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How Oil Diffusing Helps You Sleep

Diffuser on night stand.
Written By
Isabelle Dungan
Photographs By
Jessica Schramm 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 oil diffuser

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 oil blends. Here are our top picks…


Call it the swiss-army knife of essential oils because this Sleep blend has a little bit of everything! Lavender, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile and Vetiver come together to help reduce anxiety, depression and sleep-related problems. Plus, it smells sublime.

Quiet Blend

Made of Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Amyris and Clary Sage, this Quiet 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.

Unwind Kit

The gem that is the Unwind Kit has sleep-inducing properties that will certainly help you fall asleep. Comprised of warm, refreshing and calming scents including Dusk, Quiet, Nightcap and Sleep, these blends will help you set a chill vibe.

Reset Kit

When you're looking to clear out bad energy and refresh your space it's time to diffuse the Reset Kit. A beautiful mix of earthy, citrusy and spicy oils will awaken your senses and help you feel renewed. This kit comes with Grove, Ceremony, Retreat and Clean Sweep. You'll be feeling like new in no time at all!