Relaxing Diffuser Recipes, 17 Best Blends…

I’ve written lots of helpful articles about how essential oils can help to relax, dispel negative thinking, calm and restore! 

I’m often asked for a list of the best, so I’ve decided to curate all my favorite diffuser blends for relaxation in one place! 

So sit back, relax and blend some gorgeous oil recipes from your DIY kit to help you relax and rejuvenate.

Relaxing diffuser oil recipe 

Let’s start with a wonderfully relaxing and calming oil that you can use in your electronic or ceramic diffusers.

I use a 10mL amber bottle which gives around 200 drops.  It’s one of my favorite diffuser blends as it smells literally divine!! 

  • Lavender 60 drops 
  • Roman Chamomile  30 drops 
  • Bergamot 40 drops 
  • Geranium 25 drops 
  • Jasmine 20 drops 
  • Valerian 3 drops 
  • Neroli 3 drops 

Using a pipette add each oil to the bottle. Mix well. 

To use in an electronic diffuser, add 10 drops to 200mL of distilled or boiled, cooled water for a kettle. Run your timer for an hour if you are feeling anxious, having negative thoughts, or had a busy day. 

Add 8 drops to a ceramic diffuser, light the candle and enjoy the relaxing, calming, and restoring aroma while you bathe, do an online yoga class or simply get ready for bed! 

1. ‘Oasis’ geranium diffuser recipe

This geranium blend with its beautiful floral aroma helps to create a peaceful oasis! Perfect for yoga or Pilates relaxation and of course a relaxing environment for sleeping. 

  • 2 drops geranium oil 
  • 2 drops vetiver
  • 2 drops roman chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 100mL distilled or boiled and cooled water from a kettle 

2. ‘Let go’  geranium diffuser recipe 

This blend helps you to concentrate on the beautiful aromas of geranium oil and oils in this recipe.

Live in the moment and appreciate this beautiful geranium diffuser recipe. 

  • 4 drops of geranium oil
  • 4 drops clary sage  
  • 3 drops marjoram 
  • 2 drops valerian
  • 100mL distilled or boiled and cooled water from a kettle 

To find out more about the relaxing and restoring benefits of geranium for skincare, pillow sprays, and more, pop over to find out Geranium Oil Blends with… 30 Oils, with Recipes And Uses

geranium relaxation diffuser blend
geranium oil relaxation diffuser


3. Lavender and Bergamot relaxing pillow blend recipe 

This beautiful relaxing blend is my favorite go-to blend to diffuse while I’m getting ready for bed. 

I also mix up a beautiful lavender and massage oil to use on my temples and my décolletage and arms to help me relax. I use 3 drops lavender and 2 drops of rose absolute mixed with two tablespoons of apricot oil

  • 4 -5 drops lavender oil
  • 4- 5 drops bergamot 
  • distilled water from a kettle, boiled and cooled, and added to a 4 oz amber glass bottle

Lavender oil is literally the king of calm! Find out other oils it mixes with, including diffuser blends, pillow sprays, and DIY skincare here 

4. Chamomile diffuser calming recipe 

  • 5 drops Roman chamomile
  • 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops neroli 
  • 150 mL of distilled water from a kettle that’s been boiled and cooled

5. Neroli oil diffuser blend for relaxation 

  • Add 3-4 drops of neroli 
  • 2-3 drops of lavender oil 
  • 100 mL of water in an ultrasonic diffuser

6. Orange oil relaxing diffuser recipe 

  • 3 drops of orange oil 
  • 3 drops of ylang-ylang 
  • 3 drops of lavender 
  • 150mL of distilled water from a boiled and cooled kettle

Orange essential oil is perfect to help you relax! It evokes a warm, sunny feeling, is a mild tranquilizer and promotes peace and wellbeing. 

I love this blend in the froths of winter as a mood booster at the end of a hard day! 

7. Relaxing Jasmine diffuser blend 

  • 2 drops Jasmine
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 2 drops lavender 
  • 2 drops of rose or rosewood 
  • 150mL distilled water boiled and cooled from a kettle

This gorgeous smelling relaxing diffuser recipe helps to bring peace and tranquility to your bedroom. 

I like to set my diffuser for an hour, then pop into a relaxing shower and pop 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of ylang-ylang on the shower floor. Then climb into bed and drift off! 

8. Orange and basil oil relaxing diffuser blend 

  • 6 – 8 drops basil oil 
  • 4 – 5 drops sweet orange of mandarin oil 
  • 100mL distilled water from a boiled and cooled kettle

Sweet basil is known for its beautiful aroma and helps to make you feel relaxed and rested. 

Sweet basil contains linalool. This substance is also found in lavender and has been shown to increase relaxation and reduce stressful feelings in many scientific studies.

