19 Essential Oils With Serious Sleep-Boosting Powers

One Simple Thing To Add To Your Routine For Better Sleep

Regardless of how busy you are and how many holidays prepping you squeeze into your already jam-packed schedule, getting sufficient sleep is essential

Your daily routines – what you eat and drink, the medications you take, how you schedule your days and how you choose to spend your evenings – can significantly impact your quality of sleep; there are a lot of choices out there: everything from infrared pajamas (Tom Brady’s choice for restorative snoozing) to biofrequency stickers that supposedly support your body clock, and even workouts catered to helping you to maximize shut-eye time.

If you’d prefer something a little more low-key, however, you could always turn to essential oils—the ever-so-strong plant and botanical extracts known for their health-boosting benefits; from reducing anxiety to improving your mood. Just as these elixirs can lift you up, they’re also capable of helping you get a good night’s rest. And, never a bad thing: You and your bed will smell amazing.

Essential oils are great because your body doesn’t grow dependent on them.

While energizing oils include powerful scents like grapefruit and peppermint, the blends that are perfect for bedtime are all about reducing stress and relaxing the body—in other words, they take a more holistic approach to calming you down for sleep.

Since you aren’t ingesting them like you would with, for example, melatonin, it’s all about applying essential oils the just the right spots. You can either rub them on the bottom of your feet or your pulse points with a carrier blend, or drop into your diffuser, and your room will transform into a dreamy, serenity-now sanctuary. Don’t have a diffuser yet? No worries, you can easily replace it with another inhalation technique. Keep reading to find out how.

Keep reading for the 19 essential oils to turn to for some solid good night sleep.

Essential oils that helps you relax and restore your sleep



Calming Oils For Restlessness

Or Insomnia

Stimulation Oils For Exhaustion, Mental Fatigue,

or Lethargy

  • Clary Sage
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • German Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Mandarin and Tangerine
  • Petitgrain
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Spikenard
  • Sweet Marjoram
  • Basil
  • Eucalyptus
  • Grapefruit
  • Jasmin
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Peppermint
  • Pine


Sleep Cycle DIY essential oils recipe 


Sleep Cycle Recipe 

Sleep Inhalation Oil :

Makes 1/8 oz. (3.75 ml)

4 Dropps Spikenard

1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) plus 7 to 8 drops Lavender

45 drops Mandarin

1. For inhalation, add your Signature Good Night Oil Blend into your diffuser, or simply place 2 to 3 drops on a tissue and inhale from the tissue with slow, deep breaths 10 to 15 time.

Caution: If you have asthma, do not use this method.

2. Place few drops of your blend onto your pulse points, and behind your ears.

3. To make a foot rub, add yours blend to 1 tablespoon of Sesame, Oil, avocado, or Coconut oil of your choice, and apply this mix to the bottom of your feet.

After Work or Before Bed Body Soap


After Work or Before Bed Body Soap

Makes 8 oz. (232.5ml)

3/4 teaspoon (4ml) plus 7 to 8 drops Frankincense

1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) Sweet Marjoram

12 drops Clary Sage

8 oz. (277ml) liquid Castile Soap

After you have had your good night sleep, it is a great idea to treat yourself for a “Pick me upper” body wash.

Wake up body soap


Wake-Up Body Soap

Makes 8 oz. (232.5ml)

3/4 teaspoon (4ml) plus 7 to 8 drops Grapefruit

1/2 teaspoon (2.5ml) Lemongrass

12 drops Eucalyptus

8 oz. (277ml) liquid Castile Soap

For Daily Cleaning:

A. Make two body or hand soaps: an invigorating soap for the morning and a calming soap for after work or before bed. Use them appropriately.

B. For Cellulite, Hangover, Travel Fatigue, and After Eating Heavy Foods:

In your morning shower, use a loofah or scrubbing mitt to brush the entire body using your body soap.

Safety and Testing:

While essential oils have been used for thousands of years, it's important to approach their use with the same caution that you'd use in applying or whaling any foreign substance. Consult your physician or/and you alternative health practitioner if you have any specific health concerns or questions regarding the use of essential oils.

I will always include specific safety precautions in my Essential oils DYI serene, so please keep an eye on them.

General Cautions: Buy oils in 5-15 ml glass dropper bottles only. My favorite destination for my oils is Mountain Rose Herbs. Essential oils almost always are recommended for topical use only. All my recipe will be for external use only. Keep away from your eyes. If oil gets in your eyes, flush it out with a few drops of carrier oil, like olive, avocado, coconut oil, then wash it off with warm water. Drink water with each essential oil application. Carefully follow the instructions in recipes. Do not use more than recipe require. Do not apply more often than the recipes suggest. Immediately discontinue use if symptoms occur.

To Test Skin Sensitivity

You should always run this simple test to determine your body’s compatibility with a new or unfamiliar oil.

Step One: Apply a few drops of essential oil or new blend to the sole of your foot.

Step Two: Apply few drops of essential oil and new blend to the crook of your elbow.

Wait a few minutes. If irritation occurs, immediately discontinue.

Please share what are your favorite essential oils for relaxation, recipes, and your favorite brands you get your oils from. I am sure all of us can benefit from sharing this useful information. 

Yours in health, 

Julia F. Bitton, ND

Founder and product maker at Dr. Fedorenko True Organic