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the best essential oils to sleep and how to use them

Why Use Essential Oils To Get A Better Night's Sleep

Not getting a good night's sleep is one of the worst things to happen to your productivity. Using essential oils can help you get a better night's sleep and make it easier to wake up in the morning."

If you're looking for a natural alternative to help you sleep, essential oils can be a great choice.

By using essential oils, you can easily help yourself fall asleep and stay asleep all night long. Plus, you'll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the day.

Essential oils are a great way to help you fall asleep when used properly. This post will tell you how to use essential oils for sleep and what essential oils work best."

You can use essential oils to get a better nights sleep and with just a few drops, you can be on your way to having a more restful night.

Before we get into how and which oils to use for sleep, it's important to talk about creating a sleep routine. This is the foundation for setting the tone for a good night's sleep.

Tips For Better Sleep

If you struggle to fall asleep at night, One of the best things you can do for yourself is to create a bedtime routine that you follow every night.    

Doing the same routine every night will signal your brain that it's time to fall asleep.

This can include any or all of the following:

  • changing into PJ's
  • brushing your teeth 
  • doing some simple relaxation stretches 
  • reading a book 
  • praying 
  • meditating 
  • journaling
  • filling your diffuser with your sleepy time oils
  • rolling on your sleepy time roller
  • spraying your sheets with a calming sleep spray

It's also important to stop use of electronic devices at least 30 minutes before you want to fall asleep. Studies have shown that when we are on our phones or tablets, our brains are being stimulated.  It's important to let your brain wind down and decompress from the day's activities.  According to this article by the sleepfoundation.org, turning off cell phones and electronics 30 minutes before bed can help you sleep better.

Instead of scrolling Instagram, read a book, do a sudoku puzzle, meditate, write in your journal or find any other activity that doesn't involve the TV, or electronic device.  This will be huge in helping yourself unwind.

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How to Use Essential Oils for Sleep

There are three main ways to use essential oils.  I recommend using all three ways to maximize the benefits so that you can get a deep sleep.

1)  Your sense of smell - Calm your mind by diffusing essential oils

Smelling essential oils is the number one way to calm your mind.  There is a direct connection from your nose to the limbic center of your brain, which makes this a very effective way to change your emotions.

There are a few ways I like to do this.

First - you can put a few drops of calming essential oil on your pillow and sheets.  

diy linen spray to help you sleep better . Made with lavender or doTERRA serenity essential oil

I have a favorite linen sheet spray recipe that I love to use.

 I keep the spray bottle right on my nightstand and mist my sheets and blankets before climbing into bed.

Second - Use an essential oil diffuser on your nightstand.  

By placing the diffuser on your nightstand, you'll have it near you and be able to breathe in the oils all night long for prolonged exposure.  

An essential oil diffuser is somewhat like a humidifier, but smaller and quieter.  You add water to the reservoir, then add in a few drops of a sleep-inducing essential oil.  The diffuser will put out a very fine mist for several hours.  When you breathe this in, you get the calming benefits of the oils.  

doterra lumo diffuser with doterra balance grounding blend and lavender essential oil

You can find several diffuser blends for sleep here.

2) Apply the oils directly to your skin

Apply calming essential oils to pulse points, down your spine, and the bottoms of the feet.  This allows the oils to penetrate into your blood stream, and within a few seconds, the oils can spread to your entire body and calm your body.  I like to add the oils to my wrists just like perfume so that I can smell them.


 I have a sleep roller that I keep on my nightstand.  You can get the roller recipe in my Roller Recipe printable along with 22 essential oil recipes.

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You can also add a few drops of essential oil to a warm bath before bedtime to calm your mind and body.

add doterra lavender essential oil to your bath

3)  The last way to use essential oils for sleep is to take them internally.  

I say this with caution because you don't want to take just any so-called essential oil internally.  They can be quite toxic.  Use only a certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil that is labeled safe for internal use.  And be careful where you buy your oils.  

Also, never buy them on Amazon because tampering is rampant and you don't know what's in that bottle.  The  tamper proof caps are easy to replace and it seems as if it's never been opened. Even I was a victim before I knew better.  Buy your oils directly from a reputable source.  (This website a a certified doTERRA Website so you know you are getting the real thing.).

You can put a couple drops of Lavender and/or Copaiba in an empty veggie capsule.  Do this about 20 or 30 mintues before you're ready to fall asleep.

sleep aid swap with doTERRA Copaiba softgels and doTERRA Serenity sleep capsules herbal and essential oil supplement
doTERRA also has a very effective Serenity Sleep capsule that is a natural blend of herbs and essential oils to help relax.  The Copaiba capsules are a convenient way to get this brain relaxing oil into your system. 

Ditch the melatonin and other sleep aids and give these a try.  I have found it to be WONDERFUL!

The Benefits of Using Essential Oils for Sleep

When you use calming essential oils before bed, you help calm your mind and body and signal to your brain that it's now time to sleep.  I like to say I'm calming the crazy.  I'm one of those people whose brains goes into overdrive as soon as I lay down and I have a hard time turning it off.  Essential Oils help!

Which essential oils to use for sleep

woman sleeping.  Which essential oils will help me sleep?

Wrapping up How to Use Essential Oils to get a Better Night's Sleep

As you can see, essential oils are a great way to help you get a better night's sleep. I hope this guide has helped you.

Be sure to grab my free sleep journal.

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Holistic Living Mom with years of experience with essential oils. I have a doTERRA Essential Oil Specialist certification, and Aromatherapy with distinction diploma.Essential Oils enabled my son to live life again to his fullest after struggling to do basic activities like go to school and play soccer. Because his life was so drastically improved, a passion was ignited in me to learn as much as possible about essential oils, including how they are sourced, tested, and ultimately how they work in the body.I love to make my own all natural beauty products and rarely purchase cleaners or otc products from the store. doTERRA is the first essential oil brand I was ever introduced to and it has worked so well for us that I am now a loyal follower and educator.

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