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My 21 Favorite Deep Sleep Diffuser Blends

Essential oils are proven to improve your sleep, help you relax, and help you wake up feeling well rested. Fall asleep faster and happier with these 21 deep sleep diffuser blends. We’ve included sleep recipes for popular essential oils, recipes for children, and anxiety-calming blends. 

My 21 Favorite Deep Sleep Diffuser Blends 

Raise your hand if you got eight or nine hours of peaceful, happy sleep last night and woke up feeling refreshed. Anybody? You’re not alone! The National Sleep Foundation reports most women get far less than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night–and I understand why! 

If it’s not little ones keeping me up, it’s my mind racing with work or anxiety, random body aches or pains, hormones going haywire, or just plain ‘ol insomnia. And if I’m sick or my kids are sick–forget about it! 

Fortunately, I have essential oils. These little bottles contain some powerful properties–many of which have been used for thousands of years and have been studied extensively by modern medicine. I’m sharing some of my favorite oils and deep sleep diffuser blends below. These deep sleep diffuser blends can: 

  • Calm anxiety 
  • Soothe a racing mind 
  • Help you relax after a stressful day 
  • Ease body aches and pains 
  • Help you fall into deep sleep quickly 
  • Limit wakeups at night 
  • Help with breathing and pain if you’re sick 

Does Diffusing Lavender Help You Sleep? 

Yes! Studies have found lavender can help with anxiety, postpartum depression, insomnia, and more–basically all of the things keeping you from feeling great in the morning. Lavender is one of my favorite oils because it’s so easy to use, it smells amazing, it pairs beautifully with other oils, and it has so many uses. 

However, it’s not the only oil I like to use in a deep sleep diffuser blend! Here are a few more oils to turn to for sleep problems: 

  • Cedarwood has a sedative effect as well as an anti-anxiety effect. It has a wonderful, woodsy scent that makes a great base for lighter, more floral scents. 
  • Valerian is sometimes called “nature’s Valium”–it’s been used for thousands of years to help with insomnia. 
  • Neroli oil is made from the flowers of the bitter orange tree. It helps reduce pain, discomfort, and anxiety, and has even been proven to help reduce pain and anxiety for women in labor. 
  • Ylang ylang comes from a plant native to the Philippines and Indonesia. It is very high in linalool, which is thought to influence the limbic system (the nervous system) to calm stress levels, high blood pressure, and high heart rates. 
  • Roman chamomile–the same herb you might be sipping in your tea every night–has been used to help promote sleep since ancient times but even today, people who use chamomile sleep significantly better than people who don’t! 

What Should I Diffuse at Bedtime? 

Here are all the oils you can use to create deep sleep diffuser blends: 

  • Lavender
  • Cedarwood
  • Vetiver 
  • Patchouli 
  • Roman chamomile 
  • Bergamot 
  • Ylang ylang 
  • Frankincense 
  • Sandalwood
  • Clary sage 
  • Palmarosa
  • Rose
  • Cypress
  • Petitgrain
  • Juniper berry 
  • Marjoram 
  • Thyme
  • Lime
  • Peppermint 

How Much Deep Sleep Diffuser Blend Should I Use? 

You should use 3-5 drops of oil per 100ml of water, but always double check your diffuser’s instructions. 

How Do You Use Calming Sleep Blend Oils? 

Deep sleep diffuser blends are extremely versatile. You can: 

  • make up your own diffuser blend ahead of time and store in a dropper bottle, like this limited edition bottle
  • make a lovey spray or linen spray to use for yourself or your little ones just before bed
  • dilute with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil and use a DIY roller to make your own roll on blend (simply roll on the bottom of your feet, the inside of your wrists, and/or your temple right before bed) 
  • use in the bath for a relaxing soak before bed 
  • pair with crystals for extra help sleeping 

Tips for Making Your Own Deep Sleep Diffuser Blends 

There’s no right or wrong way to combine oils when you’re making your own deep sleep diffuser blends, but you do want to make sure you avoid oils like rosemary that will have an invigorating effect. Basically, if it smells good to you and you start to feel relaxed as soon as you smell it, it’s doing its job. 

My Favorite Deep Sleep Diffuser Blends 

Here are my favorite deep sleep diffuser blends, organized by the type of oils you’re using.

Single Oil Blends 

1. Sweet Winter Dreams 

Vetiver has warming, grounding properties, so this is a great blend for winter or fall, or if you’re feeling disconnected. 

  • 4 drops lavender 
  • 2 drops cedarwood 
  • 2 drops vetiver 

2. Sleep All Night 

Patchouli has a more “masculine” scent, which might appeal to you, especially if you don’t care for lavender. 

  • 3 drops cedarwood
  • 3 drops patchouli
  • 2 drops Roman chamomile

3. Good Night 

Lavender, bergamot, and ylang ylang create a sophisticated floral aroma that will have your eyes closing before your head hits the pillow!  

  • 4 drops lavender
  • 3 drops bergamot
  • 1 drop ylang ylang

4. Soothing Slumber 

Lavender, cedarwood, and frankincense are a classic sweet-dreams combo. If you crave the grounding of cedarwood and the mood-balancing of frankincense, you’ll love this deep sleep diffuser blend! 

