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Best Essential Oils for Restless Leg Syndrome May Give You the Relief You’ve Been Looking for!

Did you know that you can use essential oils for restless leg syndrome? Millions of people worldwide are affected by restless leg syndrome.

essential oils for restless leg syndromeMany treatments have been employed to help with this malady. These include muscle relaxers and even special bars of soap.

However, not many people know about using essential oils for restless leg syndrome.

Essential oils can help relieve the irritation and sleep deprivation that often is the result of restless leg syndrome.

Natural relief can play a significant factor in helping you rest easier and go to sleep faster.

Besides, essential oils won’t create the potential for addiction like many other pharmaceutical suggestions can.

As you go through this list of suggestions, it is important that I offer this disclaimer: I don’t claim that essential oils will cure illnesses or other maladies.

However, it is my belief that they are an excellent home remedy and alternative for sleepless nights caused by restless leg syndrome.

Top 6 Essential Oils for Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

Because RLS is a huge contributor to insomnia, perhaps even the lead cause, it is easy to see why essential oils that provide relaxing factors would be employed for this purpose.

#1. Lavender

When used in aromatherapy, studies reveal that lavender can work as a mild sleep aid. In fact, there are scientists who suggest that it can decrease heart rate and blood pressure.

And, this will enable it to contribute to your ability to find a relaxed state mentally and physically.

#2. Vetiver

This oil has been shown to be beneficial for those with arthritis and rheumatism.

Vetiver promotes tranquility, stimulates circulation and soothes feelings of anxiety, irritability and restlessness. It can also be warming and sedative at the same time.

Its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties make vetiver quite beneficial for calming your restless legs.

Being on the rather thick side, I don’t recommend diffusing with vetiver as it can clog electric diffusers!

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#3. Frankincense

Frankincense offers some sedative qualities. It is useful for all areas of the body’s nervous, respiratory, and excretory systems.

Most importantly though, it induces peace and relaxation and can lower stress and anxiety.

#4. Bergamot

Bergamot is also deemed a sedative and antidepressant. That means it can aid in the alleviation of insomnia and high blood pressure, which are frequently associated with restless leg syndrome.

Because it is also an analgesic, it can help reduce the pain associated with RLS.

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#5. Cypress

Cypress is useful in RLS blends because of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

This is due to the presence of a chemical component, α-pinene. It is highly thought of, and used, for its antispasmodic ability.

Another plus for cypress is that it is a soothing, calming oil. Important if one is trying to relax and get some sleep.

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#6. Roman Chamomile

Another great essential oils that is useful for its antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic actions is roman chamomile.

It also has a calming, sedating effect which makes it very useful when one is trying to get some rest!

Methods for Getting the Most out of these Essential Oils for Restless Leg Syndrome

I suggest that you try two different methods when attempting to use the essential oils on our list for the purpose of alleviating your RLS symptoms and discomforts.

The first is via aromatherapy for restless leg syndrome. You will use a diffuser for this.

Just add 2-4 drops of the oil you desire. It should diffuse throughout whatever room you are in to help you relax and sleep better.

Of course, the best way to use these essential oils is topical application.

Use a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils before use to avoid skin irritation.

Essential Massage Blend for Restless Leg Syndrome


Mix the essential oils and carrier oil together and use to massage your leg before bed or as needed.

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What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome & What Does it Look Like?

There are a lot of people dealing with this problem. You are not alone. But, you might be wondering if you are actually suffering from restless leg syndrome (RLS) and why it happens.

So, here are some answers for you:

  • RLS affects as many as 10% of the population in the United States.
  • Moderate to severe symptomology is exhibited by upwards of 5 million people.
  • Kids suffer from RLS too, about a million of them actually.
  • Severe cases will appear more than twice a week, while moderate cases only happen once or twice in that time frame.
  • Limbs will have an irresistible urge to be moved, generally your legs.
  • Tugging and pulling are the typically described feelings that precede the urge.
  • These issues usually present at night and can affect sleep.
  • Genetically, about half of those with RLS have family members who suffer with it as well.
  • It is attached to specific ailments like: Diabetes, Parkinson’s, and kidney failure.
  • Symptoms can worsen when using antidepressants, allergy medications, or antipsychotics.
  • Pregnant women have a tendency to experience RLS during the third trimester.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to the severity of the issue, or trigger its symptoms.

Safety First When Using Essential Oils

If you have never used a certain essential oil it is important to do a skin patch test prior to topically using! See my sections on topical use and other essential oil safety concerns:

Hopefully the essential oils for restless legs syndrome I recommended here will help you dispel the complications associated with restless leg syndrome.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.


