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Best 13 Essential Oils For Sleep

Best Essential Oils For Sleep

Ever heard of essential oils for your sleep issues?

Chances are if you are like millions of other people you probably have trouble sleeping at night.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 40 million people have problems falling asleep in the United States.

So, maybe you’re like one of the many people living in this world that has problems falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night, or has any number of sleeping issues.

Truth be told it’s one of the reasons I got into essential oils in the first place.

A lot of people are really confused on how to use essential oils for their sleeping problems.

I have read countless books, researched sleep online, and literally lost sleep over looking for information on essential oils and sleep. So, in this article, I am going to show you how to use essential oils to help you sleep better.

Here is a video by Dr. Axe that talks about sleeping and essentials:

Sleeping Pills

Sleeping pills are not the answer to your insomnia problems.  Believe me, I have tried sleeping pills for my sleep issues and they are bad news.  Sleeping pills can come with a lot of unwanted side effects.

I’m not a doctor, but I have had sleeping problems for several years.  It’s really a big problem that many people struggle with each and every single night.

Let me tell you a quick story about sleeping pills, specifically Ambien and why it wasn’t a good sleeping pill.  I took it for a month or so and strange things would happen at night.  I would pour food down the toilet, drive to the dumpster (lived in an apartment), and even woke up on the garage floor.

The truth of the matter is I had no memory of what happened after taking Ambien.  I have heard horror stories about sleeping pills and bizarre activity after taking it.

Over the counter sleeping pills are not a good option either because they are habit-forming, even if they state they are not on the bottle.  Lastly, many people feel sluggish after waking up from over the counter or prescription sleeping pills.

Recommended Sleep Per Night

  • Newborns 14 – 17 hours
  • Infants 12 – 15 hours
  • Pre-schoolers 10 – 13 hours
  • School-Aged Children 9 – 11 hours
  • Teens 8 – 10 hours
  • Adults & Young Adults 7 – 9 hours
  • Older Adults 7 – 8 hours

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How To Use Essential Oils For Sleep

Topical Use

Sleep Roll-On Essential Oil Mix

One way to apply essential oils is to your skin.  Do make sure you use a carrier oil if you’re going to apply them to your skin, though.  I wrote an essential oil dilution guide which shows you everything about diluting essential oils.  Typically, people will rub the essential oils at the base of the skull behind their ears.  You can rub the essential oil on your temples, base of your skull, solar plexus, wrist.  Lastly, you can rub the oils on the bottom of your feet.

It does take about 20 minutes for the essential oils to get into your system when you apply them topically.

As you can see the image to the right shows a roll-on I made for sleep. I used vetiver and lavender with an almond carrier oil.  You can get some blank roll-on bottles by clicking here.

Here is my exact blend for my roll-on sleep blend:

  • 15 ml of sweet almond carrier oil.
  • 10 drops of lavender.
  • 5 drops of vetiver.

Diffuse Them

Probably the easiest way to use essential oils to sleep is to diffuse them with an electronic diffuser.  Personally, I use the URPOWER diffuser or my Innogear 150ml diffuser.  You simply add 4-6 drops of essential oil and diffuse them 30 minutes to an hour before bed.

You can also leave your electronic diffuser running through the night which will help you stay asleep during the night.  It also helps increase the quality of your sleep.

Quick Smell

Also, you can put the essential oils in your hands and rub them together.  Then you cup your hands over your nose an inhale them for 1 – 2 minutes.  Furthermore, you can always just inhale them right out of the bottle for 1 – 2 minutes.  I also highly recommend you get an inhaler.  I have reviewed and recommend this one by Plant Therapy.

Pillow Spray

Pillow Spray

You can easily make your own pillow spray to help you sleep.  There are premade pillow sprays (see this one this one by Aura Cacia), which is well worth it. But, to make your own pillow spray you’re going to want to use any variety of the essential oils listed down below.

You need the following:

  • 2 oz glass spray bottle.
  • distilled water.
  • 1/2 tsp vodka.
  • 24 drops of essential oil (up to you to which ones you want to use).

Here is how to mix essential oils for your pillow spray:

  1. Mix your vodka and essential oils into a spray bottle.
  2. Add water to the bottle.
  3. Spray your pillow before bedtime.  Do this about 5-10 minutes before bedtime.

