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How to Use Aromatherapy for Weight Loss

The term "aromatherapy" was coined by R.M. Gattefosse, a French chemist, and it's used to describe therapeutic treatment involving botanical oils. This approach has been tapped to supposedly address a wide range of health problems, from skin conditions to headaches and more. Aromatherapy is often used by believers as a part of an overall weight loss plan.

Use Aromatherapy for Weight Loss
Vote for vanilla. Some studies suggest that the scent of vanilla can help reduce cravings for sweets. Use a vanilla-scented aromatherapy candle to help prevent or battle moments of weakness.

Slim down with patchouli. Patchouli is said to help regulate the appetite. Add 12 drops of patchouli to a diffuser and inhale to help keep your weight-loss program on track.

Bathe in bergamot. Some say that bergamot is effective in controlling the appetite. Prepare a warm bath. Add 12 drops of bergamot to the bath water. Slide in and enjoy.

Discover the smell of confidence. Those seeking to lose weight are often plagued by feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. Jasmine and Grapefruit aid to be effective at boosting self-confidence. Add 12 drops of either oil to a diffuser and inhale.

Deal a death blow to depression. Trying to stick to a weight loss program can be frustrating, and those that follow this path often suffer from feelings of depression. Many seek to alleviate these feelings by turning to "comfort" foods, thus compromising their weight-loss efforts. Instead, use lemongrass or sage oil. These oils are said to be uplifting. Add 12 drops of either oil to a diffuser for relief.

Beef up your knowledge of oils and recipes by visiting the International Federation of Aromatherapists Web site (see Resources below).

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