The Best Essential Oils for Sleep (And How to Use Them)

If you're struggling to sleep at night and hate taking medications consider using essential oils. To learn more, read our guide today!

Best Essential Oils for a Good Night Sleep
Best Essential Oils for a Good Night Sleep

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If you're one of the millions of people who struggle with sleeplessness, you know how frustrating it can be to toss and turn all night long. You might have tried everything from drinking chamomile tea before bed to cutting out caffeine altogether, but nothing seems to work. Luckily, there's one natural remedy that just might do the trick: essential oils. Keep reading to learn more about the best essential oils for sleep and how to use them.

Essential Oils for Sleep

There are a wide variety of essential oils that can promote sleep, but some are more effective than others. Lavender oil is one of the most popular options for good reason—it's been shown to decrease heart rate and blood pressure, two factors that can make it difficult to fall asleep. Chamomile oil is another popular choice since it's associated with relaxation. Some other good options include sweet basil oil, valerian oil, and ylang-ylang oil. There are also pre-made oils that combine essential oils that are geared towards a peaceful, relaxing, and sleepful night.

How do Essential Oils Promote Sleep

A good night's sleep is essential for overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, many people have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night. If you're one of those people, you may be looking for a natural way to promote sleep. Essential oils offer a safe and effective way to improve sleep quality and duration.

What are Essential Oils

Essential oils are derived from plants and have been used for centuries for their healing properties. Today, essential oils are gaining popularity as a natural remedy for a variety of health issues, including sleep problems.

The Benefits of Essential Oils for Sleep

Several essential oils can promote sleep by relaxing and reducing stress levels. Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils for sleep because of its calming and relaxing effects. Research shows that lavender oil can help increase slow-wave sleep, which is the deepest stage of sleep. Chamomile oil is another popular option for promoting sleep. Chamomile has long been used as a relaxant and its calming effects on the body make it an ideal choice for those looking to improve their sleep quality.

In addition to promoting relaxation, essential oils can also help reduce anxious thoughts that can keep you up at night. One study found that lavender oil was effective in reducing anxiety in patients with post-operative surgical stress. Bergamot oil is another oil that has shown promise in reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation.

How to Use Essential Oils for Sleep

How you use essential oils also matters. One of the best ways to reap the benefits of these oils is to add a few drops to your diffuser before bedtime and let them work their magic while you sleep. You can also add a few drops to your pillowcase or massage a small amount into your temples and neck before going to bed.

Lavender Oil

Lavender Essential Oil from the Bulgarian Countryside
Lavender Essential Oil from the Bulgarian Countryside

Lavender oil is one of the most popular essential oils for sleep due to its calming, relaxing properties. One study even found that lavender oil was able to significantly improve sleep quality in people who suffered from insomnia.  This lavender is sourced from the  Bulgarian countryside, and grown by farmers who embrace sustainable practices for harvesting their fields without disrupting or damaging crops for clean, organic certified flower oil! The scent of this stunning plant will make your heart grow fonder for all things floral again as it gently eases you into calm, serenity. Lavender has an affinity with the skin due to its soothing properties. This oil has a restoring influence on the entire system-body, heart, and mind.


To use lavender oil for sleep, simply add a few drops to your diffuser or apply it topically to your pulse points before bedtime.

Chamomile Oil

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil for Sleep from the Rolling English Countryside
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil for Sleep from the Rolling English Countryside

Like lavender oil, chamomile oil is also known for its soothing, calming effects. Chamomile oil  is a wonderful essential oil that can be used to create the perfect sense of well-being throughout your day. It also has calming effects, which are helpful when you need them most - such as before bedtime or during times where anxiety may flair up! This gentle scent will leave even those with sensitive skin feeling relaxed and ready for sleep at night time. This therapeutic oil smell is also enjoyable; its therapeutic properties make Roman Chamomile one worth investing in. Often referred to as "ground apple" for it's warm and calming, apple like scent. This organically grown Roman chamomile oil is steam distilled from delicate white flowers that grow on the rolling English countryside.

Roman Chamomile

Ylang Ylang Oil

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Sustainably Sourced from Madagascar
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil Sustainably Sourced from Madagascar

Ylang Ylang essential oil is often used to help release tension, especially in the muscles. It's also known for its intoxicating effect on those who smell it—to an extent that can be relaxing or overwhelming depending upon how much you use! This sustainably wildcrafted version comes from trees grown within Madagascar’s forests which provide a safer alternative than other sources like Indonesia where harvesting practices may involve harsh chemicals such as Timber solvent (which contains petroleum). The rich scent of this exotic plant has been traced back thousands of years to its origins in the South Pacific islands where it was used in traditional ceremonies and is still grown for its unique flowers.

