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Sep 12, 2012

Can Aromatherapy help with Weight Loss?


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Aromatherapy has been a highly debatable topic when it comes to weight loss. With everyone seeking a quick fix solution for obesity, every avenue has been turned to as a possible method for weight loss. Like with all aspects of aromatherapy, there has been some degree of success but that is according to variables.
Like all weight loss programs, you need to consult a medical doctor or practitioner prior to setting up any weight loss plan for yourself. It is best to work with someone who is knowledgeable in this field to make sure that a plan will be set up that clearly addresses your specific needs.
Naturally, the use of essential oils will not make you shed pounds miraculously. Nothing will make you shed pounds miraculously, no matter what it says. However, aromatherapy can help to reduce your need to eat by decreasing your hunger and reducing your desire to eat more food. It can also help provide greater energy when you are working out and reduce your tiredness so that you feel more inclined to get up and exercise.
Any weight losing program requires eating the right food and plenty of exercise, make sure to keep this in mind when you are setting up your own work out plan as it is very important to stay on a schedule when trying to lose weight. All other items added to your diet plan are simply complementary to help you work towards your overall goal.

What is Essential Oil Blending?
One unique and very interesting thing about essential oils is that they can be blended in order to evoke specific responses in those who will be exposed to the oils. You can easily create your own essential oil blend in order to create a beautiful aromatic blend both for your own enjoyment and for room fragrancing. Essential oils can also be blended for therapeutic reasons to help ease muscles, reduce stress, or increase happiness. There are two major reasons for blending essential oils: Aromatic and Therapeutic.
In aromatic blends, the focus is on the aroma of the final product. While some aromatic blends will create therapeutic effects, the focus is to create a certain type of scent or smell for a particular purpose. Only natural ingredients should be used such as absolutes, grain alcohol, carrier oils, essential oils, water, or herbs.
Most people work to produce a type of aroma such as a woodsy, earthy, spicy, citrus, floral, medicinal, minty, spicy, or Oriental aroma. Be careful to analyze the aromatic properties of the essential oils you are using to make sure that they will not contradict each other too much. This will also be a good way to determine which essential oils are spicy, minty, or woodsy.
However, you do not need to stay within the same type or qualification of aroma in order to produce an excellent set.
For instance, spicy and Oriental oils tend to go very well with floral, Orientals, or citrus oils as long as they are not overpowering. Floral oils tend to blend very well with spicy, citrus, and woodsy oils as well, keep this in mind when you are making a oil combination as these oils could help you relax more and provide you with better treatment.
There are many different combinations that can be used, to figure out which one of these work best for you it is best to check many different aromatherapy combinations before deciding which one of these would work best for you.
In therapeutic blends, the focus is on the therapeutic effect of the blend. These blends are designed to help a physical condition or emotional state. You want to blend oils which have the desired therapeutic uses (such as, to treat asthma). You can combine multiple essential oils together that have recommended pieces as treating asthma. This is not to be used as your regular treatment for asthma, when having an asthma attack it would be important to use your inhaler as the first piece of treatment along then with aromatherapywhich will help calm down the asthma attack and future asthma attacks.
You can also blend essential oils together that have different properties in order to treat something like a combination of asthma, hypertension, arthritis, and insomnia. Just be careful not to also combine it with any kind of essential oil that will have a negative effect on your health and be very careful if you are pregnant or allergic to peanuts.
Consider as well that some essential oils are energizing oils while other oils will cause sleepiness. If you intend to use your oil before the start of your day, do not use oils that are likely to make you fall asleep.

This also works in reverse, so make sure that you are not using energizing oils right before you go to sleep, as this can cause you to stay up most of the night and leave you not rested enough to return to work as an active and production person while you are
visiting work the next morning.
Blending oils together in order to treat various illnesses or medical conditions is an excellent way to specifically address your requirements. Just be careful as you make your blends and try not to use too much of any overpowering type of oil which will cause it to be difficult for you to feel the effects of the other oils in the mix.
How do you blend?
There are no generally accepted rules to blending essential oils in order to produce a particular aroma or therapeutic combination. However, there are some important tips that you might want to consider when you are working on blending your oils. It is best to start using a small number of drops of each type of oil because a smaller amount will help you to prevent wasting any oil unnecessarily. It also will help you to determine if more is less or less is more and figure out which one would be right for you.
You should first start your blend with just essential oils, absolutes, or CO2s. You can then dilute it with other carrier oils or alcohol if you need to and this will help you to prevent from wasting any of your carrier oils or alcohol. Make sure that you keep a careful list of the each oil you are using along with the number of drops that are used for that oil.
It is too easy to get carried away and forget to take down these careful notes, but you will need these notes in order to duplicate your work later on or if you want it and change it and make the recipe better.
Label all of your blends very carefully so that you know exactly what they are, what they are for, and what they have in them. You may alsoconsider putting some other kind of identification to your blend and in keeping that identification with the recipe in some type of notebook.
Make sure that you are very careful about using oils that have an overpowering aroma. Certain aromas are going to be stronger than others and may overpower the rest if not used in the appropriate combination. You may want to consider experimenting with the oils prior to combining them with others so that you are aware of how strong the scent is and how strong its effect might be.
Even if you do not like your blend right away, it is not a good idea to destroy it. You should hang onto the blend for a little while and revisit it at a later date. Sometimes, the ingredients in your blend will need time to settle in order to invoke the right aroma. Besides, you may get used to it! You might also have been exposed to too many strong aromas before your ‘questionable’ product was complete, thereby making it difficult to get a good sense of the real aroma.

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