"I am sorry to say that Peter was not very well during the evening.
His mother put him to bed, and made some camomile tea;
and she gave a dose of it to Peter!
'One table-spoonful to be taken at bed-time.'"
If your little rabbit is overtired and needs some rest, here is an aromatic bedtime spray to give him or her some in-scentive to sleep. A few drops of chamomile essential oil is just the dose prescribed by Peter's mother!
In a clean (travel sized) spray bottle, add the following ingredients in the order they appear:
- 2 drops of chamomile essential oil
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
- 1 - 2 drops of orange essential oil
- 1/4 tsp. vodka, optional (cheap kind is fine) ~ It helps to disperse the oils, acts as a preservative and is also a disinfectant and antibacterial. Some people use rubbing alcohol but it is not as natural a choice as vodka. However, if you have a weakness to alcohol, then I encourage you to skip this ingredient altogether. Being this is only a 1/3-cup recipe, it will keep (meaning the essential oils will not lose their potency) for the time period it takes to use the spray up.
- Approx. 1/3 cup of water (distilled is best but I use tap water) ~ Add to spray bottle after the ingredients mentioned above.
The chamomile essential oil will be soothing and calming, lavender will further relax the atmosphere while the orange essential oil adds a pleasant citrus touch to keep the aroma fresh.
How to use:
Shake before each use. Spray the nursery before bed or nap-time. You may even mist the bedding for some aromatherapy benefits. This acts as a nice room deodorizer as well.
I like to use travel size bottles for my room sprays. Also, glass is a superior choice when working with essential oils but use what you have. I personally use plastic as the inexpensive choice and find that it suits us fine.
"He was so tired that he flopped down upon the nice soft sand
on the floor of the rabbit-hole and shut his eyes."
This "bedtime blend" would also make a sweet baby shower gift if packaged with The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the Complete Collection of Beatrix Potter Tales or even the coloring book! If you enjoy the illustrations of Beatrix Potter, then you may be interested in "Gardening with Peter Rabbit" as a way of playing and teaching your little one at the same time.
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