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Aromatherapy Smells Great!

Odors and Energy

-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
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What’s interesting is that this physical effect may also be learned. In fact, these same “chemicals of well-being” are also released when talking to a lover or listening to music. That’s where the idea of personal aromatherapy comes in.

Personal aromatherapy is a smell that’s closely related to an activity or interest that you’re highly invested in or really enjoy doing. The more “active” this activity is, the theory goes, the more its related smell will boost your energy. The smell and its effect on you are very personal things. If you love working with wood and you use a lot of energy doing it, chances are the smell of sawdust will get you going. Same goes for someone who loves cooking upon entering the spice aisle in the store. When faced with these meaningful smells, you can’t help but feel a little rush of energy and pleasant thought.

So what does this mean for weight loss? Just this: by keeping these personal aromatherapy scents around, you will feel more energized and more positive about staying active.

Of course, these are often smells you don’t want around all the time. (Who wants to live in a workshop?) In fact, they may actually be smells you normally find unpleasant in daily life. But it’s the emotional reminder that’s important, not the smell itself. What activity do you really get fired up for? Does it have a distinct smell that goes along with it? If you can find a way to give yourself a “shot” when you need it, you may have found the secret to staying charged up and motivated every day.

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    May sound hokey, but this is a 100% true happening in my life as of recent. Due to rapid weight loss (thank you low carb) I began suffering from gallbladder attacks and was told the only recourse was removal. After an internal treatment of essential oils I am much better!!! Using a dropper, I drop a blend of high grade essential oils into a capsule and take internally. One ingredient I use is thyme. Basically same ingredient you get from your garden just much, much, more potent. I am now a firm believer. You can get results from high quality essential oils after the first use! There was no wondering if it was going to work for me. I knew immediately. After research I purchased doterra because you can take all of their oils internally or dilute for topical use. If you want a sample let me know tawanahamby at gmail. - 1/28/2012 12:44:40 PM
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