Stop Your Sugar Cravings with Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy oils have been used for health and healing for centuries. So, can these oils be used to help put a stop to your sugar cravings?
Sugar cravings that just won’t go away
You’ve tried diets. You’ve substituted sugary foods with healthier options. You’ve tried visualisations and mind distraction techniques, but none of this is helping you. You still crave sugary treats.
What else can you try?
Well, have you thought of turning to alternative therapies, such as aromatherapy, to help put a stop to your cravings?
What are aromatherapy oils?
Aromatherapy oils are essences derived from plants.
Once the oils are extracted from the plant, they can be mixed with a carrier oil and are used to help promote healing and wellbeing.
Aromatherapy oils are not just nice-smelling oils. They have been used for thousands of years to help heal the body and ease the mind.
It is thought that the body responds to the unique chemical composition of each individual oil, and in turn begins set of a particular biological process depending on the message received.
So, why not try using aromatherapy to help curb your cravings for sugar?
How do you use Aromatherapy Oils?
Aromatherapy oils, also referred to as essential oils, can produce their effects on the body by being inhaled or by being absorbed through our skin.
To inhale the oils, you can use room diffusers. These allow the oils to disperse into the surrounding air and be inhaled.
You can add a few drops of oils into your bath. This will allow the oils to be absorbed through the skin as well as being inhaled.
Another method is by applying the oils on to the skin through massage oils, creams and gels.
There are so many ways to use the oils. You can modify the application method depending on which condition you would like to treat and the results you would like to achieve.
Which oils can help to stop your cravings?
Oils that can help you curb your sugar cravings include:
Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Fennel, Rosemary, Patchouli, Vetivert, Grapefruit, Orange, Spearmint and Peppermint.
Everybody is different and therefore some will prefer one oil over another, or find that one will produce a more preferred result.
Try adding up to a total of 6 drops of your preferred oil to your bath. You can combine the oils, as long as you only use 3 oils at a time and the total drops still add up to 6 per bath. A nice relaxing soak can help to lessen the desire to eat that sugary treat.
If you are using a diffuser, enjoy trying out different combinations of oils to suit your mood. Again, use a maximum of 3 oils at a time, and not more than 6 drops in total. If you are using a traditional ceramic diffuser, remember not to let the water run dry. Always blow the candle out after the water heats up. The heat of the water will continue long enough to allow the oils to evaporate into the air. Never leave a candle unattended.
You can also purchase oils that come in a pre-made roller ball bottle for easier, on the go, application. You can apply a little of the mixture to your wrists, neck (just below your ears) and temples when you need it. These areas have a great blood supply close to the skins’ surface, so the oils will be easier absorbed at these points.
Points to Note
Aromatherapy can be a great way to help curb your sugar cravings, but there are some points worth noting:
- Always learn about the oil before use and always adhere to any contraindications.
- Always seek professional advice before using if you are pregnant, or have any pre-existing conditions such as asthma, high/low blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. Remember that aromatherapy oils are not just nice smelling oils - they should be treated with care, as you would medicine or any other chemical.
- Never apply directly onto the skin.
- Avoid eyes and do not consume internally.
- Always store in a cool, dark place and out of the reach of children and pets. Do not use on children or pets, unless advised by a professional and qualified therapist.
- Never leave candles burning unattended.
- Always buy from a reputable supplier - this way you can ensure that you are buying the best quality oils.
- And lastly - enjoy! Choose scents that make you feel good - not just ones that are recommended. Everyone is different, so we will each respond differently to the oils. Used regularly, aromatherapy can become an essential part of your wellbeing routine.