An emotional state can also trigger a desire for food and we can control these feelings by inhaling certain scents.The sense of smell can help us suppress appetite and all those irrational emotional responses we have to food.
Using our sense of smell consciously can give us control where our will power fails. For most people, using scents can curb cravings.
Essential oils are also known as volatile oil or ethereal oil because of the ease with which they can be turned into vapors when heated
An essential oil is water-insoluble liquid extracted from a plant and with a distinctive and pleasant odor.
An essential oil can also sometimes be referred to as the “oil of” a certain plant. Therefore, clove oil is also the oil of clove. The oil is essential because it carries the essence of the plant which is the part that gives it the distinctive, pleasant and medicinal scent.
To remove the essential oil from the plant, the appropriate plant part can be distilled with steam or expressed with specific solvents.
These oils are sold as supplements but can also be added to foods and drinks as well as serve as ingredients of cleaning products, incense, perfumes and cosmetic products.
RECOMMENDED ESSENTIAL OILS FOR FOOD CRAVINGS
• Peppermint: Is a digestive aid that soothes an upset stomach and helps with digestive problems.
• Grapefruit: A natural weight loss appetite suppressant through a process called lipolysis dissolves fat.
• Bergamot: Stimulates your endocrine system and produces a sense of calm and well being and alleviates stress.
Lavender can be combined with bergamot to enhance this calming effect.
• Tangerine: A diuretic and is also used to calm the nervous system
• Orange: Helps overcome depression and gives emotional support.
• Ylang ylang: Used to clarify thoughts and assist in a feeling of wellness and calm.
• Patchouli: Used as a sedative and relaxation aid.
Sugar cravings can be caused by:
• Nutritional Imbalance
• Mental Fatigue or Low Energy
• Emotional Eating/Habitual Patterning
• Emotional Stress
Essential oils address the emotional and physical components of these issues.
Dill – Dill Essential Oil has traditionally been used to support the digestive and respiratory system. It is stimulating, revitalizing, and balancing. Roman gladiators rubbed Dill on their bodies, believing that they could reduce nervousness and stress before battle. Inhale or diffuse this oil, also use on a 50:50 diluted mix on temples, abdomen or as desired. Maybe used as dietary supplement.
Slique – Helps to control sugar cravings and hunger while providing maintaining healthy blood sugars when already in normal range. It also contains oils that have cleansing properties and is part of Young Living’s Healthy Weight Management Kits. Just place a few drops of this oil in water to promote cleansing of the body and help control hunger, especially when used in conjunction with Young Living’s Slique Oolong Tea or the Slique Kit.
Ocotea – From the cinnamon family, it may help to maintain blood sugar levels already in the normal range. Ocotea also has natural cleansing and purifying properties. Dilute 20:80 for putting on desired locations, diffuse or inhale. Maybe used as dietary supplement.
Peppermint – Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals. Put a drop into your drinking water. Maybe used as dietary supplement.
Smelling grapefruit oil helps curb sweet cravings.” So, by sniffing a few drops of pink grapefruit oil, it has been shown to drive away the cravings. The ability of grapefruit oil to affect the chemicals in the brain acts as an appetite suppressant.
1 Dispense 1 to 3 drops of pink grapefruit oil into the palm of your hand.
2 Rub your palms of your hands together vigorously.
3 Cup your hands together and slowly inhale the aroma.
4 Breathe in the scent between 5 to 20 minutes before consuming a meal.
5 Be sure to drink an 8-ounce glass of fresh pure water after inhaling the oils.
Aromatherapy Formulas for PMS
Essential oils can be combined in a number of ways for the treatment of PMS. You can make your own essential oil mix at home by selecting oils known to help with the major symptoms you are experiencing.
A number of such PMS essential oil formulas are available and a few of them are described below.
PMS Mood Formula
This formula of essential oil can help lift your mood and fight depression and mood swings. It should be used as a massage oil or added to your bath.
9 drops of geranium oil
6 drops of chamomile oil 3 drops of clary sage oil 2 drops of marjoram oil
This formula can be added to an infuser or kept in a vial for inhaling. If you want to use it as a massage or bath oil, add 2 ounces of vegetable oil to serve as the carrier oil.
PMS Cramps Formula
Combine a total of 12 drops of the oils of lavender, clary sage, chamomile, ginger, geranium and marjoram. You can add an ounce of a carrier oil too.
The oil mixture should be rubbed on your abdomen, back and hips to help reduce aches and cramps.
PMS Hormonal Balance Formula
Because PMS is the result of the interaction of hormones and neurotransmitters, it can be relieved by influencing the balance of hormones and the release of neurotransmitters in the brain.
This simple formula includes 2 drops of clary sage oil, 1 drop of geranium oil and 1 drop of ylang ylang oil.
Clary sage oil can promote the release of dopamine in the brain and, therefore, help lift your mood. It also modulates the level of estrogen in the body. Geranium oil influences the release of adrenal hormones and also reduces fluctuations in hormone levels.