What are 23 best smelling essential oils for diffuser, and why does this even matter for your gut?!

A restful and natural way for deep sleep, that’s why it matters.

Remember, it would be real easy for me to tell you,

Just take the pill, follow the “diet,” and see your doctor every 3 months.

And I’m not saying to not do those things (necessarily). What I am saying is that if you want to heal and I mean truly heal then it’s going to take a lot more than just those three things.

Getting a good night’s rest and making it a priority is a powerful tool that can drastically help you heal at a far faster pace.

In fact, I talk about it in this video and I share my top 7 tips for better sleep quality and a good night’s sleep.

Point number 5 from the video – my nighttime routine with essential oils – coincides with today’s topic.

So, what are my 23 best smelling essential oils for diffuser blends to give that sedative effect?

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When we think about the 23 best smelling essential oils for diffuser as sleep blends, what we are really asking are these two things:

  1. Which are the best pure essential oils that contain relaxing properties?
  2. What are the best-smelling essential oils that I personally prefer for a nightly ritual in order to sleep well?

Think about both of those as I describe various oils.

I am breaking this post down into three parts:

  1. Single Best Essential Oils: Good for Sleep
  2. Single Essential Oil Blends: Made for Sweet Dreams
  3. Favorite Diffuser Blend Recipes: Calming Properties for Sleep

Single Best Essential Oils: Good for Sleep

The first part are all of the single, undiluted essential oils that are good for sleep.

You could use these popular essential oils on their own in the diffuser or you could combine them using various parts in order to create essential oil recipes.


As a single essential oil, lavender has been used for generations for its unique scent and several benefits.

Lavender oil is perhaps the most popular scent employed in aromatherapy, known for its ability to relax the mind and soul.

It is also a great antiseptic. Good for cuts, scrapes, and burns (due to its anti-inflammatory properties), it may be used alone but is commonly combined with tea tree oil or aloe gel.This essential oil is very useful for a wide variety of issues and is also budget-friendly.

Unlike other essential oils, lavender oil doesn’t appear to harm beneficial gut bacteria.

Perhaps the most critical feature for lavender is that it’s my favorite essential oil due to it’s incredible floral scent.

It’s probably the most popular choice of all fragrance oils for the perfect home smell.

Roman Chamomile

This single oil has a primary benefit of calming the skin, mind, and body.

It makes sense why it would be used for diffusing at night since it’s also added to night-time teas for the calming effect.

Clary Sage

Clary Sage is known for its calming effects as well.

From a scent standpoint, it’s woody, herbal, and part of the floral essential oils. 

Because of this, it is added for a restful night’s sleep often.

Sweet Marjoram

According to doTERRA, “Marjoram was known to the Greeks and Romans as a symbol of happiness.”

But in addition to that, it is also valued for its calming aroma. It can promote restfulness and deep sleep.

Valerian Oil

Known as the “heal all,” Valerian has enjoyed a lengthy history as a medicinal essential oil.

Called upon to remedy nervous disorders, combat stress and treat wounds, Valerian is a natural-aid essential.

You can get this oil from Edens Garden, which is a women-owned company.

Juniper Berry Oil

The Juniper Berry has some different scents, but nonetheless contains a woody and spicy essential oils, but yet contains a fresh aroma that has a calming and grounding effect. 

It also helps cleanse and purify the air, which makes for a bonus on this perfect sleeping oil.

Citrus Oils

Citrus oils, of all and any type, are calming and give off an extremely pleasant scent. 

In fact, the citrus scent is oftentimes used to help balance mood, but I also love them for the nighttime effect.

Here are my three favorite citrus oils for diffusing:

  1. Tangerine: Tangerine essential oil’s aroma can be used to help soothe anxious feelings and manage stress. It has a sweet and tangy scent for those who enjoy sleep scents such as these. 
  2. Wild Orange: Wild Orange is one of AromaTru’s top selling essential oils due to its energizing aroma and multiple benefits.
  3. Lemon: Lemon is a staple scent in many households. It’s refreshing and uplifting, and when I use it with other citrus scents, also feels calming. 

The citrus aroma is fantastic in a kitchen environment.

Whenever I have my citrus aromatic essential oils diffusing in the kitchen when company is over, I always get compliments!

Blue Tansy

Blue Tansy has a rich blue hue and a sweet, fresh scent.

Its calming properties are not only ideal for relaxation, but are a miracle on inflamed, red skin.

Plant Therapy is another high-quality essential oils company. They have a top-notch Blue Tansy HERE.


I’m borderline obsessed with the tall, evergreen Eucalyptus trees. I find them soothing and stunning, mostly due to their green color.

According to doTERRA,

The main chemical components of Eucalyptus radiata are eucalyptol and alpha-terpineol, making it an ideal oil to promote feelings of clear breathing and open airways and for creating a soothing massage experience.

Because of that, you can see why Eucalyptus oil makes for a good sleeping oil and a great addition as natural air fresheners.


If the woodsy, earthy scent is your style, Cedarwood is your oil.

After a difficult day, diffuse it to create a relaxing environment.


This oil provides both a calming and soothing aroma. 

doTERRA states that, “Bergamot is unique among citrus oils due to its ability to be both uplifting and calming, making it ideal to help with anxious and sad feelings.”

Single Essential Oil Blends: Made for Sweet Dreams

The next part of this post includes essential oils that are already blended with various drops of essential oil and ready to place in the diffuser.

As-is, these drops of oil, are a great option for sleep, but if you have a hard time putting blends together yourself you’ll be covered.

Doterra Balance

The Doterra Balance is a true and great blend which contains:

Spruce Leaf, Ho Wood Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, Blue Chamomile Flower, and Osmanthus Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil.

