Appearance is a priority for everyone in today’s demanding society. But looking attractive and maintaining one’s body isn’t easy. People use weight loss programs, diets, and many other regimes for this purpose. Though some of them succeed, many others do not, and a lot of the chemical or surgical methods can come with serious side effects. Now is a better time than ever to explore powerful, quality solutions from nature – essential oils. These oils can work by themselves or serve as an excellent complement to therapies you are already using. They help burn fat, reduce appetite, balance mood, improve metabolism, boost digestion, and flush out your system – all without harmful side effects.
Essential oils are among the most powerful plant-based treatments available. When used as part of a holistic approach, they have an even more profound impact on our health and can help us recover from many troubles including spiritual or emotional strain, underlying health problems, immunity issues and more.
1. Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit essential oil is one of the most popular oils for suppressing appetite, preventing water retention, improving body energy and eliminating cellulite. Grapefruit helps to detox and cleanse your body and digestive organs and also assists with lymphatic drainage. For these purposes, it can be used in two ways:
Mix 1 or 2 drops of grapefruit essential oil with one glass of water; ensure that you have bought a good quality essential oil that is intended for internal use. It effectively flushes toxins out of your system, helping your body function more efficiently and assisting with weight management. It is more effective when used in morning.
You can mix a few drops of grapefruit essential oil with a teaspoon of a carrier oil of your choice like coconut or apricot kernel oil, and massage areas where fat has accumulated for approximately 20 minutes. Rub the mixture on areas with congested lymph nodes - under arms, neck, under the chin, in front of the ears on the face, and on the belly area. This solution also helps remove stretch marks.
2. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon, like grapefruit essential oil, can also boost your digestive health, suppress appetite, and improve hydration levels and energy in the body. This solution helps your body to fight against toxins that are stored within fat cells and stimulate the central nervous system. It can be used in any of three ways:
Take a cotton ball and spread few drops of lemon essential oil over it; slowly breathe the vapours especially before meals. It will help to reduce appetite and gently stimulate your mind.
Mix few drops of lemon essential oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil and massage it gently over fatty area of body; it will help clear away waste materials from your body that are usually stored in fat cells. As a bonus, lemon essential oil also accelerates old stretch mark removal and helps remove old scars as well.
Add one or two drops of lemon essential oil to a glass of water first thing in the morning. It will stimulate your digestion (especially with very small amount of organic honey or 100% pure organic maple syrup), and assist your kidneys with flushing out toxins that have accumulated over the course of the night. It is important to buy high quality food grade essential oil for this purpose.
3. Juniper Essential Oil
Juniper essential oil is another fantastic oil that works as a kidney tonic. It helps flush out toxins and has a pronounced diuretic effect. The best way to create this effect is to rub a drop of juniper oil mixed in a teaspoon of carrier oil over the area on your back where your bottom ribs are (this is roughly where your kidneys are), and over your belly area in general. Be sure you are near a bathroom within 1-2 hours after applying this, as the diuretic effect is quite strong for some people. If you have acute kidney problems like renal failure or nephritis, do not use this method, as the diuresis may be too stressful if your kidneys are already inflamed or have poor function. Never take juniper essential oil internally.
All of these solutions can be used daily, all mixed together or separately. If you apply the grapefruit or lemon oil externally, be sure you keep that part of your skin out of the sun for about an hour after application. Any questions? Ask away!
James L Poole
I am a holistic health therapist: Emmett Technique practitioner, aromatherapist, nutritional therapist, and Reiki healer. This is my blog about natural healing.