6 Essential Oils To Help You Lose Weight!

I am sure you have heard about essential oils for relaxation or allergies, but did you know that essential oils can help with weight loss?  No, essential oils aren’t magic and you won’t drop 30 pounds in 30 days, but by ingesting, diffusing or applying essential oils topically, you can promote weight loss by giving your body the tools that it needs to burn fat, lesson cravings, and increase stamina to stay physically active.

Here are five essential oils that, along with a healthy diet and exercise, can promote positive weight loss and vitality.

1. Peppermint Oil
Not only does peppermint oil boost energy levels, it can also help soothe sore muscles, minimize recovery time and help you get back to working out sooner. Research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that ingesting peppermint oil with water enhanced exercise performance in male athletes by relaxing the bronchial smooth muscles and increasing the ventilation and brain oxygen concentrations.  Peppermint can help you power through a tough workout without getting out of breath as quickly.

Peppermint is a natural energy booster that reduces fatigue and improves focus.  It also reduces hunger cravings and can help you to feel full faster.

Peppermint oil has a cooling sensation when you use it topically, so just rubbing one to two drops into your temples and behind your neck can give you the energy and pain relief you need. You
can also diffuse peppermint oil for a quick energy boost; Add five to 10 drops to bathwater to soothe achy muscles; add one to two drops to a glass of water; or even mix in a couple drops with your toothpaste before brushing.

2. Lemon Oil
Research shows that breathing in the scent of lemon essential oil improves the neurological activity that promotes the breakdown of body fat. Lemon oil actually has both stimulating and calming properties, and it promotes a positive mood, which can be extremely helpful when you are working to reach your weight-loss goals. It also enhances the body’s detoxification capabilities and supports healthy digestion.

Try adding two to three drops of lemon oil to water, salad dressing or a smoothie, or you can diffuse it at home or at work. If you are feeling groggy during the day, inhale lemon oil directly from the bottle for a quick pick-me-up.

3. Grapefruit
Grapefruit essential oil helps to activate enzymes in the body that work to break down body fat. Grapefruit benefits weight loss because it contains compounds like D-limonene, which helps to support your metabolism and cleanse your lymphatic glands so they can carry nutrients between the tissues and the bloodstream. Studies also show that using grapefruit oil affects autonomic nerves, which regulate important body functions like heart rate and digestion, and reduce appetite and body weight.

To use grapefruit oil for weight loss, add two to three drops to a glass of water, diffuse it in your home or office, or massage two to three drops onto your chest and wrists when a craving strikes.

4. Ginger
One of the most important benefits of ginger essential oil is its ability to support digestion and the absorption of nutrients. By improving the absorption of the vitamins and minerals that you’re consuming, ginger oil is supporting the body’s cellular energy and, in effect, promoting weight loss. A key compound in ginger oil, called gingerol, also effectively reduces inflammation in the body and possesses antioxidant activity. This process naturally reduces pain and swelling, which helps keep you active and burning more calories.

Add one to two drops of ginger essential oil to tea or a green smoothie for the best results. You can also diffuse ginger at home or work, inhale the oil directly from the bottle or apply two to three drops topically to the stomach area after eating.

5. Cinnamon
Cinnamon oil helps to balance blood sugar levels, thereby aiding weight loss and reducing sugar cravings. When your blood sugar levels are unstable, you may find yourself overeating and gaining weight. Plus, when your energy levels are low, it’s difficult to exercise and burn calories. Using cinnamon oil will help reverse these issues that are standing in your way and, as an added bonus, cinnamon oil serves as a cardio protective agent that reduces the risk of heart disease and inflammation. You can use cinnamon oil internally by adding one to two drops to a smoothie or tea. You can also diffuse cinnamon oil at home or inhale the oil directly from the bottle.

6. Slim & Sassy
Get the best of all of these essential oils in one with doTerra’s Slim & Sassy.  Slim & Sassy combines powerful essential oils known to promote a healthy metabolism when ingested. The flavorful blend of Slim & Sassy helps manage hunger throughout the day while supporting healthy metabolism and promoting a positive mood. Slim & Sassy contains Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon. When taken with a healthy eating and exercise plan, Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend can help you reach your weight management goals.

