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Thanks for your info Meaghan. It was very helpful. I have to say that I love, love essential oils. I did so much research and have used them for years. More than a year ago I decided to give Young Living a try after much research and even though I have tried other companies I have to say that I absolutely love Young Living. I know there are other great companies out there because I have used them. However Young Living is absolutely a wonderful company and their oils are amazing. I totally trust them and I have had such success with them health wise. I am a member of their Blue Spruce Club and everything I ever want to know about how to use essential oils is there. I love Thieves, YLs blend. It is amazing for everything. I still use other oils but YL is my favourite!
This is a crude list… a rough draft of sorts. You will not be using all of the essential oils you put on this list, and you are not concerning yourself with essential oil brands at this point. You’re basically gathering a lot of ideas and information here. The idea is to come up with a list of 10-20 essential oils to get you started, and as you progress through the steps for blending essential oils, you’ll begin to simplify this big list.

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that relies on the powerful sense of smell. Practitioners use the essential oils from plants to heal the mind, body, and soul. Essential oils can be used for a variety of purposes, from boosting mood to relieving migraines, but in this article we’ll focus on how they can be used to calm and relax the mind and body, preparing you for sleep.


Yes, vegetable oils or other forms of fat are the best way to properly dilute essential oils. I believe some aromatherapists say that mixing EOs with heavy whipping cream and adding that to baths is acceptable and safe as the fat in the cream helps disperse the oil, but as far as putting EOs on your skin goes… diluting them in a carrier oil is best. You can find some oils that aren’t greasy. I believe they’re called “dry oils.” Rosehip seed oil is an example, and there are several others. Maybe Google it to get some other examples. Hope this answers your question.
It’s key to purchase oils that are advertised as “pure” or “100%” essential oils and list the oil’s botanical Latin name. Ones that say “perfume oil” or “fragrance oil” often use synthetic ingredients, so while they smell nice, they don’t provide the same benefits and may even contain other additives more likely to irritate your skin. If possible, look for organic oils with a non-GMO or “Therapeutic grade” label, meaning they don’t have toxins and only use pure chemicals.

hi meagan – thanks for your post – i have a lot to read and learn on mixing blends for essential oils – i am having so much trouble because i make CP soap – and so many essential oils can disappear during the saponification process – i have managed a couple of blends but they are masculine in perfume – i so want to find an easy blend of no more than 3 oils that will be feminine and for some reason conjure up the seep south and scarlett – i dont live anywhere near there or even in that country but i have a perfume in my head that i just cant for the life of me create. Is there any chance you could point me in the right direction???
One notable benefit of sandalwood essential oil is its natural sleep aid properties. In a recent clinical trial, sandalwood essential oil was noted to have a depressive effect on the central nervous system, which helped promote relaxation and sleep. Sandalwood is one of the most popular essential oils for sleep aid remedies and one of the best essential oils for insomnia.
I really enjoyed this post and then I read you’re bio at the end and I liked it even more. I’m about 5 years late in reading it but better late than never. I am new to blending and have been reading whatever I can about techniques and I think your input has really helped me embrace the fact that this is as much of an art as it is a science and although there is a lot of chemistry involved, intuition and patience play a big role in it too. It’s really helped me prioritize what I want to accomplish and this article even helped make blending a little less intimidating/overwhelming. Thank you again for your help and God bless!!
Hello. I’m an EO newbie. My children and I this weekend created some blends for their new atomizing diffusers for their rooms. I saw a post that said something about the need to use a carrier oil for diffusing. Is this necessary and/or safe for the machine that I am using? We have just been diffusing with “straight” EO’s and it seems right. Am I causing more harm than good?
When it comes to blending essential oils, it’s recommended to start with three essential oils in a blend until you’re familiar and comfortable with the blending process. From there you can go up to five essential oils in a blend and then up to nine. Rarely will you find more than nine aromas in one blend as that is typically reserved for perfumists!
A stroll through the orchard picking apples is the perfect way to spend a fall afternoon.  When a fall breeze blows through the trees at the orchard near us, it smells very much like this diffuser blend – woody, a little sweet, with a hint of fresh fir from the Christmas tree farm next door.  It’s relaxing and grounding- a great fall diffuser blend to help lessen anxious feelings.
One thing you said that I didn’t know was that if you mix oils the compounds and effects can change based on the orders of mixing. I haven’t seen that anywhere so if you have a link to that info, I’d love to see it. And as far as the article I mention… I’m not sure which one you’re referring to. Just let me know though, and I’ll try to direct you to it.
