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Top 8 Best Essential Oils for a Better Night’s Sleep

Best Essential Oils for a Better Night's SleepSometimes getting to sleep is a nightmare. Your brain will not shut down—it plays like radio stations, pushing buttons from one topic to another. It’s always a lot of nonsense that keeps you alert for hours on end. We will discuss the best essential oils for sleep below for you to dream about.

You might be anxious about a situation or certain people at work. The kids might be making you crazy with decisions to make for them. Maybe a spouse or friend is causing you stress. Whatever the reason, you are almost frantic trying to get some needed sleep—even worrying about not sleeping can keep you awake.

Do not fret anymore about it. We have an oil for that. Actually, we have many to choose from for getting a good night’s sleep. Since everyone is different and favors one fragrance over another, try a few scents that will send you into slumber for at least eight peaceful hours.

Essential Oils for 40 Winks

Not only do we have the best oils for slumber, we also provide diffusers for using them. Check out both here at our website for a wonderful night’s sleep.

1. Lavender

By far, lavender is the top choice for sleep. Its fragrant soft sweet smelling aroma will have great results for your rest. This essential oil will leave you with a relaxed feeling and a sense of well-being. Wake up feeling refreshed when you give up nighttime sleeping medications that leave you feeling drugged in the morning.

2. Roman Chamomile

This essential 100% pure therapeutic oil is steam distilled. The small daisy-like flowers have been used for centuries as a tea that is relaxing and calming putting you to sleep. It has been used as an herbal medicine, and does help insomnia. The fragrance is light and has a bottom note of fresh pineapple. Some people think it smells like apples and straw, both fragrance descriptions being light, natural, and earthy. The soothing, calming, and relaxing mist will put you at rest quickly. If you do not like the earthy aroma, mix it with lavender. Be sure you purchase ‘Roman’.

3. Patchouli

The hippie generation used patchouli incense for the peace it offers. Soaps are infused with patchouli and it gives your bathroom a wonderful fragrance constantly. Use in small amounts in your diffuser for a restful, peaceful sleep.

4. Ylang-Ylang

This fragrance is pleasing and smells similar to gardenias or jasmine. Some say it smells with under tones of bananas or licorice. Put it in your diffuser and it will lull you to sleep with its feminine fragrance.

5. Bergamot

The citrus fragrance is great for getting a good night’s sleep. True citrus oils such as grapefruit or wild orange are a bit more stimulating for sleep whereas bergamot is calming. It can be added to other essential oils for a very sleepful experience. It is a great emotional balancer and will be a wonderful sleep booster in the dark. Bergamot is photosensitive so avoid going into the sun with it on your body.

6. Sandalwood

The rich woodsy fragrance of sandalwood is a bit more expensive, yet a small amount goes a long way. The soothing fragrance and therapeutic benefits are marvelous.

7. Cedarwood

Ahh, the wonderful earthy aroma suggestive of the cool, quiet woods is exceptional for sleep. The outdoorsy fragrance of this essential oil is calming after a busy day. It blends well with floral scents and is just as wonderful used alone. You will have great sleep using this oil.

8. Marjoram

Yes, we use marjoram as a cooking spice and basil, sage, orange peel and many others. Nature’s storehouse of plants is wonderful for many beneficial uses. Marjoram is beneficial for sore muscles and joints, and will spice up your nighttime with wonderful relaxing, peaceful sleep.

How to Use Essential Oils for Sleep

Use in one of your many essential oil diffusers, shown within this site, or rub a few drops on your feet top and bottom and behind your neck before bedtime. Dilute them first with grapeseed or sweet almond oil as a topical treatment. Aromatic fragrances and benefits can be accomplished with your diffuser.

Final Thoughts

Purchase your essential oils in dark ambler glass bottles for protection from light. Store in a cool dark place always away from direct sunlight. A bottle with a dropper cap is useful.

The subtle oils listed here are superb for slumber and there are other oils just as useful for sleeping that will first put you in a good space of relaxation. Instructions come with each oil purchase.

For more on uses of essential oils, and different ailments they can be used for, please check out our complete list of essential oils and what they are used for.

Happy trails getting a good night’s sleep with beautiful peaceful dreams!

Melissa Styer

Melissa Styer is the Founder, and long time Editor-in-Chief of With a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Oregon, and a Masters Degree in Biology from California State University, Melissa has been writing and teaching about essential oils and the importance of a maintaining a healthy living environment for over 25 years. === Hi All, I started Wellness Appliances in the Winter of 2014 as a way to and share my knowledge and thoughts on essential oils and the importance of healthful living. As a youngster, I have vivid memories of walking through the large fantastic garden my dad kept for his entire life. It was there I learned about all the plants and the varied, important properties they can offer humanity. A cool morning misty walk down the meandering paths was a child’s delight, and something I still do to this day in my own sprawling gardens. While I have stepped back from the day-to-day managing of Wellness Appliances, I intend to continue contributing articles on subjects that matter to me from time to time. My days are largely filled volunteering at the local co-op, tooling in my vegetable and fragrance gardens (which I attempt to keep as a year-round gardens), writing, and being the leader of the pack to my two dogs Jacko and Lea. Thanks for the years of great readership! - Melissa

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