Smelling your way thin may sound too good to be true but according to exciting at Niigata Univrsity 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, Weekend Wonder Detox.
Measure two ounces of sweet almond oil in a glass measuring cup. This oil acts as a carrier oil for the essential oils.
Add 5 drops each of pure grapefruit, lemon, and cypress essential oils to the measuring cup.
Pour into a glass bottle, put the lid on, and roll the bottle between your palms to blend the ingredients together.
Use a small amount of the oil to massage your abdomen daily—or twice daily to obtain the study-proven dose.
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: Grapefruit, cypress, and lemon essential oils, along with grapeseed carrier oil, are available from Mountain Rose Herbals. 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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