It is common knowledge that in order to lose weight, you must improve your diet and increase your activity level.
But did you know that aromatherapy can help?
Often people who want an extra boost to help them reach their weight loss goals. Unfortunately, many turn to stimulants such as caffeine to help. This results in extra stress on the body, when your body is already stressed by the changes you’re making.
Why not use natural, supportive, and soothing plant-based medicines that reassure the body instead of stress?
When using essential oils for weight loss, you can use them in diffusers. However, with the direction of a health care professional, you may choose to use them internally. All of these oils are generally regarded as safe by the FDA. Still, for best results and safety, choose organic oils and only buy from a trusted source.
These four essential oils have been proven to support fat loss:
Grapefruit oil contains d-limonene, which is found in citrus peels. A study found that supplementing d-limonene improved metabolic enzyme levels. (Published in Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology Vol. 112, Issue 3, pp 175-181, Mar 2013.)
Add a drop or two to 12 ounces of drinking water and consume before breakfast.
Peppermint oil has been shown to improve weight loss because it suppresses cravings and improves digestion. (Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckmann J. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Integrative Medicine Communications; 2000:297-303.)
Add a drop or two to a quart of drinking water or choose enteric-coated capsules to make sure the peppermint oil reaches the bowel.
Cinnamon oil helps balance blood sugar levels, which will assist in weight loss and improve diabetes. (J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2010 May; 4(3): 685–693. Published online 2010 May 1.) Add a drop of cinnamon oil to your steel cut oats (after cooking) for breakfast, use a drop or two in fruit smoothies, even stir into vanilla ice cream!
Ginger oil contains gingerol which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and increases thermogenesis, which boosts metabolism. (J Basic Clin Physiol Pharmacol; 2015 Jan; 26(1):95-103.)
Ginger juice or grated ginger contain these aromatic and flavorful compounds and can be used to make tea or flavor drinking water. Drink before or after each meal, or anytime you like! Also, use ginger oil diluted in water with a squeeze of lemon.