Essential Oils for Sleep

Essential Oils for Sleep: Yes, you can get a great night's sleep with the powerful combination of hypnosis and aromatherapy.  

When essential oils make their way into your body, they have an impact on your olfactory system, the system relating to smell, and limbic system, which is your “emotional brain.”


When you inhale, molecules from the essential oils make their ways to the brain. When they get to the brain they have an effect on the amygdala, which is part of the limbic system and known as the emotional center of the brain.


Essential oils are also known to work through the olfactory system to cause the brain to secrete neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, which can elevate mood.  Not only are these neurotransmitters needed to make you feel calm and relaxed, but serotonin is also needed to produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for making you feel sleepy at bedtime.



Essential Oils for Sleep: 9 Powerful Oils That Work

1. Serenity: Relax and sleep Essential Oils for Sleep Essential Oils for Sleep

This powerful blend combines Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Hawaiian Sandalwood essential oils.

The newly updated doTERRA Serenity Restful Blend has a calming and relaxing aroma that provides a unique user experience. This perfectly balanced, tranquil blend can be sensed immediately, transporting the user to a state of blissful repose. doTERRA Serenity combines essential oils renowned for their ability to create a restful environment at bedtime.

Apply one to two drops to the hands and inhale throughout the day to help reduce life’s daily stressors, or diffuse at night to help quiet a restless baby or child. The addition of Cedarwood, Ho Wood, and Vetiver essential oils gives doTERRA Serenity a grounding aroma that encourages a tranquil atmosphere when it’s time to wind down.

doTERRA Serenity can be used in conjunction with doTERRA Serenity Restful Complex Softgels. Diffusion of the doTERRA Serenity essential oil blend creates a relaxing environment while the softgels promote a restful night’s sleep.

HOW TO USE: 

  • Diffuse with water diffuser or passive diffuser
  • Place 1-2 drops on a cotton ball (or personal inhaler) and breathe in as needed.
  • Add two to three drops of Serenity to a warm washcloth and lay with it on your chest. 
  • Massage your temples and neck with a few drops of the oil to alleviate tension.
  • Apply two to three drops of essential oil to your feet (big toes and/or arches) to help relieve tension. 
  • Add two to three drops into a warm bath with Epsom salts to create a relaxing, renewing experience.


2. Copaiba: Supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems Essential Oils for Sleep

Copaiba essential oil is derived from the resin of the copaiba tree which can grow upwards of more than 100 feet and can be found in tropical South America. Copaiba oil is widely used in cosmetic products including soaps, creams, lotions, and perfumes. Since the 16th century, copaiba essential oil has been utilized in traditional health practices by the natives of north and northeastern Brazil.

Similar to Black Pepper essential oil, Copaiba can help soothe anxious feelings and it can be applied to the skin to promote a clear, smooth complexion. Taken internally, Copaiba essential oil supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems.

Although Copaiba does not contain psychoactive cannabinoids, the main component caryophyllene may be neuroprotective and have cardiovascular and immune benefits. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that promotes immune health.

HOW TO USE: 

  • Diffuse with water diffuser or passive diffuser
  • Place 1-2 drops on a cotton ball (or personal inhaler) and breathe in as needed.
  • Place a drop on thumb and rub on roof of mouth as needed.
  • Put 1-2 drops on toothpick and suck as needed. 
  • Add two to three drops of copaiba essential oil to a warm washcloth and lay with it on your chest. 
  • Massage your temples with a few drops of the oil to alleviate headaches associated with withdrawal symptoms.
  • Carry a bottle of copaiba essential oil with you and sniff it directly from the bottle throughout the day to reduce nicotine cravings.
  • Apply two to three drops of essential oil to your feet (big toes and/or arches) to help relieve tension. 
  • Add one to two drops essential oil to water.

2. Lavender: Anxiety Relief & Sleep Essential Oils for Sleep

Lavender oil is best known for aiding people with sleep issues and anxiety, but it also may be useful if you are experiencing pain or headaches. A 2012 study found that inhaling lavender essential oil safely relieved migraine pain in the research participants. Moreover, a study from 2015 found lavender essential oil has both anti-inflammatory and analgesic (aka, pain relieving) properties, making it a perfect essential oil for both your mental and physical health.

HOW TO USE: 

  • Diffuse with water diffuser or passive diffuser
  • Place 1-2 drops on a cotton ball (or personal inhaler) and breathe in as needed.
  • Add two to three drops of essential oil to a warm washcloth and lay with it on your chest. 
  • Massage your temples with a few drops of the oil to alleviate headaches.
  • Carry a bottle of essential oil with you and sniff it directly from the bottle throughout the day to invoke a calming effect.
  • Apply two to three drops of essential oil to your feet (big toes and/or arches) to help relax. 
  • Add one to two drops essential oil to a smoothie or drink in water as tea. 


3. Clary Sage: Calming, sleep, menstrual cramps/PMS Essential Oils for Sleep

The main chemical component of Clary Sage oil is linalyl acetate, part of the esters group, making it one of the most relaxing, soothing, and balancing essential oils. In the Middle Ages, the Clary Sage plant was frequently used to soothe skin. Inhaling Clary Sage essential oil adds to a relaxing environment, and internal use promotes a restful night’s sleep.

