best diffuser blends for sleep plus list of the best essential oils for sleep so you can make your own rollerballs and diffuser recipes

12 Best Essential Oil Diffuser Blends for Sleep

Diffusing essential oils for sleep is one of the first things that got me hooked on essential oils.

Like a lot of women, I used to wake up 2-3 times a night.  I’d hear the dog walking around, or my husband would turn over, or my mind would race with all the things I had to do the next day.  I just couldn’t seem to get the sleep I needed.  I was always tired and in a bit of a brain fog.

Then my sister Ann introduced me to essential oils.  I was pretty skeptical at first.  How could these essential oils be as great as she claimed?  Could they really help you breathe better, increase your metabolism, support your immune system, and help you feel less stressed?  That all sounded too good to be true.

But she is my sister, so I gave the oils a try.  I put 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil in a diffuser by my bed.  Turned the diffuser on.  Climbed into bed and drifted off to sleep.  Next thing I knew my alarm was going off.  I had slept straight through the night for a full 8 hours!!  “But how could this be?”, I thought.  It must have been a fluke.  Maybe I was just so exhausted from the day before and that’s why I didn’t wake up?

I tried it again the next night.  I filled up my diffuser with tap water, and again, I put a few drops of lavender essential oil in my diffuser.  I turned it on and climbed into bed.  Again, I slept soundly all through the night, not waking up until my alarm went off at 6:00. 

And so it went night after night for months!  I was now a believer.  A BIG believer!

 

Essential Oils for Sleep

There are a lot of essential oils that help the mind and body relax.  My favorite essential oils that support a great night’s sleep are lavender, cedarwood, vetiver, marjoram, Roman chamomile, bergamot, orange, frankincense, patchouli, and sandalwood.

 

click here for a free printable of this list of the 12 best essential oils for sleep and the 12 best diffuser blends for sleep

 

Lavender:  widely used for its calming properties.  It eases tension and induces relaxation.

 

Cedarwood:  warm, woody scent that is both grounding and calming, promoting a great night’s sleep

 

Vetiver:  This grass has a rich, exotic aroma that is extremely grounding for emotions.

 

Marjoram:  has a slightly spicy, warm aroma that calms and helps you release emotional stress and trauma

 

Roman Chamomile:  sweet floral aroma is calming and soothing to the mind and body, making it one of the most often used essential oils for sleep

 

Bergamot:  floral citrus aroma is an adaptogen, meaning that it can be both uplifting and calming, depending on what your body needs at the time.  Helps calm and reduce anxious feelings.

 

Wild (Sweet) Orange:  sweet citrus scent and, like bergamot, wild/sweet orange is also an adaptogen that can be either energizing or calming, depending on what your body needs

 

Grounding Blend:  refers to a generic term for essential oil blends from several different brands that include essential oils like blue tansy, frankincense, and spruce.  These blends promote tranquility and relaxation while eases anxious feelings.

 

Frankincense:  warm, spicy aroma promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, and satisfaction.  A great oil to use to help balance your mood.  When combined with other oils, frankincense often enhances the properties of the other essential oils.

 

Patchouli:  musky scent is grounding and balancing for emotions

 

Hawaiian Sandalwood:  rich, sweet and woody aroma instills calm and relaxation.  It’s soothing scent lessens tension, promotes emotional well-being, and has a meditative-like effect.

 

Calming Blend:  refers to a generic term for essential oil blends from several different companies that include essential oils like lavender, ylang ylang, marjoram, and Roman chamomile.  These blends lessen the feeling of stress, calm emotions, and create a peaceful feeling.

 

best diffuser blends for sleep plus list of the best essential oils for sleep so you can make your own rollerballs and diffuser recipes

 

12 Best Diffuser Blends for Sleep

click here for a free printable of list of the 12 best essential oils for sleep and the 12 best diffuser blends for sleep

 

sleep diffuser blend #1

3 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops cedarwood essential oil

 

sleep diffuser blend #2

3 drops bergamot essential oil

3 drops lavender essential oil

 

sleep diffuser blend #3

3 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops sweet (wild) orange essential oil

 

sleep diffuser blend #4

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops vetiver essential oil

2 drops marjoram essential oil

 

sleep diffuser blend #5

3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil

2 drops bergamot essential oil

2 drops frankincense essential oil

 

sleep diffuser blend #6

3 drops grounding blend essential oil

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops Roman chamomile essential oil

 

sleep diffuser blend #7

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops Roman chamomile essential oil

