Natural essential oils can help shape up your body in many ways but they can do so only when coupled with an appropriate diet and exercise plan. Essential oils accelerate the weight loss process by eliminating toxins and toning up the body so that you see faster and better results.
Weight loss is not just about diet and exercise – there are many other dimensions to it. Here are 7 ideas to overcome some obstacles that may come in way of your weight loss goals.

OBSTACLE 1: Low immunity, chest congestion and inability to breathe well
What: Essential Oils of Eucalyptus Globulus, Ravensara or Tea Tree
Why: These essential oils support and strengthen the immune response by fighting off germs and stimulating the activity of the organs and cells involved.
How: Rub 2 drops between the palms of your hands and breathe deeply.

OBSTACLE 2: Muscle pain and cramps
What: carrier oil like, Mix 10 drops of Clary sage, 10 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Sweet Marjoram in a 4 oz bottle of cold pressed carrier oil.
Why: These essential oils maintain muscle tone, alleviate pain caused by muscle cramps or swelling and improve circulation and lymphatic flow.
How: For warming up the muscles, gently massage the limbs with ½ teaspoon of this blend in the direction of the heart. After exercise, take a bath with ¼ cup of mineral salts mixed with 5 drops of Clary sage and 5 drops of Lavender and feel all your pains melt away. After bath, massage sore areas with this pain relief blend.

OBSTACLE 3: Apathy, discouragement and boredom
What: Essential oils of Ylang ylang, Litsea cubeba, Orange, Mandarin, Bergamot, Clary Sage
Why: Most of us go through a lot of stress and fatigue each day. These essential oils enliven, rejuvenate and harmonize the mind. Essential oils also support emotional well-being during difficult times and infuse mental strength and positivity to help us battle all adversities.
How: When you feel down and troubled, add a couple of drops of one of the above mentioned essential oils to a tissue, body, breathe deeply and SMILE!

OBSTACLE 4: Restlessness, insomnia, nervous tension and anxiety
What: Essential oils of Palo Santo, Lavender, Mandarin, Sandalwood
Why: Adequate sleep is very essential to maintain a healthy weight. Anxiety, stress and insomnia result in the release of a hormone called cortisol that makes us want to binge on sugary foods and promotes the accumulation of fats in our body. Cortisol also destroys muscle tissue and weakens the brain, bones and immune system.
How: Induce an atmosphere of peace and relaxation in your bedroom. For a better sleep, put 4 drops of essential oil on a cotton pad and tuck it under the pillow case.

OBSTACLE 5: Poor muscle tone, food cravings and poor lymphatic drainage
What: Peppermint, Spearmint, Fennel essential oils for cravings. Cedarwood, Fennel, Rosemary and Cypress essential oils for lymphatic drainage
Why: It is not the stomach that lets you know that you are full but your hypothalamus. Inhaling these essential oils induces the hypothalamus to send a message to the stomach that you are no longer hungry and also triggers positive reactions in the brain. Cypress, Rosemary, Cedarwood, and Fennel essential oils are very effective in soothing the skin and eliminating excess water and fat in the tissues.
How: When you are hit by a food craving or feel like over-eating, take three sniffs of Fennel essential oil through each nostril.Mix 10 drops of each: Cypress, Rosemary, Cedarwood and Fennel essential oils in a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil and massage this blend over your body in a circular motion twice a day.

OBSTACLE 6: Low energy levels, fatigue and lack of concentration
What: Essential oils of Rosemary, Pine, Peppermint, Cardamom, Spruce
Why: : Essential oils in this blend infuse health, energy and vitality in the body by providing adrenal support enhancing memory and cleansing the system of toxins.
How: Place 3-4 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale for a great energizing effect.

OBSTACLE 7: Feminine imbalances, low self –esteem and lack of body awareness
What: Essential oils of Geranium, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Rose, Jasmine
Why: Essential oils that come from flowers make us feel beautiful and confident from within.
How: Place 3-4 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale every time you need to uplift your senses.

Author's Bio: 

Cristina Proano-Carrion:
Born and raised in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, my memories are always related to the scents of my homeland. A professional Aromatherapist since 1994, I received her Complementary Health Education Diploma in Aromatherapy in 1997 from the Kevala Center in the U.K., and advanced my studies in 1998 when I took the International Training Program in Essential Oils at Purdue University in Indiana.
After trying for 4 years to get pregnant, I discovered the therapeutic powers of essential oils that help to balance your hormonal system, detox your body and provide a general sense of well being for your mind, your body and your heart. The result was that after a month of applying a blend of essential oils I got pregnant and during my pregnancy, the birth of my son and his 13 years I have only used essential oils. The result is a healthy child who has never needed antibiotics because he has never had any major infection. This experience has been shared with many audiences on TV and radio as well as in seminars and workshops in North and South America.
Currently, I have formulated Aromandina, my own line of highly therapeutic, sustainable aromatherapy products.