01 April 2021

How to Use Essential Oils for Sleep

Learn how to use essential oils for sleep.  This includes the best essential oils to use for sleep and how to use them in several different DIY recipes.

I got my April Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box early so I can share it with all of you.  It's a great box, and I enjoyed making all of the recipes.

The theme for April is rest and relaxation.  I don't know about you guys, but this is perfect timing.  We still have April and May to go before summer, but we are done. 

We are all tired.  This week is supposed to be spring break, but we can't go anywhere to do much to enjoy the break.  

My oldest still has college classes because they have a short year.  So we aren't doing much for spring break this year.  Sad.

However, I wanted to share with you how to use essential oils for sleep and relaxation because I know we're all done by this point in the school year, no matter how our kids are being schooled.

How to Use Essential Oils for Sleep

The recipes I'm sharing are from the April Simply Earth box.  The Recipe Box is a monthly subscription box that has 4 full sized oils plus supplies to make 6 easy DIY recipes.

What I like about the box is that the recipes are easy.  If you are brand new to using essential oils, it's a great way to learn a little bit at a time each month without getting overwhelmed.

Even if you've been using oils for a while, it's a fantastic deal.  For $39 a month, you get four oils.  That works out to $10 each, which is an amazing price.

If you use code EVERYTHINGPRETTYFREE to subscribe, you'll also get the free bonus box with more supplies and a $40 gift code to use on a future purchase.

The April box has the following supplies:

You'll use these supplies to make 6 easy recipes.  I'm sharing three of them today, and I'll share the Sleepy Balm next week.   I also shared the pillow mist for sleep recipe at my other blog.

Which Essential Oil Helps You Sleep?

There are several essential oils that can help promote better sleep.  It can be trial and error finding the right ones that work for you.


Lavender essential oil is said to be relaxing.  It can help you relax before bedtime to help you fall asleep.


I mainly use copaiba essential oil for topical pain relief and for its skin benefits, but it's also calming when diffused.  


Vetiver essential oil is my favorite single oil for sleep.  It's relaxing and helps me calm down before bedtime.

Ho Wood

Ho wood essential oil is another favorite of mine for sleep.  It's very calming and helps me relax.

Sleepy Blend

Simply Earth's Sleepy Blend is my go to for bedtime.  I put a few drops on this passive diffuser every night before bed.  It's a blend of lavender, grapefruit, ho wood, and bergamot.

Do Essential Oils Really Work for Sleep?

Yes, essential oils can help promote better sleep.  Although studies are limited, there have been studies showing that diffusing oils before bed can help you relax. 

I find that they give me a little bit of help.  If I had an iced coffee too late or I'm just not tired, then they won't help.  

However, if I need a little bit of help falling asleep, they do work.

I forgot to use them for a few nights and did notice a difference.  For me, I think learning how to use essential oils for sleep is worthwhile.

For more essential oil recipes to promote sleep, check out these posts:

Where to Apply Essential Oils for Sleep

If you are learning how to use essential oils for sleep to use topically, there are several places that you can use them.  You can apply to your chest, neck, wrist, hands, feet, or forehead.

You have to dilute essential oils before applying them topically.  I usually use fractionated coconut oil.  

Use this essential oil dilution chart to help you dilute them to use in a roller or otherwise use them on your skin.

Moon and Back Roller Bottle Recipe

Learn how to use essential oils for sleep with this easy roller bottle blend from the April Simply Earth recipe box.



Simply add the essential oils to an empty roller bottle.  Then fill with fractionated coconut oil.  

Place the cap on it and roll between your hands to mix.  Apply to wrists or chest before bedtime.

Goodnight Moon Diffuser Blend

Learn how to use essential oils for sleep in a relaxing diffuser blend.  You can use an electric diffuser or a passive diffuser.  

Personally, I like the passive diffuser so I don't have to shut it off.



Place all drops in an essential oil diffuser.  Diffuse for 20 minutes before bedtime.

To make a master blend, which is what I use in a passive diffuser, combine 15 drops Sleepy, 15 drops Copaiba, 30 drops Juniper Berry, 45 drops Balsam Fir in a 5 ml bottle.  Add 2-3 drops to a passive diffuser.

Lights Out Reed Diffuser

Learn how to use essential oils for sleep with a reed diffuser.  This can sit next to your bed and throw essential oils for weeks before it needs refreshed.  You can also use this to make a master blend to use in a diffuser.



Combine the essential oils in a small bowl.  Add the solubizer 10 drops at a time and mix.  

Then fill the vase about 2/3 full of water.  Then add that water to your essential oil and solubizer mix.  

Pour into the vase.  Place the diffuser reeds inside and let them soak for a few hours.  Then flip them over.

Since there's no preservative, replace the water every 5 days.  Your reeds should last about 6 months.

Now you know how to use essential oils for sleep and where to apply essential oils for sleep!  I hope these recipes inspire you.

Don't forget to use code EVERYTHINGPRETTYFREE to get a free bonus box plus a $40 gift code when you subscribe to the recipe box.

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