincense.

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      April 18, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Oh, nice! I had someone else recommend frankincense to me as well, so I might just have to try that out.

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    Sammi @ Grounded & Surrounded
    April 18, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I am in love this this salve! I can’t wait to make it ๐Ÿ™‚ Deep sleep here I come ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pinned!

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      April 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Awesome! I would love to hear how it works for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Marla Martenson
    April 21, 2016 at 8:37 am

    What a great idea. Easy to make and all natural. I have trouble sleeping as well. I will try this.
    I’m visiting from Katherine’s Corner. xx

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      April 21, 2016 at 9:13 am

      I hope it helps! I’d love to hear what you think after you’ve tried it out.

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    Kim Cunningham
    April 21, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I love anything lavender!

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      April 22, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Oh, me too! That is one essential oil I use every day in one way or another.

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    Lisa Taylor
    May 6, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    What could I use in place of beeswax?

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      May 7, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Hmm, I’ve never tried anything other than beeswax myself, so I cannot say for sure. I think that soy wax would be a suitable alternative though.

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      September 22, 2016 at 10:55 am

      You don’t actually Need beeswax; it just helps give a former consistency. Coconut butter and Shea butter alone can work- or any of the natural butters

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        September 22, 2016 at 11:33 am

        Thank you, Katie! Good to know, that does make sense.

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        sue elrod
        July 22, 2017 at 5:13 am

        WHAT, If you store the “mixture” in the fridge and get it when ready to use = it might help and no beeswax would be needed…when left at room temp = sometimes it will almost liquify = whereas the beeswax helps to keep it in the right consistency to just rub on wrists,etc. And the coolness from it being stored in fridge might also feel relaxing until the warmth of your skin kicks in. <3

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          July 31, 2017 at 1:28 pm

          I like your thinking, Sue! That could certainly work – great idea! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Reply
    May 21, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Vetiver oil is also good for promoting sleep but the best thing for good sleep is to get your hormone cycle in balance. Your digestive hormones set up the whole cycle and affect your sleep hormones melatonin and serotonin. Try a Whole 30 and see if you’re not sleeping much better by the third week. (Do a google on Whole 30 if you’re unfamiliar with it; there is also good information on the hormone cycle and how digestion affects in The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD.)

    Another sleep disrupter is light, and blue light from a TV or computer monitor, or yes, e-reader, tablet, smart phone or whatever your electronic device of choice can trick your circadian clock to think it’s much earlier than it is and thus keep you awake longer. If you can’t get the blue tinting on your glasses that will cancel this quiet menace, try turning off much earlier in the day. Read a book, and if you’re prone to disturbing dreams, try reading gentle children’s books.

    And finally, a cup of chamomile tea before bed is also helpful. Some folks also swear by a pillow of hops and lavender.

    Good luck getting better rest.

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      May 21, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Wow, what a wealth of knowledge! I am moderately familiar with the Whole 30, but I have never done one myself. And it is funny that you mentioned the glasses for blue light because I just read about them for the first time earlier today. Very interesting. Thank you so much for all of these suggestions!

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    July 17, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    For bad dreams, have you heard of image rehearsal therapy? Google it. There are some pretty easy steps to follow. Also google a type of meditation called Thought Defusion. It is mindfulness based technique in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). My clients find that meditation is super helpful before bed with helping to fall asleep and clear your thoughts. I am a mental health therapist, so this is why I have this info. Good luck, this salve looks fun and I am excited to try it!

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      July 17, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      Oh, wow! Thank you so much for those suggestions. I hadn’t heard of them before. I will definitely look into them. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy the salve!

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    July 29, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Thank you for the lovely recipe. I have been using cedar wood salve for a while now and it does seem to work for me. But I have another suggestion, did you ever try praying before you go to sleep? Ask the Lord to protect your mind as you sleep.

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      July 29, 2016 at 10:30 am

      I’m glad to hear cedar wood is effective for you. Thank you for your suggestion!

