Are you feeling a bit overweight and searching for a natural way to shed a few pounds? Essential oils for weight loss may be exactly what you need. Aromatherapy has many benefits that can help improve your mental, emotional and physical state so you can lose those extra pounds easier. Losing weight is not as simple as eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly because other factors play a role in how well you control your weight.
Many people are overweight because they crave sweets and just can’t seem to get a handle on it. Others overeat because they are struggling with emotional issues and they binge out on comfort food. That makes things even worse so they end up eating even more. It’s very hard to break this vicious cycle.
Depression, hormonal changes, stress and a variety of medical problems can make it difficult to lose weight no matter how hard you try. For these reasons, people all around the world have tried essential oils to help them with their weight issues and many of them have had great success. Here are the top 5 essential oils used for weight loss.
Essential Oils For Weight Loss
Cinnamon Essential Oil
doTERRA Cinnamon Essential Oil 5 mlWhy It Helps You Lose Weight: Regulates blood glucose levels and reduces sugar cravings!
Millions of people suffer from diabetes making it very difficult for them to lose weight. Cinnamon oil has helped people regulate their blood glucose levels, which in turn reduce sugar cravings. As a result, you eat less.
Many people with diabetes develop insulin resistance. This is when the body stops responding to insulin and begins storing fat causing the person to gain weight.
Cinnamon oil may help prevent this problem by improving insulin sensitivity, so you’re body functions normally.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Organic Peppermint Essential Oil.Why It Helps You Lose Weight: Natural appetite suppressant!
Peppermint is a natural appetite suppressant. Many people who use it notice they don’t feel as hungry, so it helps them control their calorie intake.
Peppermint oil aids the digestive system and reduces bloating that can contribute to weight gain. It may also enhance your mood and increase your energy levels, which can help you lose weight.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Why It Helps You Lose Weight: Helps you manage emotions and avoid emotional eating!
If you’re struggling with emotional issues that lead to overeating, then bergamot essential oil may help. Some people find this oil increases their energy levels and it makes them feel better emotionally.
It helps to relieve stress, anxiety and depression that can lead to overeating. When you eat less, it helps you lose weight. Therefore, this oil may help you get off the emotional roller coaster so you can control your diet.
Read our guide to using bergamot essential oil.
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit (Pink) Essential OilWhy It Helps You Lose Weight: Boosts energy and helps you get motivated!
Grapefruit oil is great for people who have trouble getting motivated about exercising and for those that have a slow metabolism. It may help your body eliminate fat naturally by boosting your metabolism and increasing both your energy levels and endurance.
It’s easier to exercise when you have the energy to go for a long walk or join that exercise class. It may also help to curb cravings so you can stick to your diet.
Lemon Essential Oil
Majestic Pure Lemon Essential Oil for Aromatherapy, 5x Extra Strength, 4 fl. OzWhy It Helps You Lose Weight: Natural fat burner!
Lemon oil contains limonene, which helps to dissolve fat so you can lose weight. It increases your energy levels and enhances your mood so you feel like working out. It may also help reduce pain from sore, achy muscles so you don’t mind working a little harder to reach your ideal weight goal.
Other essential oils for weight loss that you can try
Other essential oils that may help you lose weight include:
- Juniper berry
If you want to lose weight, aromatherapy may be what you need to help you reach your goals. Inhaling essential oils have helped many people control their diets and lose weight by increasing energy levels, enhancing mood and helping their bodies function a little better.
Is the best way to use these oils for weight loss is through inhaling them or ingesting or topically and do you blend all together?
Lori A Edge, I personally used peppermint , grapefruit and lemon essential oils, a couple drops each and added them to an empty vegetable capsule. I get mine from Young Living because I feel safe ingesting their oils 😉 NOT all essential oils can or should be ingested.
Do you mix all three in a veggie cap and how many times a day do you take them?
Hi Paula, yes I mixed them all in one veggie cap . I took one in the morning and another around dinner.
I personally don’t advocate essential oil ingestion. I use these oils in my diffusers and in in roller bottles.
I ingest Young Living oils, and I find that adding 3-4 drops each of lemon, grapefruit, and peppermint oils to my (mint) tea at least once a day has been a wonderful diuretic, appetite suppressant, and mood enhancer. I struggle with water weight and edema, especially during hot/humid weather, and I was amazed at the amount of fluid loss after my very first cup of tea with the above blend. I could take the blend in a gel capsule, but I also love the aromatherapy benefit of putting the blend in my tea. Co-workers also comment about the lovely “spa” smell when I drink the tea in my office!
Becky, I personally don’t agree with ingesting essential oils on a regular basis. Hopefully you’ve done your research.