  1. Rose says:

    Restless leg syndrome is really painful. Thanks for providing the essential oils that can help.

  2. Jim says:

    I’m willing to try anything as I have been on just about everything that the Dr’s can throw my way. Nothing works. As I’m writing this it is 3:45 AM. Another sleepless night where I feel my legs itching and the muscles feeling like they will burst through my skin.
    I will give it a shot and see how the oils work.

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Jim,

      I’m really sorry to hear about your condition and that none of the medications is working for you. Please come back and share how the oils work!

    • Sandi says:

      I have restless Legs and after 4:00 pm I can not sit or lay down without being medicated because my legs are so crazy. This article doesn’t touch the tip of the iceberg. I’m looking for Essential Oils to Cover the times it happens before 4:00 as I can only take 4 pills a day. I take a drug they give Parkinson’s patients. You can take a sleep study test to prove you have restless Legs and you can take medicine for it.

  3. Tripit says:

    Iron vitamins also help. My doctor suggested and so far so good.

  4. Judy says:

    I have RLS very bad meds. don’t work at all I have this all day long, my question is to put the oils on my body how much carrier oil do I use?

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Judy,

      I am sorry to hear about your health problem. You can use 3% dilution rate, meaning that for every ounce of carrier oil, you should add 18 drops of essential oil.

  5. Wanda says:

    I’ve had RLS all my life. I had polio as a very young child. I’ve been prescribed every medication under the sun and have had allergic reactions to all of them, sever swelling, even though some did help calm the RLS. I’ve also tried home remedies to no avail, but I willing to give this a try because I only get sleep when I’ve exhausted myself by do without for several days.

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Wanda,
      I’m sorry to hear about your condition and that nothing has worked for you. We will like to hear your feedback if you do try this. So please come back and tell us how it goes.

  6. Carla says:

    I’m so happy I found this site! I am making a roller ball with lavender, bergamot, vetiver and frankincense. I suffer from RLS only in my left leg, which has nerve damage due to sciatica.

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Carla,
      Nice to hear that you find the information on this site helpful. I’m really sorry about your health situation. Hopefully, the roller ball will give you some relief.

  7. Jenny says:

    I’ve had restless legs all my adult life and as anyone who has this evil ailment knows you will give anything a try. My question is can you use all the oils you have spoken about in the one mix?

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Jenny,

      I’m really sorry to hear about your health problem. Yes, you can mix the 4 oils together or use them individually.

  8. Yvonne says:

    glad I read this article will try these oils tonight,

  9. Kathy Clinebelle says:

    If I want to use a combination in a carrier oil do I use 18 drops of each oil per one ounce of carrier oil? So if using all four oils mentioned I would have a total 72 drops per ounce of carrier oil? Or is it a total of 18 drops per ounce with the four oils represented within that 18 drops?

  10. Pauline says:

    Carol, i have a problem with RLS and i would like to know if i can use all 6 oils for the RLS, to make with a carrier oil for a message oil, if so could you tell me how much of each essential oil i use and how much carrier oil . i would appreciate your help. T hank You. Pauline

    • D'Ann Reese says:

      Pauline, thanks for reaching out. Sorry to hear about your RLS problem! If you wish you can make a blend with all 6 of the listed essential oils, even though I prefer choosing 2 or 3 essential oils that I think would work best for me. (just read on my blog how they can help – some help with sleep, some with the discomfort, others with spasms, etc.) If you do all 6 as a blend, I would use just one drop each and add them to 3 to 4 teaspoons of carrier oil of your choice. Remember, if you have never used these essential oils on your skin to first do a patch skin test first. You can do this by applying a very small amount (diluted) to the skin inside your elbow, then waiting for a few minutes (15 to 30) to see if you will experience any negative reaction. You can find this and other helpful diluting essential oil information on my, “https://www.totalwellnesschoices.com/dilute-essential-oils-for-topical-use/” blog page. I always recommend consulting with your physician before using any natural remedies!
      I wish you the best! D’Ann

  11. I have RLS but I have it in legs and arms. I found if I put on socks as soon as it starts that helps. I also can take a bath with a little bit of water in the tub. When you feel the water start to move up and tickling, thats enough and just set there for a while. I hope this helps someone.

    • D'Ann Reese says:

      Thanks for sharing – glad you were able to find something that works for you!
      I wish you the very best! D’Ann

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