  • 4 drops lavender 
  • 3 drops cedarwood
  • 2 drops frankincense 

5. Sleep Tight 

Clary Sage is known for its hormone-stabilizing properties, so this is a great blend to try if your insomnia is related to hormonal changes. 

  • 4 drops lavender
  • 2 drops sandalwood
  • 2 drops clary sage 

6. Spa Slumber 

This blend utilizes a scent you’re familiar with–lavender–but pairs it with the more exotic, spicy aroma of vetiver, palmarosa, and rose. These are all amazing oils and will make you feel like you’re at a luxurious spa!  

  • 2 drops lavender 
  • 2 drops vetiver
  • 2 drops palmarosa
  • 2 drops rose 

7. Power Down 

If you want the hormone-stabilizing benefits of clary sage without the lavender, this is a great blend for you. It stays sophisticated, thanks to the bergamont. 

  • 3 drops clary sage 
  • 2 drops bergamot 
  • 2 drops cypress 

8. Delicious Dreams 

Petitgrain is made from the leaves of the bitter orange tree. It’s an unusual oil, but it’s known traditionally for its relaxing power. If you have it, give it a try! 

  • 2 drops petitgrain
  • 2 drops clary sage 
  • 1 drops sandalwood 

9. Sleep for Daaaayyyyssss

Juniper berry is a wintry alternative to cedarwood, and just as effective at ushering you into a deeper state of relaxation. 

  • 3 drops juniper berry 
  • 3 drops bergamot 
  • 2 drops vetiver 

10. Liquid Sleep 

Marjoram is a surprisingly effective choice for this blend. It’s been used for thousands of years for everything from coughs to headaches to nerve pain. If it’s pain that keeps you from sleeping, try this blend. 

  • 2 drops cedarwood
  • 2 drops lavender 
  • 2 drops marjoram 

11. Sleepy Thyme  

Thyme and marjoram sound like they should be in your pantry, not by your bedside, by these two herbs have been proven helpful to relaxation, calming, and sleep for thousands of years now. 

  • 1 drop thyme 
  • 1 drop marjoram 

12. Night at the Spa 

This is a fun blend! The peppermint and lime traditionally are invigorating, but when paired with lavender, they become relaxing. Peppermint is also great to diffuse if you’re congested and having trouble breathing. 

  • 3 drops lavender 
  • 2 drops lime
  • 2 drops peppermint 

Young Living Deep Sleep Diffuser Blends 

13. The Unicorn Blend 

This blend is known in Young Living circles for being amazing at helping to calm little ones, especially at bedtime! 

  • 3 drops Valor
  • 3 drops Stress Away 
  • 3 drops frankincense 
  • 3 drops bergamot 

14. Gentle Baby Sleep 

Not all oils are safe for the littlest ones, but this Gentle Baby blend from Young Living is–and it’s amazing at helping babies calm and settle. It also works great for all ages, including adults. 

  • 3 drops Gentle Baby
  • 2 drops lavender 

15. Peace and Calming Sleepytime 

If you have Peace and Calming on hand, pair it with cedarwood and lavender for a luscious sleep-all-night diffuser recipe. 

  • 3 drops Peace and Calming 
  • 1 drop cedarwood
  • 1 drop lavender 

16. Feel Good Tonight 

Panaway and frankincense join forces to help ease pain, discomfort, and stress. If you’re having trouble sleeping because you don’t feel well, this is an excellent blend to try. 

  • 3 drops frankincense 
  • 3 drops Panaway 
  • 3 drops Raven
  • 3 drops Stress Away

17. Less Stress More Sleep 

Stress Away blends with other powerful stress-fighting oils to help your mind calm, your thoughts stop racing, and your heart rate calm. 

  • 3 drops lavender 
  • 2 drops Stress Away 
  • 2 drops frankincense 

DoTERRA Deep Sleep Diffuser Blends

18. Serene Sleep

Serenity is a DoTERRA blend that combines deep sleep powerhouses: lavender, cedarwood, ylang ylang, Roman chamomile, and more. This is a great combo for when you want your blend mixed for you! 

  • 3 drops vetiver 
  • 3 drops Serenity 

19. Sleep Easy 

If illness or difficulty breathing because of congestion is the reason you’re having trouble sleeping, this blend will help open your breathing passageways and relax into deep, healing sleep.  

  • 2 drops lavender 
  • 2 drops frankincense 
  • 2 drops Easy Air 

20. Peaceful Slumber 

Peace from DoTERRA helps to calm anxiety; combined with ylang ylang and bergamot, this blend is a great option for people having trouble with anxious thoughts. 

  • 2 drops Peace 
  • 2 drops ylang ylang
  • 2 drops bergamot 

21. Sleep Well

The addition of DoTERRA’s On Guard blend boosts immunity and gives the blend a Christmas aroma–perfect for diffusing during flu season! 

  • 2 drops Serenity 
  • 2 drops On Guard 
  • 2 drops Breathe 

These deep sleep diffuser blends aren’t the only blends you can use for great sleep–but they’re some of my favorites! What do you diffuse to help with sleep? Tell me in the comments below!

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  1. Freida

    January 7th, 2020 at 3:39 pm

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    January 8th, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Frieda, I appreciate you letting us know about this! I had our developer update the “secret sauce” form and it should work correctly now. Please let me know if you have any further issues!

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