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        October 5, 2016 at 6:54 am

        I also recommend prayer. Ask the Lord to give you dreams from him. Bad dreams are not from God, they come from a different spirit. And when you wake up after a bad dream, pray against it and command that spirit to leave.

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          October 5, 2016 at 8:33 am

          I’m glad to hear you’ve found that strategy works for you. Thanks for sharing!

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          March 26, 2017 at 7:47 am

          You are SO right, Angela…..God our Father will give you peace and a sound sleep when you ask him. Thank you for sharing.

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    August 1, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Try magnesium oil as well as or magnesium. I have fibromyalgia so I use the magnesium oil on my legs and feet to help with restlessness and take the oral before I go to bed. This combination along with your salve all before bed could be awesome. I would just mix the lavender and cedarwood with the magnesium oil and spray away.

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      August 1, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Oh, interesting! I haven’t heard that before. Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to try it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Reply
    August 27, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Hi Grace ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Have you been tested for sleep apnea? It won’t help with the dreams, I don’t think, but it might help with the irregular sleep patterns. I had apnea, which is why I ask. I hope you’ve been sleeping a little better though.

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      August 27, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Oh, interesting. No, I’ve never been tested for sleep apnea. My husband has never noticed that I stop breathing while sleeping, but he’s a pretty heavy sleeper himself, so he may not be the most reliable source, haha.

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    September 3, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Hi Grace
    I’d love to try this. Where do you buy your ingredients? Especially the grape seed oil and beeswax?

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      September 4, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Hey Susanne! I buy my ingredients a few different places. The essential oils are from a local health food store. The health food store also has grapeseed oil, but I actually buy mine at a bulk food store (Bulk Barn) so that I can just buy the quantities I need without worrying about it going bad. The beeswax I buy from a local honey farm when I go to the farmer’s market. I’ve bought beeswax candles before and used that though. And I know you can get beeswax pellets, which can be easier to measure and melt, at craft stores or on Amazon. I hope that helps!

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    October 15, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    how do you apply the salvie? And have you other great “notes” or secret knowledge that can help a beginner?
    And can you recommend any herbs books or anything like that to become better at this stuff ?

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      October 15, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      I rub the salve on the inside of my wrists. You can really rub it on any of your pulse points and take a couple slow, deep breaths of the scent. You can also massage it into the soles of your feet. There’s many recipes that are good for beginners here on my site if you go to Natural Remedies or Beauty at the top. A few books I consult often are 1001 Natural Remedies by Laurel Vukovic, EcoBeauty by Lauren Cox, and The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless.

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    December 30, 2016 at 1:02 am

    I’ve been making homemade natural products and selling them for a while now! I think I’ve perfected my sleep salve, if you want to try it. I use it on myself and my kids, it especially helps me now that I’m pregnant, and I’ve made it extra special by adding in stuff to help with skin care!

    My recipe:
    (makes about 16 oz worth of product)

    ( I like mine strong, so you can adjust the essential oils to your preference, I also like my salve a little more on the balm consistency side, so you can adjust the beeswax as needed as well)
    20 drops lavender oil
    17 drops chamomile oil
    10 drops ceder wood oil
    8 drops orange oil
    7 drops cinnamon leaf oil

    1 cup organic coconut oil
    1 1/2 T vitamin E oil
    2 oz raw shea butter
    2 T sunflower oil (or olive oil)
    1 TSP jojoba oil
    3/4 cup beeswax

    It’s AMAZING, my skin feels so soft after I use it and the essential oil combo is THE BEST. I’ve been messing around trying to get the right combo, and this is what I ended up with. It’s also my best seller, people love it!
    I also make products like body & lip sugar scrubs, lip balm, soy candles, face wash (regular and acne), face toner(regular and acne), sore muscle rub, sinus relief rub, beard oil, solid perfumes, lotion bars, etc

    If you ever want some recipes email me! hugs4ships@gmail.com

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      January 1, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Wow – thank you so much for sharing!! That is so generous of you. Interesting! I never would have thought to put orange in a sleep salve, but it’s true it does help with nerves and stress. I’ll have to pick up some chamomile, but all the rest I already have. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again!

