Putting on weight is something we all try to avoid. There are times in everyone’s lives, though, when eating excessively seems like the only way to relieve sentimental stress and empty our heads from negative thoughts, even temporarily.
Worse yet, even though putting on weight is the easiest thing to do, losing weight can be one of the hardest things to achieve! Just remember, Essential oils is not an easy way out. Rather, they should be seen as a method to support your efforts along the way.
Why Essential Oils Can Help Lose Weight
Essential oils address the areas where support is often needed in our weight loss journey.
They improve metabolism and boost digestion, helping your body burn more calories.
The right essential oils can increase energy levels and reduce fatigue. When you feel more energized, your urge to succumb to emotional or spontaneous eating is less.
Essential oils have relaxing properties, which are very useful when it comes to dealing with sugar cravings or symptoms of psychological eating.
Inhaling the right essential oils can suppress appetite by sending signals to your brain that you feel full.
Some essential oils can break down fat due to their diuretic and lymphatic system stimulating properties.
Due to their ability to regulate the glucose levels of the blood, certain essential oils are particularly beneficial in fighting cravings.
Some lend strong anti-inflammatory support, which can help support your body’s healing energy which in turn promotes loss of weight.
Top 5 Essential Oils For Weight Loss
1. Cayenne Essential Oil (Capsicum Annuum)
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, a compound that can play an important role in burning belly fat and preventing fat storage alongside the tissues of the muscles.
It is excellent at improving digestion by stimulating the stomach secretions’ flow as well as saliva. As a natural stimulant (without the negative side effects of high blood pressure, palpitations etc.) cayenne can help you overcome fatigue and restore your stamina so you can get more active.
In addition, due to its ability to improve blood circulation, it improves the absorption of food in your body.
As a rich source of antioxidants including vitamin A, B6, C, and E as well as other valuable nutrients, cayenne pepper is a strong antioxidant which can boost your immune system.
It is also believed that it can control the levels of blood sugar and has appetite suppressant properties.
Cayenne can be used on its own after mixed with a carrier oil but if you want to mix it with another essential oil first, a good option would be peppermint for its cooling effect, as well as lavender or chamomile.
2. Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha Piperita)
When it comes to weight loss, peppermint works as an appetite suppressant.
It boosts metabolism and promotes digestion which results in burning more calories! At the same time, peppermint is good for calming down the digestive tract by relieving excessive acidity.
Peppermint contains Menthol, a substance that relaxes body muscles and relieves mental stress. Increased stress does have a negative effect on the metabolism. When anxiety and stress is reduced, your metabolism will improve.
Peppermint blends great with citrus essential oils such as tangerine, bergamot, orange and grapefruit which will give you an uplifting but at the same time soothing effect.
3. Cinnamon Essential Oil (Cinnamomum Verum)
First, cinnamon oil may help maintain a normal metabolism and good blood sugar levels which will consequently reduce your sugar cravings. In general, unstable sugar levels in the blood causes uncontrollable cravings.
One more benefit of cinnamon for weight loss lies in its antioxidant power, which is useful for strengthening the immune system and helping your body be healthier overall.
As a mood enhancer, cinnamon oil can lift you up at those times that your mood is not at its best and the idea of losing extra weight feels too overwhelming for you to handle. Just smelling this essential oil can infuse you with confidence and positivity to go through a hard day.
Before blending cinnamon with other essential oils, keep in mind that due to its strong smell, it can be overpowering and even negatively affect the mucous-secreting membranes.
The best way to go is to add one or two drops of cinnamon oil to a base oil blend of citrus oils such as orange, bergamot or grapefruit. It also blends very well with ginger, cardamom, ylang-ylang, rosemary, and lavender.
4 Grapefruit Essential Oil (Citrus Paradisi)
Grapefruit has long been known for its weight loss properties and as such, it has enjoyed great popularity.
Grapefruit essential oil is good at burning fat due to its rich content in certain compounds such as D-limonene which may activate those enzymes that are responsible for breaking down body fat.
