Let’s face it, we all have those nights when we’re wide awake staring at the clock. Counting sheep quickly turns into counting the hours of sleep we’ll get if we fall asleep right now. LOL. Well luckily, there are five essential oils for sleep that will help you in your quest to catch some Zzz’s.
Essential Oils for Sleep
Here are the best essential oils for sleep plus the many ways to use them in a handy little graphic.
Essential Oils for Sleep
Warm and woody, Cedarwood has a grounding aroma that relaxes and soothes the mind and body which makes it a perfect essential oil for sleep. Cedarwood is my personal favorite for restful sleep. In fact, I keep it on my nightstand and apply 2 drops of it to my neck and shoulders just before I turn the lights out.
2. Juniper Berry
Juniper Berry essential oil has a delightful balsam scent that is known for its calming effect. I love to add a few drops each of Juniper Berry and Cedarwood to a warm bath with a cup of Epsom salts. Juniper Berry is like sweet dreams in a bottle. :)
Known far and wide, Lavender essential oil has an unmistakable aroma and is used to reduce anxious feelings and promote peaceful sleep. My daughters love when I spray their pillows with Lavender before bedtime. Simply combine 2-5 drops of Lavender oil and one ounce of distilled water in a small spray bottle, and mist into the air or on pillows and bed linens before sleeping. I use these glass spray bottles.
4. Roman Chamomile
Roman Chamomile is another essential oil that is well-known to those trying to catch some Z’s. A very gentle oil, Roman Chamomile can be added to an evening cup of herbal tea (1-2 drops) or applied to the bottoms of feet for restful sleep.
Rich, sweet, and woody, Sandalwood instills calmness and is often used in meditation, yoga and massage. Diffuse a few drops of Sandalwood essential oil at bedtime to lessen tension and prepare for rest.
I hope these essential oils and tips help you sleep better! As the Irish proverb says, “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything”!
Update: Since I wrote this post in 2015, dōTERRA released a wonderful sleep supplement called Serenity Restful Complex. It’s a blend of Lavender essential oil, L-Theanine (a non-protein amino acid found in green tea) and natural plant extracts (lemon balm, passionflower and chamomile) in a vegetarian softgel. Take one to two softgels before bed to help you get the refreshing sleep you need without feeling groggy and sleepy the next day. You can purchase it right here.