10 Bedroom Scents That Help You Relax and Sleep

A bedroom is the four sacred walls of sleep. Its atmosphere will affect your experience throughout the night, so it is important that you make it a comfortable place where you can fully unwind. Besides keeping it clean and tidy, filling it with soothing aromas is the best way to promote a good night’s sleep. To find the best relaxing bedroom scents, this guide tells you 10 fine examples.


Chamomile calming effects are known for centuries; this is a superficial herbal scent that will provide your room with a clean smell and unwinding ambience. It is an excellent herb that has been used even by ancient Egyptians to reduce anxiety, promote ultimate relaxation, and improve sleep, but it has positive effects on digestion cycles and might help to relax muscular and nervous tension.

flowering chamomiles

It is one of the safest and most effective relaxing bedroom scents for better sleep. To fall asleep faster, use chamomile essential oil in a diffuser or create your own room spray by mixing 15 drops of oil with 1 ounce of water in a glass spray bottle, and let this sweet, herbaceous aroma calm your mind!

Author’s Tip: There are different types of chamomiles but choose roman chamomile oil which has a fresh and sweet aroma, exactly like fresh chamomile flowers.


Sandalwood is one of the most popular aromas to help with sleeping disorders. This rich, woody scent will make you feel relaxed, calm, and prepared for bedtime. Its strong calming effect on the body makes it one of the best scents for relaxation that you can use throughout your home but especially in the bedroom.

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Sandalwoods portray an earthy smell of exotic countryside, and thanks to its musky notes, it is also a good choice when you are looking for a bedroom scent for a romantic night. Make your intimate moments even more special and promote sound sleep by burning a sandalwood candle in your bedroom!


It is one of the most popular relaxing scents for sleep on a global scale with good reason. Used since ancient times, the sweet herbaceous aroma of this flowering plant -that originates from the Mediterranean- is well known for its calming effects. It can soothe the nerves and ease your worries helping to feel joy and happiness again.

lavender sage burning candle

The best is about lavender bedroom scent is that it can be found in many different ready-to-use products such as pillow and room sprays, reed diffusers, candles, and even in bath and body care items! Make your bedroom a nicely smelling relaxing place and take relaxation to the next level with this calming scent!


A wonderful earthy, yet still sweet floral smell is another excellent example of aromas that are good for sleeping. This warming scent with citrusy and rose notes is used for centuries for its great benefits: it helps stop feeling anxious, relieve signs of depression, and settle down the mind after a hectic workday so you can relax and sleep better.

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Geranium essential oil when used as a bedroom scent lessens feelings of stress and calms the nerves, but it is beneficial when applied topically to the skin too. Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it promotes the appearance of clear skin by reducing irritation and infections.


People have used peppermint to help with indigestion and calm anxiety through the centuries, but this intensively smelling plant makes an excellent bedroom scent too. It might be not the most calming aroma, but with cool, minty notes it has uplifting effects to quiet the mind and improve concentration, so it may be the perfect choice for meditative sessions.

fresh peppermint essential oil and leaves

Besides refreshing the air, peppermint menthol component makes your muscles to relax and consequently your body to rest, so you can gain more restful sleep.


If being in the woods is what makes you relaxed the most, then you should choose rosemary as your bedroom’s main aroma! This woodsy scent is pretty aromatic: with pungent, camphor, and eucalyptus-like notes, it will introduce the outside environment to your bedroom.

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Rosemary-scented home fragrance products will provide a fresh, consistent yet and soothing aroma for your comfort. With this scent in your bedroom, you get a feeling like walking in a pinewood forest; Total relaxation!


If you love citrusy aromas because you find them uplifting, why not try making your bedroom smell like bergamot? This scent is popular due to its stress-relieving properties; inhaling it may promote the production of happiness hormones like serotonin and dopamine and like this is effective in beating sadness and anxiousness.

bergamot oranges fragrant citrus fruits

Bergamot actually smells like a combination of freshly cut oranges and lemons and therefore, it provides an environment of an indoor orchard within your bedroom. This scent is denser than most other scents, thus, lasting longer within your bedroom. A few sprays of this Bergamot Aromatherapy Spray will make your bedroom a safe zone from pressure and trauma arising from vigorous workloads.


If you are looking for the best aroma for sleeping, then don’t forget about cinnamon. Its sweet, warm scent has a comforting effect and helps create a meditative atmosphere so you can switch off your mind.

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Cinnamon is an excellent aroma choice for the colder months because its spicy notes make your room feel warmer. Studies have found that it also improves mood and relieves headaches. Introducing cinnamon into your bedroom scenting routine will surely positively affect your well-being!

Ylang ylang

Steam distilled from the flowers of a tropical plant native to India, Ylang ylang oil is often used in personal fragrance products as well as in aromatherapy due to its calming effect and mood-lifting benefits. It tells a lot about this aroma that it is often used as the top note of popular perfumes, for example Chanel Number Five.

yellow ylang ylang blossom

This floral, slightly fruity, yet sweet oil can be used internally, aromatically, and topically to cleanse the mind and relax the body. When inhaled, it provides a sense of mother nature’s presence in your bedroom and creates an ambience that supports relaxation.

Clary Sage

The oil of this aromatic Northern Mediterranean herb which is extracted from the leaves and buds of the plant is widely used in aromatherapy treatments due to its clean, refreshing scent. It is known to affect that part of the brain that handles memories and controls emotions, and therefore, inhaling it induces a sense of well-being.

clary sage flowers

Studies show that type of essential oil even kills bacteria, germs, and fungi in the air when vaporized so besides filling your bedroom with a relaxing scent, it will also clean the air. To do so, add a few drops of clary sage essential oil mixed with water into an essential oil burner and enjoy the calming aroma as well as its benefits!

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