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7 Signs That You Should Get Acupuncture (According To Your Liver)


Here are seven signs that your liver may need some acupuncture love:

You Feel Extra Tense

In acupuncture, liver is the system that’s responsible for smooth flow throughout the body. When the liver is not functioning optimally, things like emotional stress, rigid posture, shallow breathing, and jaw clenching may become exacerbated.

You Have Headaches and Other Aches and Pains

When things aren’t flowing smoothly, we start to experience what acupuncturists think of as stagnation-type symptoms. These include pain, and specifically pain that feels like pressure, tightness or restriction. Tension headaches and menstrual cramps are commonly worse this time of year.

Your Muscles are Really Stiff

The liver and its associated system, gallbladder, nourish the body’s connective tissue, tendons and ligaments. You may notice increased stiffness, tension or tightness in your muscles and joints in the coming weeks.

You Feel Irritable and Frustrated

Are you feeling more annoyed than charmed by the springtime sound of chirping birds? The emotional symptoms associated with Liver imbalances mimic the physical stagnation that happens. You may notice yourself feeling extra irritable or frustrated, perhaps more easily annoyed. There’s an emotional stuckness that can take hold in spring.

Your Fuse Is Shorter Than Usual

All organ systems in acupuncture have an associated emotion. Liver’s emotion is anger. A healthy dose of anger helps complete a balanced emotional profile. However, when the liver isn’t appropriately keeping things in check, there is a tendency for anger to rise up. Along with feeling irritable, you may have a harder time than usual controlling your anger.

Your Digestion Is Messed Up

Healthy digestion is heavily dependent on consistent and smooth movement throughout the whole body. When the liver fails to maintain flow, digestive disturbances can easily occur. There’s also the whole brain-gut connection. When emotional stress is higher than usual, digestive function naturally declines.

Your Eyes Are Bothering You

Just as all organ systems have an associated emotion, they also have an associated sense. Sight goes with the liver system, so any issues related to eye health are usually attributed, at least in part, to a liver imbalance. This can include poor vision as well as eye pain and fatigue, and dry eyes.

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Self Care September

Happy Self-Care September! Here are 5 Reasons to Add Acupuncture to Your Self-Care Routine This September:

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine used to balance the body’s flow of energy—known as Qi (chi)—through the placement of tiny needles into the skin at specific points. Stimulation of these points activates your natural healing response, which results in a wealth of positive health benefits. Here are just a few…

1. You stress less.
We all strive to maintain a healthy balance with stress. So how exactly could painless needles cause you to relax and eliminate worry from life? Acupuncture not only decreases anxiety and worry but changes the body’s response to stress with resiliency. Acupuncture addresses the physical and emotional body as well as the mind. It’s a tool you can use in self-care and provides another option to thrive.

2. You sleep more.
We all feel restored by getting enough rest. But what if your mind doesn’t stop even after you hit the pillow? With high levels of stress, over 60 million Americans struggle with insomnia. Acupuncture uses an interconnected approach. When one part of the body is strained it affects the overall essence of the body and can result in emotions such as anxiety, sleeplessness, worry, and depression. “One’s essence can be compared to what Western medicine would think of as DNA,” says Christian I. Jovanovic, Acupuncture and TCM Program Director & Assistant Professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington. We may be unable to change our genetic disposition, but we are able to address those areas where there’s a systematic weakness or challenge.

3. You radiate beauty.
Acupuncture not only offers internal health but results in outward beauty benefits. Cosmetically, acupuncture facial treatments target acne, puffiness, dullness, and wrinkles by improving skin elasticity, texture, and complexion. Acupuncture balances all body systems, which includes our lymphatic and circulatory systems. “The face reflects one’s internal well-being,” explains acupuncturist Colleen Moore, M.A., L.Ac. and clinical supervisor at Northwestern Health Sciences Bloomington Clinic. “True beauty is when your chi (known as energy) is flowing freely.”

4. You address the cause.
Issues such as pain, decreased immune response, thyroid imbalance, and low energy levels can be treated by acupuncture. The whole-body approach moves beyond the ailment to address the root cause and offer systematic healing. “Acupuncture is part of a larger holistic care model for the individual, it is a complementary collaborative medicine option,” says Jovanovic.

5. You create lasting change.
During a personalized acupuncture treatment, your practitioner not only addresses the root cause of imbalances in your body but offers lifestyle guidance (nutrition, sleep, activity, stress) for consistent and realistic behavior changes and a future of well being.

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