Hey Sarah! I’m actually not an aromatherapist, and I don’t make blends for people. I just share what I’m learning and how I do things. My suggestions for you would be to come up with a cleaning routine that keeps your house clean (which will help with dust mites as you know) and search Google for EO bug blends. I actually have some on GUH, but I’m not sure how they’d work for dust mites. You may also want to work with an aromatherapist if you have more questions. Thanks!
so many other benefits of essential oils – Depending on the specific essential oils used, the diffuser blend can also help improve focus, give me an energy boost, calm me down and help me relax when I’m feeling stressed, clean & purify the air in my home, help my get a great night’s sleep, and more.  I’ve tried to point out some of these essential oils benefits in the descriptions of the fall diffuser blends below.
11 Best Essential Oils for Anxiety (Aromatherapy Oil Review) Best Essential Oils for a Good Night's SleepThere are several essential oils for sleep that you can use alongside the traditional tricks to help you sleep, we talked about above.When using essential oils for sleep, finding the right oil for you may take a bit of trial and error. However, once you discover what works for you, your sleep will greatly improve.Essential oils can help you to relax, reduce stress, calm your mind and body, and even act as a mild sedative. Further, essential oils can help reduce muscular pain and tension, increase your time in the restorative sleep phase, and decrease the number of times you have to get up in the middle of the night.When you are buying essential oils, avoid purchasing oils that say “fragrance oil” or “perfume oil.” These oils are likely synthetic, which will not give you your intended benefits.While fragrance oil has a pleasant smell, it is not effective in a health-benefiting way. Instead, shop for oils that mention the phrases “pure essential oil” or “100% essential oil” to get the highest quality essential oils that will help in the ways you are expecting.#1. ChamomileCheck Price on AmazonChamomile is a popular choice to treat insomnia. While there are a few different species of chamomile, Roman chamomile essential oil provides the most benefits to fight insomnia.This is an ancient herb that contains therapeutic properties that act as a sedative and help to relax the mind and body. Roman chamomile essential oil is recommended for the treatment of stress, insomnia, and nervous tension, which will all help you prepare to fall asleep.Roman chamomile has a sweet and comforting scent that even my daughter enjoys and can use as an effective sleep aid. Research also reports that Roman chamomile can help treat hysteria and lessen the frequency of nightmares.Although the route through which Roman chamomile essential oil has these effects is unclear, its positive effects seem to be mainly psychological.#2. LavenderSee it on Amazon!Lavandula angustifolia, which is true lavender, is very effective when used to help you fall asleep and sleep through the night. This oil is mainly made up of esters and alcohols, which are not only associated with relaxation, but have several other therapeutic properties.It is important to note that true lavender is the most effective and popular choice out of all of the lavender essential oils that are available. Other species, like spike lavender and lavandin, have similar properties to true lavender but are less effective.Lavender is the most versatile essential oil because of its wide range of uses. Not only is it useful for aiding in sleep, but it works to calm nerves, relax the body, relieve headaches and muscle aches, reduce anxiety, control asthma, improve digestion, and more.A study published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine reported immediate improvements in people's sleep troubles when lavender essential oil was used. Another study rated this improvement to be around 60%.#3. BergamotCheck Price on AmazonBergamot is a citrus fruit, which gives this oil its pleasant smell. Its rind is used to extract the oil.Studies have shown that bergamot oil has the ability to reduce anxiety and improve mood. Better yet, bergamot essential oil is thought to reduce the presence of cortisol in saliva, which gives it its sedative properties.Bergamot essential oil is used for several medicinal purposes, some of which act as a sleep aid. Some common uses are:Antidepressant and stimulantAntibacterialPain relieverDisinfectantMuscle relaxer and sedativeHelps reduce the appearance of scarsDeodorantFever reducerNerve relaxerAnti-spasmaticBergamot can help to increase the amount of time you spend in the restorative stage of sleep, leading to more energy the following day.#4. Ylang YlangSee it on Amazon!Ylang Ylang essential oil works very well on a mental level, reducing stress, helping us connect to our own hearts, and healing us from emotional traumas.It’s also known to promote overall feelings of well-being, which can help take stress off of your mind.This is a great oil to use to fall asleep if you find that your mind is racing in the evening and you are having a hard time settling it down.#5. MarjoramCheck Price on AmazonSweet marjoram is an effective remedy for insomnia. Its sleep-inducing effects are thought to be even more effective than those of lavender and chamomile, which are both used more often as sleep aids.Marjoram essential oil works to calm and sedate the nervous system, which helps lower your blood pressure, ease anxiety and tension, and soothe any feelings of loneliness, rejection, and grief.Pro Tip:It is important to choose the correct form of marjoram, which is sweet marjoram (otherwise known as Origanum marjorana). This is the only type of marjoram essential oil that is recommended for reducing insomnia.