By now I’m sure you’ve heard of at least one use of essential oils for cleaning or immune support but did you know they can also help you lose weight?
Keep reading to discover which essential oils may help you reach your weight loss goals.
Essential oils can help inhibit cravings and hunger pangs just by breathing them in.
They also help resolve underlying reasons behind weight gain which may be stress, depression, anxiety, etc.
Some researchers go so far as to believe that when essential oils are rubbed on areas on the body they can boost metabolic rate which induces the fat-burning process.
Massage experts also use essential oils on areas to reduce the appearance of cellulite and smooth out skin.
Some essential oils can be diffused or inhaled to raise energy levels and burn fat.
The trick is to inhale for no less than 5 minutes to fully reap their benefits and successfully be able to curb your cravings and suppress your appetite.
Along with a healthy, well-balanced diet and some regular exercise, some of these essential oils can definitely help you shed pounds.
Related: Why I Use Essential Oils And Cleansing Supplements Together
Make Sure To Get Your Essential Oil Diffuser
Essential Oil Diffuser
Before you get started using essential oils for weight loss or any other use around the house you should get a diffuser.
Diffusers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. I’ve found several on Amazon for under $20 that have been working fine for over a year.
This one from Amazon is my favorite. Be sure to check out my post about how to use diffuser jewelry.
They are really helpful during the fall and spring allergy season.
Diffusers make great gifts, too.
Five Effective Essential Oils for Weight Loss
The most effective essential oils for weight loss are peppermint, lemon, cinnamon, grapefruit, and ginger.
It’s important to remember, however, that it’s a long-term plan that you have to commit to.
Some people may start seeing positive results right away while others see benefits after 4 – 6 weeks, but it still takes time, discipline and commitment.
Peppermint Essential Oil
This essential oil releases one of the ‘happy hormones’ in the brain; serotonin which is also known to be a natural appetite suppressant.
If you diffuse peppermint in the area where you’re eating, this will spike serotonin levels and you’ll find yourself eating less.
It also has the ability to reduce food cravings while boosting energy levels.
So, the next time you work out, smell some peppermint beforehand and you’ll have more endurance to get through it.
Grapefruit Essential Oil
While it may be known for boosting energy, grapefruit oil is also very helpful in preventing bloating and water retention because it acts as a diuretic, especially if massaged into your skin in small amounts.
It also works with your body to help break down fat by way of certain compounds, mainly D-limonene, which increases metabolism and helps release fatty acids into the bloodstream where the body can then use it for energy.
It’s also best appreciated for its ability to lower cholesterol.
You can add a few drops to your drinking water, diffuse it, or massage it directly on your wrists when craving hits.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
One of the best essential oils for anyone with diabetes, cinnamon is famous for its ability to regulate and balance out blood sugar levels.
In other words, it helps adjust the release of glucose into the bloodstream.
This helps prevent overeating and cravings for sugary foods which, in turn, cause your energy to crash forcing you to reach for the wrong kinds of food – mainly fatty foods high in carbs and low in nutritional value.
Ginger Essential Oil
Boosting metabolism, increasing energy levels, curbing sugar cravings – this ginger essential oil can do it all.
All this is due to certain compounds in ginger roots, called gingerols, which have been proven to reduce inflammations in the intestines.
This helps to improve digestion and prevent bloating to facilitate the absorption of nutrients which is crucial for weight loss.
Lemon Essential Oil
When inhaled, lemon oil tells your body it’s time to burn more body fat.
You can add a few drops in a diffuser, bath water, or a few drops on your wrist.
Lemon oil also has the ability to fight off depression because of its pick-me-up scent, which means it can prevent emotional overeating as a result.
It’s also known for its ability to help with digestion when you add a drop to a glass of water first thing in the morning.
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