Essential oils are versatile, pure and healthy and have a huge number of different benefits. Helping with weight loss is just one of them.
The reason essential oils work great for weight loss is due to their purity. Often weight loss products can be calorific in themselves, and can often contain acidic ingredients which can have other side-effects. On the other hand, essential oils assist in weight loss whilst avoiding those negative side-effects.
Essential oil companies have developed sophisticated blends of weight loss products, but pure essential oils themselves can have fantastic benefits for weight loss. Here we outline the 5 best essential oils for weight loss, and how they work!
Grapefruit is commonly used as an antiseptic and disinfectant, as it has a sweet, crisp, and uplifting aroma. It is also often used for weight loss.
First and foremost, Grapefruit oil smells great! That’s always a good start. But it is also perfect for switching your body into fat-burning mode. Grapefruit oil can assist in curbing cravings, boosting metabolism, increasing energy and endurance, and in reducing abdominal fat accumulation.
What is the theory behind this? Grapefruit contains “nootkatone”, a natural chemical compound that increases your metabolism and helps your body melt fat away. Limonene, grapefruit’s primary component, induces lipolysis, the process whereby body fat and protein is broken down and dissolved.
Peppermint is fresh, minty, and quite intense, and contains menthol which has a calming and cooling effect. It can assist weight loss by increasing energy and mental alertness, elevating mood, assisting digestion, and reducing appetite.
Peppermint contains up to 70% menthol, and has been used medicinally for centuries to treat indigestion. Peppermint oil is an effective muscle relaxer, and when used along with caraway oil, it was found to ease the muscles of the stomach, reduce bloating, and improve the flow of bile – which allows food to pass through the body faster.
Peppermint oil is also a natural appetite suppressant. Studies have shown that people who inhale or digest peppermint oil regularly experience lower hunger levels and consumed significantly fewer calories.
doTERRA’s range of “Slim and Sassy” products contains Peppermint, which gives a great taste whilst also controlling and suppressing hunger.
Cinnamon is derived from the inner bark or leaves of the Cinnamomum tree, and has a warm and sweet fragrance. Its main benefits include that it can improve insulin sensitivity, regulate blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation.
Cinnamon oil aids in controlling your blood sugar and insulin release, which in turn keeps your sugar cravings in check. Stabilising blood sugar levels with Cinnamon oil keeps your body from craving sugary junk foods. You are also less likely to over-eat if you add Cinnamon oil to your routine, which is key to staying on track with your healthy diet
Bergamot orange is a complex blend with sweet, tangy, and spicy notes. Its main benefits are that it boosts mood and increases energy. This citrusy, floral oil increases your energy levels and improves your mood, preventing problems like emotional eating and skipping workouts. Bergamot oil offers a pleasant way to break that cycle.
Have you ever come home from work with great intentions to exercise, and then to relax for 15 minutes and convince yourself to ditch the exercise?! It happens to everyone, and the great thing is that Bergamot oil can help in that exact situation.
Also, anxiety and depression can sometimes lead to emotional eating, and while this may bring about a temporary sense of comfort and relief, eventually it piles on even more negative emotions like guilt and self-criticism. Inhaling Bergamot oil for 15 minutes can not only boost your mood but also reduce cortisol (which is a stress hormone), that negatively affects fat loss.
And finally, topping the list of essential oils for weight loss is ginger oil. This supports digestion, reduces inflammation, and eases sugar craving. Ginger oil is a common treatment for nausea. Ginger oil also serves as a thermogenic agent, which means that it can help to burn fat and boost your metabolism.
Try adding two drops of ginger oil to a cup of warm water and drinking it as you would tea, or adding two to three drops to a warm water bath and soaking, or inhaling it directly from the bottle.
How does it work? Ginger oil contains “gingerols”, which are compounds that reduce inflammation in your intestines and help you absorb vitamins and minerals from the food you eat. Reducing inflammation can lower your risk of many diseases, and actually aid in absorbing the vitamins from your food, which will improve your overall health! Ginger essential oil also helps curb sugar cravings that could take you off track from your healthy diet
Essential oils are never going to cure all weight management issues. But they sure can help.
For example, if you use Bergamot and it helps you make it to training one extra evening per week, wouldn’t that have a fantastic impact on your weight management goals? Or if you eat that little bit less due to the suppressant effects of Peppermint, wouldn’t that help enshrine a habit of eating a slight bit less? At Purity of Earth we believe in incremental progress towards you wellness goals. And the use of essential oils in weight management is certainly progress! We think that essential oils can have a fantastic ancillary effect on your weight loss goals.
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