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Aromatherapy – Do your cravings smell?

If you want to kill your appetite, then light a vanilla scented candle and breathe deep.
Breathe Deep, Calm Down, Lighten Up
Aromatherapy may not miraculously melt away the pounds, but there are heaps of evidence that aroma effects mood. And we all know how mood effects our eating!
What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy means “treatment through senses.” It is based on the ancient ritual of using essential oils to heal by “therapeutically” stimulating the nasal/olfactory senses through fragrance.
Aromatherapy can fight stress, soothe the mind and lighten your mood. The association between smell and emotion are closely linked, and breathing in pleasurable scents can elicit positive responses in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being.
Aromatherapy can also lessen our food cravings! A recent study at the St. George’s Hospital in London showed that vanilla might aid in weight loss. Overweight people who wore vanilla-scented skin patches reported that they ingested smaller amounts of sweets. Catherine Collins, a state registered dietician, concluded (although not proven in a clinical setting) that strongly scented sweet vanilla candles or essence may have a similar effect. (My home smells like a Vanilla Factory!)
And – by massaging the appropriate essential oils into the skin – physically, aromatherapy can ease aches and pains, heal burns and even – some say – diminish cellulite! (What?? Did you say diminish cellulite?)
Here are a few aromatherapy suggestions from OLofWL that you can either add to your bath, massage into your skin, inhale directly (put a few drops on a handerchief) or diffuse the scent into an entire room. Ahhhh….

  • To combat Sweet Cravings try vanilla.
  • Good Stress Beaters are jasmine, ylang ylang, grapefruit, lavendar, rose and mandarin.
  • Need a Spirit Kick? Breathe in jasmine.
  • Lift Depression with lemon, grapefruit, jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange, helichrysum.
  • For greater Self-Acceptance try jasmine, vetiver, frankincense, sandalwood, bergamot.
  • To reach the Heights of Happiness indulge in grapefruit, orange, rose, lemon, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood.
  • AND … last but not least – drum roll please!
  • The Cellulite Essentials are Geranium, Juniper, Lemon, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, and Fennel.

If you’ve been orally fixated for decades, like me, then It’s time for a change!
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  • http://beliefnet.com/debrincon Debra Rincon Lopez

    I am of Native American decendant and I have been using aroma therapy for a while now.I have found that lavendar oil can be used for all sorts of things that ail you. Such as headaches, pain,(really it works)sleeplessness, and just calming yourself down to get to sleep. I have used peppermint oil alot too, and I love menthol oils alot. They are all calming effects. I will certainly try the vanilla oil. I am addicted to sweets lately alot? So, maybe this will help. I have had the candle’s and it reminded me of sweets alot. I don’t think it ever made me go eat them though. THANKS FOR THE IDEAS, JANICE. I LOVE YOUR BLOGS AND YOUR IDEAS ALWAYS, DEBRINCONCITA

  • Sue

    GREAT idea but wanted to add a caution. Essential oils are highly toxic to cats. Do not use a diffuser around your cats or use highly concentrated oils in their vicinity.
    http://yourcatcareguide.com/wordpress/?p=110 has more information about this. Hydrosols are safe to use around cats.

  • Tammie Lavigne

    Aromatherapy can fight stress, soothe the mind and lighten your mood. – i couldn’t agree more. I also have a blog about aromatherapy and essential oils. I believe they are important to bring balance to our lives. http://www.aromatyme.com/

  • http://www.aromatyme.com/2009/07/16/the-best-of-aromatherapy/ Tammie Lavigne

    There is a wide a variety of essential oils used in Aromatherapy. Essential oils are carefully selected according to its use in the human body by the direction of an expert aromatherapist because there are also risks involve in the use of these essential oils. Essential oils have potent properties and may bring out different reactions of the body like allergies and hypersensitivity reactions when not in proper use. It can also affect pregnant women, may be contraindicated in certain disease conditions and may have drug-to-drug interactions.

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