Nailpro - December 2011 - (Page 116)

NAIL CLINIC b y Tr a c y M o r i n Essential Knowledge Discover the benefits of incorporating essential oils into your nail services. E ssential oils have historically been used to produce a variety of effects, whether for healing, aromatherapy or spiritual purposes. According to History of Essential Oils by Dennis William Hauck, these “are the subtle, aromatic and volatile liquids extracted from the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark and roots of herbs, bushes, shrubs and trees through distillation. These types of oils have been used for centuries by everyone from an” cient Egyptians to modern-day scientists. In a salon setting, essential oils can bolster mood, relieve pain and make your clients’ experience more memorable and enjoyable. Reaping the Benefits Whether your clients are seeking peace of mind, energy, pain relief or aromatic pleasure, essential oils (or oil blends) can be tremendously beneficial. “By stimulating brain regions that influence emotions, essential oils can calm the mind, lift mood and can play a very important role in the healing process, explains Claudia Requena, ” manager at B Indulged Spa at B Ocean in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “The effect in the body is direct and immediate, since smells go straight to the brain. She recommends that ” salons and spas stock chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, rose and ylang-ylang oils; you may want to consider additional options, such as rosemary (to energize), clover (to promote happiness), clary sage (for restfulness) or lemon (to stimulate positive thinking). Warning! K 116 NAILPRO DECEMBER 2 0 11 PHOTO: ©THINKSTOCKPHOTOS.COM elly Holland Azzaro, president of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy ( in Banner Elk, North Carolina, explains the importance of proper training and care when working with essential oils: “Essential oils should be chosen based on the client’s health history and any known allergies. The oils should always be diluted with a carrier, base oil or cream for topical application. Allergic reactions can occur with unsafe use or improper application—including itching or irritation of the skin or mucous membranes, burns, sensitization, breathing issues, headaches or toxicity. There are also contraindications for certain essential oils during pregnancy, for epileptic clients, when allergies or asthma are present and when working with children. It’s best to avoid adding essences to these clients’ services unless one is a qualified aromatherapy practitioner with knowledge of safe use. Anyone working with essential oils for use on clients should have professional training and education, including a minimum of 200 hours of schooling.” http://www.THINKSTOCKPHOTOS.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Nailpro - December 2011

Nailpro - December 2011
Nailing the News
Polished Look
Behind the Nail Pros
Art Gallery
Savvy Salon
Rules of Giving
Salon Gratuities
Holiday Cheer
Readers Choice
Nail Clinic
Pro Talk
Marketplace Plus
Ad Index
Hollywood File
Manufacturer Deals & Promotions
Test Yourself

Nailpro - December 2011