While many people approach a new tattoo with excitement, there are others who, although they want a tattoo, may fear getting one. They may be afraid of needles or worry about the pain. Others may just feel anxious about the process.

Enter aromatherapy! Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses plant-based essential oils for the purpose of altering one’s psychological or physical state. Aromas have been used to treat everything from wounds to anxiety for thousands of years. Today, we have more than culture or tradition to support the use of essential oils.

A Mayo Clinic post on its website credits the use of lavender oil for helping make needle sticks less painful for people receiving dialysis, improving relaxation for people who are hospitalized and reducing pain for children undergoing surgery.

Other essential oils can reduce pain, lower anxiety, and alter mood. Any emotion governed by the limbic system of the brain can be enhanced by aromas. When scents stimulate the nasal receptors, neurotransmitters are released ad chemicals are secreted into the blood system. These can alter a person’s mental and emotional state. These same essential oils also stimulate deeper, slower breathing, which enhances relaxation.

Using essential oils during the tattooing process has been associated with lowered blood pressure, lower anxiety, and reduced pain. Essential oils aromas can help clients acquire a positive state of relaxation for the tattooing experience benefiting both the artist and the client.

INK SOAP contains a proprietary blend of essential oils selected for their calming effects. Using INK SOAP as a wash both before and during tattooing can calm the client and may reduce the pain of the needle sticks. Using INK OIL as an aftercare can help build pleasant associations between the tattoo, the artist, and the experience.

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