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Certain Scents Trigger Weight Loss

Certain Scents Trigger Weight Loss

Smelling your way thin may sound too good to be true but according to exciting research at Niigata University School of Medicine in Japan, certain scents trigger weight loss. According to the study published in Experimental Biology and Medicine, the smell of grapefruit and lemon activates the body’s ability to burn fat while suppressing further weight gain.

Other research at the Department of Nursing at the Wonkwang Health Science College in Korea found that abdominal massage with specific essential oils reduced belly fat in post-menopausal women.  The scientists divided women into two groups. Study participants massaged their own abdomen twice daily for 5 days each week and continued for the duration of the study, which was 6 weeks. One group used only grapeseed oil while the other group used a blend of grapefruit, lemon, and cypress oils.  The women who used the citrus-cypress blend had significantly less abdominal fat at the end of the study. Their waist measurements dropped significantly and they experienced an improvement in body image compared to the control group.

While the study only examined post-menopausal women, it is likely that the effects would transfer to other women as well as men. Post-menopausal hormonal changes can actually make it more difficult for many women so it is encouraging that the study showed great results with this group.

Here’s a recipe to make your own abdominal fat-burning massage oil, adapted from my new book, 60 Seconds to Slim.

  1. Measure two ounces of sweet almond oil in a glass measuring cup. This oil acts as a carrier oil for the essential oils.
  2. Add 5 drops each of pure grapefruit, lemon, and cypress essential oils to the measuring cup.
  3. Pour into a glass bottle, put the lid on, and roll the bottle between your palms to blend the ingredients together.
  4. Use a small amount of the oil to massage your abdomen daily or twice daily to obtain the study-proven dose.

Abdominal Massage:

Massage the oil into your abdomen using large circles starting above your belly button and working outward toward the left side of your abdomen. Ideally, perform this massage daily, or at least five times weekly to obtain the study results.

Note: Avoid using the oil just prior to exposure to sunlight since grapefruit and lemon can cause slight photo sensitivity. Wait at least three hours. While allergic reactions are rare, discontinue use if you observe rashes, hives, or other allergic reactions.


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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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9:25AM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

Interesting article indeed..

9:42PM PDT on Mar 22, 2014

Very interesting , Thanks for sharing !! :)

1:11AM PST on Feb 16, 2014

...makes scent to me!! :)

1:43AM PST on Jan 30, 2014

Good video about weight loss disaster in USA

6:54AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

noted, thanks

11:43AM PST on Jan 28, 2014


12:34AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Thanks for sharing

12:34AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Thanks for sharing

8:55AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Soon to be 60 years old and have been handicapped for the last 3 years I have gain weight and my stomach have up so I will try to follow this and see if it can do me any good.

5:08AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

OK, you convinced me. I'm off to the store to buy those oils....

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