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Essential Oils for Sleep – How to Use Them

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It’s not difficult to search and find a plethora of recipes for essential oils for sleep, but what is often lacking is a set of real instructions for using them. How much and how often honestly varies from person to person, but everyone needs somewhere to start, right? The great news—unlike with risky pharmaceuticals, you cannot cause scary, irreversible damage to yourself by making mistakes. You simply try another recipe. On that note, let’s get started.

Which oils help you relax and promote a safe, restful slumber? This, too, varies from person to person, so feel free to experiment and mix your own blends. There are some great companies which provide quality oils; just make sure you do your research before purchasing. I use dōTERRA and am an advocate for the company. These work best for me as I have complete trust in them, their products, and the effect they have on the communities that supply the oils. My opinion does not discredit others, it’s just what works for me and my family, especially since our products arrive at my house in a monthly order. Try a few and slowly build your collection. Here are the heavy hitters for most people looking to relax and rest well with their essential oils for sleep:

Lavender – floral and sweet

Bergamot– fresh mix of citrus and floral

Wild orange (or sweet orange, or tangerine) -fresh, sweet citrus

Cedarwood – strong woody

Marjoram – woody, sweet camphor

Ylang ylang – sweet, mix of floral and fruity

Roman chamomile – Crisp, sweet mix of fruit and herb

Vetiver – bold woody, earthy

Frankincense – woody, mix of spicy and fruity

Mix two drops of the deep, woodsy oils with one drop of the floral and citrus to create a combination that will not be too strong nor too citrusy (which will have the opposite effect of your sleep goal). Here are few sample recipes to start with:

Equal drops of lavender and marjoram (2 drops each)

Two drops each of vetiver, ylang ylang, frankincense with one drop each marjoram and lavender

Equal drops of vetiver (or cedarwood), bergamot, and wild (or sweet) orange

For each of these recipes, mix them with equal or a little greater amount of carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil is my favorite since it has a longer shelf life and isn’t too greasy) and rub on the bottoms of your feet, down your spine (with some help from a loved one), or breathe-in through cupped hands after rubbing the oils into your palms.

Another option is to add them to your bedroom diffuser. Turn it on a little before bed (or as you get into bed) and diffuse for about an hour. Most diffusers have timers and features with lights that can promote relaxation, as well. Here are a few of my favorites (I cannot confirm or deny that I hoard oils or diffusers, Friends):

I have used dōTERRA’s Aroma Lite diffuser for almost two years, now. It’s next to my bed and has traveled to many hotels and offices, as well. It’s a little pricier than my others. Check out the ones below for great deals from Amazon.                                      



Here’s one just like the one I have in my car. You might want to avoid the sleep blends, though– unless you are in the driveway with a restless little one in the backseat.

Finding the perfect sleep blend can have a fantastic effect on your ability to get real rest, but they are not miracle workers, alone. Using essential oils for sleep should represent a part of a healthy nighttime routine. It’s perfectly safe to use them every night. A consistent, specific routine is the best way to see a real, lasting, and measurable change in your (and your family’s) health and wellness.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Knowing what essential oils to use and how to use them by a variety of methods can help you and your family get a great, restorative night's sleep.

4 thoughts on “Essential Oils for Sleep – How to Use Them

  1. Great information!! We just start using oils to help Samuel relax and sleep through the night. I use a blend of Eucalyptus and Lavender. So far, so good!

    1. Isn’t it amazing when you get the perfect blend? I finally got a cream for Ryan’s eczema that is magic. Good for you guys; I love to see families using oils. 🙂

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