13 Proven Essential Oils for Snoring Relief Overnight

There's one secret most people might have never heard about but is an undeniable fact.

That secret is, people who snore are at least 3 times more likely to suffer adverse health conditions than people who don't.

Luckily people have now learned that essential oils for snoring could be the missing link to eliminate this disease! 

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Can you imagine how great that feels? 

Just think about it:

Going through an entire night without your spouse having to nudge you awake.

Feeling more energetic and ready to tackle your day to day tasks.

Look:

Snoring is a serious health threat, and it also affects many relationships negatively. So If you're like me, then I'm sure this disease is something you would do anything to eliminate.

The great news is that scientists have been making great strides in finding genius solutions to getting rid of snoring. One such solution and possibly the most natural remedy is using essential oils.

Before we tell you about the 13 best essential oils to use for snoring you need to understand more about the disease.

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What is Snoring?

Snoring for most people is merely the weird grating noise they hear at nights from their spouse or relative. The truth is that snoring is very common, but it is in no way ordinary for you to snore. If you or a relative snores the best advice anyone could give is to do everything to get rid of it.

For most people, snoring is caused by an obstructed airway. When you fall asleep the muscles in your throat relax and becomes more narrow than usual. This narrowing of the throat causes the dreaded vibrating sounds we now refer to as snoring.

Here's the thing:

Without knowing what the cause of your snoring is, you might not get the expected result from using essential oils as a treatment.

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Snoring most times is caused by one of the following issues:

Aging:

As you get older, you automatically lose control of particular bodily functions. This is a fact that most people can come to terms with. We all know the usual skin wrinkling and the greying of your hair. What most people aren't aware of though is that your internal changes will be just as significant as your external ones.

What we mean by that is you will also start losing muscle tone, and your throat will typically become more narrow. Several lifestyle actions are able to prevent this to an extent, you can learn more about that in our other articles.

Weight Gain:

How much you weigh contributes significantly to your snoring. If you are overweight and have been to the doctor to ask about solutions for your snoring we're sure you were told to consider shedding some pounds. That is because obese persons are more likely to have thicker nick tissues than others. Remember it's the tissues in your neck that blocks the airways.

Sleeping Position:

Believe it or not, your sleeping position plays a large part in snoring. This might not seem evident at first, but when you sleep on your back, your tongue falls to the back of your throat and blocks the airway. But what about nose breathers? Sadly, sleeping on your back also causes your neck to relax more than in other sleeping positions.

Nasal Congestion:

Did you know that when you have a cold, you snore more times than usual? Maybe you've been told by someone close to you. But it happens just because of the obstruction of your nose. So when you get illnesses like allergies, a sinus infection, or the flu you are more likely to snore.

Digestive Issues:

Problems like heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion has also been linked to a higher frequency of snoring because these ailments tend to damage the esophagus. 

Stress, Alcohol Consumption, and smoking have also been a known factor that contributes to your tendency to snore. As they also do some harm to your throat tissues.

In a nutshell, the cause of your snoring matters and finding out what it is should be a priority. There are many over the counter solutions stop snoring, we also recommend looking into good anti-snoring mouthpieces. If any of the causes for snoring sounds like you, then you'll want to stick around and see which essential oils are best.

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The goal is always addressing the root cause of the problem which is a blocked airway. To do this essential oils can play a vital role in helping to fix your blocked airway.

What is an Essential Oil?

By definition, an Essential oil is the volatile oils extracted from plants that possess the odor and other chemical characteristics of that plant. Simple enough to understand right? The "Essential" in the name is a dead giveaway that these oils contain the most active components of the plants that give us direct health benefits.

Essential oils are generally extracted from seeds, leaves, flowers, roots and other parts of the plant. You've probably used essential oils in the form of perfumes, air fresheners, shampoos or body sprays before reading this article. Most people should have, as essential oils have been in use since ancient times for medicinal purposes by certain cultures. It has since become mainstream and is being used to effectively cure many modern diseases without adverse side effects.

