As I’ve gotten older I’ve found that I often have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep. Despite following the recommendations of having a night time routine and enjoying a cup of Sleepytime tea before bed I often find myself tossing and turning. A little over a year ago I was introduced to essential oils and decided to use a diffuser in our bedroom and see if it made a difference.

One study found that lavender oil aromatherapy calmed the nervous system, lowering blood pressure, heart rate and skin temperature as well as changing brain waves to a more relaxed state. The first oil I tried in my diffuser was lavender and I did indeed find myself relaxing and falling asleep rather quickly.

Since then I have been using several essential oils in our diffuser at night and have found all of them effective in helping both my husband and I in getting a good nights’ sleep. In fact when we travel and don’t have our diffuser I miss the wonderful aromas that I’ve become used to.

Here are my top six combinations that help me sleep.

Drool on the Pillow

3 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops of Peace and Calming Essential Oil
3 Drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil

Sleepy Time

3 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
3 Drops of Vetiver Essential Oil

Peace Out

3 Drops Patchouli Essential Oil
2 Drops Orange Essential Oil
2 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil

Good Night

3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 Drops Peace and Calming Essential Oil


3 Drops Peace & Calming Essential Oil
3 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil

End of Day Bliss

2 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 Drops Vetiver Essential Oil
2 Drops Marjoram Essential Oil

Why do these essential oils help? I mentioned above why Lavender seems to help in promoting a good night’s sleep. Cedarwood helps to create a relaxing, calming and comforting atmosphere when diffused. Orange essential oil can help you to relax, perfect to combine with other essential oils in a diffuser. Marjoram essential oil is known for its ability to relax the mind, but its sedative properties can also help promote a proper night of sleep.

Peace & Calming is one of the most popular essential oil blends. It has a calming, sweet aroma when diffused, perfect for supporting a good night’s rest. Patchouli also has a calming and relaxing aroma when diffused. Vetiver is one of the lesser-known essential oils, however, when used in a diffuser it can help improve your breathing patterns. Vetiver oil increases the quality of exhalation and decreases inhalation. This could mean vetiver it could help people who snore heavily. My husband is a heavy snorer; perhaps this is why I get such a good night’s sleep when I diffuse this oil!

If you are struggling in getting a good night’s rest I strongly encourage you to buy a diffuser and experiment with diffusing essential oils. Make sure your essential oils are of a good quality and pure. I strongly recommend Young Living as a reputable company to purchase essential oils from. If you have any questions feel free to ask me.

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