5 Best Essential Oils For Sleep

When it comes to essential oil, they all have a wide variety of uses, and a lot of people have started utilizing them to help aid them in common aspects of daily life.

5 Best Essential Oils For Sleep

For example, a lot of people love how these concentrated extracts have aided with stress relief, anxiety relief, and even in improving their mood or concentration. 

There are too many benefits that people have found from using essential oils (see also: Can Essential Oils Treat Low Estrogen?)to list, however, one of the most common benefits people have found from using essential oils is helping with sleep. 

Some of us are more aware of it than others, but sleep is one of the most important things we do with our time, and if you do not get enough quality sleep, your brain and your body will not get the proper time it needs to recover and rest, and prepare for the next day. 

You may have experienced insomnia or just struggling to sleep, and this can leave you lying awake for seemingly no reason. This can lead to signs of sleep deprivation, and continued sleep loss can have a seriously negative impact on your health.

This is where essential oils come in, for those who want a solution which is not just prescription medication. 

There are plenty of reasons to choose these medications, but there are also plenty of reasons to want to avoid them, and this is why aromatherapy from essential oils can be so useful for so many people and feels a lot more natural.

In this guide we will go over our top options for essential oils which can help when it comes to sleep (see also: The Ayurveda Guide To A Good Night’s Sleep)and relaxing, so if you need this, then keep reading!

Best Essential Oils For Sleep

In this section we have split up all of our favorite essential oils which can help you with sleeping.

Each of these have their own unique benefits and drawbacks, and some will work better than others for different people, so keep this in mind when choosing!


5 Best Essential Oils For Sleep

Lavender is a mid-range product when it comes to price, and its main uses are to aid with relaxation and feel more calm, and it has been known to aid with anxiety relief. This oil is often used in soaps and perfumes because of its pleasant and floral smell.

This pleasant smell in itself just helps with feeling more relaxed. It is a perfect choice for helping ease any anxiety and promoting relaxation before sleeping. 

One of the main components of lavender is linalool and this component has been studied for how it helps with anxiety relief when sleeping. It has been proven to promote healthy sleeping habits as well as improve sleep quality. 


5 Best Essential Oils For Sleep

Another useful essential oil which has been shown to aid with sleep is chamomile. This is also a mid-range price and it has been shown to help with sleep and anxiety relief, but also pain relief as well.

If you already drink chamomile tea then you already know how much it can help with feeling relaxed. 

But if you do not want to have to drink a warm beverage, then using chamomile essential oil can be just as effective. It is worth noting that you should not use essential oils in anything you plan to drink or ingest, and they are for external use only.

Chamomile is also gentle and this makes it a good choice for using with children. Chamomile has been proven to aid with managing depression for women who are coping with post partum symptoms as well.


5 Best Essential Oils For Sleep

Bergamot is another mid-range option, and it has been shown to help with anxiety and stress relief, while also improving mood as well. 

You will recognize the distinct smell of bergamot if you have ever enjoyed a cup of Earl Grey tea as this is where it is most commonly used.

The bergamot orange peel is what gives this delicious tea such a unique flavor, but the extract can also help with sleep, as well as pain relief and relief from inflammation too.

While a more citrus-y essential oil like this one would usually be assumed to help with energy instead of sleep, this one has shown to help with relaxation quite a bit. 

Common blends of essential oils to help with sleep aromatherapy often contain bergamot.


5 Best Essential Oils For Sleep

Cedarwood is a cheaper essential oil making it a good alternative to the more pricey options, and while it helps with sleep, it can also aid with certain skin conditions, as well as stress relief and anxiety too.

If you love a more natural smelling and woody fragrance, then you will love cedarwood essential oil, especially since it has been proven to aid with relaxation and stress when sleeping. 

There are plenty of different types of cedarwood oil which exist, so choosing your favorite type can also help.

While there is still evidence to show that cedarwood essential oil can help with sleep, this is a lot more limited, so if you want something which has a little more proof then you might have to try something different!


5 Best Essential Oils For Sleep

For one of our last choices we have valerian which is also mid-range and it can help with sleep, anxiety relief, relaxation, and tension relief. This is an ingredient which is commonly used in a sleepy time tea blend. 

And while you should not use this in tea, using valerian for aromatherapy has been shown to have a more calming and sedative effect which can be very useful. There was a study in 2020 showing that valerian can aid with promoting sleep as well as reducing anxiety.

Buyer’s Guide

As we mentioned briefly in the introduction, essential oils are derived from plants, and since they are naturally sourced, this means that there are plenty of different options.

If you are already aware of aromatherapy then you might have noticed that some oils tend to have a lot of uses, so how can you choose which is best for you? 

Of course some oils might have different effects on different people, and the different methods of using each oil can also have a different impact.

Because of this, we have put this section of the guide together which covers how to choose when buying essential oils as well as how to use essential oils to aid with sleeping!

Factors To Consider When Buying

When it comes to buying essential oils, one of the most important aspects is knowing the type of essential oil you are going for. 

Some essential oils will aid with relaxing and getting to sleep, while others will help you feel awake, so knowing the difference is important. Then you will also want to look at the expert research and interviews done with each type of essential oil as well. 

Something else you will want to consider as well is how available the essential oil is. 

Some types are a lot harder to find than others and this can be frustrating. You also want to think about the quality and the transparency of each type of essential oil. You want to find reputable brands that have analysis and safety data sheets. 

How To Use Essential Oils For Sleep?

Of course, you can just smell the fragrance of the essential oil from the bottle, however getting a waft of the smell, instead of just inhaling directly is always preferred, so what are some of the best ways to use these oils. 

One of the most popular options is a diffuser. Getting an essential oil diffuser is not that hard anymore and these are great for sleep. You can use one oil or an oil blend. 

If you plan to use your diffuser overnight, we strongly recommend getting one with a timer as this will not overfill your room. For a more simple solution you could use evaporated oil. 

All you have to do is put some drop on some fabric and then let this dry out next to you as you sleep. Some people even put this in their pillowcase. 

You will want to research how each oil reacts with the fabric in your bed before doing this. You can also add some oil to a warm bath as this will help with breathing in the oil naturally.

You will want to first dilute the oil before adding it into the bath. You can do this by using liquid soap or a carrier oil. 

You can also get some oil massages in using a skin safe carrier oil, however, this is another method which you will want to research depending on the type of oil which you end up using!


Hopefully this guide has given you all the information you need on using essential oils to help with sleep. There are plenty of different paths to choose, and you will want to consider all options before committing.

Make sure you do not just consider the oil, but how you are going to use it as well. Certain oils are better for certain methods, while others are more awkward.

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