At Radiance Day Spa in Sioux Falls, we believe it’s important to continually invest in your own health and wellbeing. All of our best day spa services are founded on natural wellness principles, utilizing high-grade products, natural ingredients, and age-old rejuvenating remedies, and aromatherapy is a large part of each of our spa packages. From our facial spa to our float spa, we know how powerful essential oils can be when used in the right context and for the right purpose.

But aromatherapy isn’t just for spa days — you can take advantage of its mental and physical benefits in your own home or workplace. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at four great uses for essential oils. You can implement them in your personal life or book a day at our rejuvenating spa salon when you contact us today!

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts, generally obtained from the most aromatic part of the plant — this can be the flower, roots, peels, bark, rind, etc. For example, rose oil is extracted from the rose petals, but citrus oils are extracted from the rinds.

When the “essence” of a plant (i.e. the specific cells that produce its fragrant scent) is extracted and isolated, it becomes an essential oil. True essential oils are not blended or mixed with any other fragrances or chemicals; they are pure plant matter, and it takes a lot of plant matter to create the little vials you see at the grocery store. Producing one pound of lavender essential oil requires more than 200 pounds of lavender flowers.

How To Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are extremely potent, and in fact, they can be dangerous if used incorrectly. The science is still out on whether ingesting essential oils is at all safe or beneficial, and in terms of topical use, a few drops go a long way. You should always dilute any essential oils before applying them directly to your skin in order to avoid chemical burns.

Many essential oils can be used effectively in aromatherapy. Scientists believe that essential oils used this way can activate parts of your brain’s hypothalamus, which controls energy, drive, and hormones.

Different scents from different essential oils can trigger different brain responses, and thus have different overall effects on your mood and mental state. Essential oils can be used:

1. To Fall Asleep

Since the middle ages, people have been using diffused essential oils like lavender to fall and stay asleep. Countless modern studies confirm that they can help to soothe and relax body and mind for better-quality shut-eye — one study found that bedtime essential oils helped intensive care unit patients experience lower levels of anxiety and higher-quality sleep, and another has shown that lavender scent increases deep sleep slow-wave brainwaves, especially in women.

If you’re struggling with insomnia, or would like to add a little more self-care to your bedtime routine, then consider getting a pillow spray or bedside essential oil diffuser and filling it with:

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Rose

Other essential oils that have been shown to help induce sleep include: vetiver, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, patchouli, cedar, marjoram, clary sage, frankincense, and neroli.

2. To Relieve Anxiety

Feeling stressed out and anxious? There are a plethora of essential oils that can help ease your mind. A study from the University of Maryland’s medical school found that essential oils like rose, sandalwood, lavender, frankincense, and orange can help reduce brain activity associated with anxiety and stress.

If you need to find some balance, invest in yourself by indulging in aromatherapy with:

  • Orange
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood

Although any scent that you find pleasant and comforting will help bring a sense of calm and relaxation, some of our favorite essential oils for de-stressing include: clary sage, marjoram, ylang-ylang, lemon, geranium, chamomile, bergamot, and vetiver.

3. To Gain A Mental Edge

Essential oils aren’t only for relaxing and unwinding, however. They can also help ward off mental fatigue and give your brain the boost it needs during your afternoon workday slump!

Studies show that essential oils can increase sustained focus, improve recall by 75%, and prevent mental burnout. If you need a pick-me-up to get you through the rest of your day feeling great, then consider purchasing a gentle face mist infused with:

  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint
  • Helichrysum

Some other great essential oils for improving concentration include: basil, cedar, vetiver, grapefruit, pine, and juniper.

4. To Energize

If your mind is alert but your body feels in a slump, zap your energy levels with a spritz of some citrus oil to boost your mood and overall energy! Research has shown that sharp and tangy essential oils like citrus and peppermint are great for alleviating fatigue and raising energy levels. One study even found that peppermint oil was correlated with higher exercise performance!

If you frequently feel you could use a boost of energy, then consider stocking up on:

  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Cinnamon

Other great options include: orange, grapefruit, eucalyptus, ginger, rosemary, spearmint, black pepper, and jasmine.

Visit Radiance Day Spa For Soothing Aromatherapy Today

Are you ready for a soothing, rejuvenating experience like no other? A day at Radiance Day Spa is more than an indulgence — it’s an essential investment in your health and wellbeing. Find balance today with one of our excellent spa packages, and if you have any questions about essential oils, aromatherapy, or the spa services we provide, feel free to contact our staff in Sioux Falls today.