Don’t forget to shake the bottle before using it each time.

Top 13 Essential Oils For Sleep Problems

Down below are different essential oils that you can use to help with your sleeping problems.  The top 3 lavender, Roman chamomile, and vetiver are the most effective ones.  You might want to try out several of them to see what works best for you.  Different people will react differently to different essential oils.


Lavender is one of the most useful essential oils.  It can be used for a number of different problems.  Lavender is one of the most studied essential oils.

It should be no surprise that lavender is at the top of the list for essential oils that help you sleep.  A lot of people are aware that it’s great for relaxation, but the truth is it’s fantastic as a sleeping aid.

Lavender helps calm the nervous system down. It does this by lowering your, heart rate, blood pressure, and even your skin temperature. These are all vital processes that you need to help your body wind down and fall asleep.

Lavender increases the quality of sleep and aids in falling asleep.  For instance, this study that was a single-blinded study with people with mild insomnia.  It showed an improvement in insomnia problems when lavender essential oil was used.

Not only does lavender help you fall asleep. It also helps you get a better quality of sleep. Meaning, it helps increase the slow and deep wave. This allows you to make up feeling more energized the next morning.

Here are some blends you can use that include lavender in your electronic diffuser:

Blend 1:

  • 6 drops lavender
  • 4 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 2 drop neroli

Blend 2:

  • 6 drops lavender
  • 6 drops orange

Blend 3:

  • 6 drops geranium rose
  • 4 drops lavender

Roman Chamomile

I’m sure you have heard of Roman chamomile tea which has been proven to help sedate you so you can fall asleep.

There are different varieties of chamomile oil.  For instance, there is blue chamomile, German chamomile, Moroccan chamomile, and Roman Chamomile.  Make sure that you are using Roman chamomile for issues with insomnia.  It works best for sleep problems.

People have been using Roman Chamomile for years to help them sleep.  It’s been known as a natural sedative.  It should be no surprise that it’s great for sleep issues.

Roman chamomile has a light floral smell and helps soothe, relax, and calm you down.  It’s an excellent essential oil for creating a peaceful mood and can calm you down.

Lastly, this study on patients in the ICU shows that there was an improvement with sleep quality and anxiety.  Lavender, Roman chamomile, and neroli where used in this study.

Here are some blends you can use that include Roman Chamomile in your electronic diffuser:

Blend 1:

  • 5 drops Roman chamomile
  • 3 drops bergamot
  • 2 drops frankincense

Blend 2:

  • 5 drops Roman chamomile
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops marjoram


Vetiver is another essential oil that helps sedate you and makes it easier to fall asleep.  It is distilled from the roots of the plant and has a very earthy smell to it.

Vetiver is a great essential oil when you can’t shut your brain off for the night.

Vetiver affects the central amygdaloid nucleus which connects to the brainstem, which does control innate behaviors.  This means it’s responsible for controlling emotions, heart rate, respiration, and even your blood pressure.

In 2015 there was a study that proves vetiver was effective in treating anxiety.  Vetiver has a lot of calming effects and has even been used to treat ADHD.

Here are some blends you can use that include vetiver in your electronic diffuser:

Blend 1:

  • 4 drops lavender
  • 3 drops Roman chamomile
  • 2 drops vetiver

Blend 2:

  • 4 drops cedarwood
  • 3 drops vetiver

Blend 3:

  • 4 drops lavender
  • 4 drops vetiver
  • 4 drops marjoram


Neroli is a bit more expensive than other essential oils but is effective for relieving your insomnia issues.

Neroli is a citrus essential oil.  Most citrus essential oils are fairly cheap, however, neroli is one of the more expensive citrus oils.  It has a sweet orange smell to it. Personally, I like to diffuse it with Roman chamomile and lavender.

Neroli is one of the most relaxing and tranquilizing scents that is often used to alleviate anxiety and helps relieve your depression. It also reduces blood pressure levels and relieves agitation.


Spikenard is an essential oil that has a lot of calming and sedative effects. It does this by uplifting your feelings and helps relax your mind.

It has an earthy or some would say soil-like smell to it. I believe it’s classified as a spicy or woodsy scent, though. Many say it gives off the similar scent as moss.

