About seven years ago, I got interested in essential oils after experiencing my first long bout of insomnia. Since then, a combination of oils, healthy routines, taking better care of myself AND a toddler who wakes me up every morning at 5:45 have taught me the TRUE value of a good night’s sleep.
These are the essential oils I love to use specifically at nighttime, both before bed and while we sleep.
Lavender – “Smells like a field in France.” I love it. Lavender is definitely my most used essential oil from sleep, to day diffusing, to putting it on our laundry balls (we use wool balls as a natural alternative to dryer sheets). Lavender is the ultimate essential oil (if you only buy one, buy this one!) and the most loved oil for diffusing during sleep hours. Studies have proven that lavender improves sleep scores (even more so for women and children), so there’s science behind it, too!
Frankincense – I love to add a drop of frankincense to my lavender oil for sleep. It’s soothing, calming, and is associated with meditation and relaxation. I will say it’s an acquired taste (or scent) for many, but once I grew to love it I became obsessed. I also add one drop of it to my nighttime face oil (soothes and reduces inflammation and some say it’s anti-aging), so I go to sleep to the scent of frankincense almost every night.
Dusk Blend – If you are looking for a one-and-done oil, this is a great sleep blend. This one includes ho wood (has a woody/floral scent and is very calming), frankincense, lavender, and eucalyptus (great for clearing your airways). I use this combined with a drop of Grove (because I just love the scent of Grove—fir, spruce pine and cedarwood. I find woody scents to be very calming) most nights.
Ylang Ylang – (pronounced eee-lang eee-lang) This is a great oil for relaxation and sleep, and studies have shown it can help lower blood pressure and stress index. The scent is playful, fun and bright. I diffuse it a lot during the day, but I sometimes use it at night too because it’s one of my husband’s favorite oils. It’s important to personalize your oil selections in this way. There will naturally be some oils you are drawn to and some that you don’t love—my advice is to find more ways to use the ones you are drawn to!
Bergamot – While I try to steer clear from citrus scent at night (more on that below), this citrus tree-derived oil has its own very unique scent—almost woody. Bergamot has amazing calming qualities and adds some depth to your nighttime blend. I absolutely love it! It’s the perfect oil to set a chill mood.
There are no wrong oils to diffuse at night if it’s an oil you love. For me personally, I stay away from citrus and mint scents just because they feel very “daytime” and “awake” to me personally. You do you! I hope this guide is helpful and gives you a great starting point. If you have never diffused oils before, I recommend starting with a night routine oil (start it diffusing as you are getting ready for bed every night). After a month or so you will begin to notice how your brain associates the scent with sleep and just by putting on the oils you can trick your brain into feeling ready to tuck in for the night.
If you have kids, check out Kid-Friendly Diffuser Blends for kid-safe blends. Thanks for reading! Elsie