Make your Own Essential Oil Recipes for Sleep
I regularly find myself staring at the ceiling just willing sleep to overtake me. More often than not, I’m awake until it’s just about time to get up and start my day.
That is until a few months ago when I discovered how aromatherapy may help the body overcome insomnia naturally.
I started off using individual oils, and even tried a few premixed sleep blends. But I’ve discovered it’s much more effective to make your own essential oil recipes for sleep because it allows you to target just the symptoms that’s keeping you up on that particular night.
- 1 Make your Own Essential Oil Recipes for Sleep
- 2 How to Know Which Oils to Use for Sleep
- 3 “Mind and Body Calming” Essential Oil Blend for Sleep
- 4 “Make Me Sleepy” Diffuser Recipe for Sleep
- 5 “Restful Slumber” Essential Oil Blend for Sleep
- 6 “Calm Me Down” Essential Oil Sleep Aid Recipe
- 7 “Sleep, Don’t Snore” Essential Oil Sleep Blend
- 8 New to Essential Oils? Save Money by Buying Essential Oil Sleep Blends
- 9 Try One of these Essential Oil Recipes for Sleep Tonight!
- 10 Sleep Naturally with Essential Oils!
- 11 Don’t miss our FREE Essential Oil Mini Guide!
- 12 Would you Like to Learn More about Essential Oils and Sleep? (And get 40 more recipes like these, too?)
How to Know Which Oils to Use for Sleep
The key to blending your own essential oil recipes for sleep is knowing what essential oils are best for insomnia. It’s not just about making you sleepy, essential oils can also shut your mind off and calm your nerves.
I go more in depth about the 20 sleepy essential oils and what insomnia symptoms in the Insomniac’s Essential Oil Guidebook. For instance, if you want to induce sleep, then lavender or valerian are awesome oils to use. Does your mind race? Clary sage or ylang ylang are what you should use in your blend.
Each of these recipes are meant to be used in an essential oil diffuser placed by your bedside. Diffuse it while you’re getting into bed and as you sleep.
Don’t have a diffuser? These diffusers are ideal to use in the bedroom. I own the PureSpa diffuser in the middle here, and I really love how well it works for me.
“Mind and Body Calming” Essential Oil Blend for Sleep
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
- 5 drops ylang ylang essential oil
This essential oil blend is for you if your mind races and you’re having trouble winding down and relaxing. I find this one helpful when I’ve had to work late and having trouble shutting my brain off.
The Roman chamomile works to calm your racing mind and calm your nerves, while the ylang ylang busts stress and gives you a relaxed feeling.
“Make Me Sleepy” Diffuser Recipe for Sleep
- 10 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
- 5 drops clary sage essential oil
- 5 drops bergamot essential oil
If you’re wide awake when you should be sleepy, this is a really good recipe to diffuse in the evening. It’s good to use while you sleep, but it’s more effective if you diffuse this recipe for an hour or so leading up to bedtime so you fall asleep easily.
I like to use this one on nights when I’m wide awake staring at the ceiling. It’s even good if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep.
I think the reason why this blend works so well is because clary sage works as a sedative and calms your overactive brain, while the bergamot increases the quality of REM sleep.
“Restful Slumber” Essential Oil Blend for Sleep
Do you have nights where you never fall into a deep sleep and you toss and turn? I know there are times where I may sleep, but it’s not a restful, deep sleep, and I still wake up tired.
If you never seem to fall into a deep sleep, or wake up often in the middle of the night “restful slumber” is a blend you need to diffuse tonight.
So what makes this recipe so restful? Lavender promotes a sound quality sleep. Neroli is a lesser known essential oil, but it is a powerful sedative. Cedarwood helps you fall asleep, stay asleep, and have better quality sleep. This has become one of my favorite sleepy recipes, and I love the earthy smell of this blend. It also works great in personal essential oil sleep inhalers!
“Calm Me Down” Essential Oil Sleep Aid Recipe
- 10 drops frankincense essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops wild orange essential oil
Anxiety and/or worry keeping you up at night? When they rear their ugly head, it can be near impossible to calm down enough to fall into a restful sleep.
I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a worrier. I’ve been taking steps to turn my brain off and sleep. I like this blend because this recipe seems to put me in the right frame of mind and makes me sleepy.
This recipe blends three of the best essential oils for insomnia due to anxiety. Frankincense relaxes your mind, and promotes deep breathing while calming your frayed nerves. Rosemary also targets your nervous system and promotes a sense of calm.
But the dark horse in this recipe is the wild orange essential oil. It reduces anxiety, and relaxes your body AND mind.
“Sleep, Don’t Snore” Essential Oil Sleep Blend
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops geranium essential oil
- 5 drops marjoram essential oil
- 2 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 1 drop frankincense essential oil
No, this doesn’t magically stop you from hearing your partner snore, (I wish!) but it does help him/her lessen their snoring and allowing you both to sleep peacefully.
My husband snores. Loudly. To get some sleep, I use my ear plugs for snoring spouses. But I’ve recently come across this essential oil recipe for snoring, and I will be trying it on nights when my hubby is pulling the paint off the walls. 🙂
The sleepy oils are naturally the lavender, cedarwood, and frankincense. But the oil I think opens the nasal passages and promotes freer breathing is the eucalyptus.
*Do not use this blend if your partner stops breathing at night. Please see a physician if he/she has sleep apnea. This blend is only intended for snorers who have nasal congestion, allergies, et cetera.
New to Essential Oils? Save Money by Buying Essential Oil Sleep Blends
When I first started, I used a blend called Good Night by Eden’s Garden. It combines chamomile, clary sage, lavender, and five other essential oils into one recipe. If I were to buy all eight essential oils separately, it would have cost a good bit.
When you’re ready to delve further into oils, definitely purchase each oil separately so you can customize your own essential oil recipes for sleep to suit your needs. But until then, here are some essential oil blends for sleep I recommend.
Try One of these Essential Oil Recipes for Sleep Tonight!
It’s not smart to use a blanket sleep aid if you’re having trouble sleeping. It’s much easier to beat insomnia if you target exactly what’s keeping you up at night.
And don’t be afraid to change up these recipes, or even make up your own essential oil recipes for sleep and use them in your diffuser or in lavender sleep recipes like DIY lotion, lavender sleep spray, or homemade sleep balm. After you use these oils for a while, you’ll learn what makes you sleep better at night.
If you enjoyed this, you might also be inspired by What Essential Oils are Good for Sleep, The Best Essential Oils Sleep Recipes, Make Relaxing Diffuser Blends for Sleep with Just 3 Oils, and How to Make a DIY Lavender Eye Pillow for Sleeping.
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