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    February 22, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    I have found that anytime I have awakened from a nightmare I am on my back. ( usually a side sleeper) I find this very interesting since I have suffered from back problems most of my life. Although I believe dreams are a way our subconscious works things out, I believe there may be physiological reasons as well.

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      February 23, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Oh wow, that is interesting. I remember studying dream theories in my psychology class in school and they are so varied. I think there dreams come from some combination of them. Dreams and our subconscious mind are so very odd.

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    March 3, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Juniper berry oil helps with nightmares also. I use it on my daughter and she doesn’t hardly have them any more.

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      March 3, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Oh, thank you so much! I haven’t heard of that before so I will have to look for it.

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    Melissa Novotny
    April 27, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I love your website and admire all this โ€˜recipe-makingโ€™ you are doing! Thanks SO much for sharing with us!

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      April 27, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you so much and you are very welcome. ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you enjoy the salve.

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    April 30, 2017 at 12:42 am

    My daughter went through a spell of nightmares so bad I started researching night terrors. She’d wake from one only to have another the instant she fell back to sleep. This is what started us on our essential oil journey. I bought a bottle of Roman chamomile, a small glass spritzer bottle, and distilled water. I spritzed her sheets, her blankets, her stuffed animals, her pajamas, everything, to the point of almost damp. That night she woke from a nightmare and I spritzed everything again. She slept through the rest of the night. We did the same thing the next night. This time she had no nightmares. We stuck with it for a week then switched to diffusing it in her room every night. Not a single nightmare since.

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      May 1, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Oh wow – what an incredible difference! I’m so glad you found a natural solution that works so effectively. I haven’t tried chamomile essential oil, I’m thinking I better get some. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

  21. Reply
    June 9, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Grace you can get a sleep app called Sleep Cycle which shows you visually how well you slept. The main app is free and you can get more features by paying about $12/yr so not expensive.
    I will try out your recipe but have been using lavender oil in a roll on for the sles of my feet for almost a year.
    Just started using a magnesium body butter recipe for my legs as I have nerve damage from chemo so the nerves are firing randomly in the muscles causing cramps and spasms. So far it has worked and I am sleeping better!

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      June 9, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Cool, thanks for the suggestion! I tried an activity tracker for monitoring my sleep, but I hated wearing it around my wrist while I was in bed, and I didn’t think the records were very accurate.
      That’s awesome that lavender and magnesium have been working for you. I have been curious about magnesium myself lately, even just taking it as a supplement. We will see. I am glad to hear you have found remedies that work for you though. And I hope you enjoy this salve. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    December 9, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Are you too hot at night? My nephew has nightmares if he gets overly hot.

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      December 11, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Oh interesting! I do seem to have weird temperature fluctuations throughout the night. Usually when I go to bed I’m cold but then I wake up throughout the night way too hot. That could have something to do with it for me as well then. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Reply
    Bonnie Spiker
    December 26, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Grace, have you ever considered wifi or Emf waves? Many people suffer from EHS, electromagnetic Hypersensitivity. I am one of those people. I am 50, so I know what it is like not to be bathed in microwaves and electromagnetic waves all day. I have suffered from anxiety, panic attacks , heart palpitations and poor sleep for years before pinpointing the cause. We are more energy than matter so it makes sense to me. This type of energy can cause a myriad of symptoms, sleep disturbances is just one. I have tried everything from drugs to oils but as soon as I started unplugging my wifi router at night what a difference. When I am camping away from town, I feel better too. For anyone who cant sleep, its worth a try.
    Best Wishes

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      December 28, 2017 at 11:40 am

      That’s so interesting! Thank you for sharing your experience. It’s definitely worth a shot.

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