Over the last year I’ve been very busy. I’ve been bouncing between projects, business, and family. Somewhere in that mix I decided to add aromatherapy certification to the mix, which has been very fun, but time consuming.
At the end of the day that means that I’m tired, but have a whole lot on my mind. I’m a thinker so it’s hard for me to be able to quiet my mind and wind down for bed.
Because I don’t really have a “shut off” switch for my brain, I turned to my essential oils for some help.
With some tinkering, blending and researching I came up with what I think is my favorite essential oil sleep blend of all time.
In fact, the first night I diffused it my husband and I were watching one of our favorite shows. That is until I drifted off ten minutes into the first episode!
So suffice it to say it works, it smells great, and I use it a lot.
What’s in this essential oil sleep blend?
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)–Ylang ylang is famous for its sweet and soothing aroma. The relaxing smell makes it a favorite for massage oils for romance and for winding down.
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)–The aroma of clary sage is pretty assertive and herbal. However, it works in this blend because it synergizes well with the other oils and is famous for its calming aroma. It has aromatic benefits especially for women, so that works for me!
Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi)–Grapefruit may seem like a strange choice for a sleep blend, but it works nicely here because it is paired with so many relaxing oils. The bright citrus aroma inspires feelings of peace and calm, which are definitely good for sleep.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)–Lavender is well known for helping to relax and support sleep. The floral aroma with some grassy overtones is perfect for bedtime, nap time, or anytime you want to relax.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterri)–The spicy fragrance of frankincense essential oil is a favorite for feelings of deep focus and meditation. Being able to relax my mind and stimulate feelings of expansive, relaxed breathing space is why I included frankincense in this blend.
What does it smell like?
It’s a mellow, sweet, smooth aroma. It’s complex enough to be interesting but not complicated enough to make you think about it. The different essential oils harmonize together to create one cohesive, relaxing blend.
Make the blend:
- Lavender essential oil-23 drops
- Grapefruit essential oil-22 drops
- Frankincense essential oil-20 drops
- Ylang Ylang essential oil-12 drops
- Clary Sage essential oil-6 drops
- Drop these essential oils into a clean, empty essential oil bottle.
- Cap the bottle and gently swirl the oils to combine.
- Label the bottle with the blend ingredients.
- Allow to sit for 30 minutes to mellow and synergize before using.
*As with my other projects, I have tested this with Young Living Essential Oils, and that is the brand that I exclusively recommend.
4 Ways to Use My Ultimate Essential Oil Sleep Blend:
Diffusing this essential oil blend is probably the easiest way to use it to relax and unwind for bed. I highly recommend that you start diffusing about 30 minutes before you’d like to be asleep. So fire up the diffuser while you relax with a good book, then turn out the lights and go to sleep.
Depending on the size of your bedroom you could use as few as 6 drops of the pre-made essential oil sleep blend in your diffuser. If you have a much larger room, or sleep with windows open, you may want to use 12 drops of the blend.
Have a Neck and Shoulder Massage
Giving yourself (or if you’re lucky enough to have someone do it for you) a neck and shoulder massage is a simple way to unwind at the end of the day.
It is even simple to put together the massage oil blend to do it. Giving yourself a neck and shoulder massage doesn’t have to be complicated either. You simply apply a small amount of the massage oil to your neck and gently massage it in. You can learn how to give a more involved self-massage by watching great tutorials on YouTube, but what matters is mostly getting the essential oils on your skin.
Here’s the way to make your sleep blend infused massage oil:
- Add 30 drops of the essential oil sleep blend to a clean 1 ounce glass bottle.
- Fill the rest of the way with a carrier oil like sweet almond oil, or the V6 massage oil blend from Young Living.
- Cap and gently shake to combine.
- Label and use as needed.
Take a Relaxing Bath
If you have some time to invest in winding down, a bath is one of the best ways to relax. Mixing this relaxing blend of essential oils and Epsom Salts is a great way to get the benefits from the oils, and the relaxation from the magnesium in the salts. Double win!
Here’s how to get your bath ready:
- Combine 8-10 drops of the essential oil bend with 1 cup of Epsom Salts.
- Draw your bath and get in.
- Once you are in the bath mix the Epsom salts into the water.
- Relax and enjoy!
Note: Adding the Epsom salt and essential oil mixture after you are already in the bath protects your delicate personal areas from irritation.
Make a Pillow Spray
Pillow sprays are easy to use, and work very well. It only takes a small extra step to turn the blend into a sweet sleep spray.
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Add 10-15 drops of the essential oil sleep blend into a 2 oz. glass spray bottle
- Fill the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water.
- Shake before use and spray as desired over your pillows before sleep.