ASCP Skin Deep

July/August 2013

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Essential Knowledge What You Need To Know About Essential Oils by Shelley Birnbaum A common ingredient in natural products, essential oils are used in aromatherapy for psychological and physical benefits, most commonly through inhalation or by topical application of diluted oil. Because essential oils are so readily available to the public, many people incorrectly assume that no particular knowledge or training is needed to use them. Unfortunately, there are many estheticians who make this mistake. Some have read a little about aromatherapy, or a friend or supplier has told them a particular oil is good for this or that. But essential oils can cause problems if used incorrectly. How much do you really know about these powerful botanicals? If you are paying less than $80 for a 5-milliliter bottle of rose oil, it is either synthetic or it has been diluted. 18ASCP Skin Deep SkinDeep_JA_2013.indd 18 July/August 2013 5/15/13 4:23 PM

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