Essential Oils for Sleep: Using Aromatherapy to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Updated on August 1, 2018
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I have been using essential oils and aromatherapy to improve my health, immunity, and emotional well-being for years.


Why You Need Sleep

Getting enough sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. While you sleep, your body is rejuvenating itself after a long, active day. Your heart and blood vessels repair themselves during sleep, which puts those who frequently do not get enough sleep at higher risk of cardiovascular diseases. Sleep is also when your body grows muscles, repairs tissue and balances hormones—all processes that are necessary for a healthy body. Research also shows that those that get enough sleep perform better on memory tasks than those that do not get enough sleep. All these factors show the importance of getting enough sleep and why it is necessary for optimal health.

How Aromatherapy Can Help

Aromatherapy is the art of using essential oils to improve health and quality of life. The most common way to use essential oils is to diffuse them using an essential oil diffuser. Most diffusers use water to put essential oils in the air using a fine, cool mist. This mist helps scent the room with the essential oils of your choice. Many essential oils give an aroma that naturally calms the mind, which helps promote sleep. Here are some specific essential oils and essential oil blends that can help you fall and stay asleep at night. Another great thing about lavender essential oil is that it can easily be blended with other oils that promote restfulness and sleep.

Lavender is a great essential oil that naturally promotes sleep.
Lavender is a great essential oil that naturally promotes sleep.


The most popular essential oil that is recommended for sleep is lavender. This is because lavender has natural calming qualities that promote relaxation when inhaled. Lavender essential oil can also help ease respiratory distress caused by allergies, making this a great oil to diffuse if nasal congestion is a factor that keeps you up at night.


With its warm and woody scent, cedarwood essential oil naturally creates a soothing and relaxing environment when diffused. This is a great choice for those that like woody scents, but for some, the woody scent may be a bit too much. I personally do not prefer woody scents and stick mostly to lavender. However, if you like woody scents, cedarwood is an excellent choice because of its relaxing properties. Another good thing about cedarwood is that also blends well with other essential oils that are great with promoting sleep.

Vetiver, Frankincense, and Roman Chamomile

Vetiver essential oil has an exotic and unique aroma that promotes sleep and relaxation. It is commonly blended with lavender and cedarwood as its unique aroma blends well with these oils. Frankincense also has a distinct aroma that blends well with vetiver and lavender, making it a commonly found oil in essential oil blends that promote sleep. Another great oil for sleep is Roman chamomile. It has a distinct, floral, and sweet scent, making it a favorite for aromatherapists.

Orange essential oil is another great choice for sleep.
Orange essential oil is another great choice for sleep.

Bergamot and Orange

Two other popular choices for promoting sleep and relaxation are bergamot and orange. These citrus oils are great at calming the mind and uplifting your mood. The uplifting, yet calming qualities of these oils make them a great choice if worries and stress are the major factors keeping you up at night. Blending one, or both of these oils with lavender is a great choice to put you in good, calm spirits before bed.

Popular Blends

There are several popular blends out there that include all of the oils mentioned above that are used to promote sleep.

Here are some of my recommendations:

  • 3 drops lavender and 3 drops cedarwood
  • 2 drops Roman chamomile, 1 drop bergamot, and 1 drop frankincense
  • 3 drops lavender and 3 drops orange
  • 3 drops lavender and 3 drops vetiver
  • 3 drops lavender and 3 drops bergamont
  • 3 drops bergamot, 2 drops cedarwood, and 1 drop lavender

Do you use any oils to promote sleep that I did not mention? What is your favorite oil or blend to use at night to promote a restful night's sleep?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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      2 years ago

      I have heard that lavender is a calming fragrance..


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