With four small children, bedtime can be a little … challenging. Especially when they share the same room (we tried them in separate rooms – it was harder). One of my favorite ways to help them calm down and get ready for bed is with herbal remedies.
When you think of chamomile, you might think of a nice warm cup of tea before bed. And rightfully so – we all sleep like babies when we have a cup of chamomile tea before bed. But chamomile can also be applied topically.
Prepare a chamomile infusion and add it to a bath or foot soak to help heal sores and alleviate aches. It has the ability to penetrate deeply, soothe and ease the pain of inflammation.
Studies have shown that lemon balm has a primary effect on the nervous system and a secondary effect on the digestive system. Lemon balm has a history of being used to treat nervous system disorders, alleviating anxiety and lifting depression.
The sedative qualities of lemon balm make it useful as a sleep aid, even for little ones.
Lavender essential oil is well-known for it’s calming effect. In our house, it’s used frequently in baths before bed or applied to foreheads and temples to promote sleepy. Sometimes I add a drop to my kids’ pillows when they’ve been particularly rambunctious.
And I’ve been known to line up my children, nieces and nephews to apply lavender essential oil to calm the frenzy. Needless to say, it’s essential in my home.
Typically, I combine the lemon balm and chamomile into a sleepy tea and rub lavender essential oil on their foreheads. But, they can also all be combined into a soothing sleep balm. Rub on temples, foreheads, necks and shoulders to soothe little ones and help them sleep.
- 1⁄4 cup Lemon balm
- 1⁄4 cup Chamomile flowers
- Lavender essential oil
- Vitamin e oil
- 1 1/2 cups Coconut oil (You can also use Jojoba oil, olive oil or grapeseed oil)
- 2 Tbsp Candelilla wax or Beeswax (If using a liquid carrier oil instead, increase wax to 1/4 cup)
1. Turn your oven on to 200 degrees, then turn it off. Combine coconut oil and herbs in an oven-proof pan/bowl. Stick the herbs & oil in the heated oven. Let them steep for about 3 hours. Use this time to play with your kids. They’ll appreciate it.
2. Now, take out your herbs and strain the infused oil into a glass quart jar (or bowl). I really love those mesh strainers that fit into a bowl. You can toss the herbs once they’ve drained.
3. Clean out your pan and pour your strained oil into it. Put it back on the stove and turn it on to low heat. Stir in wax and let it melt. Turn off the heat and add 5 – 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Start low and if it doesn’t smell strong enough, add more.
4. It’s easy to overdo it with lavender, so add a few drops at a time. Then add 10 drops of the vitamin e oil. It helps to keep it from going rancid.
5. Pour your balm into dry (make sure they are very dry) jars, put the lid on and wait for it to dry. Make a nice label for your jar(s) so you can remember what’s in there.