In November My daughter helped me clean out my closet-where I came upon my essential oil stash and the above vial. In the picture you will see to the left a vial I have used filled with Grapefruit essential oil around my neck most days ever sense. I also purchased a ZAQ mister that is on as I write for inspiration. The mister cannot use citrus oils- hence the vial for what I consider the prime weight loss essential oil. Every Aromatherapy book I have (I will list them at end of article) recommends Grapefruit for obesity and weight loss. Mind you no essential oil will work alone to use to drop pounds- you have to do the work-( such as RCD, no sugar, mindful eating, exercise)The aromatherapy works as an aid to help you with cravings. When I'm in a stressful place where tapping is not appropriate I just take a sniff of grapefruit and now lemon as well.
I was so happy with the grapefruit I didn't research further until I decided to write this article. The following is a synopsis of the five books I have on aromatherapy. Please choose a book to first read all the ways to use oils and the safety precautions. I learned this the hard way. FYI citrus oils will burn your skin if you use in a bath the night before and then spend the day in the sun. They are phototoxic . If you are pregnant, nursing look before leaping. This is true for High Blood Pressure and other conditions. As a Feng Shui Practioner my favorite book is " Aromatherapy For Healing The Spirit," by Gabriel Mojay. It comes from the Yin-Yang and 5 elements perspective.
So , in a nutshell, Other than lemon and grapefruit these other oils are recommended as suggested. The numbers in parenthesis are the # of books recommending that oil for obesity.
1 Peppermint : thought to curb the appetite and control cravings(1)
2. Patchouli: (would never work for me, associated with too many memories of the munchies LOL!-Yep showing my age here.) " Thought to cause loss of appetite in some people." (1)
3. Lemon oil: One suggestion was to put 6 drops of lemon oil on a cotton ball and sniff it before meals, and before exercising to help you feel more energized. (4)
4. lavender: if you overeat when stressed. The best oil for relaxing I know of. Great in baths.(2)
5. Sandalwood: While only one book recommended this as part of a weight loss blend Sandalwood is another scent that will calm and balance you emotionally. One caution is that if you ( like me) are slow and phlegmatic by nature this slow and powerful oil should be avoided. It does calm-but very slowly and deeply. (1)
"The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy." by Valerie Ann Worwood was the only book with an entire 5 page section entitled " The Fat Attack/Cellulite, page 145. She list over 16 oils used in blends for the bath and massage. There are 15 different blends-some using the above oils with other oils. They are listed as General fat attack baths, Toning baths ( I'll try this hoping to not have saggy skin after my loss) Diuretic Baths and then blends for all the above as massage oils. Then a section on Cellulite ( I'll make this one up for my daughter ,report her results. I don't know how I could possibly give you her information without actually copying it- my soul wouldn't like that.
Above I told you about my favorite book Aromatherapy for Healing The Spirit. The subtitle says it all :
I am currently reading Valerie's" Aromatherapy for the Soul"
with her " The Fragrant Mind." in the wings. I just bought the second because of the scientific references she used from it- looked it up and was blown away with descriptions in both on exactly how essential oils work- how important what we bring to it is- out attitude and energy. Very interesting books. I'd now say just start with Valerie if you want to learn Aromatherapy. ( added the above paragraph 2/23/15.
The fourth book I have is " Aromatherapy_ soothing Remedies to restore, Rejuvenate, and heal." by Valerie Gennari Cooksley, R. N, I went to get a photo of it at Amazon only to see they only have 1 copy and want $140.00 for it! It's not that good.I like it's section on Arthritis, muscles and joints. It's probably at the Library.
The 5th and last book on Aromatherapy I have I bought many moons ago. We found it cleaning out my closet ( yes it's a large, crammed walk in) It doesn't have a large selection of oils, but each one is covered very well.