#6. ValerianSee it on Amazon!Valerian essential oil contains valerenic acid. According to a study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, valerenic acid is known to help subjects get better sleep.It helps people to fall asleep easier and get deeper and more restorative sleep, and decreases the number of times people wake up in the middle of the night.#7. SandalwoodCheck Price on AmazonSandalwood essential oil has several benefits to help promote a quality night's sleep. It helps reduce anxiety, promotes a meditative state, and helps to relieve chronic insomnia.It can also help to relax cramped muscles that may be keeping you up at night.This is a great oil to use if you have a lot on your mind and you want to break it down into pieces so you can rest.#8. FrankincenseSee it on Amazon!Frankincense is believed to send messages to the limbic system, which is the part of the brain that is known to have an influence on the nervous system. These calming messages help to reduce stress and improve mood.It can also help to reduce anxiety, relieve symptoms of indigestion, fight a cold or the flu, and relieve pain and inflammation.Frankincense essential oil is helpful in opening up the airway passages, which can help reduce snoring and allow your body to take the deep, calming breaths that it needs.#9. Clary SageCheck Price on AmazonClary sage is similar to valerian in the sense that it affects the GABA receptors, which help to reduce stress.Clary sage essential oil also has mood-lifting properties that are useful in treating patients who are suffering from depression. When this oil was compared to others, such as chamomile and lavender, it was found to be the most effective at combating stress.Best Essential Oils for Sleep (Premade Blends)Essential oil companies often make proprietary premade blends using the oils listed above. By using calming essential oils in combination with each other, you can get a more effective solution. Companies choose various concentrations and mixtures of their hand-picked essential oils in their own blends.The benefit to using a premade blend is that you do not need to buy multiple oils to help you sleep. You can buy one bottle and not worry about having to come up with a mixture yourself.However, you can’t combine blends to come up with a solution that works best for you, and if you want to use any of the oils for a different purpose (for example, if you wanted to use frankincense during the day for a cold), you can’t separate that particular oil out of the mix.In the long run, it is likely less expensive to buy individual oils and mix them together as needed. This will also give you a chance to play around to find the best mixture that works for you.Some examples of popular premade blends are:#10. Sleep Tight Essential Oil BlendSee it on Amazon!This blend includes Bulgarian lavender oil, Spanish marjoram oil, ylang ylang oil, copaiba oil, Roman chamomile, Rue oil, and sandalwood oil.It is great for helping you go to sleep by calming the mind and body. It also works as a mild sedative and muscle relaxer.This oil is especially great when it is diluted and applied directly on the skin. It can also be diffused into the air to create a calming sleep environment.#11. Good Night Essential Oil BlendCheck Price on AmazonThis blend is a wonderful blend to help you sleep, or if you just need to relax and calm down. Good Night Essential Blend has a comforting and freshening smell that works by balancing the limbic center of the brain, which is responsible for controlling emotions and reasoning.As this sleeping essential oil blend helps the body relax, circulation is increased to the brain, which allows you to practice active visualization as a stress-relieving tactic. This blend includes lavender Bulgaria, Roman chamomile, clary sage, marjoram, and copaiba balsam.#12. Tranquility Essential Oil BlendSee it on Amazon!This proprietary blend will help you ease into a peaceful sleep with its pure, organic botanical blend.After using this oil, you are more likely to wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. You will feel more energized after a good night's sleep without the use of pharmaceutical sleeping aids, which can have unpleasant side effects.This oil blend is 100% organic and pesticide-free. The tranquil mixture includes lavender, frankincense, blood orange, German chamomile, bergamot, and valerian essential oils.#13. Natural Riches Sleep Essential Oil BlendCheck Price on AmazonThis blend of five therapeutic-grade essential oils promotes tranquility and serenity.This is an even blend of lavender, clary sage, copaiba balsam, marjoram, and chamomile.They work together to create a mild sedative that is perfect for the end of a stressful day when you need to wind down.#14. Sleep-Aid Essential Oil Blend for SleepSee it on Amazon!This blend will not only wind you down to help you fall asleep, it will also help you sleep through the night.You only need to place one drop of this oil near your headboard for this blend to be effective. You may also choose to diffuse the oil in your room throughout the night. This oil is a mixture of ylang ylang, mandarin, valerian, neroli, and lavender.Best DIY Essential Oil Recipes for SleepWhile you can certainly buy premade blends online, creating your own blends of essential oils is a great way to laser target what works for your individual needs, as well as what doesn't work.Everybody is different in the way that they respond to certain oils. Some like the smell of one, while another person may strongly dislike it. At the same time, one person may find a certain scent to be very relaxing, while another may actually find the scent to be offensive. By creating your own blends, you can pick and choose what is best for you.