DIY or BUY: Badger Sleep Balm

Badger Sleep Balm

Who can say they get too much quality sleep?  Not many of us, I’m guessing.  So many factors affect sleep.  The two big ones for me are stress and hormones-oh and my new cat, August Banks.  He likes to rearrange his poop and pee in the litter box at least twice a night and enjoys knocking random objects off table tops around 4 in the morning.  Insert teeth gritted emoji.

I’m sure many of you have kiddos waking up in the middle of the night and snoring spouses.  Once we hit a certain age, sleep becomes a rare commodity not a given.  I’m all about finding natural remedies to help me relax besides wine-lol!  I’m hoping some of you will find success with this very affordable remedy.

Badger’s Sleep Balm gets great reviews so I decided to buy it, mainly so I could smell it and then DIY it for you all!  I will say though-this little balm is very inexpensive and comes in a super cute tin.  Plus they offer 2 sizes-.75 and 2 ounces.


Sleep Balm Ingredients:*◊Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Verbenone) Leaf Oil, *Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, *Abies Balsamea (Balsam Canada) Needle Oil and *Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract. * = Certified Organic ◊ = Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Badger says:

For poetic badgers and other restless wanderers. This dreamy, night balm will not make you sleepy (it’s not a drug); rather it’s a calming, soothing blend of essential oils to help ease you into a relaxed state of mind so sleep can come naturally. Apply anywhere—your lips, chest, temples or hands—and inhale the aromatic smell of a wonderful night’s sleep. Rosemary promotes clear thinking, Bergamot is mentally uplifting, and Balsam Fir is refreshing, like a walk in the woods, while Lavender is relaxing. The perfect balm for the nights when you need to quiet your mind and get to sleep.

Badger Sleep Balm DIY or Buy

DIY or Buy Badger Sleep Balm:

1/4 cup Organic-Cold Pressed Olive Oil (find it HERE)

1 tbsp. Beeswax pellets (find it HERE)

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)

10 drops Bergamot Essential Oil (find it HERE)

4 drops Rosemary Essential Oil (find it HERE)

4 drops Peru Balsam Essential Oil (find it HERE)

3 drops Ginger Essential Oil (find it HERE)


  1. Fill a medium sized pot, 1/2 way full with water and place on the stove top.
  2. Place a glass Pyrex measuring cup with spout into the water.
  3. Turn the stove top to medium heat.
  4. Add Olive Oil and beeswax to your glass cup and melt.
  5. Once melted, remove from heat and add your essential oils.
  6. Pour into a container and allow to cool and harden.

Find tins HERE and lip balm tubes HERE or you could use a 2 ounce glass jar.

This recipe makes about 2 ounces.

The shelf life of this balm is about 6 mos.  Keep it closed and free from water.

Badger Sleep Balm DIY or BUY

How to Use:

Apply under your nose, lips or temples.  You can also apply to your wrists or neck.  I like to apply to my feet for extra moisturizing benefits!

This balm is gentle and can be used on infants.  I read many testimonials of mom’s singing it’s praises.  If I had a baby that was having sleep troubles, I would apply to the bottom of it’s feet before bedtime.  You could also massage into their back.

Badger Balm DIY or BUY

This is a really fun and easy DIY and it smells so good!  Bergamot and Lavender are my favorite duo!  And of course, if you’d like to skip this DIY, find the original Badger Sleep Balm HERE.  And as for Auggie Banks-hopefully one day soon he’ll grow out of this kitten stage!!  It’s 2 PM and he’s been sound asleep for over 3 hours-go figure.

Auggie Banks

And yes, I am strangling him in this picture.  Totally kidding.

Your DIY products are only as good as your ingredients so be sure to use quality oils.  I have linked my recommendations in the recipe. For more tips on how to get a good night’s rest, go HERE.

xx, Jenni


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**Unfortunately I could not find the artist who created this cute picture of the sleeping bear.**


DIY Sleep Balm

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. September 14, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    I have purchased the Badger sleep balm in the past and really liked it. Very cool that you made your own. The scent really is relaxing. And I take magnesium every night before bed. I use Natural Calm. It’s part of my routine and I love the tart fizzy taste. I definitely think it helps me sleep better.

    • Jenni
      September 15, 2016 / 12:50 pm

      Elizabeth-I have been hearing non stop about Natural Calm. I’m going to have to try it all though there is such a thing as getting too much magnesium and I am still taking the BioCleanse from Plexus. I am afraid it might be too much but I’m so curious!

  2. September 17, 2016 / 7:17 am

    One of my closest girlfriends absolutely swears by this stuff to get her bubba off to sleep and is very quick to recommend it to new mums. Great post 🙂

    • Jenni
      September 17, 2016 / 10:30 am

      Thanks Beth! I love it too and it was so easy to recreate!

  3. Zach
    January 18, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    Jenni, I noticed that the original formula by Badger Balm has castor oil in it. I was thinking about substituting 1/16 cup castor oil and 3/16 cups EVOO to try to get it closer to the BB recipe. Any thoughts or ideas?

    • Jenni
      January 23, 2017 / 9:06 am

      Hi Zach! I’m not sure why they use castor oil so I left it out. In my research, I have heard that castor oil can be drying. I have no idea how much they actually use since I’m not sure what it’s purpose is. I think the essential oils are what really help with the sleep. Good luck!

  4. Breeze
    November 28, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    I love Badger Balm and am very interested in trying this! I made my own hand salve recently from another natural DIY website which as shea butter in it. I love the idea of adding shea for added moisture on my hands at night. However, the salve I made has started separating, producing some oily pockets and small harder flecks. I’m wondering what’s made it do this (and left a comment on that site for some insight)… After seeing your recipe, I’m suspecting the amount of olive oil may be the culprit since that recipe calls for 1/2 cup olive oil to 1 TBSP beeswax (and adds 2 TBSP shea butter). Have you come across this issue of oil separation with this salve? If not, I may just have to test out your recipe (with half the olive oil) and see how that goes! Thanks 🙂

    • Jenni
      November 28, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Breeze-You’re right, it’s probably too much oil, too little beeswax. You should be able to remelt and add a bit more beeswax-maybe even another full tablespoon and it should fix it!

  5. Danielle
    March 11, 2019 / 9:38 am

    It says this bslm is safe for kids but Rosemary essential oil should only be used on children age 10 and over (what I have seen in my research). Just wanting to clarify if you heard otherwise

    • Jenni
      April 7, 2019 / 4:40 pm

      Danielle-I have never heard that rosemary isn’t safe for children. It seems a bit overly cautious to me especially in a recipe where it is highly diluted. I personally don’t have an issue using it on my kiddos.

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