Spring Ahead: Get Better Sleep with Essential Oils

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Spring Ahead: How to Get Better Sleep with EOs

It’s that time of year again—time to Spring Ahead! No, it’s not as wonderful as Fall Back, where many of us get that extra hour of sleep, but it is a great indication that sunny skies and warm weather are about to wash away our winter blues. It also marks the perfect time to talk about essential oils and sleep.

Essential oil bottles next to lavender flowers

No matter who you are, we all have something in common. And what is that? Well, it’s the desire to get a good night’s sleep. Plant Therapy already has several blogs on this topic, which are great resources to go to if you’re wanting more in-depth information. Here, we’re going to talk briefly about our blends designed specially to promote a good night of sleep and how you can actually use them.

Sleep Tight

Plant Therapy Essential Oils Sleep Tight Sleep Sets

One of our newest additions to the family, Sleep Tight, is a beautiful blend of Lavender, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang Complete, Bitter Orange, and Hops Extract. This blend was made as an alternative to Sleep Aid, which includes the highly pungent, though very sedating, essential oil, called Valerian Root. Sleep Tight was our answer to create an adult sleep blend with a more universally appealing aroma. We’ve even put together a fantastic Sleep Tight Set, which includes just about everything you need to fall asleep fast and stay asleep longer.

To learn more about Sleep Tight, check out 4 Ways to Use Sleep Tight. Great Sleep is Just a Bottle Away!

Sleep Aid

One of our original sleep blends, Sleep Aid is a blend of Lavender, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang Complete, Valerian Root, and Neroli. Valerian Root is an incredible aid for sleeping, though its unique aroma isn’t favored by everyone. However, if a deep, hard sleep is what you’re after, this is the blend for you!

Use essential oils to help wake up rested after a great night of sleep

Nighty Night

As all parents and caregivers know, getting children settled down to sleep isn’t always an easy task. Plus, once they fall asleep, we want to have confidence that they’ll stay asleep. That way, we know they’re getting the rest they need to feel ready to take on the next day! Nighty Night is a KidSafe blend that intertwines fruity and earthy aromas that encourage all-over relaxation. By helping to promote a calming and peaceful atmosphere, this blend helps safely lull your little ones (and you!) into a deep and restful snooze.

Sweet Dreams

Another amazing KidSafe blend, Sweet Dreams is especially helpful to soothe a troubled mind. It differs from Nighty Night in that it’s designed to calm the mind instead of the whole body. It’s especially good for children who struggle with nightmares and bad dreams. Its slightly sweet scent of warmly spiced fruit helps to soothe turbulent emotions to promote a peaceful, uninterrupted night of rest.

Sweet Slumber

Plant Therapy Sweet Slumber Set

Finally, there’s Sweet Slumber. Formulated especially for the little ones who do not enjoy the aroma of Lavender, this blend combines Cedarwood and Ho Wood for calming, soothing, and sedating benefits. And like all of our KidSafe blends, this is a perfect choice for adults as well. We offer a Sweet Slumber KidSafe Set as well, which includes just what you need to help get the whole family settled down and ready to sleep soundly.

I’ve got the blend, now what do I do?

Once you pick out the blend that’s right for you, then comes the next step: using it. Sometimes it may seem kind of daunting to start using essential oils, but that’s okay! We are here to help and have plenty of resources to help you start on your oily journey. Check out The Essential Oils Crash Course For a Complete Beginner or 10 Best Essential Oils and How to Use Them. But for now, let’s take a quick look at how to use our amazing sleep blends.

First things first: I am going to boldly state that if you haven’t tried using a sleep blend before bed, you’re missing out. But how do you get started?

Time for the diffuser!

Plant Therapy NovaFuse diffuser on a table

Diffusing in your bedroom about a half hour before going to sleep is a great way to enjoy all of the relaxing benefits your blend has to offer. And can it get any easier? The oils are already perfectly blended for you, so all you have to do is add a few drops into your diffuser of choice, turn it on, and leave. Just remember to follow the directions of your specific diffuser to get the best and safest results.

Evening bath? Yes, please!

Believe it or not, using essential oils in the bath isn’t a difficult process. At its most basic level, all you really need is a bit of body wash (unscented preferably) and your chosen blend. For one tablespoon of body wash, add 9 drops of your blend for a 2% dilution. You can also choose to add 4 drops for a 1% dilution. Make it extra relaxing by adding half a cup of Epsom or Himalayan salt in your bath.

Don’t forget about it going on topically!

Woman sleeping on her bed

Diluting your chosen sleep blend with your favorite carrier oil, lotion, or cream is a great way to enjoy its aroma that will help lull you into a peaceful sleep. Plus, it’s a great excuse to give yourself a leg and foot rub in bed. Make sure to check the dilution recommendation for each blend and refer to our Comprehensive Dilution Guide if you need help!

Interested in learning more? Make sure to read these blogs:

And here’s a handy chart to help you get to know some of the essential oils used in sleep blends, and what constituents they have that aid in relaxation:

Top 20 essential oils for sleep

Remember, everybody is a little different; what helps you fall and stay asleep may be different than someone else. So don’t be afraid to try different essential oils to learn what works best for you.

And for a limited time, save 15% on our Sleep Sets using the code SLEEP.

For more ideas about how you can use essential oils to help get a good night of sleep, head on over to our Safe Essential Oil Recipes Facebook group!