#15. Essential Oils For Restless MusclesIf you are missing out on sleep because your muscles tend to tighten up and you cannot seem to relax, this is a great blend for you.75 drops lavender45 drops sweet marjoram30 drops Roman chamomile30 drops bergamot6 drops ylang-ylang6 drops valerian rootGently mix these oils together in a 15 ml amber-colored glass bottle. You can use this blend as you would any other, but a great idea is to use it in a roll-on ball so you can take it with you throughout the day to help relieve muscle tension.Use a carrier oil in your roller bottle such as coconut oil (one tablespoon of carrier oil per 8 drops of oil), and massage it onto the bottom of your feet, your chest, and the back of your neck. Here is a great tutorial on putting together roller bottles.#16. Essential Oils As a Medically Proven Sleep AidA study performed on cancer patients who were unable to sleep following cancer treatment showed that this DIY mixture of essential oils was beneficial for 90% of people.It helped to release tension and anxiety that had built up throughout the day, and led to a full night's sleep. To make this relaxing oil, you will need to use equal parts:LavenderFrankincenseCedarwoodBergamotTo make this blend, place an equal amount of each of the oils into a bottle and shake it after the cap is on tightly. Use this mixture in your oil diffuser, which will likely instruct you to add water to a specific level that is indicated on the diffuser. Add 8–10 drops of this sleep aid. Put the diffuser near your bed and turn it on just prior to going to bed.Cedarwood oil has a warm and woody scent that promotes a full night’s rest. Its calming properties enhance relaxation.Cedarwood oil also helps to relieve tension by signaling the brain to produce serotonin and release melatonin, which helps put you in a sedative state of restorative sleep.#17. Essential Oil Sleep Aid That’s Safe for ChildrenNot all essential oils are necessarily safe to use around children, so it is always important to do your research before exposing a child to an oil. A great sleeping aid that can even work for your children is equal parts:CedarwoodLavenderMarjoramAdd 8-10 drops of this oil to the water in your diffuser and turn it on right before you or your children go to sleep. This is also a great option for adults who are sensitive to certain smells or oils.#18. Essential Oil for a Deep SleepIf you have a lot of trouble with waking up in the middle of the night or your sleep getting interrupted by noise or light, using an essential oil blend that is targeted towards giving you a full night of deep sleep would be best.One recipe for a DIY oil mixture for deep sleep is equal parts:ValerianLavenderAdd 8-10 drops of this oil into the water of your diffuser and turn it on. Take some deep, calming breaths of the scent before getting ready for bed.Pro Tip:If your diffuser has an intermittent setting on it, use this setting so the scent will last throughout the entire night.#19. Essential Oils to Calm Your MindIf you feel that you have a hard time just relaxing at night and letting go of the day, it may be best to use an essential oil an hour or two before bed to prepare your body to wind down. One great recipe for a relaxing oil is:2 drops lavender3 drops sandalwood3 drops frankincenseMix these together in a bottle and add up to 10 drops into your diffuser a few hours before you go to bed. This relaxing combination will help send a message to your brain that it is time to rest.How to Use Essential Oils for SleepThere are four different methods for using essential oils before going to bed. Some ideas include:#1. Topical UseWhen applying essential oils topically, it is important to always use a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) to dilute it. Undiluted essential oils can harm your skin if they make direct contact.You can mix your essential oils with your carrier oil of choice and use it in several ways. It is great for a muscle massage or just lightly applied to your forehead or behind your ears. The easiest way to apply essential oils topically is by putting them into a glass roll-on bottle.Here is a great tutorial on making massage oils while using essential oils.#2. DiffuserFollow the manufacturer's instructions on your diffuser and add 8-10 drops of your essential oil into the basin with the water. This will help the oils be released into the air so you will breathe them in. (Check out our Essential Oil Diffusers Review.)#3. SpritzerMix water and your essential oils into a spray bottle and mist your pillow before going to sleep. This will help you smell the scent as you're falling asleep and throughout the night.#4. BathAdd 5-6 drops of your favorite sleep-inducing essential oil or oil blend into a warm tub of water a few hours before bedtime to help your body begin to relax. Customize your bath to your liking by adding in bath salts or other oils as desired.After going through many failed attempts at improving my quality of sleep, I was so relieved to find that using essential oils was truly effective.Level Up Your Aromatherapy KnowledgeFinally, if you'd like to learn more about using essential oils for a healthier life, then be sure to check out the “FREE Aromatherapy-Using Essential Oils In Your Daily Life” that I mentioned before.Do you have some more relaxing essential oil recipes to share?If you have found this tutorial to be helpful in combating your sleep problems, share your story in the comments so people can learn from your success.And don’t forget to share this Best essential oils for sleep post on Pinterest! 876 SharesPin818Share49Buffer9TweetRedditPocket S.J. 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