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The Best Essential Oils for Sleep + Essential Oil Recipe for Insomnia

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The Best Essential Oils for Sleep + Essential Oil Recipe for Insomnia

Essential oils can help to induce sleep when you are deprived

There are quite a few essential oils that can help with the issues that pertain to sleepless nights. Some are great for calming the body down while others can help shut off the mind when it won’t shut up. Not all essential oils are created equal! These are just some essential oils that you can use in a sleepytime blend:

Bergamot

Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia)

Most all citrus is bright and happy making them great to relieve stress, but they are also still calming and can help blend the deeper notes in together.

Cedarwood

Cedarwood

The woodsy scents of cedarwood are so calming, that many find it works better for them than lavender! Together, they are unstoppable! Cedarwood is a base note, and appropriately grounding! It can help to shut off the brain and bring peace to those who have overactive conversations with themselves at night.

Chamomile, roman

chamomile

One of the other most well-known essential oils and herbs for sleepy time, chamomile has been known to calm everyone from babies to the elderly, and everyone in between! Also naturally

Clary sage

Containing some of the same properties as valerian, clary sage is a very effective sedative. In fact, when studied in comparison to lavender, chamomile, and rosemary, for the strongest anti-stressor, clary sage lead the pack and beat them all out. I love the relaxant properties of clary sage so much that I like to use it in both my Aunt Flo’s Soothing Salve and my Don’t Worry Be Happy anti-anxiety blend!

Coriander

Just like lavender, coriander is rich in a chemical constituent called linalool. Also like lavender, this essential oil works great for calming stress, anxiety, and sleep issues!

Frankincense

Frankincense

It’s no wonder frankincense is mentioned in the Bible as one of the premier gifts, because it’s so useful for SO many things! Its earthy notes work well in any sleep blend. When combined with lavender, they can do no wrong!

Lavender

Lavender Oil

One of the most well-known essential oils used for sleep, lavender works well for most people to calm the body and soothe the mind. There is a small percentage of people who experience the opposite effects of lavender. If you are one of those people, avoid using lavender in your sleepytime blends!

Lemon

Most all citrus is bright and happy making them great to relieve stress, but they are also still calming and can help blend the deeper notes in together.

Mandarin

Most all citrus is bright and happy making them great to relieve stress, but they are also still calming and can help blend the deeper notes in together.

Marjoram, sweet

Honestly, after I first smelled this essential oil, all my favorites went out the window. There is something delightful about sweet marjoram, that just smells ooooh good to me! It’s seriously one of my favorite essential oils on smell alone. It’s also an incredible powerhouse (what essential oil isn’t? lol) and very good at helping to relax and calm the body so that you can sleep. I don’t make a sleep blend without this essential oil!

Orange, sweet

Most all citrus is bright and happy making them great to relieve stress, but they are also still calming and can help blend the deeper notes in together.

Sandalwood

Sandalwood

This earthy and sweet essential oil is another calming one that works great at grounding and calming the mind. Sandalwood blends well with most essential oils and will help fix any top note citrus essential oils.

Tangerine

Most all citrus is bright and happy making them great to relieve stress, but they are also still calming and can help blend the deeper notes in together.

Valerian

If you know anything about herbs, you likely already know just how effective valerian is at helping with sleep. This stinky-feet smelling herb can be taken at night to fall asleep at night, but you can also use the sedative properties of the essential oil to get to sleep at night. I only ever put just a couple drops in a blend because otherwise, the stinky feet smell will come out!

Vetiver

With such a deep and earthy scent, vetiver is very good at calming both the mind and the body, helping you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. It’s one of those scents that you either love or hate! Only a drop or two is needed in any blend, otherwise, it’s too overpowering!

Ylang ylang

Ylang

This very florally essential oil comes from the flower and reminds one of a calming tropical island. Ylang ylang is another one of those strong essential oils that only need a small amount added to a blend or it can become too overpowering!

This blend works GREAT

  • Five drops clary sage
  • Two drops lavender
  • Ten drops roman chamomile
  • Five drops of bergamot
  • Five drops neroli
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