Anorexia Nervosa And Bulimia

Aromatherapy Treatment

When the anorexic can accept that treatment is required, aromatherapy can be highly successful. Psychotherapy or counseling should be used in conjunction with aromatherapy. The main aim of the treatment is to improve the psychological state of the anorexic. You must develop a trusting relationship if you are to make headway.


The following essential oils will help to alleviate depression, encourage optimism and improve self-esteem: Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rose and Ylang Ylang.

Bergamot can be used to help regulate the appetite. For courage try Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rose and Thyme are invaluable.

Constipation can be treated with Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Rose and Rosemary.

Suggested formula:

2 drops Bergamot
2 drops Mandarin
2 drops Jasmine

Aroma massage

Perform aroma massage weekly. As the treatment progresses encourage the anorexic to employ some self-massage techniques. This is an excellent therapy and allows the sufferer to get in touch with his or her body and to learn to love and appreciate him or herself. It engenders a feeling of pampering and restores self-esteem and confidence.

Suggested formula:

1 drop Bergamot
1 drop Jasmine
1 drop Rose
Diluted in 10 ml of Massage Oil


Avoid Thyme if pregnant.


To gain weight the anorexic should eat small but frequent meals of nutrient-rich foods. Fruit and vegetables will probably not seem too much of a threat to the anorexic as they are regarded as ‘slimming’ foods. Nuts and other forms of protein are required to build up the body. Supplements of Zinc help to restore the appetite and work on the psychological symptoms. Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Calcium and Magnesium are also helpful.

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This recipe is from “Teach Yourself Aromatherapy” by Denise Whichello Brown.

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