Essential oils can increase a feeling of well being countering issues of abuse and low self-esteem. Essential oils can also help control and eliminate cellulite. Brain chemistry and Ayurvedic medicine teamed with essential oils can improve weight loss and weight maintenance.
Essential oils can increase a feeling of well being countering issues of abuse and low self-esteem. Essential oils can also help control and eliminate cellulite.
There is chemistry involved in smelling food and wanting food. First it is a learned response. See the food, smell the food = want the food, eat the food.
There is also this formula: See the food, smell the food = don’t want the food, don’t eat the food.
What happens in the second formula? Many people think that being hungry has to do with blood sugar levels or a full stomach. But this isn’t true. We feel full “because of a special mechanism in our brain. How can we affect the hypothalamus to signal full? The nose is directly connected to the hypothalamus. So now we have another formula: I smelled it = I ate it
Our sense of smell is directly linked to our survival and directly linked to our emotional center not our rational or cerebral cortex. Without having to intellectually respond to scent, we can react very quickly or unconsciously.
Inhaling a culinary scent (Basil, Oregano, Lemon, etc.) regularly throughout the day, especially when hungry can suppress the desire to taste and therefore eat. By inhaling an aroma six times in each nostril, the desire to eat is inhibited. If the scent is not adequately smelled, it can increase the desire to eat so it is important to smell the oil deeply and as many times as suggested.
Which scents to use
Most people tend to prefer sweet smells. Chocolate fragrance creates serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is linked with cravings for sweets. Smelling chocolate can reduce the desire for sweets. Banana, green apples, and peppermint were found to be very successful. The oils associated with cooking or culinary herbs were best.
Grapefruit oil has strong digestive and diuretic properties. Its effects include the ability to relieve fluid retention and help dissolve fat. A massage therapist might massage a blend of massage oil containing grapefruit onto fatty areas of a client’s body to help reduce cellulite. You may find that smelling grapefruit essential oil also helps you feel more energized, less hungry and happier.
Peppermint oil may help you feel fuller. It affects the part of the brain that deals with satiety, or feeling full. Recommended is inhaling the aroma of peppermint throughout the day before each meal to curb appetite.
Although bergamot essential oil does not directly curb appetite, it may have soothing effects on the mind, including relieving stress and creating a sense of well-being. Suggested is combination of bergamot with lavender, which also has calming properties.
Tangerine essential oil is citrus-based oil that may help with weight loss. It is also used for skin care, diminishing the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks or scars. It also helps to regulate metabolism, create feelings of happiness and reduce anxiety. Take caution not to go out in the sun after applying tangerine. Tangerine essential oil is often combined with bergamot or lavender.
Rose geranium is supposed to be a powerful essential oil with mood lifting qualities. Its properties may help diminish cellulite, reduce the effects of edema or fluid retention and positively balance hormones.
- You really need to know this about Olive Oil
- Best Natural Oils for Sun Protection
- 10 Incredible Ways to Use the Coconut Oil