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Aug 23 2012

    1& 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers. 3: Liver — Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest. 4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up! 6: Heart — Check your blood pressure (mine was slightly high) and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging. 7 & 8: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration. Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of forget – dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most! Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side). Zone 13: Stomach — Step up the fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion. 14: Illness — Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out! So the next time you break out or notice dark under-eye circles, look to your face map: your skin is probably trying to communicate on behalf of the internal organs. However, do remember that, as with all medical issues, it is always best to see your doctor or dermatologist for a proper prognosis. This is just a general guide to head you off in the right investigative direction – just because you break out between the brows doesn’t always mean you have a bad liver!   © 2012, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
Mar 28 2011 Effective and sustainable weight loss happens after several stages. In the course of this article, we will see how essential oils aid the process at every stage, from controlling appetite to feeling confident about your body. To work on a weight-loss regimen, aromatherapy must essentially be used in conjunction with an appropriate diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Aromatherapy harmonizes the mind, body and soul in a way that allows people to prepare better for a weight-loss program and derive the maximum benefit. How do essential oils work for weight loss? Essential oils help shape up the body through a multi-tiered approach:
  • Some oils like cedarwood, grapefruit, orange and rosemary can help purge the body of toxins and retained fluids
  • Other essential oils energize the mind so that you are less tempted to skip your workout routine. Try peppermint, cardamom, rosemary
  • Some essential oils infuse a sense of positive energy and help boost up confidence and body image. Use ylang ylang, clary sage, litsea cubeba. When you feel all fresh and charged-up, you have little reason to flop on the couch with a tub of ice cream.
Curb those Cravings Have you noticed how the aroma from freshly baked bread makes your tummy rumble and beg for food? It is because the nose sends a message to the brain that in turn signals the stomach to feel hungry. Just like some smells enhance appetite; there are some smells that curb it. When you start eating with a sense of fullness and satisfaction, you will naturally end up eating less. The scent of essential oils like fennel, grapefruit and spearmint can stimulate the hypothalamus, which is the center of hunger and satiety in the brain and thus neutralizes the urge to keep stuffing our body with food. These oils also promote a sense of positive energy and well-being that negates all factors that lead to comfort eating.
  • Always have these essential oils at hand
  • When you are craving something or are feeling hungry or before eating a meal, open bottle and take three sniffs in each nostril
  • Breathe very deeply
  • The more you use it, the more effective it will be.
Flush out the Toxins Unhealthy food, lack of physical activity and hormonal fluctuations can cause body cells to retain excess fluids and fats. Oils of rosemary, cedarwood and orange are potent detoxifying agents that enhance lymphatic flow and eliminate excess fluids and toxins from the body. Orange oil stimulates the liver, enhances the flow of bile and aids fat metabolism. Mix 15 drops of each essential oil and add it to a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil.  After shower, massage over body in a circular motion. More effective when used twice a day   Think Positive, Feel Great Stress and depression trigger a vicious cycle of fat accumulation in the body by increasing the level of cortisol in the blood. People battling the bulge are often plagued by feelings of self-doubt and insecurity. It is commonly observed that self-pity coupled with a lack of confidence can throw a fitness plan completely off-track. Once the mind is healthy, a fit body will not be far out of reach. A self-assured and positive person is more likely to stick to a weight-loss regimen because positive energy inspires determination and a will to succeed. Citrus essential oils like bergamot and lemon are also called the “happy oils”. Put two drops on a tissue.  Close your eyes. Take three slow, relaxed, deep breaths and visualize your mind being clear of negative thoughts and feelings. Photos by pinksherbet References:  
© AROMANDINA 2011 – All rights reserved – aromatherapy blog This information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
 

Effective and sustainable weight loss happens after several stages. In the course of this article, we will see how essential oils aid the process at every stage, from controlling appetite to feeling confident about your body. To work on a weight-loss regimen, aromatherapy must essentially be used in conjunction with an appropriate diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

Aromatherapy harmonizes the mind, body and soul in a way that allows people to prepare better for a weight-loss program and derive the maximum benefit.

How do essential oils work for weight loss?

Essential oils help shape up the body through a multi-tiered approach:

·Some oils like cedarwood, grapefruit, orange, rosemary can help purge the body of toxins and retained fluids

·Other essential oils energize the mind so that you are less tempted to skip your workout routine. Try peppermint, cardamom, rosemary

·Some essential oils infuse a sense of positive energy and help boost up confidence and body image. Use ylang ylang, clary sage, litsea cubeba. When you feel all fresh and charged-up, you have little reason to flop on the couch with a tub of ice cream.

Curb those Cravings

Have you noticed how the aroma from freshly baked bread makes your tummy rumble and beg for food? It is because the nose sends a message to the brain that in turn signals the stomach to feel hungry. Just like some smells enhance appetite; there are some smells that curb it. When you start eating with a sense of fullness and satisfaction, you will naturally end up eating less.

Essential oils like fennel, grapefruit and spearmint stimulate the hypothalamus, which is the center of hunger and satiety in the brain and thus neutralizes the urge to keep stuffing our body with food. These oils also promote a sense of positive energy and well-being that negates all factors that lead to comfort eating.

Flush out the Toxins

Unhealthy food, lack of physical activity and hormonal fluctuations can cause body cells to retain excess fluids and fats.

Oils of rosemary, cedarwood and geranium are potent detoxifying agents that enhance lymphatic flow and eliminate excess fluids and toxins from the body. Orange oil stimulates the liver, enhances the flow of bile and aids fat metabolism.

Think Positive, Feel Great

Stress and depression trigger a vicious cycle of fat accumulation in the body by increasing the level of cortisol in the blood. People battling the bulge are often plagued by feelings of self-doubt and insecurity. It is commonly observed that self-pity coupled with a lack of confidence can throw a fitness plan completely off-track. Once the mind is healthy, a fit body will not be far out of reach. A self-assured and positive person is more likely to stick to a weight-loss regimen because positive energy inspires determination and a will to succeed. Citrus essential oils like bergamot and grapefruit are also called the “happy oils”. Put two drops on a tissue.Close your eyes. Take three slow, relaxed, deep breaths and visualize your mind being clear of negative thoughts and feelings.

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