2 weeks ago I discovered a new night cream recipe and I’m hooked! Not only is it keeping my skin soft and hydrated, but it gives me sweet dreams and a better night’s rest. And I love its relaxing fragrance!
Especially at this point in my life, relaxation and a good night’s rest seems hard to achieve. So much ‘To Do’s’ and time is flying…. Finishing the renovation of our house, planning our move to Cambodia, setting up my volunteering projects… and it doesn’t stop there.
Except for my daily yoga practice, relaxation was not on my list lately. And with that came stressed feelings and I had a hard time to fall asleep because my mind won’t stop working…
2 weeks ago a friend of mine gave me this recipe to help me to relax and settle for a peaceful sleep. And it worked… Maybe it is all in my head, but even then it is working and worth sharing with you…. Maybe it can help you to relax and if not it is a great nourishing and moisturizing night cream that keeps your skin soft and healthy.
What I also found out during the past 2 weeks is, no matter what, make some time to relax before going to bed. So each day I try to stop all activities at least one hour before going to bed. I apply the cream on my hands and face and take some time to relax with a nice cup of herbal tea and a book or just listen to music.
After 2 weeks I feel less stressed and fall asleep much faster. No more tossing and turning for me!
How to Make Your Own Ylang-Ylang Sleep Enhancing Night Cream
- 4 oz. sweet almond oil (or coconut oil or jojoba oil)
- 1 oz. beeswax
- 12 drops Ylang-Ylang essential oil
- 2 oz. jars (2 of them)
- Melt the beeswax and sweet almond oil in a double boiler over medium heat until liquefied.
- Add 10-15 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil and gently mix again.
- Pour into the jars and let the salve cool completely.
Customize Your Recipe
The beauty and fun of making your own salves, creams and lotions is that you can adapt them to your liking.
A good rule of thumb when creating your own cream is to use 1 part beeswax and 3 to 5 parts of the base oil. The more beeswax you add the harder the cream, more oil will make it softer. It is up to you!
If you’ve been following my previous blog posts, you may have noticed that I’m a huge fan of ylang-ylang essential oil. It has a sensual and exotic scent, known for its calming and euphoric effect and works well as an antidepressant, anti-stress and insomnia relief.
Scents are personal and you’re more likely to relax with scents you like the most. So the same recipe can be used, just change ylang-ylang essential oil with the oil of your preference.
Just as with the essential oils, you have the freedom to choose the right base or carrier oil. I love the scent and moisturizing effect of sweet almond oil and coconut oil. If you like a cream with a soft consistency don’t use coconut oil as it makes them harder. Jojoba oil is known for its deep penetrating effect.
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