Calming Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

I have a pretty large essential oil collection, kind of on accident. It’s a long story. As essential oils can be an investment, instead of getting rid of the ones I wasn’t using, I decided to experiment. While there are a ton of ways to use oils, in the process of playing around, I’ve learned I’m more inclined to use them in a diffuser. I’ve started incorporating my diffuser into my evening routine and today I want to share some of my favorite calming blends.

Essential oils aren’t for everyone but I think there’s something to them. I can think of a few specific instances where I’ve felt anxious or stressed, put on my diffuser, sprawled out on my bed, and after a few minutes been able to physically feel my body release. Muscles that were holding tension relax. My breathing slows. And then I start to feel better.

I love scented candles, but I also get peace of mind with diffusers. I don’t worry about accidentally leaving it on because many diffusers run on a timer and/or turn themselves off when there’s no water left. I know I’m not the only one who has been in the car and frantically asked yourself, “did I blow out that candle?” And then proceeded to worry about it until you could get home and check. But with diffusers, there’s no need to worry.

I’ve tried a variety of blends – pre-blended ones, recipes from online, and my own concoctions. Below includes all of the above, but they are all geared to keep you calm. Diffuse them when you need some chill or as part of an evening routine, at least an hour before bed.


Serenity by Doterra – This one includes lavender, marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, Hawaiian sandalwood, and vanilla. The lavender makes it very relaxing, with a hint of floral scents. It’s a little on the sweeter side but not overpoweringly so.

Stress Release by Saje – This one might be my favorite. It also has lavender, but has a hint of a citrus kick from orange. Other notes include roman chamomile, clary sage, geranium, vetiver, and myrtle. It’s uplifting without being energizing.

Spa Spirit by Saje – Described as a “harmonizing” blend, it is composed of grapefruit, eucalyptus, benzoin, and peru balsam. The grapefruit provides a freshness with a little zing, but balances nicely with soothing eucalyptus.


After looking at pre-made blends, you start to see trends. Lavender, citrus, chamomile. If you want to create your own recipe, I recommend looking at the ingredients of scents you already like, whether it’s a candle or an oil blend, and taking note of what notes repeat. Here’s a few tried and true ones I enjoy:

4 drops Lavender, 2 drops Peppermint, 2 drops Frankincense – Peppermint can invigorating, so I like to use just a couple of drops. Frankincense is also one of the more expensive oils, so I use it sparingly even though I would gladly use more!

4 drops Cedarwood, 2 drops Rosemary, 2 drops Cardamom – I love woodsy scents and they can be very grounding, which an airhead like me (hello, Gemini) always needs. Rosemary can relieve nervous tension, but it can be invigorating so don’t use too much. Cardamom adds just a hint of sweetness that rounds it out nicely.

8 drops Lavender – We know lavender is relaxing, so why not use it straight up?

I don’t own them, but other calming oils to try single note or for your own blends include eucalyptus, ylang ylang, roman chamomile, bergamot, and vetiver.

Do you use essential oils? If so, what are your favorite blends for relaxing? Let me know in the comments!