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:
Curb those Cravings
- 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.
Have you notic
ed 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
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.
Flush out the Toxins
- 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.
Unhealthy food, lack of
physical activity and hormonal fluctuations can cause body cells to retain excess fluids and fats.
Oils of rosemary
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
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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