What Essential Oils are Good for Weight Loss (and How to Use Them)
It can be very hard to lose weight. You can try eating healthier and eating less, exercising and getting into shape. But for some of us, after a couple weeks or less, maybe a month or two, life gets in the way. Old habits come back. Cravings for your old favorites start to surface. And soon you’re back to where you started from. When some people start dieting, they get cravings for their old comfort foods. They also procrastinate on exercising. “I’m too tired. Tomorrow I will”.
What essential oils are good for weight loss? There are essential oils that help with weight loss by helping calm your emotions, i.e., stress and anxiety. When people are stressed, they tend to eat more, eat more comfort foods, eat when they’re not hungry. Stress can have an impact on your willpower, making it hard to resist bad foods, easier to make excuses not to exercise. And stress increases your cortisol levels which causes your body to hold onto fat.
Essential oils can also make you feel energized and more positive. They can work on your body chemistry in
positive ways by helping to stabilize blood sugar. So what essential oils are good for weight loss? The following are 6 essential oils that will help you in your weight-loss goal.
1. Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit contains a compound called nootkatone. This compound speeds up your metabolism and will help melt fat away. The refreshing scent is also invigorating. It’s known to boost energy levels and reduce stress. Grapefruit also contains a compound called limonene. Limonene breaks down and dissolves body fat. Grapefruit can also reduce cravings and has antioxidants.
A way to use grapefruit essential oil is to mix it with a carrier oil like coconut oil, jojoba oil or almond oil and rub it into the parts of your body where you want to lose weight, i.e., stomach, legs. If you do this in the morning, you will feel energized and should have less food cravings throughout the day.
Another way to gain the effects of grapefruit essential oil is to use a diffuser or inhale deeply before eating.
2. Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon also contains limonene, which breaks down body fats. Lemon oil helps detoxify and eliminate toxins
in the body that can get stored in fat cells. It increases mood-boosting levels of norepinephrine. Its zesty scent will energize you.
A way to use lemon essential oil for weight loss is to mix it with a carrier oil like coconut oil, jojoba oil or almond oil and rub it into the parts of your body where you want to lose weight, i.e., stomach, legs. If you do this in the morning, you will feel energized and should have less food cravings throughout the day.
Another way to use lemon essential oil is with a diffuser or on a cotton ball or breath in straight from the bottle.
3. Cinnamon Essential Oil
Unstable blood sugar can lead to overeating, low energy, and weight gain. Cinnamon stabilizes your blood sugar levels and insulin release and helps reduce cravings for sugary sweets. It has also been linked to lowering blood glucose. Cinnamon oil is very concentrated with antioxidants, which makes it effective as a circulation booster, digestive aid, and blood sugar stabilizer.
Cinnamon oil is safe to take internally. To support weight loss take 1-2 drops in a teacup of warm water with a spoon full of honey.
When a sudden food craving hits, breath it in deeply straight from the bottle. This will make you feel fuller and will also boost your mood.
You can also apply it topically with a carrier oil to your wrists or chest. You can also put it in a diffuser to boost your mood.
4. Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil suppresses your appetite. It also helps with indigestion and bloating. It’s great for digestive health and when used in a diffuser, the fresh scent wakes up your senses and brings focus, reduces fatigue and can curb your appetite.
Add one or two drops of peppermint oil to water before meals as an appetite suppressant. Peppermint oil feels cool when you use it topically, so rubbing one to two drops into your temples and behind your neck can give you energy and pain relief you need. You can also diffuse peppermint oil or inhale it from the bottle for a quick energy boost.
5. Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger essential oil reduces sugar cravings and helps reduce inflammation. Compounds in ginger are called gingerols. They have been proven to reduce disease-causing inflammation in your intestines and improve absorption of vitamins and minerals. Ginger also curbs sugar cravings.
Ginger is safe to take internally. Take one or two drops in tea or a green smoothie for best results. You can also diffuse ginger at home or work, inhale the oil from the bottle or apply 2-3 drops topically with a carrier oil to the stomach area after eating.
Bergamot essential oil should be used when you feel unmotivated or feel defeated. It can increase your energy levels and improve your mood, which prevents problems like emotional eating or putting off your work-out routines. Bergamot is the emotionally feel good essential oil.
Bergamot can be inhaled deeply to suppress the appetite and reduce how much you eat. You can add 2 drops to a glass of water to support your metabolism. Put a few drops in your shower and cover the drain to feel good mentally.
Using Essential Oils for Weight Loss
If you want to try essential oils for weight loss, I would recommend the above essential oils.
If you want to take essential oils internally, I would recommend using 1 or 2 drops of your favorite essential oil in a glass of water with honey and lemon. Essential oils are very powerful and should never be misused. You can use them topically mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oil or almond oil. And you can also diffuse them or inhale them from the bottle or add drops to a cotton ball and hold it up to your nose and breath in. Essential oils are very powerful. And these 6 essential oils are the most effective for helping you to lose weight.