5 Essential Oils to Help You Lose Weight
Struggling to maintain a healthy weight is a battle that many of us face. Fighting to get your weight under control either to improve your health, or to reach a body weight that you will feel good about can be an up-hill battle. Fortunately, there are a number of Essential Oils, & Essential Oil recipes that can be used to assist you in reaching your weight loss goals.
It is important to note that Essential Oils are not a magic cure for weight loss. Essential Oils will not "melt the the pounds away" or anything like that. Instead, Essential Oils work in tandem with a healthier lifestyle & regular exercise by helping you to stay motivated, increasing your energy levels, decreasing cravings, & helping you to manage the stress that is often at the root of fatigue & overeating.
Essential Oils that Support Weight Loss
Grapefruit Essential Oil
The benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil, when trying to lose weight, include acting as a natural appetite suppressant. In addition, diffusing Grapefruit Essential Oil in your home can help increase your energy levels, improve your mood & boost your metabolism. When applied topically, Grapefruit also help with digestion & aid in the detoxification of your body in order to reduce bloating.
Bergamot Essential Oil
In weight loss blends, Bergamot Essential Oil is an uplifting & stress relieving oil. If you struggle with stress eating, diffusing Essential Oil blends with Bergamot will help calm your nerves & ease your anxieties.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
When it comes to helping with weight loss, Sandalwood's effectiveness on the limbic system makes it helpful in controlling emotion-related food cravings. Try diffusing Sandalwood Essential Oil at home, or massage a few drops into the inside of your wrists, or onto the bottoms of your feet in the evening before bed.
Peppermint Essential Oil
The same anti-inflammatory properties that make Peppermint Essential Oil effective in pain relief, make it effective in weight loss as well. Massaging a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil onto your abdomen helps to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract & helps to reduce bloating. The strong minty scent of Peppermint Essential Oil has also been shown to help reduce cravings.
Ocotea Essential Oil
Ocotea is a difficult Essential Oil to get from retailers, & is used infrequently in Aromatherapy. When it comes to weight loss however, Ocotea Essential Oil has been shown to help the body regulate glucose levels thereby increasing your metabolism & reducing the instances of cravings. If you can find a retailer who stocks Ocotea Essential Oil, it is well-worth purchasing.
Essential Oil Recipe for Weight Loss
What follows is a fantastic blend for anyone looking to lose weight & anyone who needs some assistance maintaining their energy levels & curbing food cravings. This blend should be diluted into the carrier oil of your choice ( we LOVE coconut oil for this blend). You can use your finished product as a massage oil, a bath oil, or you can apply it to the bottoms of your feet in the evening before bed.
15 drops - Grapefruit Essential Oil
10 drops - Sandalwood Essential Oil
10 drops - Bergamot Essential Oil
5 drops - Peppermint Essential Oil
For added potency, you can add 10 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil to the above blend. If you feel that this blend is still not strong enough, try adding a few more drops of each Essential Oil until you have a blend that you are pleased with.
Weight Loss Recipe for Your Aromatherapy Diffuser
Inhaling these essential oils is a great way to curb cravings throughout the day. If you find yourself tempted to step out of line with your new lifestyle choice, try diffusing the following blend in your aromatherapy blend.
5 drops - grapefruit essential oil
3 drops - sandalwood essential oil
3 drops - bergamot essential oil
2 drops - peppermint essential oil
Diffuse this blend in the morning and throughout the day whenever you feel yourself in desperate need of a tasty treat.