Aromatherapy and Self Massage for 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.

Citrus Weight Loss Massage Oil

Here’s a recipe to make your own abdominal fat-burning massage oil, adapted from my 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 for Weight Loss

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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Julia Cabrera-Woscek

I love cedar, pine, patchouli and lavender scents.

Paul Lundbohm
Paul Lundbohm2 years ago

I smell BS! I can't believe people fall for Cook's fallacious marketing. One study was on anesthetized rats and the other she says would work on all people because it worked on post-menopausal woman. Since we don't have a link to the actual study material and only the abstract we have to take her INTERPRETATION for it? How about these woman received messages which lowers cortisol, a hormone which INCREASES abdominal fat? Even if it did help how much fat would be lossed and for how long? The weight loss industry, which Cook is a part of, makes billions a year from the pain, discomfort, and insecurities of the overweight and obese. Shame on COOK.

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