By Heidi Dixon, MIFAMany people would love to Exness use essential oils more frequently in the salon but are confused by the vast array of oils that are now available. I have compiled a list of the most versatile oils for salon use. They may not necessarily be the cheapest oils to buy, but I always feel that it is better to have 4 or 5 good quality versatile oils for use, rather than a box of 40 different oils, which prove to be an expensive outlay and go off before they are used.
Simplicity is the key to using the oils, it only requires 3 different oils to create a blend. Any more than this and they may counter affect the valuable properties of each other. As my tutor told me many years ago,
"Using more than 4 oils in a blend is totally unnecessary, and you are advertising to the world that you are incapable of making a diagnosis!"
For example, an itchy dog with a wet eczema like condition. It would be very tempting to use Sandalwood an anti- inflammatory and astringent, Lavender, analgesic and synergistic, Benzoin to heal the skin, Frankincense to calm the dog, Tea Tree as an anti-bacterial and Geranium to cover the smell of the Tea Tree because the owner doesnt like it etc, etc. Keep it simple, the dog is usually itchy after clipping so add a few drops of Chamomile to the shampoo. Chamomile is an anti-pruritic (relieves itchiness) once you relieve the irritation the rest of the symptoms will clear up and the Chamomile will also calm the dog, alleviate the pain, prevent infection and reduce the swelling and redness.
Do be selective about the oils you use, ask to smell the oils before you buy. This is especially important if it is an essential oil with which you are unfamiliar. If you dont like it, dont buy it. Find an alternative with an aroma that you do like and feel comfortable working with.
Lavender is a renowned insecticide and Exness Login Indonesia deodorant. In small
doses is a sedative and in large doses it is a stimulant.
Marjoram Helps relieve anxiety (for groomer and dog alike). Can be blended with Lavender and used in a hot compress for stiff muscles (groomer and dog alike). A client of mine has Greyhounds in training and he swears by it. It is especially good for lower back pain.
I have 2 entire Cockers that come in for regular grooming. I was using Geranium Bourbon on Rufus because he had undergone major surgery. However there was a certain disadvantage in using this oil as it contains an oestrogen-like chemical which drove his companion Oliver into a frenzy. I combined Marjoram with the Geranium and also used Marjoram on the rampant Oliver and this successfully dampened his ardour.
A useful oil for bitches in heat, both psychologically and physically. It also acts as a deodorant as well.
Benzoin - Excellent oil for easing exhaustion. It improves the circulation, eases aches and pains. I like to use this oil for its beneficial effects on dry, cracked and aged skin. Good for chilblains and rashes. I like to add this oil to hand creams, it really does help to improve the condition of your hands especially if you are bathing a lot of dogs.
Carrot Seed - Similar to Benzoin in its use in the salon. It improves the skin by its strengthening effect on the red blood cells, it adds tone and elasticity to the skin. Helps prevent scarring, alleviates weeping sores etc. Also speeds cell renewal. Blend with Olive oil to strengthen nails, (dogs and groomers. Horse owners might like to add some to hoof oil to improve the condition of the hooves, rub into coronary band).
Frankincense - This oil has a profound effect on the exness.my.id breathing, it deepens and slows down the breath. Very good oil to use for nervous animals as it produces a feeling of calm. Helpful in alleviating obsess ional states linked to the past. Particularly good oil to use when dealing with animals that suffer from separation anxiety. It is beneficial in helping the grieving process for pets or owners that have lost an animal or human companion.Its astringent properties balance oily skin and coat conditions. It is a good anti-inflammatory.
When adding oils to shampoos keep the quantities small. If possible store the oils and any blended products in a cool place or refrigerator. Glass containers are better for storage as they are less likely to leech oestrogens, however for safety transfer them into plastic dispensers when in use in the bathing area. Always shake the shampoo well before use to disperse the oils throughout. The maximum dilution to use in a shampoo is 2.5%. For products that are being applied directly to the skin i.e. ear cleaners, etc use a 1% dilution.
The following table will help you calculate how much oil to use in a base product. I have used mls because most bases can be measured accurately to the ml. Remember that if you are mixing 100ml of shampoo to 2.5% dilution that the combined total of drops of oil should not exceed 50 drops. I.e. Lavender 20 drops, Marjoram 10 drops and Sandalwood 20 drops.
I rarely use base oils on animals because it tends to make a sticky mess. Aloe Vera gel or juice makes a good carrier for
the oils to be applied to the skin. Use 1% dilution. Ear cleansers can be created by blending Lavender or Tea Tree with Aloe Vera Gel, it is quite cooling and soothing. If the ears are very dirty try using a little warmed Olive oil instead of Aloe.
Toothpaste can be made by adding Eucalyptus or Tea Tree to baking soda, this helps freshen the breath. For inflamed gums Myrrh would be beneficial.
CREATING A MOOD
Electric diffusers are beneficial for the dogs and staff in the salon, especially if you have been dealing with some really smelly animals. You can set a mood in the salon by burning a few drops of Frankincense for intense situations (be careful though, it has quite a sedative effect and everyone could fall asleep). Lemongrass (do not use on skin as it sensitises) has a real zingy sherbet pip aroma and can be very invigorating on a busy day with a tight schedule to meet. Bergamot is also a very uplifting oil and can be used on the skin.
Clients do seem to like seasonal fragrances, I like to make up a blend of Frankincense, Cinnamon (not for use on the skin) and Mandarin for a real Christmas aroma. If you are fortunate enough to have a reception area, use this blend around Christmas time, it seems to create an atmosphere of benevolence and encourages tipping!
Coat sprays can be blended using Aloe Vera juice, essentials oils and water. A dispersing agent is required to ensure that the oil is evenly distributed through the solution. If you cannot get hold of a disperser use a little vodka and vegetable glycerine.
I hope this little taster will encourage more of you to use essential oils and enjoy doing so. If you have any interesting or amusing results I would love to hear about them.
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