My Favorite Aromatherapy Recipes for Sleep

by Andrea Butje on May 25, 2015

47 aromatherapy recipes for sleep 2I have created and shared so many aromatherapy recipes for sleep…

…but there is always room for more!

I know that so many people have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. And I recently heard that the CDC called insufficient sleep a public health epidemic, so I thought I would share some of my favorite aromatherapy recipes for sleep again. It can be helpful to try several recipes, because different remedies work for different people.

One recipe that a lot of people have found useful is called “I Need Sleep Now!” I featured it in a blog post here. The blend is for a bath salt, but you can also make it in a body lotion, if you don’t take baths before bed.

You can make sleep diffuser blends to calm down your body and your thoughts, or make an aromatherapy inhaler and begin inhaling the oils as you prepare for bed. You can also make a linen spray to spritz over your blankets and pillowcases.

Some of my favorite essential oils to use in aromatherapy recipes for sleep are:

  • Roman Chamomile essential oil (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
  • Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Jasmine absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum)
  • Neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
  • Cedarwood (Indian) essential oil (Cedrus deodara)
  • Rosewood essential oil (Aniba rosaeodora)
  • Sandalwood essential oil (Santalum paniculatum)
  • Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)

I also like hydrosols, especially in linen sprays. Lavender hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia) and German Chamomile hydrosol (Matricaria recutita) are excellent!

As I mentioned, different aromatherapy recipes for sleep can work for different people, so try more than one.

And if you have a favorite essential oil that makes you feel calm, centered, and comforted, you can use that in a blend. There might be some oils that speak to you in unique ways, or specific aromas you associate with peace, comfort, and relaxation. For example, if your home always smelled like Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin) when you grew up, and that scent just takes you back to a wonderful place and time, you might want to try Patchouli in your own aromatherapy recipes for sleep.

Happy sleeping!


essential oils for bruisesThe best essential oils for bruises

Do you bruise easily?

I have a friend who is always walking into the corner of her coffee table, and so her lower legs always seem to be black and blue. If this sounds familiar, I have a recipe for you!

Instead of getting rid of your coffee table, just keep a few essential oils for bruises on hand—Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) and Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).

You’re probably aware of Lavender’s affinity for skin and healing—you can use it for almost any kind of wound (physical or emotional). It helps cells to repair themselves and supports tissues on deep levels. It also reduces inflammation and swelling, which is great for bruises.

Helichrysum is less well-known than Lavender, and yet it’s one of the most potent wound-healing oils I have ever used. It is actually my first choice for bruises, as it helps to heal the bruise so it’s not so long-lasting.

If you put a drop of Helichrysum essential oil on a small cut, you can almost see the wound heal before your eyes! It also prevents scarring. Later on, I will go back and put a drop of Lavender on the cut to continue the healing process.

There are several ways you can use these essential oils for bruises.

I like to make a blend in 1 oz (30 ml) of jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis). Just add 10 drops of Helichrysum and 10 drops of Lavender to the jojoba, and apply gently over your bruise.

Trauma Oil is another carrier oil that would be perfect for healing bruises. Trauma Oil is actually olive oil (or another carrier) infused with three flowers—St. John’s wort, arnica, and calendula. It’s very healing all by itself, but adding Helichrysum and Lavender essential oils is a great way to speed up the healing.

You can also blend the two essential oils directly in a small glass bottle, and then when you get a bruise, just add a drop of your stock blend to a teaspoon of jojoba or Trauma Oil.

If you know you always walk into tables or hit your elbow on the edge of your desk, these are great oils to have around!

Certain essential oils offer us amazing pain relief. When no bruising is present but muscles and joints are sore, we can use aromatherapy massage to reduce pain, soothe muscles, and invite relaxation and healing. I teach some very effective essential oil massage blends on my free webinar, “Reduce Your Clients’ Pain Using Aromatherapy.” Click here come to the webinar and learn to make custom pain relief blends for yourself, friends, family, and clients!


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