With the weight loss industry topping well over a billion dollars each year, it can be a little daunting to decide which program is right for you. A widely used but often media overlooked way to shed those extra pounds is through aromatherapy. Here are a few ideas on how to incorporate scent, in addition to diet and exercise, to slim down.
Include Essential Oils In Your Bath Or Massage To Promote Weight Loss
Many essential oils have properties that help your body rid itself of toxins. Try putting these in either your bath, or mix with a bit of base oil and massage into the skin. Juniper oil is known specifically for ridding your body of toxins, while fennel oil is a diuretic. Rosemary oil also helps your body by increasing the lymphatic system, organs which will help flush out fat.
Use Essential Oil For Appetite Suppression
Without smell, the taste buds are not nearly as affective. Keeping that principle in mind, the opposite is true in curbing hunger through aromatherapy. Try inhaling deeply for five minutes, or placing in a nearby oil pot, one of the following: cinnamon, vanilla, oregano, orange, lemon, or tangerine. This is a perfect way to curb that “snacking” feeling which causes many dieters to fail, as well. Vanilla, specifically, has even been proven to prevent cravings for sweet treats in many dieters.
The Emotional Process Of Dieting
Sometimes, in order to understand the root of a weight problem, one must look at the emotional aspect of dieting. Much like drugs and alcohol, many people use food as a cure for unhappiness in their life. Aromatherapy can help with this aspect of the dieting roller coaster, also. To increase happiness and well being, incorporate jasmine oil. If you are feeling sad or depressed, try sage, lemon, grapefruit, or sandalwood oils. For contentment, try citrus oils like lemon, tangerine, or grapefruit. The easiest way to use these mood lifting scents can be through a candle or oil pot. Or more simply, try putting a few drops on your pillow at night, allowing you to inhale the benefits while you sleep.
As with any weight loss program, aromatherapy is not meant as an absolute cure. A healthy diet and exercise are still extremely vital in the process, and scent should only be used to aid a normal program. Before starting any diet or aromatherapy regiment, be sure to check with your doctor first.
Many of the oils discussed here are available at your local health foods store.