DoTERRA Balance Grounding Blend has a warm, woody scent that is refreshing. 

Blue Tansy and Blue Chamomile are blended with Fractionated Coconut Oil to create an intriguing aroma that offers a serene and relaxing ambiance.

Native Americans employed spruce, one of the oils in doTERRA Balance, for health and spiritual purposes.Because this product is a blend, it’s a simple one-and-done.

Simply add three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice and enjoy.

Doterra also states this about the Balance blend,

One of the key advantages of doTERRA Balance is its calming effect. When you’re overwhelmed emotionally, take a step back and relax. Diffuse or apply doTERRA Balance topically to create a peaceful environment so you can move forward feeling emotionally balanced and ready to tackle your duties.

Peaceful Sleep

I’m also a fan of the NOW Foods essential oils, which I’ve shared in the past.

They have a sleep blend called Peaceful Sleep. And this is another true essential oil blend.

It contains:

Orange oil, tangerine oil, lavender oil, chamomile oil, ylang ylang oil, sandalwood blend

You’ll notice the lavender + chamomile oils, as per the above.Wondering what ylang ylang oil is? Yes, I was, too.

Ylang, Ylang Oil

Ylang Ylang essential oil is derived from the star-shaped flowers of the tropical Ylang Ylang tree and is used extensively in making perfumes and in aromatherapy.

It is sweet, rich, and spicy, promoting a stress-free and positive atmosphere.

Tranquil, Plant Therapy

Created for stress relief, sleeping, peace, and calm, Tranquil by Plant Therapy is the ultimate mental relaxer. 

Tranquil is a blend of Grapefruit Pink, Blood Orange, Patchouli, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang Complete.

You can get it HERE

Young Living Peace & Calming II

Similar to Tranquil, the Young Living Peace & Calming II creates a relaxing and pleasant aroma.

This blend combines tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, and German chamomile.

By the way, German and Roman Chamomile are similar, but not the same.

You can see their differences HERE.

To be honest, I prefer Roman Chamomile for sleeping.

Unwind Essential Oil Blend

Grove Collaborative also has some high-quality essential oils and blends.

The ingredients in Unwind are the same as Peaceful Sleep:

Orange essential oil, tangerine essential oil, lavender essential oil, chamomile essential oil, ylang ylang essential oil, sandalwood essential oil

Grove states this about their oils:

The essential oils in our functional blends are sustainably distilled either through steam processing of leaves, bark, and roots, or cold pressing fruit peels. They are never treated with chemical solvents.

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Diffuser Diffuser Blend Recipe: Calming Properties for Sleep

And last, but certainly not least – my own concoctions – different essential oils that I put together frequently.

These are the various oil blends, based on personal preference and my own essential oil blends, that I put together in an effective way for the best sleep ever.

  • Sarah’s Sweet Scent: 3 drops of wild orange essential oils + 2 drops lemon essential oil + 1 drop tangerine essential oil
  • Long Day Calm: 3 drops of lavender + 1 drop roman chamomile
  • Central Nervous System TLC: 3 drops lavender oil + 2 drops bergamot
  • Deep in the Forrest: 2 drops cedarwood + 1 drop juniper berry + 1 drop vetiver

Full List of 23 Diffuser Oils

This is the full list of 23 soothing scents that combine many of my favorite oils as single oils and/or the best essential oil blends and/or custom creations:

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  1. Lavender
  2. Peaceful Sleep
  3. Ylang, Ylang Oil
  4. Doterra Balance
  5. Unwind Essential Oil Blend
  6. Roman Chamomile
  7. Clary Sage
  8. Sweet Marjoram
  9. Valerian Oil
  10. Juniper Berry Oil
  11. Tangerine
  12. Wild Orange
  13. Blue Tansy
  14. Lemon
  15. Tranquil
  16. Young Living Peace & Calming II
  17. Eucalyptus
  18. Bergamot
  19. Cedarwood
  20. Sarah’s Sweet Scent
  21. Long Day Calm
  22. Central Nervous System TLC
  23. Deep in the Forrest

Best Essential Oil Diffusers

Finally, in order to make your diffuser scents come alive, you’ll need an oil diffuser.

I, quite literally, have 20 diffusers placed about our house.

There is one next to each of my children’s beds.

In our bedroom, my husband and I each have one on our side of the bed.

And they are placed everywhere else throughout the house.

So, which diffusers do we have and which should you choose?

Personal Diffusers

We have the following in our house:

  1. AromaTru Diffuser — hands down, THIS ONE is my favorite because it is eco-friendly and you do NOT need water in order to use. There are so many unique benefits to THIS electric diffuser, and I think it’s a great choice!
  2. NOW Foods Bamboo Diffuser
  3. Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser by NOW Foods
  4. Ceramic Stone Oil Diffuser by NOW Foods
  5. Petal Essential Collection
  6. Sleepy Puppy Essential Oil Diffuser

When considering the diffuser to purchase, here are some things to take into consideration:

  1. Ease of use. Is it easy to use? Remember: easy = consistency.
  2. Once diffused, how far will the aroma reach?
  3. What is the reservoir size (where water is stored)?
  4. Is it portable? Is being portable important to you?
  5. What is the weight, size, and dimensions of the diffuser?
  6. How much are you looking to spend?
  7. Do you want it to be aesthetically pleasing?
  8. What is the noise level like?
  9. How long can it auto-set for? 2 hours? 6 hours? 12 hours?
  10. Are there other diffuser features like sounds and lights?
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I hope this post has been highly beneficial for you.

Remember, this all comes back to sleep.

Sleep and gut healing are a match made in heaven, and the sooner you figure this out, the faster you’ll heal.

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