One thing that I’ve been using for the last year or so that has made a noticeable difference in our sleep quality is a homemade natural sleep spray.

It has natural ingredients that promote restful sleep, and the name "Sleepytime" doesn't hurt (placebo works 30% of the time, but if it helps me sleep, I'll take it).

The ingredients for this recipe evolved over time and I’ve finally found the combination that seems to work best for us. It is:

Magnesium Oil –Magnesium oil can cause tingling on the skin, especially if a person is deficient, so it's not the best all-over remedy for children. I applied a small amount to the kids' feet before bed and wore socks.

Lavender Essential Oil – Lavender promotes restful sleep as a calming herb. Even a small amount can have a potent effect on children, so I don't use much.

Chamomile Essential Oil – Also calming. Chamomile tea helps calm and promote sleep before bed or during stressful times. In essential oil form, it promotes sleep.

For drier skin, adding lavender and chamomile essential oils to a homemade magnesium body butter recipe achieves the same result while moisturising skin.

Foot Spray Instructions--  Mix ingredients in a 4 ounce or larger glass spray bottle. The recipe can be doubled or tripled if desired. Depending on how much is used, 24-48 applications.