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5 Tips and Tricks to get better sleep with Essential Oils!!

Updated: Aug 2, 2023



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Calming Essential Oils

Many essential oils for sleep have calming benefits. Essential oils like Lavender and Bergamot Mint are rich in linalool and linalyl acetate; both compounds have well-known relaxing properties. These oils can be diffused aromatically in the bedroom to create a peaceful environment before bed. They can also be taken internally to calm the nervous system, promote relaxation, and lead to a restful sleep. You can add two to four drops of Lavender, Bergamot, or Bergamot Mint essential oil to herbal teas like Chamomile or Orange about 30 minutes before going to bed. Alternately, when you’re not in the mood for a warm drink, simply add 2-4 drops of Lavender into an empty capsule and swallow.


Many oils can be diffused to help create the soothing environment you need to fall asleep. You can also add them to lotions and rub them on your back, chest, and feet.

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  • doTERRA Balance®

  • doTERRA Breathe®

  • Clary Sage

  • Spanish Sage

  • Marjorum

  • Cedarwood

  • doTERRA Serenity®

  • Lavender

  • Bergamont

  • Bergamont Mint

  • Roman Chamomile

  • Vetiver

  • Wild Orange

Some essential oils for sleep need to be taken internally for their benefits. Clary Sage, Petitgrain, Vetiver, and Roman Chamomile all can be taken internally to help soothe your body and prepare for sleep.


Tip #1 - If you have monkey mind trashing your sleep!!


Do you feel like your brain is all chatter as you are trying to go to sleep? Try Vetiver. It is my favorite oil for SHHHHing brain chatter. Sometimes its hard to get our brains to wind down and stop talking to us. I like to apply Vetiver to my chest and breathe it in. It’s a thick oil that is used to assist those with chatter brains during the day too. This oil got one of my children through high school with some sleep. This oil is from the root of the plant and has a deep rooted smell.


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Tip #2 - If your sleep goofed all up, during a time of male or female hormonal change!


Clary Sage!! Okay this is yucky tasting, but every one of my clients who have tried this, it has worked. If your sleep problems really started during a time of great hormonal change then you should strongly consider trying this tip. If your sleep went amiss as a teen, after the birth of a child, after a vasectomy, perimenopause, or menopause, when you got your period, when you had testosterone levels drop, or estrogen or progesterone change or a hysterectomy this may be the one. It takes some sleuthing into your past as to if there might be a correlation, but hormonal changes are notorious for messing with sleep.

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If this is you, try a drop of Clary Sage under your tongue before bed. The average person has told me about 20 min tell knock out but try to go to sleep right after taking it.


“When ignored, poor sleep will make you fall down a hormonal flight of stairs. That’s true, whether you’re 30, 50, or 70.” – Gottfried, Healthline


Tip #3 - My Personal Sleep Favorites


My personal favorite oils for sleep are to use a Serenity lotion or Serenity body butter on my feet or have my honey massage it into my back before sleep. I can’t sleep with hot dry feet and using lotion before bed fixes that for me. The lotion both moisturizes and helps my body throw off extra heat like how sweat helps our body regulate our temperature.


I also tend to have sore shoulders and neck from too much time on my phone, so I keep a Deep Blue Stick on my bedside table and use it before bed as well.

metal bucket full of lavender on brick floor

My 3 very most favorite combos in the diffuser are:

-Bergamot Mint and Lavender or Serenity (the big gun for sleep)

-Lavender & Wild Orange (seriously this got me through a pregnancy)

- Serenity and Breathe (my hubby’s fav- if I’m doing the allergy thing or a cold...my sinuses do not love this high desert. This is my quick fix.)

Serenity Pills are also brilliant. I took them 20 min before bed when nursing when we both needed a great night of sleep and we both were out cold. I personally don’t use them a lot as if I want to wake up early, I can feel sluggish and take a bit to get my brain clear. I generally sleep wellish so I don’t use these often.


Tip #4 - Essential Oils for Snoring!

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So, we have a snorer...it’s so much better, it used to be like a bear! I've found I need to have his diffuser going on his bedside table with Breathe and Serenity- about 6 drops each when I want to knock him out! Marjoram on his Big toes, Serenity, and Balance lotion on his feet. The Breathe and Serenity on his back and chest and if he’s super stuffy across his sinuses too. Stupid allergies...anyone want a cat? I did not say that. So, I also keep the bedroom vacuumed, the cat out of it, we keep the cat bathed and we will run an air cleaner. And if that does not do it, the Calm App has some great sleep sounds that drown him out and help him sleep deeper too. Sutifed helps too, but it can't help him sleep or not snore on its own.



Tip #5 - Main Big Sleep Essential Oils


IIf you have a really hard time sleeping, but none of the other ideas are part of what you have going on, start with Balance & Serenity. These two blends are the dynamic duo of sleep. So so many people have found their sleep again with these two. Balance is brilliant for helping us get into homeostasis. This makes it easier to rest and for our body to work easier. Goofed up rhythms are a huge reason for waking up at seemingly random times. This is also why we use this both topically on the chest and back (sandwiching) and diffuse it so when we start to wake at 3am the diffuser has us taken care of. Serenity is so very calming and soothing and is like lavender, yet more powerful for calming where lavender can hype up some people- normally its those with ADHD who also respond opposite to lots of stuff. In the Diffuser I like to add 4 drops of each and point the diffuser towards the bed.


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You have got this!


Sleep can be complicated. It’s okay if you need a mix of things every night to get sleep. If you get more sleep using an oil, but not 8 hours DO NOT GIVE UP. I had a gal who we started with Balance and Serenity- that took her from 4 hours to 5 hours a night. We added Vetiver- 6 hours, Clary Sage under the tongue and it bumped up to 8 hours a night. She had not had 8 hours of sleep in like 10 years. She was able to reduce the oils needed eventually. The cool thing about the highest quality essential oils is that they help clean up our problems, so we have less of them. Crazy right? Crazy amazing!! So, if you think I can’t use all these oils forever, it’s just to help your body clean up the mess inside that created those symptoms tell they are no longer needed.


Step by step, you can overcome so many sleep issues with the help of your doTERRA oils. If you have not slept well in a while, and you probably would not be reading this otherwise, then it’s probably not going to be a one shot to perfect sleep. Do not give up. Try one, add another if you need and make it part of your bedtime routine. To Buy all the Sleep Oils Click Here


Leave a comment below to let us know how you slept. Note that if you want to set up a free consultation, we can look at your sleep patterns and I can let you know where I'd start if I were you. For more info about a healthy bedtime routine check out this doTERRA article.

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