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DIY Sleep Aid with 4 Essential Oils


DIY sleep aid - Dr. Axe

Essential oils have long been known to help with numerous ailments and celebrations, and that includes the birth of Jesus! The wide array of benefits is endless and helping you get a restful night of sleep is one of them. What’s great about essential oils is that you don’t get that groggy feeling or other side effects that often comes with a synthetic sleep aid. While improving sleep positions can help, essential oils in a DIY Sleep Aid may be the way to go!

According to a study published by Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, cancer patients have a particularly tough go at getting good sleep. Subjects were given aromatherapy over a 13-week period of time. The effects were very beneficial, producing more sleep for the patients. In fact, over 90 percent said they would continue use of the blend that included bergamot, lavender, sandalwood, frankincense and mandarin. (1

It has also been reported that some healthcare facilities are incorporating aromatherapy within their practice to help patients with anxiety and better sleep. (2) Here’s a DIY sleep aid recipe that uses aromatherapy and will help nearly anyone sleep better.

Related: What Is White Noise? Benefits for Sleep & More

Essential Oils for Sleep: How to Make a DIY Sleep Aid

To make your DIY sleep aid blend, place each of the oils in your bottle, put the cap on and shake well. These ingredients are amazing for some much-needed shut eye. Lavender oil is so versatile. I use it throughout the day for a calming effect, which holds true for solid sleep. It relaxes the body and eases tension creating the perfect platform for rest.

Frankincense offers feelings of relaxation and other health benefits, such as reducing chronic stress, anxiety, pain and inflammation, while boosting your immunity. It has even been noted as a cancer-fighter. Additionally, it can create a balanced mood upon waking.

Cedarwood essential oil has a warm, woody scent that can help promote a good night of rest. It’s both grounding and calming, which enhances that relaxation mode. It relieves tension by producing serotonin that causes the release of melatonin. Melatonin helps induce a sedative state that can offer restorative sleep and give you a refreshed feeling in the morning. (3

And lastly, bergamot essential oil may help add to the calming of the body and mind. It can relieve nervous tension by stimulating dopamine and serotonin while delivering a sedative, relaxing and content feeling.

Now that you have your DIY Aromatherapy Sleep Blend, follow the directions for your diffuser. Most require that you add water to a certain level indicated on the diffuser. Then, add 8–10 drops of your new DIY sleep aid. Place the diffuser in your bedroom and turn on a few minutes before you plan to go to bed.

DIY Sleep Aid with 4 Essential Oils

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 16–20 applications


  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 20 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 20 drops bergamot essential oil
  • diffuser
  • small dark-colored bottle with a tight lid


  1. Combine all oils into a small, dark-colored bottle.
  2. Cap the bottle tightly, and shake well to blend.
  3. Follow directions for your diffuser by adding water as needed.
  4. Add about 10 drops of your blend into your diffuser.
  5. Place in your bedroom at night a few minutes before bedtime and turn on.
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