How to Use Essential Oils for Sleep

Essential Oils for Sleep 101

It’s been a long day. All you want is a good night’s rest. Your head hits the pillow, you close your eyes, and nothing. Instead, you are wide awake, even though you are exhausted. Don’t worry, this happens to everyone, but it doesn’t have to. Sure, there are medicines that will allow you to drift off into slumber, but wouldn’t you prefer a healthy alternative?

Essential oils have been used for centuries for different medicinal purposes and luckily, they are readily available in today’s society as well. So, when you are having trouble getting to sleep, here are three amazing essential oils that will naturally help you get there:

Clary Sage

Clary Sage is an essential oil that comes from a European version of the sage plant. It has been known to relieve menstrual cramps, lower blood pressure, reduce spasms and convulsions, and act as an all-natural relaxant and sedative. This essential oil is perfect if you can’t sleep due to muscle spasms, cramps, or if you just can’t get your body to calm down enough to drift off.


Jasmine is an essential oil that comes from the common jasmine plant. It has been known to treat insomnia, providing a restful and undisturbed sleep. It is also an expectorant, sedative, anti-spasmodic, anxiety reliever and stress reliever. This essential oil is the perfect one to help you drift off if you have chest congestion, anxiety, or are over stressed.


Lavender is the most widely known and researched essential oil. Studies have been conducted to test lavender’s ability to assist us in relaxation. This essential oil is known to calm the nervous system, lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, lower skin temperature, and relax the brain waves. Lavender is the best essential oil to aid you to sleep in general.

Using Essential Oils to Sleep

So how to do you get these fantastic oils to do their magic? Here are a variety of ways that you can use these oils to rock yourself to sleep:

  • You can use a diffuser, place a few drops of oil into the diffuser, and place it in your bedroom.
  • Put a few drops of oil on your Himalayan Salt Lamp and turn it on.
  • You can add a few drops of the directly to your pillow.
  • Add it to your lava bracelet or necklace
  • Add a few drops to your nighttime skin care products
  • Create a spray with water and a few drops of oil to mist over your bed before you go to sleep.

There are also sachets, candles, oil infused sleep masks, and oil infused pillows that you can purchase that already have the oil in them. The possibilities on how to use these oils are endless.

Essential oils are not just for assisting you to fall asleep. They can be added to your daily routine to provide you with a holistic approach to health. You can speak with your physician or a holistic healing center about adding essential oils to your lifestyle to better your health and well-being. At the Gonino Center for Healing, we provide our clients with a refreshing perspective to holistic wellness. We all deserve integrative medicine from our health care providers, to have peaceful sleep, and to have good health. Contact us today to learn more!