Wouldn’t you like to learn the best Spa Aromatherapy Oils for Calming & Relaxation?
If you’re looking to purchase essential oils, diffusers or aromatherapy accessories for spa use, you may want to get a quick introduction from some of our previous articles. We just posted on How to Choose Your Aromatherapy Shop and Should You Shop Online or Locally for Your Aromatherapy Needs. We discuss some of the main factors in each of these articles that will help you decide whether you’re ready to make your purchases online, or if you should visit a nearby aromatherapy store. We also give some considerations to make when deciding which aromatherapy store is right for you.
Once you’ve decided which aromatherapy store to visit for your essential oils and aromatherapy products, the next big step is deciding which essential oils to diffuse in your spa, practice, salon, sauna, or other place of business.
Choosing Your Spa Aromatherapy Essential Oils
While it would seem easiest to choose your main essential oils based on their aroma, it is very important to remember that essential oils and aromatherapy are also natural, therapeutic methods of healing. Each essential oil has its own specific qualities, chemical composition, benefits and effects. If you’re looking to create an atmosphere of stress relief and relaxation, no matter the smell, you’re probably better off not choosing an essential oil that has energizing properties or tendencies. But in some cases, that energizing effect might be exactly what you’re looking for from your essential oil.
So we decided to make two lists! One for calming essential oils and one for energizing essential oils:
Our Top 5 Spa Aromatherapy Oils for Calming & Relaxation
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Chamomile Essential Oil
- Sandalwood Essential Oil
- Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
- Vetiver Essential Oil
Our Top 3 Spa Aromatherapy Oils for Energizing and Healing
Top 5 Spa Aromatherapy Oils for Calming & Relaxation
1. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil is our favorite essential oil for calming and relaxation. It just has so many different great uses and benefits! We’ve written a few different posts, including How to Use Lavender Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil for Your Hair & Lavender Essential Oil for Your Skin.
In our first post about Lavender Essential Oil, we mention our Top 9 Benefits of Diffusing Lavender Oil:
- Stress relief
- Pain relief
- Going to sleep
- Headaches and migraines
- Fighting colds and flu
- Fighting hayfever and allergies
- Improved brain function
- Boosting the immune system
But when using lavender essential oil for spa aromatherapy, there are many more ways to enjoy the therapeutic power of lavender. As we mention in our post about Lavender Oil for Skincare, there are plenty of more uses for you lavender essential when you start mixing it with carrier oils or neutral lotions and applying topically. You can even use it for facials, fighting wrinkles and even in baths!
2. Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile has been a trusted herb and essential oil used for relaxation and stress relief for centuries. Many people are familiar with chamomile tea as a nice drink before bed to help them fall asleep. Chamomile’s restful, mildly sedative properties can also be used to fight anxiety or depression.
Besides its calming benefits, Chamomile essential oil also has other benefits that can be useful for spa aromatherapy. Chamomile can be used to treat arthritic pain and inflammation when applied to the skin. When ingested in very small quantities, chamomile essential oil can also improve heart and digestive health.
But the reason this is our Number 2 Spa Aromatherapy Oil is because of its toning properties. The antioxidants and plant flavonoids in the chamomile essential oil improve the tone and texture of the skin by encouraging the skin to produce collagen and elastin. Chamomile is a rather gentle essential oil and generally safe for application directly to the skin, but in most cases we still recommend mixing with a nice carrier oil.
3. Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood essential oil is known for its sweet and woodsy aroma and has many great uses as a spa aromatherapy oil. Just like the rest of the essential oils on this list, Sandalwood is known for its calming, stress relieving and relaxing properties.
When diffused, sandalwood essential oil has also proven to boost cognitive function and mental clarity. Studies have shown that one of the main compounds in sandalwood oil, alpha-santalol, boosts mood, attentiveness and mental clarity.
For the skin, sandalwood essential oil has natural anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antiseptic properties that can help with acne, warts, eczema or psoriasis. Sandalwood is also a mild astringent, which means it can help by soothing and tightening the skin.
4. Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil is another great choice for a spa aromatherapy oil. It has a unique, tropical, slightly floral fragarance that is popular in many cosmetic products and perfumes, like Chanel No. 5. Like lavender essential oil, Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil can also be used for haircare and skincare.
For haircare, using Ylang-Ylang essential oil can boost hair strength and growth. For skincare, Ylang-Ylang works as an antiseborrheic. This means it can help repair sebaceous glands in the skin that may not be functioning properly and generally increases the health of your skin and follicles.
Similarly to some of the other essential oils, Ylang-Ylang also helps with sleep, has some powerful, natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and boosts the nervous system. However, different from the other essential oils, Ylang-Ylang is also known to work as an aphrodisiac and social enhancer and can help increase libido in both men and women.
5. Vetiver Essential Oil
Vetiver Essential Oil is the last of our Top 5 Spa Aromatherapy Oils for Calming and Relaxation. Vetiver is native to India but can also be found from South Asia to West Africa. It grows as a tall grass with deep roots. The roots are where the essential oils are derived from. Vetiver is sometimes described as having an earthy, woody or smoky scent, sometimes being compared to the smell of uncut grass.
Similarly to many of the other essential oils we’ve listed, vetiver essential oil also a great, natural antioxidant and antiseptic properties that have many benefits for skin care. Uniquely though, vetiver oil works as a cicatrisant, which means it has natural skin-healing and regenerative properties. This can help on a variety of anti-aging fronts ranging from dark spots, to cracked skin, to wrinkles to stretch marks.
Which One to Pick?
Well that’s the beauty of it! You don’t have to choose! You are absolutely free to test and try out different blends and combinations to find out what works best for you, your customers and your practice.
In our next post, we’ll discuss Peppermint and the Other Energizing Spa Aromatherapy Oils.
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