47 thoughts on “Spring Ahead: How to Get Better Sleep with EOs”

  1. I really like the chart; I’ve tried making a few different sleep blends and like to include ho because it smells so nice and the linalool is good for helping relax

  2. I have always had trouble sleeping so I appreciate this blog post. I also really love the chart, I think I might have to print it off and put it in my EO organizer journal. Thank you!

  3. Wow! So much info. Thanks for the sleep chart. I’ve been using lavender & bergamot in a diffuser. Love it. I have a roll-on with the same Oil’s in jojoba carrier oil next to my bed because I still wake up in the middle of the night. The sent us so relaxing.

  4. I wish there was a sample pack of the different sleep blends! I’ve tried my mom’s Sweet Slumber but the Vetiver in it gave me crazy dreams/nightmares. Not sure what to try next, so many choices.

  5. I love using lavender on my feet at night… and I fall asleep no problem… however… Man I SNORE! Any suggestions for diffusion and topical uses for snoring?

  6. Thanks so much for the chart of singles that can help with sleep – I have been using several of them to try different blends, but I have others that I didn’t think to use.

  7. So helpful! As the sun starts setting later, my kiddos think that means they need to stay awake later. I’ll take all the help I can get to get them to wind down, relax, and sleep.

  8. Love that this includes a list of singles so we can create our own blends!!! so excited to get concocting! thank you PT!!!

  9. This post was very informative! I have always associated lavender with sleep and never thought much beyond it! I’m excited to try some of the other oils listed and may even consider trying one of the blends!

  10. This post is super helpful.This year for the first time ever Springing Forward has really been an issue for me and my household. I have been using lavender every night for a couple months, but I want to have a couple more sleep oils to choose from. This post explains it all perfectly and I love the suggested ways to use the oils. Thanks Plant Therapy for anticipating our needs!

  11. We love all the sleep blends you make. they of course help get a good night sleep but also love them during the day too. Cant wait to try the new sleep set!

  12. My wife uses sweet slumber on my kids in a lotion at night, And now I associate that smell with sleep myself just smelling it on them as I tuck them in!

  13. I really like the Sleep Tight set! I probably wouldn’t have bought the whole set, but I won it from a live video on Facebook, and I’ve enjoyed it very much! I love Nighty Night as well. The top 20 list of oils is also very helpful, so I can put together my own sleep blends. I love falling asleep with a relaxing, calming scent that will help me stay asleep!

  14. I took this blog post and did the “evening bath” portion last night and it was so simple! Grabbed some Aveeno unscented body wash and did 5 drops of “Let It Go” with 1/4 cup of epsom salts. Mixed in a spare mason jar and then added to the tub.

  15. I still haven’t bit the bullet and decided on a sleep blend yet. Ho Wood winds me up, makes my mind race, so I am unsure if it’s the linalool or what, so I don’t know which sleep blend to get.

  16. I love diffusing relax/nighty night at night for us. My husband falls asleep almost as soon as it is diffused!

  17. Thank you for the top 20 oils for sleep! We have the Nighty Night & we love it! My 5yo daughter will even remind me to put it on her chest. We’ve also diffused it & wow, it’s awesome!

  18. Very helpful list! As a post menopausal woman, I sometimes toss and turn for a while in order to get to sleep. Now I have to get my vetiver back from a friend.

  19. Love this blog. Some of your blends sound good. I’ve always found Lavender, Vetiver and Roman Chamomile blend diffused to be helpful. But, my latest, most wonderful is PT Grounded Foundation, Chakra Blend. Diffused in bedroom an hour before retiring seems to help remove all the daily stressors and welcome rest. I walk into the room and ‘Wow’, it is so peaceful.

  20. I was able to try a sample of sleep tight from my daughter. I love the scent over the sleep aid. It’s very relaxing and set the mood for sleep. Thank you

  21. I have not tried the Sleep Tight blend yet, but have tried the “Tranquil Blend” and oh my gosh! That stuff is amazing. Not only does it put me in a very relaxed state, I seem to have really good dreams. I’ll also put a few drops of Lavender next to my pillow sometimes if I need to shut my mind down to fall asleep.

  22. I think sleep tight is the only sweet blend I havent tried yet. I really want the sleep set! Maybe try to convince the hubby to gift it as a gift for my new job. Ill be working at night and sleeping in the day so the mask is a must 😉

  23. I didn’t know how many different oils there are for sleep! Thank you for expanding my knowledge base. I can’t wait to add those to my collection!

  24. Thank you for the break down of all the options! I’ve tried a few of these, but this is a nice concise comparison that is very helpful.

  25. I love the top 20 list. I am not a fan of lavender which stinks but I love bergamot. my favorite combo for sleeping is bergamot and balm mint bush. its a nice sweet yet crisp scent.

  26. Wow Plant Therapy! Thanks for the handy chart with the best sleep oils. These kits look amazing and I can’t wait to try one soon.

  27. I’m very thankful for this list. I’ve been trying different combinations to find what might work for my husband and this list will really help!

  28. I initially enjoyed the smell of essential oils. A co-worker suggested them for sleep. I have been using plant therapy oils for a little over a year. Nightly night has been my favorite! I plan on using the reference chart that includes the constituents of the oils.

  29. I’ve been procrastinating buying a “sleep” blend because I wasn’t sure what to get. This information was very helpful and well put together! Time to go shopping!

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