Aromatherapy in Action

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According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, "Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit." Essential oils for aromatherapy may be applied directly on the skin (after being diluted), burned in an oil diffuser or used in numerous professional products. An example of a product would be SpaRitual's Infinitely Loving Lotion.

Our noses can distinguish up to 10,000 smells that enter through the fine hairs that line the nose and on to the limbic system of the brain, the part of the brain that controls our moods, emotions, memory and learning. Research shows that when a person smells a fragrance, brainwaves are affected. When lavender is inhaled, alpha waves increase and promote relaxation. When jasmine is smelled, beta waves are spiked and produce alertness.

So, whether you believe in aromatherapy or not, science proves that it does affect a person's mood. Knowing that aromatherapy may increase your clients' moods should motivate you to at least try incorporating some aromatherapy into your menu since clients tend to tip more and request additional services when they are happy. Not to mention, the affect the fragrance will have on the client remembering the service you provided.

There are multiple ways to include scents:
• Provide three to five oils to choose from as an aromatherapy add-on.
• Try themed holiday services including; chocolate, pomegranate, cinnamon, vanilla spice, gingerbread, peppermint or cranberry.
• Use organic candles throughout your salon to give it it's signature scent.
• Use an oil diffuser in your space.

If you're still timid after reading this and "Essential Knowledge," from NAILPRO's December issue, then try it out for yourself first. Use the resources below to find out more and find yummy scented products.

www.naha.org
www.saltearthspa.com
www.cuccio.com
www.sparitual.com

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