Spikenard helps balance you out mentally and physically. It works by sedating inflammation the nervous system and digestive system.

People that are feeling irritable, nervous, anxiety, anger, stressed, and in a state of panic find Spikenard to calm them down.

Spikenard has been used to relieve insomnia symptoms for several years and makes you feel restless enough to finally fall asleep.

Ylang Ylang

I like to think of ylang ylang as an essential oil that helps calm you down when something is bugging you.

Ylang ylang actually slows down your heart rate and reduces your blood pressure.  Therefore, you can see how it calms you down.  It’s also an effective essential oil for depression.

Ylang ylang is an essential oil that helps improve the quality of your sleep.  It has a bit of a “fruity” and floral smell to it.  Commonly, people use ylang ylang to help relieve anxiety, worry, etc.

This study shows that ylang ylang mixed with lavender, and bergamot helped lower patients anxiety and stress.


Valerian is a very popular essential oil to help you fall asleep quicker and stay asleep.  Valerian has a grounding and calming effect, much like vetiver. It’s an herb that has kind of a stinky smell to it.

But, what is good about valerian is it has some sedative properties which make it excellent for falling asleep faster.  However, only use a couple drops because too much valerian can smell quite foul.

This study shows that valerian helps with your sleep quality.  Several other studies have been conducted which do prove that valerian is good for treating sleep issues.


Bergamot is a citrus essential oil.  Most citrus oils are energizing and stimulating.   However, bergamot is different because this essential oil helps calm you down.  If you are feeling a bit worrisome than bergamot is a great essential oil to help balance your emotions out.

Furthermore, studies have been conducted with bergamot essential oil from 2009 to 2013. Five out of six studies have stated that bergamot helps with a reduction of heart rate, blood pressure, and stress when inhaled.


A lot of people use sandalwood when meditation.  However, it can be used to help fight your sleep issues.  Sandalwood has a “woodsy” smell to it.  It mixes quite nicely with a lot of essential oils.  But, I have found that sandalwood mixes best with a lot of citrus essential oils.  Sandalwood is a higher priced essential oil.

Sandalwood does contain a. santolol and b. santalol. These have an impact on the central nervous system. It’s been proven that sandalwood inhalation causes a sedative effect which increases the duration of non-REM sleep.


When your mind just won’t shut off and your anxious about something frankincense can really help.

Frankincense is a great essential oil for relaxation.  It has a warm and spicy scent.  It should give you feelings of peace, relaxation, and satisfaction.  It’s a great essential oil to help balance your mood.  However, when frankincense is mixed with other essential oils it actually helps enhance other essential oils properties.

Frankincense has been studied and 2016 and found that 64% of patients had an improvement in sleep using aromasticks.


Cedarwood is a great essential oil when you have had a hectic day and need to unwind.  The properties that are in cedarwood are calming and grounding.  It has a woodsy and earthy smell to it.  Cedarwood does blend well with floral oils like lavender and ylang ylang.

Cedarwood is a natural sedative which you can use to cure your insomnia. The aroma that cedarwood puts out elevates serotonin which converts to melatonin.  Some people claim that cedarwood is more effective than lavender.  Also, when mixed with lavender it’s a nice one-two punch.


Orange is another essential oil that comes from the citrus family.  Most citrus essential oils are uplifting and stimulating.  However, orange can be calming and mixes quite nicely with lavender, spiced oils, etc.  Many people use it for sleep issues, but it can also be uplifting when mixed with other essential oils.


Marjoram is an effective essential oil to use for insomnia.  There are also a variety of different marjoram essential oils.  Make sure you are getting “sweet marjoram”.  It’s the most effective when treating sleep problems.  It has a sedating and calming effect on the nervous system.  This will help you relax so that you can get a good nights sleep.

Additionally, marjoram is good for helping you in times of grief, rejection, hyperactively, and even lowers blood pressure.

Remember that your essential oils need to be pure otherwise, they won’t have any real therapeutic benefits.  Some companies actually adulterate their essential oils.  Look out for words like “perfume oil” and “fragrance oil” on essential oils.  Sadly, it’s not regulated very tightly in the industry.

Essential Oils & Insomnia

The biggest problem with insomnia is thinking about falling asleep. People will commonly toss and turn, get up and do something, and stress out about not being able to fall asleep. Before you know it you have spent 3 hours trying to fall asleep and when you finally do; you only get 3-4 hours of actual sleep.

