Aromatherapy and Weight Control
Posted on November 11, 2010
Aromatherapy and Weight Control - Using Essential Oils to Support Weight Loss
By Barb Greenwood
The use of essential oils in aromatherapy can be effective in supporting the weight loss process.
Every diet and weight loss book, website and guru tries to offer something new to the debate about how to lose weight. The weight-loss industry is a fast-growing, multi-billion dollar industry and shows no sign of slowing down. For decades there has been an assortment of outlandish and unhealthy fad diets circulating - the Cabbage Soup Diet, the Grapefruit Diet, the Brussels Sprouts Diet, even the Tape Worm Diet - but the fact remains that the most sensible way to lose weight is to watch what you eat and get regular exercise.
Individuality and Weight Loss
Every body is different and the amount of weight gained or lost will depend on such things as an individual's metabolism rate, their genetics, their ability to exercise and their overall health.
Essential Oils and Weight Loss
Essential oils by themselves will not induce weight loss but they can help to support and be a comfort through a change to a healthy lifestyle. Essential oils, such as grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), can be used as a diuretic and a digestive stimulant. Others, like lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), are anti-inflammatory, which can help to reduce inflammation caused by exercise, and lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), which can aid with circulation. It is commonly believed that both peppermint (Mentha piperita) and pink grapefruit essential oil can help to reduce food cravings and suppress the appetite. Grapefruit is sometimes referred to as "the dieter's friend."
Essential Oils to Support Lifestyle Changes
Following are ten essential oils that are often used to support lifestyle changes such as increased exercise, reduced calorie intake and stress reduction. Each essential oil is chosen for its valuable properties:
• Basil (Ocimum basilicum) essential oil is analgesic, anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory, helping to uplift the spirit and reduce inflammation.
• Fennel (Foeniculum vulgaris) essential oil is a detoxifier, diuretic and stimulant.
• Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) essential oil is a detoxifier, digestive stimulant, emotional stimulant, and diuretic.
• Juniper (Juniperus communis) essential oil is a detoxifier, diuretic, and works well to reduce cellulite.
• Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is an analgesic, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, balancing and calming essential oil.
• Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil is anti-bacterial and anti-depressant.
• Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) essential oil is an antioxidant, digestive tonic and it is used to energize and stimulate circulation.
• Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil is anti-depressant, lymph stimulating, tonic and uplifting. It is thought to eliminate toxins.
• Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara) essential oil is an antidepressant and a sedative. It is also known to help with insomnia and nervous exhaustion.
• Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil is an analgesic and diuretic.
Use the essential oils singly or blend them together. Try them (diluted in bath salts or a tsp. of honey) in a bath, in an aromatherapy diffuser or add them to a carrier oil and use in a massage.
Holistic Health News, "Stop Your Sweet Cravings Fast with Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil".
WellSphere, "Essential Tip of the Week- Curbing Cravings" www.wellsphere.com
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Barb Greenwood hails from England where she worked in Special Needs Health Care. Already a Registered Massage Therapist, she became Certified in Aromatherapy in 1990. In 1992 Barb moved to Canada, where the idea of her own essential oil import/export business was conceived. Today, Barb is the creative head of a dynamic and forward thinking company, Green Valley Aromatherapy, which enjoys the highest reputation for quality of products and integrity in business. Her attention to detail has ensured consistent, best quality products and ethical business dealings. Barb's wealth of aromatherapy knowledge is the backbone of Green Valley Aromatherapy. She continues to update her knowledge of aromatherapy and maintains an active membership in the BC Association of Practicing Aromatherapists (BCAPA) and the BC Association of Aromatherapy (BCAOA). Barb is a Registered Massaged Therapist (RMT), Registered Aromatherapist (RA®), and an Essential Oil Therapist - EOT™.
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November 2010 Reprinted with Author's permission.
More Information of Essences and Weight Loss from NAHA Director, George Cox
If considering using essential oils to stop food cravings, I have a suggestion, based on studies and experience:
Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, MD a neurologist and Researchers at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, IL conducted a six month clinical trial using a blend of Peppermint (Mentha piperita) and green apple and banana fragrance. In this trial participants were told to not change their dietary or exercise habits. At the end of the trial, people had lost on average just nearly 5lbs. each month.
I used to do aromatherapy for bariatric unit for the Skilled Nursing Facility in Andover, Ohio that was featured on Discovery Health television several times. The clients I worked with there had seen an article in Fitness Magazine (November 2004) and asked me to duplicate it for them. We had a reasonable amount of success with it for those who used it regularly. Of course we also had the people who put it into a drawer and then complained that it didn't work. Most of those were also the people who said they weren't addicted to food, it "just got away from them". In case you aren't familiar with that facility, the average admission weight was just over 575 lbs.
芳香疗法和体重控制 - 使用精油来支持减肥
在芳香疗法中使用精油可以有效地支持减肥过程。每个饮食和减肥书，网站和大师都试图为关于如何减肥的辩论提供新的东西。减肥行业是一个快速增长，价值数十亿美元的行业，并没有放缓的迹象。几十年来，各种各样的古怪和不健康的时尚饮食流行 - 白菜汤饮食，葡萄柚饮食，布鲁塞尔豆芽饮食，甚至磁带蠕虫饮食 - 但事实上，最明智的减肥方法是观看你吃什么，经常运动。
精油本身不会导致体重减轻，但它们可以通过改变健康的生活方式来帮助支持和舒适。精油，如葡萄柚（Citrus paradisi），可用作利尿剂和消化刺激剂。其他如薰衣草（Lavandula angustifolia），具有抗炎作用，可以帮助减少运动引起的炎症，以及柠檬草（Cymbopogon citratus），它可以帮助循环。人们普遍认为薄荷和粉红葡萄柚精油都有助于减少对食物的渴望和抑制食欲。葡萄柚有时被称为“节食者的朋友”。
苦橙叶（Citrus aurantium var.amara）精油是一种抗抑郁药和镇静剂。它也被称为帮助失眠和神经衰弱。
WellSphere，“本周的基本提示 - 遏制渴望”www.wellsphere.com
Barb Greenwood来自英格兰，她在Special Needs Health Care工作。她已经是一名注册按摩治疗师，于1990年获得芳香疗法认证。1992年，Barb搬到了加拿大，在那里构思了自己的精油进出口业务。今天，Barb是一家充满活力和前瞻性的公司Green Valley Aromatherapy的创意主管，该公司在产品质量和商业诚信方面享有最高声誉。
她对细节的关注确保了始终如一，最优质的产品和合乎道德的商业交易。 Barb的丰富芳香疗法知识是Green Valley Aromatherapy的支柱。她继续更新她的芳香疗法知识，并保持BC省实践芳香疗法协会（BCAPA）和BC协会芳香疗法。