Weight loss is a serious undertaking that requires a lot of effort and dedication. Losing weight properly is a long term project and there are no shortcuts. If you decided to lose weight and take better care of your body, you have really taken a good decision, because overweight is not to be taken lightly, if left unchecked it may lead to far more serious problems than just affecting your image.
Essential oils can help suppress the appetite, raise metabolism or stimulate healthy eating habits. If used properly, essential oils have plenty of therapeutic properties. Essential oils have been used since ancient times to treat various conditions. Oils are so effective due to the 50 million smell receptors that are located in the nasal passageways. They connect directly to the brain’s limbic system, which is responsible for emotions and memories. So essential oils also make us feel better just because they smell nice.
Here we have gathered a list of the most effective 9 essential oils that will be of help while losing weight.
1. Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon essential oil is a great help in suppressing appetite and boosting metabolism. It helps break down sugars in order to make energy, and does not allow their storage as fats; it also regulates the glucose tolerance factor. For this reason it is also good for people with diabetes. Cinnamon essential oil improves digestion and stimulates circulation. Adding some cinnamon oil to fruit, tea, oats, baked goods will reduce the rate of glucose release into the blood.
You can use cinnamon essential oil in two different ways:
Internally – add 1 or 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil and a little honey into a cup of warm water. Drink it before a meal or before going to bed. Make sure the essential oil you use internally is of a high quality (food grade).
Inhalation – pour a few drops of cinnamon essential oil on a cotton ball and breathe in the vapors slowly. Do this before a meal in order to reduce appetite and to avoid overeating.
2. Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit essential oil is one of the best for suppressing appetite, increasing energy, preventing water retention, reducing the appearance of cellulite; it also prevents bloating and dissolves fat. It is a natural diuretic, detoxifier, antiseptic and anti-tumoral agent. Grapefruit essential oil is a great help in cleansing and detoxifying your body from the excess of toxins and fats. It activates enzymes that assist the body in breaking down brown body fat. When applied to the skin it is a great diuretic and lymphatic stimulant, no wonder it is included in many cellulite creams.
For losing weight, use the following remedy: add 1 or 2 drops of grapefruit essential oil (food grade) to a glass of water and drink it. It is best to do it first thing in the morning. This will assist in flushing out more toxins, losing excess fat and managing your weight. Or you could also add a few drops of grapefruit essential oil to a carrier oil of your choice (best is olive oil) and massage the area where the fat accumulates for 30 minutes. Do not wash the oil off.
3. Orange Essential Oil
Orange essential oil has a juicy aroma reminding the fresh fruit. It has an antispasmodic, antiseptic, and anti-depressive effect. It is commonly used as added flavoring to various beverages, sweet meats, chocolates, biscuits, etc. In industry it is also used as concentrate for various room fresheners, deodorants, soaps, body lotions, and creams. Orange oil is a help at improving digestion and relieving constipation. In aromatherapy orange oil induces a feeling of happiness and warmth and it helps in the elimination of toxins. It also helps in soothing tensed muscles, as well as depression.
You can add a few drops of it to a glass of water and drink it. Preferably drink this in the morning. It will help eliminate toxins and thus assist in the process of weight loss. You can also dilute it with water and spray it in the air for an uplifting and refreshing smell.
4. Fennel Essential Oil
Fennel essential oil is a powerful detoxifying agent that removes toxins by cleaning the intestines or by pulling them towards the skin for excretion. It also helps digestion and restores hormonal balance. Fennel essential oil is a metabolic enhancer and appetite suppressant, thus being very helpful in supporting weight loss. By increasing the metabolic output it helps break down fat deposits for energy. Using the sources of energy already present in the body greatly reduces the cravings for food. Fennel also contains melatonin which regulates healthy sleep patterns, also helping to control weight gain. In order to reduce the caloric intake when eating, it is recommended to inhale the smell of fennel essential oil. While the smell may not be to the liking of everyone it is very beneficial for food digestion. Fennel can also increase the frequency of urination, while this does not have an effect on fat stores; it does help in the case when water retention causes bloating. Increased urination however also assists in removal of toxins.
5. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil can work wonders in order to soothe an upset stomach and improve the digestive health. Peppermint gives a feeling of being full after a meal, stops cravings, and gives more energy. Peppermint is widely used for flavoring in foods and beverages and also as fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. It is also used for various medications for different health conditions; it can be taken orally in dietary supplements or used as skin cream or ointment. Some evidence also suggests that peppermint oil may also help relieve irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Peppermint essential oil contains fatty acids like the Omega 3, iron, potassium, and magnesium.
In order to avoid overeating add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to a cotton ball and inhale the vapors. This will also reduce appetite. You may also add 1 or 2 drops of peppermint oil to a glass of water and drink it before a meal to get the same result.
6. Ginger Essential Oil
Another useful essential oil for weight loss is ginger essential oil. It also reduces sugar cravings and helps to reduce inflammation in the body. Ginger contains powerful compounds that are called gingerols. They have been proven scientifically to reduce disease-causing inflammation in intestines and also improve absorption of vitamins and minerals. They also assist the body in removing toxic waste. Absorbing more vitamins and minerals supports your body in creating cellular energy and stimulates weight loss. If inhaled, the scent of ginger essential oil provides motivation for healthy physical activity. Ginger essential oil increases energy, while warming the body and also acts like a herbal tonic to stimulate the systems of the body. In order to boost metabolism, add 1 or 2 drops of ginger essential oil to your favorite tea and drink it. Boosting the metabolism will be of great help in your purpose of losing weight.
7. Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood essential oil is best known for its use in body fragrances and products like incense, perfumes, aftershaves and some other cosmetics. Sandalwood oil has been part of Indian religious and spiritual traditions since prehistory and has also been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Sandalwood essential oil has a number of benefits, among them is that it offers mental clarity when it is used as incense or body fragrance, while also creating a feeling of relaxation and calm. Sandalwood oil also works as a memory booster and as a natural aphrodisiac. It is also an effective astringent, antiviral, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. Sandalwood is excellent for treating coughs and is also able to decrease blood pressure. Sandalwood is also high in antioxidants and can reduce the damage caused by free radicals, which promote aging. Using sandalwood oil as a fragrance helps triggering calming and peaceful feelings. In traditional medicine it has been used to treat digestive issue, urinary infections, depressions and other conditions.
8. Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot has natural sedative properties that can help specifically target weight gain caused by stress. Bergamot essential oil is a great help in fighting overeating just by inhaling it. The scent of this essential oil may help relax and lift your spirit and thus help you avoid eating when you are not really hungry. Bergamot also contains polyphenols which help your body burn fats and sugar.
Put a few drops of bergamot essential oil on a cotton ball and slowly inhale in order to relax and calm your body and mind when you feel you are about to grab something to eat in order to deal with your emotions. You can also dilute a few drops of bergamot essential oil with a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil and then gently massage your feet and neck to wind down. Or you could also add a few drops of bergamot oil to your morning bath to help you through the day.
Keep in mind that bergamot oil is not recommended for children or pregnant women.
9. Cypress Essential Oil
Cypress essential oil is one of the best for skincare; it improves blood circulation, excretion of toxins, it flushes out excess water, and is a very promising cellulite treatment. Cypress oil can help fight infections, aid the respiratory system and remove toxins from the body. It can also remove nervousness and anxiety. Cypress oil has antiseptic qualities and it is able to treat both external and internal wounds, and it also prevents infections. Because of its antispasmodic qualities, cypress oil treats cramps and muscle pulls. It also cleanses the liver and lowers the cholesterol levels naturally. Cypress oil also is able to stop excess blood flow and actively promotes the clotting of blood when needed. This makes it an effective treatment for wounds, cuts and open sores. Use cypress oil only aromatically and topically, and avoid it during pregnancy. Also there is not enough research to support if it is safe.