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Fennel essential oil is extracted from fennel seeds to produce a miracle oil with a sweet earthy scent. Using fennel oil can help to minimize appetite, improve digestion, mitigate weight gain and boost restful sleep. This essential oil has been found to boost the production of melatonin, a hormone that plays a role in regulating our awake and sleep patterns.

Studies have also found that melatonin can aid in slow weight gain by enabling the creation of beige fat as opposed to white fat. Beige fat burns off to become energy while white fat is stored in the body for later use as energy. As early as the Middle Ages, funnel seeds were used as appetite suppressants. A scientific study on the effects of fennel oil found that after inhaling fennel oil two times for 10 minutes for a period of eight weeks, the subjects consumed fewer calories and digested food significantly faster.

Studies on the effectiveness of essential oils are progressing slowly. However, there is growing interest in aromatherapy and other therapeutic benefits of essential oils. Many people are using essential oils and reporting positive results for weight loss as well as for many other practical uses.

Some of these miracle essential oils include celery seeds, cypress, tangerine, ginger, spearmint, sandalwood, cloves, orange, rosemary, patchouli , mandarin, lemon grass, hyssop, tangerine, eucalyptus, laurel, jasmine and geranium.​

Cinnamon essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the cinnamon tree and it has a sweet and welcoming fragrance. Cinnamon oil works to minimize inflammation, regulate levels of blood sugar and improve sensitivity to insulin. Insulin helps to break down fats and carbohydrates and it enables the absorption of blood glucose by storing it as fat or converting it to energy.

When insulin resistance occurs, i.e. the body cells fail to respond to insulin, the body stores fat instead of breaking it down to energy. This results in weight gain and worse still, makes weight loss an uphill battle. Insulin resistance could also lead to high levels of blood insulin and blood sugar, which can lead to Type 2 diabetes.

Cinnamon essential oil can increase insulin sensitivity as well as blood glucose absorption. Many people in the United States suffer from metabolic syndrome , a combination of disorders including abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and insulin resistance. Individuals who are genetically predisposed to obesity have been found to have inflammatory cells. However, cinnamon essential oil can alleviate the production of these cells, which could in turn slow down weight gain and therefore allow actual weight loss.

The intense and minty properties of peppermint are what make it such a popular essential oil. Menthol is a major component of peppermint and it serves to cool and calm the body. Using peppermint oil boosts mood, increases mental alertness and energy, helps in digestion and suppresses appetite.

Peppermint is especially popular for its ability to treat digestion issues. Besides that, this essential oil works well to relax the muscles. When used with caraway essential oil, peppermint oil can reduce bloating, allow the proper flow of bile and ease the stomach’s muscles. Studies have also found that breathing in peppermint produced greater alertness in calmer subjects who showed better cognition. Best of all for weight loss, studies also show that breathing in the aroma of peppermint (best done with a diffuser) for a couple of hours felt hungry less frequently and consumed fewer calories compared to subjects who did not inhale the essential oil.


Bergamot essential oil has an assortment of scents including spicy, tangy and sweet. This essential oil has been shown to improve mood and boost energy. Several studies show that depression and anxiety can trigger unhealthy eating. This vicious cycle can prolong for the worse making weight loss all the more difficult.

Other studies have however found that inhaling bergamot oil for just 15 minutes can boost energy and improve emotional well being. Researchers tested participants’ saliva for cortisol, a stress related hormone, and found that cortisol levels were much lower in participants who inhaled bergamot oil

Lemon essential oil has a fresh, uplifting scent.  Using this essential oil has been shown to alleviate mood swings, boost energy, slow down weight loss and relieve pain. Lemon contains limonene, a compound with fat–dissolving properties. Studies show that when used with grapefruit essential oil, lemon oil boosts the process of lipolysis.

Lemon oil also works to improve mood and to boost energy by increasing the levels of hormones that stimulate the flight or fight instinct. This hormone also boosts oxygen supply in the brain, thereby improving cognitive function, blood flow and heart rate, all processes that are necessary in the optimal functioning of the body’s muscles.  Lemon essential oil has pain relieving properties. Just apply the oil on affected muscles or joints to ease any pain.​

Grapefruit essential oil has a tantalizingly sweet aroma. Other than its antiseptic properties, grapefruit oil has been shown to be effective at minimizing unhealthy cravings, increasing metabolism, boosting body endurance and energy, and reducing the accumulation of fat around the abdomen. Studies have shown that eating grapefruit several times a week can reduce appetite and aid in weight loss. Research has also shown that the main component in grapefruit, limonene, causes a process that aids the body’s ability to break down and dissolve protein and body fat.


massage fat blaster 3Next in our series on aromatherapy essential oils and weight loss are formulas for fat blaster toning and diuretic massage oils.


 Toning Massage Formula 1

  •  10 drops basil
  • 5 drops lemongrass
  • 15 drops lavender

Toning Massage Formula  2

  • 5 drops red thyme
  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 15 drops orange



Diuretic Massage Formula 1

  • 8 drops juniper
  • 10 drops fennel
  • 12 drops grapefruit

Diuretic Massage Formula 2

  • drops cypress
  • 15 drops lemon
  • 5 drops juniper

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The olfactory glands interact with the brain and can identify over one trillion smells. When the nose inhales the aroma from essential oils, the olfactory glands interact with the hippocampus and amygdala, the parts of the brain responsible for emotions. It also sends neuropathic messages to the parts of the brain concerned with physiological processes such as regulation of stress and blood pressure, heart rate, motivation, learning and focus.

