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Essential Oils for Sleep: Your Ally for a Perfect Night's Rest

Quality sleep is a necessity to maintain a healthy and balanced life. Sometimes, achieving restful sleep can be more challenging than it should be. This is where essential oils can help.

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How Essential Oils Help with Sleep

Essential oils can help not only in falling asleep and maintaining sleep, but these wonderful gifts from nature, applied on a cotton ball or through a diffuser, can also contribute to alleviating stress, emotional discomfort, or anxiety that hinders sleep. Their relaxing aroma acts on the nervous system, helping the body transition into a state of rest and enabling you to sleep peacefully.

The Top 4 Essential Oils for Sleep

Here are some of the favorite essential oils for promoting healthy sleep:


Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia Miller) is known for its calming properties. Lavender is one of the essential oils with substantial scientific evidence related to stress and anxiety relief, allowing you to fall asleep more easily. (1)

Ylang Ylang

This balancing essential oil has a calming effect and relieves stress.


This deeply rich-scented essential oil is perfect for calming scattered thoughts. It's an excellent choice for your sleep spray.

Roman Chamomile

Chamomile is famous for its soothing properties, both for the digestive and nervous systems. If anxiety and nervousness are disrupting your sleep, this is the essential oil to add to your sleep spray.

What are the Best Essential Oil Blends for Sleep?

There are many combinations of essential oils that can help improve your sleep. Here are some ideas for you to choose your favorite:

  • Lavender, Marjoram, Ylang ylang, Orange Blossom and Tangerine

  • Cedarwood and Patchouli

  • Lavender and Absolute Vanilla

  • Ylang ylang, Bergamot, Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile

  • Lavender, Ylang ylang, Vanilla, Geranium, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Orange

  • Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, Rose

  • Vetiver and Roman Chamomile

You can purchase pillow sprays and use these blends, or apply one or two drops of the blend on a cotton ball and place it inside your pillowcase. Keep in mind that the oil may leave stains on fabric.

These oils can also be added to your dryer balls and put in the dryer when drying your sheets. Experiment with these blends and discover which works best for you.

Before using essential oils, it's important to note that each person can react differently, so always pay attention to how you feel after using them and stop using them if you experience any adverse reactions. Also, exercise caution and consult your doctor if you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a medical condition such as asthma, epilepsy, kidney problems, or others. Do not ingest or apply essential oils to the skin without consulting and getting guidance from a professional. Essential oils should not be used on babies, young children, or pets.

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(1) Víctor López, Fracisco Les-Departamento de Farmacia, Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud. Universidad San Jorge. Villanueva de Gállego (Zaragoza), España -Ponencia presentada en el XI Congreso de Fitoterapia Ciudad de Oviedo (13-15 de abril, 2018). -Resumen publicado en: Bachiller LI, Cayunao CI, Vanaclocha B (Eds.). Actas del XI Congreso de Fitoterapia Ciudad de Oviedo. Oviedo: Sociedad Asturiana de Fitoterapia, 2018. ISBN: 978-84-09-01429-3.


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