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4 Sleep-Ruining Essential Oils You Should Never Use Before Bed – Swap In These Instead!

It’s no secret: We LOVE essential oils and all the great benefits that they bring to the table. We’re not alone either, according to this study; they’re becoming a very popular alternative medicine!

What we don’t love as much though is the idea of some folks using the right oils at the WRONG times, making them doubt the idea of ever getting into essential oils in the first place.

Luckily, there’s a pretty simple solution to the problem: some essential oils energize the body and soul while others relax and soothe. This means that some oils are best left for nighttime use while others should not be used a few hours before hitting the sack.

In this post, we’ll show you which ones NOT to use at night, and which ones to opt for instead!

4 Alternatives to Energizing Essential Oils for Better Sleep

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Alternative #1

Don’t Use: Lemon Essential Oil

  • Why? Lemon oil is very versatile, and it’s used to relieve anxiety and also fights fatigue. It’s often used to help invigorate the mind and body, making it an essential oil that definitely won’t calm you before bedtime.

Use THIS Instead: Lavender

  • Why? Lavender oil has been known to promote sleep throughout the ages; there has also been an extensive range of studies on the oil to prove its link to better sleep!

Alternative #2

Don’t Use: Ginger Essential Oil

  • Why? Ginger oil helps promote self-confidence, and it also has stimulating effects on your body as well as your mind. It may help invigorate the senses and give your energy levels a boost.

Use THIS Instead: Vetiver

  • Why? Distilled from the roots of the Vetiver plant, this essential oil helps the brain “rest” for the night. Vetiver goes back a long way, dating as far back as Ayurvedic medicine. Studies have been done to indicate that it’s an effective sedative.

Alternative #3

Don’t Use: Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • Why? Eucalyptus essential oil cools and stimulates the body, refreshing the mind as it clears out any fatigue and mental exhaustion.

Use THIS Instead: Roman Chamomile

  • Why? This essential oil is great for those of you that need to calm the mind and body and just relax after a stressful day. Roman chamomile may help fight the symptoms of insomnia as well as promote a more restful night’s sleep.

Alternative #4

Don’t Use: Rosemary Essential Oil

  • Why? Rosemary is an essential oil that is used as a brain tonic since it helps refresh the mind. It may help cut down fatigue while stimulating the brain.

Use THIS Instead: Ylang Ylang

  • Why? Ylang Ylang essential oil may help improve your sleep quality, and since it promotes deep sleep, it can help you sleep more soundly too.

Other Essential Oils for Better Sleep


Aside from the essential oils we just recommended as replacements to the energizing oils, there are a bunch of oils that can also be used to promote a better night’s sleep. These include:

  • Bergamot – This oil is calming and helps balance out your emotions.
  • Sandalwood – Expensive to purchase but well worth the splurge, sandalwood relaxes the mind and body.
  • Marjoram – This essential oil relaxes tense muscles and joints, and may also help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep throughout the night.
  • Cedarwood – This essential oil is great for overactive minds that need to be calmed before you can doze off.

Using Essential Oils for Better Sleep

There are a few ways that essential oils can be used to promote more restful sleep. Have a look at these ideas:

  • Diffuse Them – An essential oil diffuser can be used with a few drops of your preferred oil, but make sure that you set your diffuser in your room, preferably next to your bed, to be sure of a better night’s sleep.
  • Soak It Up – Simply adding a few drops of essential oil to your tub of bathwater can be an easy and relaxing way to start your bedtime routine.
  • Apply Them Topically – Essential oils can be applied topically to the back of the neck and the bottoms of the feet before getting into bed, but be sure to blend them with appropriate carrier oils.

Final Thoughts

We hope that you have enjoyed reading this post and that it has armed you with the knowledge you’ll need to get a better night’s sleep. Remember to check out the attributes of any essential oils you’re thinking of using to see if they’re really what they’re looking for.

Use the energizers in the morning and the relaxants in the evening, and your daily routine will be supercharged in no time. Sweet dreams!

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Megan is a DIY health & beauty addict. She’s committed to making her itsy-bitsy apartment chemical free and her diet as unprocessed as possible. You can find her work at Gold Mountain Beauty where she is responsible for the blog, Instagram and Pinterest.