Here are a few illnesses which essential oils have been known to be an excellent natural remedy for treating:

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    Digestive Issues
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    Pain and Various Muscle Aches
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    Anxiety
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    Stress
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    Allergies, Colds and Flu symptoms
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    Bug Bites
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    Snoring
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    Burns
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    Insomnia
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    Cellulite
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    Wrinkles
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    Hormone Imbalance

Can essential oils stop snoring?

Yes, essential oils have been shown by recent studies to help many persons that are suffering from snoring. (1) This double-blind study was done in 2004 where the researchers used essential oils in the rooms of some persons before bedtime. The result showed that partners of the snorers had seen a considerable decrease in their significant other's snoring habits after using the oils.

A word of Caution

While there is scientific research to back up the use of essential oil for snoring, you need to be aware that the effects vary. If your snoring is caused by a disease such as obstructive sleep apnea just using essential oils might not be enough. If after reading this post and trying a few essential oils without any success, we would recommend that you visit your doctor for a diagnosis.

13 Best Essential Oils For Snoring

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With increasing search for alternatives to drugs, essential oils have come to are appreciated as a potent remedy for many medical conditions. The problem is that there are more than a hundred essential oils so which is the best for snoring?

Here are the 13 Proven Best Essential Oils for Snoring:

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    Thyme Essential Oil
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    Marjoram Essential Oil
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    Sandalwood Essential Oil
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    Peppermint Essential Oil
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    Cedar Wood Essential Oil
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    Valor Essential Oil Blend
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    Chamomile Essential Oil
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    Lavender Essential Oil
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    Sage Essential Oil
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    Lemon Essential Oil
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    Eucalyptus Essential Oil
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    Tea Tree Essential Oil
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    Geranium Essential Oil

Here's our take on the best-by-order essential oils to use to stop your snoring:

1. Thyme Essential Oil for snoring

This oil is in our opinion the best essential oil for snoring relief.

Over the past two(2) decades studies have shown that thyme has helped to support respiratory health, boost the immune system, improve muscular health and support for our joint health.

Thyme has also been incorporated in cleaning because of its strong purification properties.

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A word of caution:

Before using thyme essential oil to stop your snoring, you need to mix it with a carrier oil. It is imperative that you heed our warning as the undiluted thyme oil has been a known skin irritant.

After Diluting the thyme essential oil with a carrier oil, you should apply it under your toes each night before bed. The reasoning behind applying the oil to the bottom of your toes is based on traditional reflexology charts which have linked your toes and the neck areas. Remember the cause of your snoring is your blocked airways in the neck.

We also recommend diffusing thyme using your essential oil diffuser at least 30 minutes before going to bed. This allows the aroma to be perfectly mixed into your room environment and allows proper breathing when you are ready to sleep.

​​​​2. Marjoram Essential Oil by doTerra for Snoring

Next on our list of exceptional essential oils that have been reported to have substantial effects in eliminating snoring is the marjoram essential oil by doterra. Marjoram posses soothing and relaxing properties that are noticeable if you smell it during or before bed at nights. It helps to open up the airways which in turns helps you to reduce your snoring.

The tricky thing about the marjoram essential oil is that after it has taken effect, you will not need to use it all night. That means you won't have to keep your diffuser running all night and it will last longer than other oils.

Note that marjorams effectiveness varies by snoring causes and on a person by person basis. There have been reports of this essential oil working on the first use and others have reported little or no significant reduction in snoring after weeks of use. If you are pregnant or expect to be soon, we recommend avoiding marjoram oil.

3. Eucalyptus Essential Oil for snoring

This essential oil is a known herbal decongestant that has been shown to be effective in opening up your airways. As a known natural home remedy for treating a cold, we recommend using eucalyptus essential oil for eliminating your snoring. Always remember that the goal is to free your airways from blockage. The eucalyptus oil does this as it is known to help with clearing mucus in your nasal passage.

