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The Allure of Aromatherapy
By: Michele Phelan
Posted: May 30, 2008, from the June 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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There are many ways in which estheticians can administer essential oils to their clients. See Scented Suggestions. Having an understanding of your client’s medical history, knowledge of the essential oil you’re using and any contraindications it may have, as well as confirming that your client has not had a negative reaction to the oil or its scent in the past, is crucial before beginning any treatment. It is the spa professional’s responsibility to obtain this pertinent information before each service.
To help prevent unexpected side effects, make sure the oil you are using is a natural extract rather than a synthetic imposter. Purchasing from a reliable manufacturer that sells essential oils by their botanical name is likely to be one of the safest sources.
A feel for scent
Despite the recent hype aromatherapy has received by many who are eager to receive a piece of the market share, it is important to remember that it is a genuine science and should be treated with due respect. One of the oldest medicines known to the world, essential oils can be dangerous if not used correctly. When administered safely and appropriately, however, they can have a positive effect on one’s overall health and well-being. It is little wonder that they have played such a great role in civilization for such a long period, as aromatherapeutic oils and their outstanding benefits have certainly stood the test of time.