Okay, so I am clearly late to the game on this post, but I am so glad I found it! Jill, I have been researching essential oils, diffusers, oil blends, etc. – and my gosh!, there is a lot of information out there. It is overwhelming. Thank you for this very helpful, easy to follow post on using essential oils in a diffuser. I signed up to receive your emails and got your book for FREE. Thank you! My family of four has been so sick this past month. My friends keep telling me that I need to be using essential oils. Your blog is fantastic. I know I will be coming back to visit often. Blessings, Jana
Aaaah… sleep! Such a popular and much talked about topic. Lack of sleep can be harmful to any individual’s health and well-being, while adequate sleep assists in the retention of stamina and provision of energy that fuels you to function all day long. With an increase in everyday stress levels, hypertension, and the overall pace of life, individuals are resorting to all sorts of things to help improve sleep.
Hi there – thanks for a great article, I am just starting out in using essential oils and this has been really helpful. I have just made my first batch up today of blends (Relaxing: lavender, bergamot & rosewood. And insect repellent: lavender, peppermint & rosewood. I don’t have a large stock on EO’s yet so limited to what I can use at the moment). However I am little stumped regarding the dilution rates? In your article you gave a 10% and 20%, are these okay to use on the skin? I read on another page that a 2% dilution should be used on the skin? So more like 1 drop of essential oil blend to 4 tsp of carrier oil. Which is correct please? Also, what dilution rate would you recommend on young children? Thanks 🙂
I’m glad you liked the article Jennie. I’m no expert when it comes to aromatherapy so I’d definitely search some other aromatherapy blogs like LearningAboutEOs.com and the Aromahead Blog for arthritis blends, but I think I’d make a cayenne salve like the one here and then add essential oils that contain menthol like peppermint or wintergreen to it.
Well, they may be the same type of essential oil, but quality can be different among companies. Now I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon of one brand over another, but the reason I listed the YL and doTERRA as internal and the others as external is because that’s how they market their products… not because I say it’s okay or even use them that way. As I said in the post, I don’t use EOs internally… I’ve never needed to, but if I were going to, I’d probably go with one of these two brands over some of the other ones. If you wanna see comparisons of EO brands, check out Lea Harris’ site – Learning About EOs – she has testing done of many of the major brands and compares them to each other. It’s very interested when you are concerned about quality. Hope that answers your question… thank you!
I found you while searching for information about essential oils. You have a really neat site and with tons of great and valuable information that helps me a lot. I have been using essential oils for some time now, specially for cleaning around my home and for room sprays . I am now making soy candles but I am using essential oils instead of fragrance oils, even though some says that essential oils doesn’t have a very good scent throw in candles. My question for you is, Can I use jasmine absolute in jojoba oil for scent my wax? And what will be the ratio for blending in 6oz of soy wax? Would the 30-50-20 rule apply the same for blending essential oils for candles?
While some of Organic Infusions essential oils are medical food grade, we do not advise the use of essential oils for internal use unless they are prescribed by your health care provider and certified aromatherapist. Only your health care provider and certified aromatherapist can prescribe the proper dosage and usage. Please check with your health care professional and certified aromatherapist before ingesting any essential oils.

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.
Lavender essential oil may also improve sleep quality for individuals in hospital environments. Sleep deprivation is common for hospital patients and may have a negative impact on recovery and general well-being. In a 2014 study, lavender essential oil was used as part of an aromatherapy treatment to promote sleep. Researchers noted that patients who received the essential oil for sleep had a decrease in blood pressure and a higher overall sleep score.5
Hey, Rachel. It looks like you may have too many top note EOs in your blend which is why you’re not getting that long-lasting scent from it. Rosemary is the only oil you listed that is a middle note, but it’s also considered a bit of a top note too. In all the blending formulas, the middle notes make up the largest portion of your blend with top notes coming in second and base notes coming in last as they mainly ground or stabalize your blend. If I were you, I would go through the process again, adding in more middle note oils and maybe taking out some top note oils. Or, you could always find some middle note oils that fit with the purpose of your blend and blend well with the oils you’re already using. In that case, all you’d need to do would be to adjust the amounts of each oil in the final blend (using the suggested formulas) so that your middle note oils make up the largest portion of the blend. Hope that helps! PS… There are also some essential oils that stimulate nerves that allow you to smell them once and then you can no longer smell them until the nerves are destimulated. I can’t remember which exact EOs that do that, but I read about it from an aromatherapist a while back. I’ve not looked into it much, but I thought that was interesting.

The whole article was really helpful! My girlfriend and I are currently trying to find ways to raise money so she can fund a research aimed to study and protect a species that is now endangered in our country but it has been very difficult as many people don’t feel concerned. We’re now trying to find other ideas and she came up with the idea of making candles. Mixing essential oils can be quite difficult when you’re not sure if they would blend together well, especially when you don’t already have them on hand… Our idea is to create candles made from organic soy wax, that could also double as massage candles (she already made some and it does wonders for the skin), and blend oils with natural scents that remind people of different environments where they can also find endangered species, since we plan on donating a percentage of the money to different non-profit organizations. We had some ideas but don’t know much about essential oils, and this article has been SO helpful and is already helping us with our list of mixes so we can create wonderful scents. All these tips will also help us get to a slightly less ”amateur” result so we can offer products with different depths and scents, that last longer. Thanks a lot!
Most commonly, essential oils are used in an essential diffuser together with water. Aromatherapy works quite well over our olfactory system (=sense of smell) as many emotions can be triggered by certain cents alone. While there are other ways to use essential oils, diffuser blending is a fun art and hobby on its own that many essential oil enthusiasts enjoy.
Sleep deficiency may start suddenly or may slowly become a habit over time. On a day-to-day basis, sleep deficiency can affect learning, memory recall, decision making, the ability to deal with change, and how we express our emotions or behaviors. Chronic sleep deficiency can increase the risk of certain health problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.1

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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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!!
This makes smell unique among our senses. Information we take in from our other senses travels first to another region of the brain, the thalamus, which acts as a relay station, passing along sensory data to the other parts of the brain that produce our sensory perceptions. Only smell moves directly to the brain’s emotion and memory center. That’s why those memories you associate with the scent of garden roses, or banana bread baking in the oven, come on so quickly and so strongly.
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