To get the best effects from the eucalyptus essential oil we recommend using steam inhaling as that allows the oil to take effect faster. This works the same way steaming your face would.

To do steam inhalation, you only need to get a medium pot of water and bring it to steam. After the water has started steaming add 4 - 5 drops of eucalyptus oil. After adding the oil, just cover your head with a large, clean towel and take deep breaths. We recommend doing this for at least 8 minutes for the best effect. This is completely safe for anyone to do as long as you ensure that you there are no hazards such as a fire under the pot.

4. Essential Oil of Chamomile for Snoring

Chamomile has been a known relaxant for ages. Many people use it as a natural remedy for many ailments including snoring. When inhaled, the chamomile essential oil helps to relax the tissues in your throat thus reducing snoring. Some studies have suggested that chamomile has been a helpful essential oil for snoring and sleep apnea.

Chamomile oil is safe to use for most people and is a solution that we recommend testing.

5. Peppermint Essential Oil

One of the more popular essential oils on the market for nasal congestion is peppermint. It has been a favorite of many for quite some time and is particularly helpful in eliminating snoring.

If your snoring is caused by a cold or the flu then using peppermint essential oil will work wonders in opening your airways. Peppermint essential oil has potent antibacterial properties and is also helpful in helping to clear allergies and reducing inflammation caused by your sinus issues.

6. Lavender Essential Oil

Another particularly useful essential oil that can help with snoring is the lavender oil. This oil is known to be an excellent natural remedy to relax the body. Its antispasmodic qualities are very useful in clearing up your airways and giving you a relaxing sleep.

As one of the most versatile essential oils the lavender oil, especially the therapeutic-grade quality, is known to be very useful in soothing many ailments.

To use lavender oil for snoring you simply need to apply it to the bottom of your feet, neck, and chest before bed every night. Many persons have reported this having immediate effect from the first night.

7. Tea Tree Essential Oils to Stop Snoring

The tea tree oil has been another excellent choice by our readers to stop snoring. This oil is very friendly regarding usage and can be either used by itself or blended with other essential oils for stronger results.

To use tea tree oil for snoring you can just inhale the oil a few times at least 30 minutes before going to bed. Or you can mix it with thyme oil and put it in your diffuser of choice.

8. Essential oil of Geranium for Snoring

Geranium essential oil is another special oil that is becoming increasingly popular in aiding the healing of certain chronic diseases. It has shown positive effects on treating acute bronchitis without side effects. Traditionally, geranium essential oil has been used to stop snoring as it is an excellent solution to ending sleep disruptions. It has also been reported to help promote calmness and a good nights rest as such it should also be an excellent essential oil for snoring and sleep apnea.

To use geranium oil, simply tip a few drops of the oil onto your chest, neck and the bottom of your feet and massage it in before bed.

9. Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood is known to boost our immune and respiratory systems. It has also been known to have potent anti-inflammatory properties that are helpful in getting rid of snoring. The Cedarwood oil does this by reducing the inflammatory effects of illnesses such as colds and sinuses that affect the nasal passage. The oil is also exceptional for promoting better sleep at nights because of its emmenagogue and sedative properties.

Using cedarwood essential oil is relatively straightforward as you only need to add four drops of the oil mixed with a carrier oil. You can then rub it on your chest, feet or just use a diffuser.

Do note that this oil should never be used alone or ingested as it is a very potent irritant.

10. Sage Essential Oil 

Sage oil like many of the other oils in our list has a calming effect on the body when it is used before bed. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that make it another tremendous essential for stopping your snoring.

Sage oil is also a known ingredient in many drugs that are designed to aid in the relief of sinus congestions. The sage essential oil is helpful in reducing snoring that is caused by allergies or sinusitis but might not be as effective as some of the oils mentioned higher on the list

11. Lemon Essential Oil

This essential oil can give a healthy boost to your respiratory system and help in increasing your energy levels. As such, it might be a great solution to help with snoring and sleep apnea.