9. Geranium oil relaxing and calming diffuser blend 

  • 8 -10 drops of geranium oil 
  • 3 drops of rose or rosewood oil 
  • 100mL of distilled water ( simply boil a kettle and let it become cool fire adding to your diffuser) 

Geranium oil has a sharp and herbaceous green scent with a sweet minty-rose undertone which works with all your senses to help quieten and calm fractious thoughts and feelings. 

10. Thyme oil relaxation diffuser blend

  • 5 drops thyme oil
  • 5 drops lemon oil 
  • 3 drops ravensara or eucalyptus oil 
  • 150mL of distilled water ( boiled and cooled from a kettle) 

Set your diffuser on a 1-hour timer when you settle down to sleep or run next to your bed for ½ hour before your usual sleep time

Thyme oil has antifungal and antiparasitic properties, which help to keep airways free from inflammation and help you relax better when settling down to sleep. 

11. Lemon oil relaxation diffuser blend 

  • 4 drops lemon oil
  • 2 drops lavender oil 
  • 2 drops frankincense 
  • 100mL distilled water from a cool boiled kettle

Lemon oil’s wealth of calming benefits is why it’s high on my list of 21 recipe blends for calm and relaxation. 

Head over to discover pillow sprays, massage blends, and more oil loveliness to help you relax!  

lemon oil for diffuser relaxation
gorgeous and relaxing lemon oil for relaxation

12. Cedarwood sleep diffuser blend 

Cedarwood has a delightful ‘mountain air’ scent that can help reduce anxiety and relax your muscles.

It can help to clear blockages in the nose and throat while helping those with sleep apnea to relax with its outdoor forest aroma.

  • 8 -10 drops cedarwood oil
  • 4 drops eucalyptus oil 
  • 3 drops cinnamon oil
  • 150mL distilled water from a boiled and cooled kettle

Set your diffuser for an hour timer or longer if you have multiple settings and start the program half an hour before bed. If your diffuser doesn’t have a timer, then run for an hour, relaxing as closely as you can to the diffuser for the last half an hour.

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13. Renew diffuser blend 

Jasmine is a powerful antidepressant and is one of the best oils for helping people who lack confidence.  

It supports decision-making and optimism and is perfect for your self-esteem and confidence!  It helps to restore harmony, reduce anxious feelings, and works really well in diffuser recipe for relaxation. 

  • 3drops sweet orange oil
  • 2 drops fragonia or neroli
  • 2 drops sandalwood
  • 1 drop jasmine 
  • 200mL of boiled and cooled water from a kettle 

14. Ylang-ylang and lavender relaxing diffuser blend 

  • 5 drops ylang ylang
  • 5 drops lavender 
  • 250 mL boiled and cooled kettle water 

Add to a diffuser and switch on 10 minutes before settling down to sleep. If your diffuser has a timer, set it for 1 hour to reap the benefits of the mix between lavender and ylang-ylang. 

This also works well in a ceramic oil burner too. Reduce the water to fit the water well, but keep the same amount of ylang-ylang and lavender oil. 

15. ‘Instant calm’ and relaxation diffuser blend 

Add two drops of cedarwood in one tablespoon of carrier oil and three drops of Ylang-ylang.

Rub it into your hands gently. Sit calmly and cover your nose with your hands and inhale it for four to five minutes.

This cedarwood and ylang-ylang blend is perfect to use in an electronic or ceramic diffuser, added to a warm running bath or shower. 

Simply add 5 drops of each oil in an electronic diffuser to 100mL of boiled and cooled water 

For more tips on how to use a diffuser, pop by my other helpful article.

16. Lavender and clary sage diffuser blend 

Lavender essential oil blends well with clary sage to relax and calm. These powerful oils can help to reduce anxious thoughts and are especially good for when your mind is over busy! 

Together in a relaxing diffuser recipe, they can also reduce blood pressure.

  • 5 drops lavender 
  • 5 drops clary sage 
  • 100mL distilled water or from a boiled, cooled kettle 

Add all to your diffuser. If you have a 200mL size diffuser then simply double the drops.

clary sage diffuser for relaxation
relaxing and restoring clary sage in a diffuser recipe

17. Lavender and bergamot calming diffuser blend 

Bergamot is one of my all-time favorite oils! In a diffuser relaxation recipe, they can really help to lift your mood and enhance a positive feeling of well-being. 

  • 6 drops lavender 
  • 6 drops bergamot 
  • 100mL of distilled or water from a kettle boiled and cooled

Add all ingredients to an electronic or ceramic diffuser an hour before bed. I also love to add the contents of the diffuser into a comforting, warm bath afterward! 

And to finish on… 

I hope that’s given lots of beautifully, calming and relaxing diffuser recipes to inspire you to add to your DIY oil collection! 

To find out the benefits of two of my favorite oils. rosemary and eucalyptus in a diffuser, pop over to discover more! 

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