Simple Insomnia Diffuser Recipe

  • 3 drops vetiver.
  • 3 drops lavender.
  • 3 drops frankincense.

Diffuser 30 minutes to an hour before going to bed. You can leave it running throughout the night.

Another Simple Insomnia Diffuser Recipe

  • 4 drops Roman chamomile.
  • 2 drops clary sage.
  • 2 drops bergamot.

Again, you can diffuse this 30 minutes to an hour before going to bed. Feel free to leave it running throughout the night.

Easy Topical Insomnia Recipe

  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) carrier oil.
  • 3 drops of lavender.

I recommend using olive oil. Make sure it’s 100% virgin olive oil. But really you can use any carrier oil that you want. Rub it on your solar plexus. Within 30 minutes you will feel relaxed and able to fall asleep.

Additionally, you can use Roman chamomile. Feel free to use one drop of lavender and two drops of Roman chamomile.

Essential Oils For Sleep Apnea

For those that suffer from sleep apnea, it can be hard finding something that actually works. First, you want to get your diet on track. Make sure you eat lots of protein, good fats, and fiber with each meal. Try to avoid excess alcohol before sleeping. There are two different types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): The tissue in the back of your throat relaxes and partially or completely blocks air from passing.
  • Central Sleep Apnea (CSA): Your brain loses the ability to send signals to the muscles in the throat for regular breathing.

These are the 4 essential oils to help with sleep apnea:

Sleep Apnea Diffuser Recipe

  • 5 drops lavender.
  • 3 drops peppermint.

15-20 minutes before you go to sleep inhale the vapors. It will help relax your mind. Optionally, you can substitute Roman chamomile for lavender or eucalyptus for peppermint.

Lastly, you can make a pillow spray with either lavender and peppermint or roman chamomile and eucalyptus.

Sleep Apnea Topical Recipe

  • 15 ml coconut carrier oil.
  • 10 drops lavender.
  • 5 drops peppermint.

Rub it on your throat, chest, and back 30-45 minutes before you go to sleep. This is a 5% topical dilution. If you want to make it weaker you can use 7 drops of lavender and 2 drops of peppermint.

Thing To Avoid Before Sleeping

If you’re having a problem with sleep remember these simple tips:

  • Remember to limit your intake of caffeine before sleeping.
  • Don’t exercise 3-4 hours before you go to sleep.  Exercise early in the morning.
  • Don’t take naps in the middle of the day.  This messes with your sleeping schedule.
  • Limit using the television, computer, or any electronic devices 1 hour before bedtime.
  • Lower the temperature in your bedroom.  The National Sleep Foundation recommends 60 to 67 degrees.
  • Get a new mattress.  The average lifespan for a mattress is 10 years.  Memory foam mattresses work wonders for a better nights sleep.

So, if you’re having issues with sleep I would highly recommend trying some of the essential oils that are mentioned in this article.  There are a variety of ways you can use essential oils to help you sleep at night.  I would highly recommend diffusing them,  using them topically (bottom of your feet), and making a pillow spray.

Hopefully, this helps with your sleep problems.  If you have any questions or comments please leave a comment down below.

48 thoughts on “Best 13 Essential Oils For Sleep

  1. I have found no caffeine or tv before bedtime allows me to relax. I also love cedarwood and lavender. Pillow spray is an interesting concept. I must try this.

    1. Hey Mary,

      Also, not using a smartphone when laying in bed helps you unwind. Many people will read 30 minutes before they go to sleep.

      You should certainly try the pillow spray.

  2. I have heard of people using essential oils and had to check this out. I was not aware of the many uses these oils had, my days are pretty hectic and I am most definitely taking a look at that cedarwood!

    1. Hey AJ,

      Essential oils can help with a lot of things. Not just sleep. However, sleep is one of the most important things we need. Just increasing the quality of our sleep can make a big impact on our daily lives.

  3. I am addicted to essential oils. For sleeping, I use lavender, 2-3 drops on my pillow and then rub it on the bottom of my feet. I also use lavender with my diffuser, not only for sleeping but also because it calms me down.
    What brand do you recommend?

