A Natural Way To Get Better Sleep

It’s no secret that we love searching for ways to improve the quality of our sleep. We are always on the lookout for organic mattresses, natural sheets, and the coziest of pajamas. Eco-friendly and toxic-free bedding is not cheap though. And while we hope to turn our bedrooms into dreamy oases someday, we would love to find affordable and conscious ways to better our sleep—preferably now. 

This is why we love essential oils. Not only are oils affordable and natural, but they are simple and easy-to-use. And with so many incredible benefits—including stress-relief and deeper sleep—it’s no wonder our ancestors have been relying on them for years. For a natural and affordable way to get your best night’s sleep, here are our favorite essential oils to incorporate into your evening routine.


Origin | Lavender shrub
Scent | A pleasant floral aroma with hints of pine

Lavender is one of the more popular essential oils and is most commonly used for relaxation and as a sleep aid. When used before bed, studies have shown that lavender oil can not only help you fall asleep but also improve the overall quality of rest. Begin diffusing lavender oil an hour or so before turning in for the night. You can also rub 1-2 drops on your pillow, or apply directly to your feet, temples, and wrists.

Our Favorite Method | Create a bed spray with 2 cups distilled water, 1 tbsp witch hazel, and 10-20 drops of lavender. Mist lightly over your sheets and pillow before going to bed.

Brands We Recommend | Radha ($18/4oz), Lily & Lacey ($20/4oz)

Ylang Ylang

Origin | Ylang-Ylang tree flowers
Scent | A rich floral smell with hints of rose and jasmine

Ylang ylang essential oil comes from a tree native to Asian and South Pacific Island rainforests—the oil is especially fragrant and known for its sedative effects. Diffuse a few drops of ylang ylang oil in the evenings to create a relaxing environment in your home or add to a warm bath to alleviate stress and tension.

Our Favorite Method | Combine a few drops of ylang ylang essential oil with fractioned coconut oil and massage into your shoulders before climbing into bed. 

Brands We Recommend | Plant Therapy ($10/10ml), Natural Acres ($9/10ml), Aura Cacia ($12/15ml)


Origin | An herb native to Egypt and Arabia; synonymous with oregano
Scent | Spicy with notes of pepper

Marjoram essential oil has many uses including its ability to aid sleep. It can be applied topically to the back of your neck to relieve stress, and it is a popular oil to calm children before naps. Add a few drops to your pillow, diffuse in your room while readying for bed, or mix 3-5 drops into our recommended lavender linen spray for a calming bedtime mist.

Our Favorite Method | Using a roller bottle, combine fractioned coconut oil with 10-20 drops of marjoram essential oil. Roll on the bottoms of your feet and the back of your neck for a deeper and more sound night sleep.

Brands We Recommend | Fabulous Frannie ($7/10ml), Healing Solutions ($9/10ml), Genuine Essential Oils (Organic, $14/5ml)


Origin | Boswellia Sacra trees

Scent | Sweet and woody with notes of citrus

A precious and historical oil, Frankincense was used in Egypt as incense and ground down by women to make eyeliner. It is thought to be the most valuable of all essential oils and, according to the biblical text, it was even gifted to baby Jesus. Frankincense is a wonderful sleep aid because of its aromatherapeutic benefits. It is said to help relieve stress and promote relaxation. Place a few drops of oil into your hands, rub your palms together, and inhale before laying down to sleep. 

Our Favorite Method | Once or twice a week, we love adding a few drops of Frankincense to steaming water for a mini nighttime facial. This is wonderful for your lungs and skin, and it is a relaxing nighttime ritual that can benefit your sleep. 

Brands We Recommend | Plant Therapy (Organic, $15/10ml), Prime Naturals (Organic, $11/10ml)


Origin | Cedarwood tree bark
Scent | Sweet and earthy

If you struggle with insomnia, you may want to try incorporating cedarwood into your nightly routine. An essential oil with natural sedative properties, it is said that cedarwood is emotionally grounding and promotes the feelings of safety and tranquility. Diffuse or apply this oil directly to your pillow to aid with sleep. Cedarwood can also fight off colds and repel household bugs. 

Our Favorite Method | Cedarwood mixes well with lavender oil for a potent and relaxing blend. Mix 5 drops of each oil in your diffuser as you prepare for bed. 

Brands We Recommend | Zongle Therapeutics (Organic, $13/1oz), OPO (Organic, $30/4oz), Eden Garden (Organic, $11/10ml)


Origin | Bitter orange tree blossoms
Scent | A clean floral aroma with undertones of pepper and orange

Neroli essential oil is a wonderful sleep remedy as its hypnotic and soothing properties can help relax your mind, as well as relieve insomnia, grief, and feelings of despair. It has also been shown to reduce blood pressure, ease agitation, and benefit your overall wellbeing. If you are struggling to sleep, try taking a warm bath and adding a few drops of neroli oil. We recommend using neroli sparingly as it is one of the most expensive oils in the world.

Our Favorite Method | Neroli essential oil is a known remedy for menstrual cramps. Massage a few drops onto your abdomen before bed to alleviate pain

Brands We Recommend | Edens Garden ($75/5ml), Gya Labs ($20/10ml)


Origin | Chamomile plant
Scent | Soft, herbal, hints of apples

You may be familiar with drinking chamomile tea before bed, but did you know chamomile essential oil can also be a helpful sleep aid? Most commonly applied topically to the bottoms of feet, this oil has stress-relieving properties and also works well in a diffuser after a long day. Soothing anger, irritability, and agitation are also benefits of using chamomile oil.

Our Favorite Method | Add a few drops of chamomile essential oil to your favorite lotion and apply in the evening to help you unwind before bed.

Brands We Recommend | Plant Therapy ($20/5ml), Avíanō Botanicals ($14/10ml), Alyteya Organics (Organic, $32/5ml)


Kayti Christian, a staff writer for The Good Trade, is a storyteller, creator, activist, and avid traveler hailing from Colorado, now living in London. With 30+ stamps in her passport, she is passionate about responsible tourism and is always looking for new ways to be a more conscious traveler. She is currently pursuing her MA in Creative Nonfiction Writing at City, University of London.