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How to help relax your body with essential oils?

For a relaxing full-body essential oil experience, add essential oils to a warm bath to calm the body and mind before bed.

You can add a few drops of an essential oil (or several) and place them in the bath, body, bed, or in a cup of tea.

Hot shower before bed

If you prefer to take a warm shower rather than a bath before bed, you can still use essential oils to relax your mind and body before bed. Simply place a few drops of a calming essential oil on the shower floor, allowing the aroma of the oil to be dispersed throughout the room with the steam from the shower. Be sure to place the drops away from the path of the water so that the oil does not immediately go down the drain.

You can also add a few drops of a relaxing or calming essential oil to your conditioner, and apply to your hair in the shower before going to bed. After the shower, you will still be able to smell the oil in your hair at bedtime. Essential oils like clary sage, lavender, Roman chamomile, and Ylang Ylang are calming oils that promote healthy sleep while also providing beauty benefits for hair.

Pillows and bedding

Combine a few drops of an essential oil (or several) and a few ounces of water in a spray bottle and spritz onto your pillows and bedding. When you go to bed, you will be surrounded by the relaxing and comforting aroma of essential oils.

Here are some suggested oil combinations to spray on your bedding before bed:

Lavender + Cedar


Vetiver + bergamot

Ylang Ylang + sandalwood

Heating pad or neck wrap

Combining essential oils with a heating pad or neck wrap is an effective way to enjoy the aroma of calming oils, while warming and relaxing your body. You can simply add a few drops of essential oil to the outer fabric of the heating pad or wrap, and place it on your neck or back for added comfort.

Bottom on your feet

To easily promote a good night's rest, simply apply your favorite soothing oil to the bottoms of your feet along with a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil. It is also a useful application method to help children sleep. Simply rub the oil on the bottoms of your children's feet during their nighttime routine to help them relax before bed.


Using essential oils with relaxing and calming properties during your massage is a simple way to promote a good night's sleep. You can place a few drops of essential oil in your hand, rub your palms together, and massage your temples or neck.

It can also be used to massage shoulders, arms, back, legs or feet to help relax certain areas of the body, or even the body in general. Diluting the essential oils with a carrier oil will help them absorb into the skin, so you can still enjoy the scent of the oils while you sleep. Before you topically apply any essential oil during a massage, read the directions to make sure the oil can be used topically.

Cup of tea

A common method to calm the body before bed is to drink a cup of hot tea. You can always add a drop or two of an essential oil to your evening tea to calm and relax your body before bed.*

Many people drink chamomile tea before bed, so it's no surprise that adding a few drops of Roman chamomile oil to tea can help calm the body and mind.* Before adding an essential oil to your tea, make sure that the oil is safe to add to food and beverages.

It will take some experimentation, but once you've discovered your favorite calming essential oils, you can develop a custom bedtime routine that leads to consistent, quality sleep. Consider your specific needs when it comes to sleep and use your favorite oils to help create a restful sleep environment. No longer will you stay up at night counting sheep with the potent, natural power of essential oils ready to help you get to the kind of peaceful sleep your body and mind desperately need to face another day.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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