    1. Hey Dany,

      Good to know that lavender has been working for you. Lavender has so many uses. It’s the most used essential oil!

      Two brands I really like are Plant Therapy and Aura Cacia. Both of those brands are high-quality essential oils.

  4. Fantastic, informative article!
    I like the idea of using the pillow spray rather than the diffuser as I am not keen on them. Perhaps I could make my own if I can trust myself with the vodka!

    1. Hey Andy,

      In all seriousness Vodka or alcohol for that matter does reduce the quality of your sleep. Just use it in your pillow spray 🙂

  5. I have been learning more about essential oils and have been starting to apply them in my own life. I knew that lavender was one that helped with sleep, however, I did not know of the others ones. Which ones on this list do you feel mix good with lavender?

    1. Hey Jessica,
      Personally I like mixing lavender and orange. Lavender and cederwood are a good mix. Lavender and ylang ylang are also a good mix. Really, it all comes down to personal preference, though.

  6. I do tend to have problems sleeping. I like the idea of getting a diffuser and using a lavender essential oil. I would enjoy the smell and hopefully sleep better. I found it interesting to not watch TV before bedtime. I always thought if I watch something that makes me sleepy, that would help. But you know what it doesn’t. I just attributed it to my sleeping issues.

    1. Hey Matts Mom,
      Yeah, watching something on our tablet, phone, computer, tv, etc. just wakes our brain up. I used to do this too. However, don’t just think you should diffuse essential oils to help you sleep. You should also use them topically, too.

  7. A diffuser is a really fantastic idea for using essential oils – it’s obviously much cleaner than other methods. I wasn’t aware you could purchase Valerian as an essential oil, thanks for this!

    1. Hey Kay,

      Yep, valerian is an essential oil and does have so many health benefits. I love valerian and it always relaxes me and allows me to get a better nights sleep.

  8. I definitely agree that essential oils are WAY better for you then sleeping pills, they are just full of chemicals! Thanks for the review on these oils, I trust one of them will help me sleep 🙂

    1. Hey Danielle,

      Even over the counter sleeping aids say they are “non-habit forming” on the bottle. However, they really are. When I was in college years ago I took over the counter sleeping aids for 3 years.

      When I got up in the morning I felt groggy, tired, and honestly depressed. I would have to have an energy drink or two just to get me going again. Sadly, it’s a cycle that a lot of people fall into.

  9. Thanks for the tips of essential oils to use. I work nights and do find it hard to unwind after work. I have found that limiting my caffeine usage 6 hours before bed and not watching television or using the computer 1 1/2 hours after work helps a lot.

    I love the smell of lavender! It’s very calming.

    1. Hey Jessica,

      I know I work nights too and it can be hard to unwind once you get home. It typically takes me at least 2 hours to unwind after working at night. A lot of people think you can just come home and fall asleep instantly. However, it doesn’t really work that way.

  10. I keep telling myself to try a diffuser but I haven’t yet. I am really sensitive to fragrance and worry if I put it directly on my pillow or rub it on my skin that the smell might start getting overwhelming for me. But with the diffuser (assuming you can adjust the amount – like a high, low, medium setting) I feel like I could control the amount of scent much more. Curious as to why the spray for a pillow requires drinking alcohol? Would rubbing alcohol suffice for this purpose? Not thinking of it for myself but maybe for my daughter. Super great list of different essential oils that could be used for sleep! I haven’t heard of some of them. Think I will stick to the more floral scents as woody fragrances tend to irritate me more than relax. Thanks so much for the great information!

  11. I didn’t know essential oils can be used for insomnia! Thanks for bringing this to my knowledge, I might have to try it. I’ve suffered from insomnia pretty much my whole life and have to take sleeping pills every now and then. Fortunately it’s under control most of the time these days.

    There might be a problem with the essential oils though. I have quite severe hyposmia (weakened sense of smell). I can pretty much smell only things like gasoline, garlic, coffee i.e. very strong smells. I can’t really smell scents or mild odors like fragrances, herbs and spices so I’m not sure this would work for me. I guess there’s only one way to find out!

    1. Hey Jukka,

      It’s one of the best uses for essential oils. I literally can not sleep without my electronic diffuser.

      That’s unfortunate that you have a weakened sense of smell. However, you can use the essential oils topically. I do use them topically and diffuse them while I sleep, too.