2 drops marjoram essential oil

 

sleep diffuser blend #8

3 drops patchouli essential oil

2 drops wild (sweet) orange essential oil

2 drops frankincense essential oil

 

sleep diffuser blend #9

3 drops vetiver essential oil

3 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops frankincense essential oil

 

sleep diffuser blend #10

3 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops vetiver essential oil

 

sleep diffuser blend #11

3 drops vetiver essential oil

3 drops calming blend essential oil

 

sleep diffuser blend #12

3 drops patchouli essential oil

3 drops sandalwood essential oil

 

In addition to diffusing essential oils for a great night’s sleep, I also love to use essential oils to help relax throughout the day and before bed.  Here are a few of the ways I use essential oils to relax:

  1. calming magnesium body butter (find the recipe here)
  2. homemade Relaxation Rub (find the recipe here) It’s great for reducing stress & anxiety, improving sleep, calming, balancing, & relaxing. Plus is easy to make and only 3 ingredients.
  3. taking calming, detox baths (15 easy DIY relaxing bath salt recipes)
  4. using roller bottle blends (find my favorite roller recipes for emotions here)
  5. keeping inhalers in my purse so I can use whenever needed to combat stress and anxiety (it’s really easy to make essential oil inhalers – here’s how)

 

best diffuser blends for sleep plus list of the best essential oils for sleep so you can make your own rollerballs and diffuser recipes

 

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By | 2017-04-26T22:39:05+00:00 May 20th, 2015|Essential Oils|13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Sondra FraNKS September 9, 2015 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    A friend of mine sent me your blog site… I am new at this and thank you so much for your information! I was wondering, if you knew of a diffuser humidifier that could be used to run continually. We live in the mountains of Colorado, it is very dry here and I need several humidifiers to put in each bedroom. I just don’t want any of the conventional, large table top humidifiers. Thanks

    • Sarah Lewis September 12, 2015 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      Hi, Sondra. Welcome. Please thank your friend for us; I’m glad she shared our site with you.

      I have many essential oil diffusers. While most of them use water, none of them really emit enough mist to substantially humidify the air. My essential oil diffusers use 1/4 cup to 1 cup of water and run any where from 2 to 8 hours continuously. In comparison, humidifiers hold up to 2 gallons (32 cups) of water and run continuously for 24 hours. If dry air is the problem, I would get humidifiers for your bedrooms. And then if you’d also like the aromatic and health benefits of essential oils, I would get essential oil diffusers like this one

      Sarah

  2. Jodi October 23, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Just want to say, “Thanks, love your posts and boards and all your information. Thanks for sharing and educating.”

    • Sarah Lewis October 23, 2015 at 10:41 am - Reply

      Thanks, Jodi! I really appreciate your note. We have a lot of fun doing this. So glad to hear that you’re enjoying it too. Please let us know if there are topics you’d like us to research and share. Any recipes you’re looking for? – Sarah

  3. Debra Turner February 5, 2016 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Love your recipes.

  4. Vickie Regnart August 2, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

    I am just starting out with essential oils. Thank you so much for all the great recipes and useful information.

  5. LNorah Clarke October 25, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this, I am probably one of the few people in the world that does not like the scent of lavender but have wanted to try something to help with sleep. I am thrilled to find these alternatives and can’t wait to try them

  6. Vicky Menuez January 28, 2017 at 5:55 am - Reply

    I too am not a fan of the scent of lavender and was thrilled with this list of sleep aid blends. I am looking forward to trying them as I have much difficulty sleeping past 2:30.am. I worry how this will eventually effect my health. Thank you for your time an trouble to compile this list.

  7. lynda February 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    I appreciate your printable lists, but don’t see one for the sleep blends? Could you add that? I have downloaded some of your other ones, so I can keep them all in one place. Thank you.

    • Sarah Lewis February 24, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Lynda,
      Great to hear that you find the printables useful. Thanks for suggesting that I should add on for the sleep blends post. I just added it. The first two pages of the printable have the text and the last two pages have the images from the post.
      Thanks again for your note and suggestion!
      Sarah

  8. Cheyenne Stevens March 5, 2017 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Hi! I loved this post and use the 3 drops of lavender/3 drops of orange nightly!! I loved it so much, I did a shout out to you in my first blog, Beautifully Busy!

    Thank you for the mixture ideas. You have no idea how much you helped me out!

  9. Lori March 24, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Can you use a diffuser with essential oils when you have cats in the house as I have read that essential oils are noy good for cats

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