Losing weight and keeping it off is often a struggle because of the psychological and physical barriers we battle in our bodies and minds. Using essential oils together with your regular exercise and nutritional plan can help to ease the effects of slow metabolism, poor digestion, low energy, unhealthy cravings, low motivation and diet fatigue. Eliminating these symptoms or barriers could be just what you need to reach your weight loss goals. There are the some great essential oils for weight loss. This week we will be discussing some of those oils more in depth but first, I’m going to give you some essential oil recipes for weight loss to get you started.

You can make fat blaster massage oils by adding 30 drops of essential oil to 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil plus 10 drops of carrot oil. The almond oil and carrot oil should be blended before you add the essential oils. For today, I have the general fat blaster massage oils for weight loss.


Formula 1

  • 8 drops grapefruit
  • 2 drops oregano
  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 10 drops cypress

Formula 2

  • 5 drops petitgrain
  • 10 drops lime
  • 5 drops juniper
  • 10 drops basil

Aromatherapy Hand Scrub

Author: Dr. Larita

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Are you an artist who works with clay or a gardener who likes to get her hands dirty? Thanks to Andrea Butje at Aromahead, I have a great recipe for an aromatherapy hand scrub that will work wonders to get your grimy hands clean. Not only that, it will not dry out your hands if you use it often because the essential oils in the recipe will actually nourish your skin.

Hand Scrub

  • 1 1/2 oz pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 oz coconut oil
  • 1 oz jojoba oil
  • 25 drops lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil


  • Combine the salt, coconut oil and jojoba in a 4 oz jar with a cover
  • Mix in essential oils

Use 1 tablespoon of the scrub to wash your hands. An abrasive brush can be very helpful when cleaning your fingernails!

Make Your Own Perfume

Author: Dr. Larita

smellingDo you have a favorite type of fragrance? Does it remind you of flowers, spice or citrus? You can make your own blended fragrance using essential oils and no one else will have your scent. Do a little experimenting with the scents below and start yourself a whole new delightful hobby. Use at least one of each of the groups below. Have fun experimenting and trying new fragrance blends.

Base Note Essential Oils (Always start with the base and go up)

  • Benzoin
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Sandalwood
  • Patchouli
  • Vanilla
  • Vetiver

Middle Note Essential Oils

  • Carnation
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Jasmine
  • Marjoram
  • Rose
  • Thyme

Top Note Essential Oils

  • Anise
  • Bay
  • Bergamot
  • Cumin
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Pettigraine

Happy Valentine’s Day

Author: Dr. Larita

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Essential oils are used by many cultures throughout the world for their healing properties. Some uses for the oils include increasing over-all well being and physical, emotional and mental health. Many essential oils can also stimulate the sex drive and work as powerful aphrodisiacs. So those looking to spice up their love lives this Valentine’s Day should consider filling their oil diffusers with one of the following essential oils:

~Ylang Ylang oil energizes the body and intensifies sexual desire.

~Rose oil aids in hormone balance. This oil works best for women, but is also said to boost sexuality in men.

~Jasmine oil is said to have a counter-effect on frigidity, impotence and premature ejaculation. It also boosts energy levels.

~Sandalwood oil is said to aid in the treatment of impotence and help to relieve the anxiety that leads to frigidity. It also produces something similar to androsterone, a male hormone secreted in the armpits as a sexual signal.

Valentine’s Day is a yearly holiday that we can make memorable by using essential oils. Fragrances and the sense of smell cause a quicker reaction in the brain than any of our other senses. When you send a Valentine card to your boyfriend/girlfriend or someone you would like to know better, scent it with your favorite fragrance. Body oils are wonderful for this because their scent will linger on and on. Be sure the next time you see this friend that you are wearing the same fragrance you suffused the card with so they make that association and are clear about your intentions. Old sweethearts can also be sent a fragranced Valentine card to evoke memories of you in their mind. Be sure to use a scent that they will associate with memories of you and your times together.

When you plan that special Valentine’s evening, make sure your amorous intentions are clear the moment you greet that special person at the door. Spray the room and place red or pink scented candles around for ambiance. The sensual essential oils to use for these romantic encounters are rose , jasmine, ylang-ylang, or geranium.

Make a Valentine gift by placing fudge or sugar cookies in a tin or other pretty container with a small piece of absorbant decorative paper on which you have placed a drop of rose or ylang-ylang oil. Leave the container closed until time to present it to your lover and the sweets will be infused with the sensual oil, thus enhancing your evening even more.

To complete the evening, take a romantic bath together and add 3 drops of ylang-ylang and 4 drops of grapefruit essential oils. After the bath, massage each other with a lover’s massage oil blend containing 10 drops of rose, 2 drops of ylang-ylang, 8 drops of lemon and 10 drops of palma rosa essential oils. A different blend you might use for your massage is 10 drops of jasmine, 5 drops of nutmeg, 5 drops of black pepper and 10 drops of mandarin essential oils. Both blends must be diluted into 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil or sweet almond oil. Before going to sleep, put a handkerchief doused with a few drops of the sensual aroma of jasmine, rose or ylang-ylang essential oil so that when your lover faces the morning and pulls out his keys, the aroma greets his nostrils and reminds him again of you and your romantic night together.

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