      I did find this information on Anosmia:

      Basically, it does state that you won’t be able to benefit from the effects of essential oil by diffusing them. Again, I would highly recommend using them topically, though.

  12. Hi, absolutely enjoyed reading your post, mainly because I love essential oils and use them quite often. I have suffered from insomnia for years and I simply couldn’t cope through the day because of it, thankfully the use of essential oils helped me to sleep better. I have been interested in purchasing an electrical diffuser but just needed to confirm whether they are safe to use during the night.

    1. Hey Evelynn,
      Not sleeping at night can really throw our day off. A night or two of poor sleep can put us in a funk for a couple days. However, constantly being sleep deprived can really cause a lot of hardships throughout the day. I have dealt with this often over the last couple of years.

      Yes, it’s fine to keep your electronic diffuser running throughout the night while you sleep.

  13. Great post! For sure I knew about the sedative effect of lavender and valerian, but never had thought there are so many other essential oils, that help getting to sleep. What would you say, what works best?

    1. Hey Felix,

      The top three that stand out to me are lavender, Roman chamomile, and vetiver. It’s important to try them out. Different essential oils will effect people in different ways, though.

  14. Great post and I am bookmarking it for reference. I have a nice little diffuser and some blends that was a gift last year, and I love it. I use it in my living room while I am reading before bed, so I am super relaxed.

    I checked out the ingredients in the blends and many contain ingredients you have listed, so that is great. I am going to buy some single ingredient essential oils and make my own blends. Thank you!

  15. I didn’t even consider using olive oil as my carrier oil. I’m so glad you mentioned that because it’s in my kitchen already. I have my diffuser going right now as I write this. The oil I’m using is actually labeled “relaxation.” As you mentioned above for most people, myself included, lavender is my favorite. I’m definitely going to be making that spray for my pillow too. Thank you!

    1. Hey Jennifer,

      Olive oil is a good carrier oil. I use it when I am staying home and not going out. I actually made the mistake once. I used it as a carrier oil and went tp work. I sweat at work so by the middle of the day I smelled like Olive Garden.

      Try the pillow spray out and let me know how it works for you.

  16. Hey Andrea,

    That is great to hear that it worked for you. Try mixing it with lavender, too. It’s a good combination!

  17. Hmm, I never knew oils could be used for sleep. This is quite interesting and new for me. I don’t have any sleep problems yet, but for future I will definitely keep this in mind. Now I have one question that pops up though. What do you think about those that have oily skin, would this affect them at all? I have oily skin, so usually before I go to bed, I put a product that helps to exfoliate all the oil that comes out – this is to avoid pimples. Do you happen to have an idea regarding this?

    1. Hey Parmi,

      Yeah, essential oils are great for sleep issues. It’s one way that many people discover essential oils. I use them every night and literally could not sleep without them.

      But, to answer your question there are a lot of essential oils you can use for oily skin. For instance, lavender, ylang ylang, and patchouli are great for people will oily skin. I have actually already written about this in this article:

      Hope this helps 🙂

  18. OK. I didn’t know taking naps in the middle of the day can affect my sleep.  I will certainly try to minimize taking a nap during the day. How would orange cause me to go to sleep? I just figured it was an uplifting scent?  Sorry, I am new to essential oils and don’t understand them very well.

    1. Yeah, when you take a nap during the day it throws off your nightly sleep schedule. Think of it this way if you usually go to sleep at 11 P.M. and you took a 2 hour nap during the day. Your body would naturally want to fall asleep 2 hours later. So 1 A.M. would be when your body wants to go to sleep.

      Orange is one of those essential oils that can be both uplifting and relaxing. It relieves anxiety which could be one of the problems you are having a hard time winding down at night. It is commonly mixed with rose which is a good essential oil with some sedative effects.

  19. I have heard that lavender is good for sleeping issues and I love that you have given different ways in which to use it in a diffuser, drops or a mixture for your pillow. 

    I never have problems falling asleep but if I wake up in the middle of the night I really battle to fall asleep again and end up feeling like a zombie the next day. 

    What do you reckon would be the best remedy for this type of problem?

