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How Oil Diffusing Helps You Sleep

How Oil Diffusing Helps You Sleep
Written By
Isabelle Dungan
Photographs By
Nicki Sebastian for Parachute
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We all know that a good night’s sleep is essential to your health and happiness. However, even with the best bedding (ahem), relaxing the mind and body before bed can prove challenging. Time to try essential oils. Considered more powerful than the plants from which they derive, essential oil extracts have been used for thousands of years to promote physical, emotional and spiritual well-being – and diffusing them in your bedroom at night is an easy, all-natural way to enhance your sleep. To learn more, we teamed up with Vitruvi, a botanical-focused brand based in Vancouver that’s on a mission to help you take care of yourself, so you can take on the world. Using their handcrafted, porcelain diffuser and essential oils, we explored how they help to achieve superior sleep.

Vitruvi essential oils laid out.

Place a few essential oil drops into water and watch as the vapor drifts out of the small opening at the top of your diffuser (our go-to is the handcrafted Vitruvi Stone Diffuser). You’ll immediately begin to feel – and smell – the calming benefits. Oil diffusers emit aromatherapy vapors throughout any room – so you can use it in guest rooms and kids’ rooms too. Plus, they’re long-lasting. So, whether you’re taking a short nap, or tucking in for the night, you’re guaranteed deep sleep!

Each essential oil has its own composition, scent and benefits. We recommend testing a few different oils in your diffuser so you can determine which ones you like best. You can also experiment with blending oils (or purchase them pre-blended roll ons). Here are our top picks…

Lavender vitruvi essential oil.


Call it the swiss-army knife of essential oils because it helps with everything! Lavender has been proven to reduce anxiety, depression and sleep-related problems. Plus, it smells sublime.

Quiet Blend

Made of Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Amyris and Clary Sage, this Vitruvi diffuser blend is made for recharging. Clary Sage is believed to fight insomnia by clearing the mind. Much like burning sage to purify your home, this blend has cleansing properties that seep into your sleep when diffused all night long.


Bergamot is a little-known gem that has sleep-inducing properties. It’s a citrus fruit, and the oil comes from its rind – making it both refreshing and calming at once. It’s also reported to be great for balancing your emotions.

Peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint + Eucalyptus

While these oils are considered stimulating, they’re recommended for bedtime diffusion if you have congestion or feel a cold coming on. They’ll clear your nasal passage while you sleep – and keep you from snoring, too. This Dusk blend works similarly, prepping your body for sleep with Eucalyptus, Ho Wood, Frankincense and Lavender.


It may sound old-school, but Frankincense works like a charm. Its oil is rich in history (you’ve probably heard the story of the three wise men and their gifts), nutrients and sleep-aid properties. With an uplifting and earthy aroma, this essential oil is considered grounding – which we could all use before bed.

Essential oils purify the air, enhance your mood and create an optimal sleep environment – a compelling case for adding them to your evening routine, if you ask us! Diffuse away.