Recently, lemon oil was used as part of a mixture with thyme, lavender, and peppermint which was shown to cut snoring by up to 82%. While more research is yet to be seen on the effects of lemon essential oil for reducing snoring, we think it is an excellent oil to try.

To use this oil you only need to use 3 drops of lemon oil in a cup of tea.

12. Valor Essential Oil Blend

Valor Essential oil blend by young living is slightly different from the other oils that we've listed. This might be the only essential oil that is out of place on this list as this one is a mixture of oils.

The combination of essential oils that make up the oil blend has been shown to help your body correct its balance and alignment. The valor oil by young living is a perfect blend of rosewood, blue tansy, spruce, and frankincense. In a recent study carried out on the effects of the valor essential oil blend, it was shown to effectively reduce snoring. (2)


The only downside to the valor blend is that the price is a little bit on the higher side. However, if you are looking for a true solution to your snoring, it is well worth the price. The oil can be mixed with a carrier oil and rubbed into the bottom of your feet, or you could just put it on your diffuser.

13. Olive Oil for Snoring

Who knew olive oil was a robust solution to eliminating your snoring?

Olive oil is the most common household oil and for a good reason. It has potent anti-inflammatory properties, and it is possibly the easiest to use of all the essential oils in our list. You can simply gargle then swallow a few drops to ease your ailment.

You can also add flavor to it by using honey which helps make the taste less harsh.

What are the best essential oil blends for snoring?

If we had to pick the top blends of essential oils, we would choose the Valor Essential oil blend by young living as our top pick. However, the combination blend by young living is a bit pricey so we would also recommend the DoTerra mixture.

DoTerra Essential Oil Blend

If you're searching for a great alternative essential oil blend, then the doterra breathe mixture is perfect. This oil blend has been shown to be helpful for many ailments such as sore throats, colds, and sinus inflammations. It has also been known to provide its users with a more relaxing sleep at nights.

The ingredients that are used to formulate this oil blend contains some of the most useful oils for unblocking your airways. This ensures that the doterra breathe essential oil blend is an excellent solution to stopping your snoring by helping to relax your throat.

The doTerra Breathe Contains:

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    Eucalyptus Essential Oils
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    Melaleuca essential oils
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    Lemon Essential Oils
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    Cardamom Essential Oils
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    Laurel Essential Oils
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    Peppermint Essential Oils
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    Camphor Essential Oils
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    Ravensara Essential Oils

Using the doTerra essential oils is pretty much the same as with the others we've listed above. You can simply add it to your diffuser or mix it with a carrier oil and apply it directly on your feet, chest or neck before retiring to bed.

How to Use Essential Oils to Stop Snoring?

There are many ways to use essential oils to relieve snoring. The usage of these oils highly depends on the type of oil and the purpose you are trying to achieve.

Here are a few:

Gargling:

Gargling is the most commonly used method to clear one's throat. For snoring, your best option is to gargle with an essential oil before you go to sleep. Pick an essential oil of your preference from our list, it could even be a mixture of oils, but remember essential oils rarely should be swallowed. We advise doing more research on which oils can be ingested.

Massaging:

Another method that gives a soothing feeling is to mix your blend of essential oils with another oil and massage your neck area, chest, and feet with it. If you are a nose breather or you are prone to being stuffy at night, you can also drip a dash of the essential oil mixture below your nostrils. This act should help clear your nose, primarily if the mixture contains a hint of peppermint.

Steaming:

If you've got nasal congestion, the best way to tackle that problem is through steaming. What you need to do is fill a large bowl or a small bucket with hot boiling water which is producing steam. Pour in four drops of essential oils of your choice. Then put a towel over your head and try to keep all the steam inside of the towel.

Diffusers:

If you've got nasal congestion, the best way to tackle that problem is through steaming. What you need to do is fill a large bowl or a small bucket with hot boiling water which is producing steam. Pour in four drops of essential oils of your choice. Then put a towel over your head and try to keep all the steam inside of the towel.