It also improves metabolism and supports lymphatic glands drainage, which prevents bloating as well as retention of water in your body.
When inhaled, it suppresses appetite, When topically applied, it can improve the appearance of cellulite, which becomes more visible when losing weight.
Grapefruit blends well with sweet Bergamot oil or lemon essential oil as well as floral essential oils such as jasmine oil, chamomile, ylang-ylang, and geranium oil.
5. Ginger Essential Oil (Zingiber Officinale)
Ginger oil is a lovely essential oil with a warm spicy and woodsy smell. It stimulates the metabolism, reduces bloating and improves digestion, which can lead to fat burning.
In addition, the Gingerols that ginger contains are known to reduce inflammation in the body and therefore boost the cells’ energy.
By stimulating blood circulation, ginger prevents the appearance of cellulite while due to its mood-enhancing properties, it calms down the nervous system and provides you with an uplifting boost that is so much needed for people who try to abstain from spontaneous eating.
Ginger blends excellently with patchouli essential oil, vetiver, frankincense, coriander, rose, cedarwood, neroli, and orange.
Essential Oils For Weight Loss Recipes
Curb My Appetite Diffuser Blend
When hunger strikes, try this diffuser blend to help ease that hungry tummy.
- 3 drops of Grapefruit
- 2 drops of Peppermint
- 1 drop of Ginger
Inhale the exotic aroma, breathe it in slowly and fully. Focus on the delightful smells coming out of your diffuser. Focus on everything else but food.
Play with the amounts of these three oils, and create your own version of this Appetite Curbing Blend.
Cellulite Go Away Massage Blend
That lumpy, bumpy skin that appears on our thighs can strike fear into many a woman, but with this massage blend, your lumps and bumps will appear lighter and less obvious.
In a small glass jar, add:
- 5mls of Grapeseed oil
- 3 mls of Avocado oil
- 2mls Rosehip oil
Then add 2 drops of each of the following essential oils:
- Juniper Berry
these oils are known for their cleansing and detoxifying properties.
Before using the massage blend, use a dry natural bristle body brush as “dry brush” your problem areas. Use small circular motions brush your limbs, always in an upwards motion towards the heart. Then, place a few drops of the massage blend on your hands and massage it into the skin, again in a circular motion.
Motivate Me Inhaler Blend
Staying motivated on your weight loss journey is probably the biggest hurdle you will face. Some days, you’ll feel like you are winning the game, others, you feel disappointed and ready to give up. Use this blend on an inhaler stick to help keep you motivated throughout the process.
Combine onto your inhaler stick wick:
- 12 drops of Grapefruit
- 3 drops of Peppermint
- 1 drop of Cinnamon
Each inhaler comes in four parts – the main body, an absorbent wick, a cap to secure the wick inside the body and an outer lid.
Simply drop between 10 to 15 drops of the Motivate Me blend onto the wick, pop it into the plastic body, snap the cap on then screw on the cover.
These inhaler sticks are easy to use, they are small and portable meaning you can take it with your wherever you go. Pop it into your handbag or pocket, and when you need that motivating boost, inhale the divine aroma.
Combine it with positive words as you inhale, such as “I am calm”.
If you can’t get your hands on one of these inhaler sticks, grab a small glass jar, pop a cotton ball into it, then add 4-5 drops of the blend. Close the lid, and pop it into your bag. Open it when you need support, inhale the smell, and remind yourself that you are awesome, and that you can do this.
- Losing weight needs a holistic approach that will take into account the different aspects of a person’s health condition, lifestyle, and personality.
- Essential oils can support weight loss. They do so naturally by:
- Improving metabolism and digestion
- Increasing energy levels
- Relaxing us which reduces the need for emotional eating
- Suppressing appetite
- Breaking down fat in some cases
- Regulating blood sugar levels
- Supporting our bodies in fighting inflammation – a major contributor to weight gain
- Essential Oils won’t make you lose weight on their own, yet combined with other methods of losing weight they will support you on your way to your goals!