>I was recently asked by a new twitter friend if I had research about which scents can help you with cravings. I had thought about this topic previously but never did any official research on the topic. Upon completing some research this week I found the following:
Alan Hirsch, M.D., neurological director at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago and author of Scentsational Weight Loss (Fireside, 1998), says many of his studies show that aroma can play a role in weight loss. In one study of 3,193 people (84 percent of them women), participants were told to sniff green apple, banana or peppermint scents when food cravings struck. “They averaged a 2.1 percent reduction in body mass, or a 5-pound weight loss per month -30 pounds during the six-month study,” Hirsch says. “Smelling something good tricks your brain into thinking you’ve eaten it,” he explains. “What works best is the smell of the food you like best.”
I find this interesting since I’ve been making scented candles since 2001 and had always thought that I felt better when smelling certain fragrances. Some of our all-time best scents over the years are:
- Hot Apple Pie
- Blueberry Muffins
- Cinnamon Buns
- Pumpkin Spice
- Cucumber Melon
- Mango Papaya
- Sugar Cookie
Do you detect a common theme? Hmmm…all food scents. When our new Internet candle store opens (shortly!!!) we will actually be carrying the above fragrances. So…if you have some cravings for something yummy then light up, or just sniff, your favorite scented candle!
Besides yummy scented candles, there are wonderful aromatherapy oils available to assist with all different kinds of issues. Aromatherapy has been around for years and years, which just proves there is definitley something to it! I am actually in the beginning stages of doing research for making aromatherapy candles in the near future.
In closing, there are many interesting ways that people are using scents to help cravings and other miscellaneous things in their life…take a look at the below links.
Sniff To Lose Weight!
Scent Therapy – Sticking Your Nose into Your Health
Marie – Owner
Sally Lee Candle Co.
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