Essential Oils For A Good Night’s Sleep

Essential oils are a wonderful way to treat yourself at home. A few drops in a warm bath before bedtime or in a carrier oil that you use for self massage can make a big difference to your sense of well-being and your readiness for sleep.

Many essential oils are used by aromatherapists for treating insomnia, but the oils featured here will also help conditions such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, and stress.

If your insomnia is caused or compounded by these factors, you’ll definitely want to try these aromatic home remedies.

How To Use

The simplest way to use essential oils is to put a few drops on a tissue or a cotton ball and inhale.

Or add a few drops to a bowl of boiling water to create a steam diffuser for your bedroom.

If you are planning a self massage session, add five to ten drops to a few ounces of carrier oil such as almond or grapeseed.

Essential oils are great in a warm bath or in a spray that you mist over your pillow.

You can even experiment with blending a few different oils together for a self-tailored home remedy.


As with herbal remedies, it pays to be cautious when using essential oils.

Never apply them undiluted to the skin.

Even if you apply them in diluted form, avoid exposing your skin to direct sunlight for a few hours afterwards. Many cause photosensitivity and may result in skin rashes and dermatitis.

Follow the rule less is more.

Specific contraindications are given for each oil, below.

Essential Oils For A Good Nights Sleep

Essential Oils And Their Uses

Bergamot (Citrus aurantium) gives Earl Grey tea its characteristic taste. Used for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and stress, among many others.

Avoid exposure to sunlight after applying.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutica) is just as effective in this form as in a herbal tea. Chamomile (both German and Roman) is used to treat headache, stress, and insomnia.

Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. May cause skin rash in a few people.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) can be effective against depression and insomnia, but it is an oil that should be used with caution.

First, some people find the scent of clary sage unpleasant, so test a sample before acquiring for home use.

Second, it is said to cause extremely vivid dreaming in some people.

Clary sage also contains compounds that mimic estrogen. For this reason, it is often used for problems relating to menstruation and menopause.

By the same token, however, pregnant and breastfeeding women and those recovering from reproductive cancers should definitely avoid it. Also avoid if you have high blood pressure.

Do not use on babies or children.

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) blends well with other oils and is effective at rebalancing the emotions. It has sedative effects but also uplifts the mood.

Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. Geranium may cause skin irritations in some people.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) is not used specifically for insomnia, but I include it here because it is great for treating anxiety, depression, exhaustion, fatigue, and all those bad things that make it hard for you to sleep!

Avoid sunlight after applying. May cause skin irritation in some.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Everyone’s favorite essential oil for sleepless nights. Used also for headaches, depression, and stress.

May be a stimulant when used in large quantities, so follow the rule “less is more”.

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) Like the other citrus fruits, mandarin lifts the spirits while curing restlessness, irritability, and insomnia.

Avoid sunlight after using.

Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is very effective for treating insomnia, anxiety, stress, and headache.

Do not use on children or babies. Avoid if you have asthma, low blood pressure, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Neroli (Citrus aurantium) Also known as orange blossom, neroli is good for anxiety, depression, headache, and insomnia.

Do not use on children, and avoid sunlight after using.

Rose (Rosa damascena) A wonderfully soothing scent that is good for insomnia, anxiety, depression, stress, and headache.

Do not use on babies or children. Avoid if pregnant. May cause dermatitis in some people.

Sandalwood (Santalum album) Sweet and woody, sandalwood is good for depression, stress, and insomnia.

It should not be used on babies or children. It may cause skin irritation in some.

Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) has deep calming properties and is good for the relief of stress, anxiety, and insomnia.

Do not use if you have epilepsy. Use with care if you are pregnant.