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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Brenda Erby Fudge: Kick stress and dieting out the door!

  • Tips for helping with weight gain, as well as depression and stress
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  • Many struggle with weight gain, while others battle with depression and stress.  Both groups are reporting tremendous results and have benefitted greatly with these positive and effective solutions to help us “lighten up”!
     
    WEIGHT GAIN:  Using certified pure therapeutic grade (CPTG) essential oils, combine 2-3 drops ginger oil, 2-3 drops peppermint and 2-3 drops of lemon with 2 quarts of water.  Depending on personal tastes and preference, others are happy with the flavor of 1 drop cinnamon, 2 drops ginger, 2 drops grapefruit and 2 drops lemon added to 2 quarts water.  .  (CAUTION:  Mix in a glass container only.  Please, NO plastic!)
     
    Drinking water regularly throughout the day and staying hydrated properly can help reduce calorie intake.  Proper hydration is also essential for metabolic functions throughout the body, and supports cellular energy and activity.
     
    Ginger essential oil has been known to aid in reducing fat cells, and peppermint can often help to curb the appetite, reduce cravings, and increase the sense of fullness.  The citrus lemon and grapefruit oils are beneficial to many as diuretics, assisting the body in releasing toxins, while cleansing cells and releasing fat.  Cinnamon oil has been reported to reduce insulin resistance and metabolize sugars more appropriately.  Take the time to experiment with flavors that best suit the taste buds and DRINK UP!
     
    DEPRESSION AND STRESS:  A few drops of frankincense, lavender or bergamot essential oils, applied throughout the day to the chest area, particularly over the heart, have been reported to bring calmness, while reducing anxiety.  “Pep”permint is an amazing oil and seems to have a mind of its own.  It can often act as a dual agent in bringing proper balance.  It’s known for both relieving stress, and also for “pep”ping you up!
     
    Stress and depression bring exhaustion and problems with ulcers, digestion, sleeping and diabetes, to name a few.  Aromatherapy with pure essential oils such as orange, lavender, lime and frankincense will often bring relief and instill a calming effect as they interact with the body’s limbic system.  Another suggestion is to add a few drops to a warm bath, or massage into the hands and feet.  And keep in mind basil essential oil, grapefruit or thyme, as these are all great oils and known by many to reduce feelings of depression and stress.
    Especially impressive are the amazing reports coming in from military veterans suffering with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Their symptoms and horrendous nightmares are often being lessened with the aid of essential oils, particularly when diffused aromatically during sleep.
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    So, whether it be a concern over extra pounds, or life simply bringing too much at times, consider the use of essential oils as safe, effective, natural solutions.  We owe it to ourselves to try our best, and let’s all lighten up!
     
    (Brenda is an active wellness advocate of natural, alternative healthcare solutions, speaking frequently to local groups and organizations. She owns her own business, is a member of the Rotary Club of Heber Springs and Chamber of Commerce.  SUBMIT QUESTIONS to the “Q&A” at brenda_fudge@yahoo.com or to PO Box 367, Quitman, AR  72131)
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