HOW TO USE: 

  • Diffuse with water diffuser or passive diffuser
  • Place 1-2 drops on a cotton ball (or personal inhaler) and breathe in as needed.
  • Carry a bottle of Clary Sage with you and sniff it directly from the bottle throughout the day to induce relaxation.
  • Apply two to three drops of essential oil to your feet (big toes and/or arches) to help relax. 
  • Add one to two drops essential oil to a smoothie or drink in water. 
  • Rub three to five drops of Clary Sage oil on the abdomen for a soothing massage.
  • Combine Clary Sage oil with Roman Chamomile essential oil and add to bath water for a stress-relieving bath.
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4. Roman Chamomile: Emotional Balance Essential Oils for Sleep

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil may be a gift when you simply need to take the edge off after a long day. That's because this popular essential oil is full of soothing qualities. It can create an overall calming effect that soothes a stressed mind. It can also relieve tension throughout the body and help release grief and anger. Tapping into the soothing properties of Roman chamomile essential oil can be an amazing to ease a tough day.

HOW TO USE: 

  • Diffuse with water diffuser or passive diffuser
  • Place 1-2 drops on a cotton ball (or personal inhaler) and breathe in as needed.
  • Add two to three drops of essential oil to a warm washcloth and lay with it on your chest. 
  • Massage your temples with a few drops of the oil to alleviate tension.
  • Carry a bottle of essential oil with you and sniff it directly from the bottle throughout the day to invoke a calming effect.
  • Apply two to three drops of essential oil to your feet (big toes and/or arches) to help relax. 
  • Add one to two drops essential oil to a smoothie or drink as tea. 


5. Bergamot: Stress and anxiety, lower cortisol Essential Oils for Sleep

study found that inhaling bergamot oil for 15 minutes boosts your mood and also significantly reduces cortisol, the "stress" hormone. 

Bergamot also naturally contains polyphenols - the same compound found in green tea.

HOW TO USE: 

  • Diffuse with water diffuser or passive diffuser
  • Place 1-2 drops on a cotton ball (or personal inhaler) and breathe in as needed.
  • Add two to three drops of bergamot essential oil to a warm washcloth and lay with it on your chest. 
  • Carry a bottle of bergamot essential oil with you and sniff it directly from the bottle throughout the day to ease tension.
  • Apply two to three drops of essential oil to your feet (big toes and/or arches).
  • Add one to two drops essential oil to a smoothie or drink in water. 

6. Ylang Ylang: Calming, antioxidant Essential Oils for Sleep

Ylang Ylang essential oil is derived from the star-shaped flowers of the tropical Ylang Ylang tree and is used extensively in making perfumes and in aromatherapy.

Similar to Jasmine, Ylang Ylang has been used for centuries in religious and wedding ceremonies.

In aromatherapy, Ylang Ylang is used to create a calm, positive atmosphere. Ylang Ylang is frequently used in luxurious hair and skin products for its scent and nourishing and protective properties.

Taken internally, Ylang Ylang provides antioxidant support. Ylang Ylang essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Geranium, Grapefruit, and Vetiver.

HOW TO USE: 

  • Diffuse with water diffuser or passive diffuser
  • Place 1-2 drops on a cotton ball (or personal inhaler) and breathe in as needed.
  • Carry a bottle of Ylang Ylang with you and sniff it directly from the bottle throughout the day to induce relaxation.
  • Apply two to three drops of essential oil to your feet (big toes and/or arches) to help relax. 
  • Add one to two drops essential oil to a smoothie or drink in water. 


7. Frankincense: Soothing, supports immune and nervous systems Essential Oils for Sleep

Enjoy Frankincense, the "king of oils" to ease tension and fall asleep fast. 

HOW TO USE: 

  • Diffuse with water diffuser or passive diffuser
  • Place 1-2 drops on a cotton ball (or personal inhaler) and breathe in as needed.
  • Carry a bottle of Frankincense with you and sniff it directly from the bottle throughout the day to induce relaxation.
  • Apply two to three drops of essential oil to your feet (big toes and/or arches) to help relax. 
  • Add one to two drops essential oil to a smoothie or drink in water. 

8. Jasmine: Calms restlessness Essential Oils for Sleep

Experience the esteemed fragrance and the myriad benefits of Jasmine oil in a convenient roll-on. Jasmine Touch combines Fractionated Coconut Oil and Jasmine absolute for gentle application and multiple uses. Jasmine Touch can be applied to pulse points for a calming, yet euphoric aroma that uplifts mood and promotes a positive outlook.

Renowned for its skin benefits, Jasmine Touch can help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and promotes a healthy-looking, glowing complexion. Regarded as the “King of Flowers,” Jasmine is prized for its highly fragrant aroma, making Jasmine Touch ideal to use as a personal fragrance throughout the day, as well.

HOW TO USE: 

  • Apply to bottoms of feet and pulse points in the morning to uplift mood.

9. Sandalwood: Relax and calm anxiety Essential Oils for Sleep

From a renewable source in Hawaii, doTERRA’s amazing Hawaiian Sandalwood essential oil delivers a variety of benefits, including smoothing skin. With thousands of years of documented use, this oil has a high value to many users.

Hawaiian Sandalwood has a rich, sweet, woody aroma, making it a perfect oil to incorporate into massage or aromatherapy. Hawaiian Sandalwood is very soothing and beneficial to the skin, making it highly sought after in body and skin care products.

Research suggests Hawaiian Sandalwood helps with relaxation, sleep, and the appearance of skin imperfections. In addition to being soothing Hawaiian Sandalwood provides these same effects to the atmosphere of a room, creating a positive environment for meditation or rest.

HOW TO USE: 

  • Diffuse with water diffuser or passive diffuser
  • Place 1-2 drops on a cotton ball (or personal inhaler) and breathe in as needed.
  • Carry a bottle of Hawaiian Sandalwood with you and sniff it directly from the bottle throughout the day to induce relaxation.
  • Apply two to three drops of essential oil to your feet (big toes and/or arches) to help relax. 
  • Add one to two drops essential oil to a smoothie or drink in water. 

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