The older I get the harder it is to fall asleep at night. Maybe it’s the endless to-do list going through my mind or the running loop worries. Ah, the joys of being an adult, right?
My essential oil diffuser has been in regular use since cough and cold season. But, for now, everyone is well (fingers crossed) so I’m testing out essential oils for better sleep. You probably already know the soothing scents of Roman chamomile and lavender are wonderful to diffuse at bedtime. But if you’re ready to go beyond those two favorites, you have a lot more options!
Best essential oils for sleep
All of these oils have relaxing properties so you can diffuse them on their own or in a blend. Playing essential oil mixologist is where things get fun! I’ve noted which other sleep oils they blend well with so you can find the combination that best suits your needs – and your nose.
- Bergamot – blends well with cedarwood, lavender, patchouli, sandalwood and ylang ylang
- Cedarwood – blends well with bergamot, frankincense, lavender, and sandalwood
- Chamomile, Roman – blends well with cedarwood, clary sage, lavender, patchouli, sandalwood, and sweet marjoram
- Clary sage – blends well with cedarwood, lavender, sandalwood, and ylang ylang
- Frankincense – blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, lavender, patchouli, sandalwood, and ylang ylang
- Lavender – blends well with bergamot, clary sage, sandalwood, ylang ylang
- Marjoram, sweet – blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, lavender and patchouli
- Patchouli – blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, and sandalwood
- Sandalwood – Blends well with bergamot, vetiver, and ylang ylang,
- Vetiver – blends well with bergamot, clary sage, frankincense, lavender, patchouli, sandalwood, and ylang ylang
- Ylang ylang – blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, lavender, patchouli, and sandalwood
Here are four of my favorite blends for diffusing for a better night’s sleep. My diffuser uses about 10 drops of essential oil, but read the instructions on yours and revise accordingly.
4 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Sleep
This blend has a rich, spicy scent. Citrus oils are typically thought of as bright and uplifting, but they can calm emotions and even be sedating. The citrus scent of bergamot isn’t as overpowering as sweet orange, which makes it great for diffusing. It blends especially well with grounding oils like vetiver and frankincense. Vetiver is new oil for me. Known as the ‘oil of tranquility’ it has an earthy, woody scent that’s calming and relaxing. But note that the the oil is super thick and you don’t need much.
Despite its name, sweet marjoram doesn’t really smell ‘sweet.’ It has a spicy, earthy scent that promotes relaxation and supports restful sleep. It pairs well with two oils that do have a sweeter scent, lavender and cedarwood, to create a calm, peaceful environment. Lavender is a true multi-tasking oil. It contains esters that are calming, which helps with restlessness, and is also great for relaxing the body and easing the common headache. I’ve found that I have really vivid dreams with this blend.
There’s a reason patchouli is so often used in incense; the the earthy scent is deeply relaxing. I like it with the sweet, woody scent of sandalwood, which can help decrease irritability, and soothe nervous tension. But if the scent of patchouli is just not your thing, try this blend with chamomile instead.
Ylang ylang is another one of my favorite scents. The sweet, floral aroma enhances feelings of peace and harmony and can help us feel calm. Pair it with the herby scent of clary sage, which can relax the body, helps balance emotions, and is said to help with dream recall.