    1. Hey Michel,

      For sleeping the entire night I recommend lavender and clary sage. Lavender as I am sure you are aware of is very relaxing. But, clary sage when mixed with lavender is a sedative. Also, you can mix in frankincense and chamomile if you want too.

      Hope this helps.

  20. Personally, I have found that lavender mixed with geranium is a good sleep blend.  It always seems to relax me.  Typically, I put 8 drops of lavender and 4 drops of geranium in my electronic diffuser before bedtime.  I buy essential oils from Edens Garden and love them.

    Been doing this for almost 2 years and it really helps me relax so that I can easily fall asleep.

    1. Hey Jenny,

      Lavender and geranium are a great combination for falling asleep. Geranium has been used a lot for its relaxing effects. Did you know that women use it in childbirth because it’s a very relaxing essential oil. Also, geranium has been shown to improve sleep from those that suffer from allergies.

  21. This article couldn’t have come at a better time.  I am so tired of not being able to sleep.  I absolutely refuse to take pills.  I am actually at the point where I think 3 good hours of sleep is just going to have to suffice.  You can be guaranteed because of this article I am going to give this a try.  If this helps me sleep you will be my official hero.  Thank you so much for the info.

  22. I’ve never thought about using essential oils to help me sleep. I try to stay away from sleeping pills, but when I’m stress at work, I end up waking up in the middle of the night. I get frustrated, stressed even more, and lay awake for hours. Ultimately I sleep only a few hours and I’m tired the next day. It’s a typical cycle for me. I think I’m going to try Ylang Ylang or Bergamot. 

  23. I absolutely love using essential oils and especially for sleep. I have always been a restless sleeper and although I have used oils on and off for most of my adult life it wasn’t until about 2 years ago when I actively sought out more information that I learnt how helpful essential oils can be with insomnia. But for myself, I am able to sleep for much longer periods at a time. My top favourites are lavender and frankincense. I have one question about your diffuser lavender Blend 3. You have suggested Geranium Rose is that Geranium oil only or a blend with Rose oil? I have Geranium oil in the cupboard but not Geranium Rose or are they one and the same?

  24. I have a few essential oils but I’m new to using them and thus, I mostly use just one of them at a time. I don’t know which ones to mix in order to get the results that I’m looking for. And I do have trouble sleeping at night. Thankfully I have a lavender one and also thanks to your post, I will be looking for the ones that you use to blend with lavender for better sleep. 

    Do any one of these help with headaches or migraines?

  25. Hi

    I am so glad that I have visited your website and this article.

    Just the other day a friend and I was talking about a healthy option of getting help for a good nights sleep  I had recommended lavender oil for a more relaxing sleep.

    Anyway I am so glad that I have read your article because you have many more options so I will be sharing this article with her so that you can try them all and see which one suit here better and she will also be able to learn as much as I have.

    I will also be sharing with social media because a lot of people could do with this valuable information so thank you


  26. Hey,

    FYI, I am been suffering with serious insomnia problem for many years due to work pressure and smoking. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Mood and Sleeping Disorder and currently under medical treatment. I was prescribed with sleeping pills and under gone on several therapy treatment.

    I even used electronic diffuser but to no avail, maybe l tries other method such as pillow spray and quick smell or use some of your insomnia diffuser recipe.

    I really appreciate for sharing this article and tips to combat insomnia.

    Best wishes


  27. I have been told that exercising before you go to sleep is beneficial. I am surprised that you say otherwise.

    Also, I have a bad habit of taking mid day naps, how do you recommend that I break such a habit that has formed for the past year? Is it just a matter of implementing an early sleeping schedule and using your recommended essential oils?

    1. Hey Jessie,

      Yeah actually working out before sleeping amps your body up. This is why I recommend that you work out in the morning or midday if you have too. It’s all about getting your body on a schedule. That can help peoples insomnia issues a lot.

      As far as naps are concerned try peppermint and rosemary to stimulate your body throughout the day. That or citrus essential oils (like lemon) that will help prevent your body wanting to take a nap during the day.

  28. I have found that frankincense is a good essential oil for calming me down so that I can go to sleep.  When my son is all scared at night to sleep by himself and in the dark I have found that frankincense is very calming to him, too.

    The only downside to frankincense is it cost so much with Rocky Mountain Oils.  It cost $40 for frankincense serrata, but it’s worth every dollar!

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