How to Use: Ylang ylang oil can be diffused, inhaled directly, or diluted with carrier oil and applied topically. When diffusing, start with only a few drops and increase as desired.


Catching ZZZ's

Catching ZZZ's Usher Deep Blissful Sleep
Catching ZZZ's Usher Deep Blissful Sleep

Catching Zzz's is a blend of herbs and spices that can help you catch some zzzs. The warm, sensual, exotic aroma relaxes the nerves as it calms obsessive thinking while instilling profound meditation into your body—restoring mental clarity. Catching Zzz's is a blend of herbs that have been used to help you deeply relax and fall asleep. The warm, sensual aroma can calm the mind and help to relax the nerves. Helping to calm even worrisome thoughts by instilling profound meditation and inner peace. Enjoy a more rested, restored mind, body and spirit.

Use a couple drops as needed in your diffuser before bedtime for a deep and restful sleep. You may also use the roller to your temples or wrists.

Citrus Zen

Citrus Zen Blend

Citrus Zen 

Citrus Zen's sweet, woodsy aroma is the perfect companion for meditation—diffuse it to center your mind and expand awareness. Roll up your sleeves and get ready for a day of self-care with Citrus Zen. This sweet, woodsy aroma is the perfect companion as you center yourself during meditation or diffuse it throughout to expand awareness! For those moments when life may feel like an obstacle course (that will happen), remember: "Love what is".  Keep nurturing inspiration by following through on all these joyous intentions and nurturing happiness.

To use roll on throughout the day with confidence as life’s joys & challenges unfold!

Rosalina Oil

The scent of Rosalina essential oil is both soothing and herbaceous, slightly earthy with a spicy edge. It's perfect for releasing daily stress while also restoring emotional balance through inhalation methods like a diffuser or to the skin in the application form. It's also beneficial for purifying, soothing, and restoring the skin.

Don't forget a quality diffuser. We love this one from Aromatics International.

Leah Diffuser from Aromatics International
Leah Diffuser from Aromatics International

This gorgeous hand-blown, polished glass essential oil diffuser features a spiral of exotic charcoal and sparkling gold. The Leah uses high-frequency ultrasonic technology to vibrate tap water into a fine mist that will scent up 1000 sq ft with its cool refreshing aroma! Choose from 5 colors for the lights or turn them all off.

Aromatics International is my favorite shop for all essential oils. The fragrances smell cleaner than any other brand I have ever tried. But not only that, I love the value that this family based team lives by with all of their essential oils. You can read it right here,

"Committed to Purity and Quality

When it comes to your wellness, trust is key. You need to know that the products you're using are safe, effective, and high-quality. To ensure purity and safety for our family, friends, and customers, we complete GC/MS tests for each essential oil we sell. GC/MS tests provide a precise breakdown of chemical components found within a substance, including their percentages. Third-party chemists interpret the test reports and validate the quality of our products before they are made available for sale. We share these batch-specific test reports and chemical family details on the essential oil pages of our website so that you can see the details for yourself."

Why do I purchase my oils through Aromatics International? Because using clean, harvested essential oils is important to my health. As a severe asthma sufferer, I can use these oils without having an asthma attack which is more than I can say from other products on the market.  But this is not a medical claim just an anecdotal shared experience. I genuinely love that these products do not harm the environment but are sourced clean and in small batches by artisan craftsman.

If you're struggling with insomnia or poor sleep quality, consider using essential oils to promote better sleep. Essential oils offer a safe and effective way to improve your sleep without the use of medication. When used properly, essential oils can help you get the deep, restful sleep you need to feel your best during the day.

Best Essential Oils for Restful Sleep

If you're struggling with insomnia, give essential oils a try.  Lavender oil, chamomile oil, and ylang-ylang oil are all great options for promoting sleep. These natural remedies are effective in promoting sleep. Just remember to choose an oil that's known for its relaxation properties and use it in a diffuser or topically on your skin before going to bed. Give it a few nights and see if you notice a difference in your sleep quality!

Check out our other article on essential oils for acne.

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