What are the best essential oil recipes for snoring?

Recipe 1:

Mix 7 drops of olive oil with, 3 drops of lavender oil. Then mix three drops of those and cedar oil each, now you have the perfect recipe. Apply this to your feet or rub it on your neck.

Recipe 2:

There is this perfect recipe for chest massages that would keep you soothed all throughout and after the process. This blend would eventually become your go-to for treating snoring.

What you need to do is add, an ounce of any career oil such as jojoba or almond oil with 5 drops to be lavender and 5 drops of eucalyptus and cinnamon bark. 2 drops of cedarwood and thyme.

Mix all these exceptional essential oils but make sure you're doing it right as certain oils have a higher concentration. Store this mixture correctly after you are done. And to relieve your snoring you can massage your chest with it.

Recipe 3:

Peppermint oil is the easiest to make a recipe with. All you need is to mix 1 or 2 drops of the oil in water give it a stir and then gargle it. Remember do not swallow it as it can be harmful if ingested.

Recipe 4:

This next recipe is more of mist spray and is inhaled through the atmosphere. What you need do for this is mix two ounces of pure water with 10 drops of basil, 10 drops of eucalyptus, 15 drops of cedarwood, 30 drops of marjoram, 30 drops of lavender and 30 drops of geranium. Mix this all in a spray bottle of any sort, shake well. Spray it in the room of the snorer several times before they go to sleep. You can also spray it while the person is sleeping, the marjoram in the spray reacts effectively with their system to help open up their airways.

Recipe 5:

This next recipe is also a spray mist; however, there is just a slight change in the ingredients. You go by mixing 3 ounces of pure water with 15 drops of marjoram, 15 drops of grapefruit, 25 drops of bay leaf, 25 drops of eucalyptus, 35 drops of myrtle and 45 drops of spruce. Be very precise with the number of drops and the measurements because the difference in concentration can cause different results. Mix all of these essential oils in a spray bottle and spray in the room of the snorer before they go to bed, you can also spray it back in the night when the snorer is still sleeping to keep any kind of snoring at bay.

What are some precautions for using essential oils to treat snoring?

While essential oils work fantastically for many chronic illnesses, they aren't without drawbacks. Using these oils in the wrong way can lead to unwanted side effects that we are sure you would rather do without.

Here are the key things you need to note of before using essential oils:

  • Essential Oils are extracted directly from its host, the chemicals extracted are highly concentrated and contain the essence of the plant. Being that the oil is in its highest purity, it may pose a serious health hazard if you do not use it correctly. They should never be ingested, and some essential oils should never be applied directly to your skin. Therefore, if you plan to use essential oils to gargle with you should ensure that you do not swallow it. And also ensure that you do not use more than the recommended dosage.
  • Because of the potency of certain essential oils and the chemical characteristics of the plant it is taken from, you should always mix them with carrier oils when you plan to apply them topically. By combining it with a carrier oil, the absorption rate of the oil is boosted. You also minimize the risk of skin irritation.
  • Before starting Essential oil treatment for snoring, you should consult your doctor or do additional research on the exact oils you plan to use. Knowing what you are allergic to and avoiding them is also vital when using these oils. Be warned, always seek medical advice from your primary care physician before altering any aspects of your life.
  • The bottom line

    At the end of the day, no one knows your body like you do. As such, you are entirely responsible for doing more research on the essential oils you plan to use. The oils that we presented in this article are undoubtedly among the best essential oils to use for snoring. There are many alternate solutions for getting rid of your snoring such as snoring mouthpieces, nasal dilators, CPAP machines, etc. Before attempting to treat your snoring, you need to know what is the exact cause.

    The good news is, essential oils work!

    What are your thoughts about using these oils for snoring? Which ones on the list have you tried before? Let us know in the comments section below so others can know how it helped you!

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