Using essential oils for weight loss is becoming increasingly popular amongst people who want to burn fat and lose weight quickly, effectively, and safely.
And, although a good eating plan and exercise are vital to losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we often forget to focus on the psychological and physiological side, which can be a decisive factor in this journey.
Anyone who has lost weight knows perfectly well that it is a battle between body and mind, understanding genetics, brain chemistry, hormones, emotions, and environment.
Nevertheless, keep in mind that when you start using essential oils, you will not lose a ton of weight. But it will definitely help you lose a few pounds and support your body, your mind, and help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Although there is no substitute for diet and exercise, aromatherapy can give you an extra boost that will help you overcome anxiety during your diet adjustment period.
Mood & mental disorders can severely impact weight
If you struggle with anxiety attacks reflected in food cravings, lack of motivation, slow metabolism, sudden junk food cravings, or a depressive mood, using essential oils can be a key part of overcoming these obstacles and helping you lose fat.
You can also use essential oils on your skin and get impressive results, as the oils are absorbed by the skin and help eliminate fat from your body.
10 Essential oils for weight loss
If you have tried to lose weight without success, you have almost certainly been told that your metabolism is too slow because of your hormones. This is mostly true!
If your food cravings are due to stress, here are the oils you’ll want to keep nearby:
1. Sandalwood oil (Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood)
Sandalwood oil is very potent. Thus, it can help you eliminate feelings of stress and, as a result, help to prevent you from overeating.
Alternatively, you can ingest it by adding a drop or two with a tablespoon of honey in 15 ml of coconut milk.
2. Bergamot oil
Bergamot oil contains large amounts of polyphenols (one of the main components of green tea) that help stop fat production in the blood cells.
It also promotes metabolism and prevents the absorption of harmful cholesterol. It contains an enzyme that is activated when blood sugar is higher than it should be. It aids in the breakdown of sugar as well as fat.
Bergamot essential oil offers a way to break the vicious cycle of anxiety eating. A recent study examined the effects of 15 minutes of aromatherapy with bergamot oil.
Not only did the participants improve their positive emotions, but their energy also increased. The researchers concluded that bergamot essential oil provides an instant physiological advantage and found that those who inhaled bergamot essential oil had lower cortisol levels.
Bergamot essential oil has sedative properties that help control food cravings caused by stress.
3. Ylang Ylang oil
Ylang ylang essential oil can be used in your home as an aromatizer because it generates a sense of well-being and calmness.
Furthermore, it reduces the overwhelming eating compulsion that you may sometimes experience. That sense of calm can be beneficial when you’ve had an extremely stressful day that will ultimately drive you to all sorts of food cravings.
- This oil can be rubbed on your neck or feet
- You can also put a couple of drops in the palms of your hands and inhale it
4. Orange essential oil
Many people suffer from depression and, if you are one of them and your depression causes you to overeat, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of orange essential oil; it has a calming effect on your body’s nervous system and can help improve your mood.
Orange essential oil can be added to your drinking water, applied to the soles of your feet before bed, or used in a relaxing bath.
5. Grapefruit oil
Grapefruit is an amazing fruit for weight loss, but some people can’t stand the extremely tart taste of this citrus fruit without adding sugar (which defeats the purpose of consuming it fresh).
Generally, grapefruit oil is used as an antiseptic and disinfectant. The aroma of this oil is delightful and pleasant. It has significant properties that help you lose weight.
Properties of Grapefruit Oil:
- Anxiety attacks
- Accelerates metabolism
- Increases energy
- Reduces the accumulation of abdominal fat
Most importantly, it takes away the craving of eating all the time. It calms anxiety, which helps you eat smaller portions and healthier foods throughout the day.
However, its fundamental action is its ability to accelerate metabolism, which will make you burn fat easily.
It contains d-limonene, which helps release fatty acids into the bloodstream, where your body can break them down and use them as energy.
It is also full of vitamin C and lycopene (which helps cleanse the lymphatic system), which will help rid your body of various toxins that can cause unwanted weight gain.
You can use/take grapefruit essential oil by adding a drop or two in a V6 carrier oil and massage it into the fatty areas of the body or as a morning drink by adding a couple of drops in a glass of water; the result is a refreshing taste (and just as effective as the fruit alone).
6. Lemon essential oil
Good quality lemon essential oil is made by cold-pressing lemon peels. Its main benefits include the following:
- Suppresses weight gain
- Increases energy
- Improves mood
- Relieves pain
It acts by suppressing the desire to eat and increase energy levels. It also improves your mood, which allows you to manage your diet and exercise better.
Its action on the brain, on the other hand, improves cognitive functions. It improves concentration and intellectual work capacity. Some studies have found that using lemon essential oil with grapefruit oil increases lipolysis.
Lemon essential oil stimulates your mood, and it is highly recommended to alleviate negative thoughts, as the smell of lemon causes positive mood changes.
The lemon essential oil has a substance called limonellum, which has a highly effective fat-burning action.
Lemon essential oil can help balance your metabolism. You will even notice that you have more energy from the moment you start using it.
Dilute it in a little V6 carrier oil, massage it into areas where you have cellulite to help eliminate or add a drop or two to your water in the morning for a detoxifying effect.
7. Mandarin oil
Because it is a diuretic, the mandarin essential oil is the perfect complement to eliminate cellulite and excess liquid weight.
It pairs well with lemon and/or orange essential oil or added to drinking water, and it can also be added in bathwater.
You can use it by massaging it into the skin mixed with a little V6 carrier oil which will help you eliminate toxins, fat and eliminate cellulite.
8. Cinnamon bark oil
This sweet and warm-smelling oil is obtained from both the bark and leaves of the cinnamon tree. Which properties include:
- Improves insulin sensitivity
- Regulates blood sugar levels
- Reduces inflammation
Cinnamon works by increasing insulin sensitivity. Insulin is a hormone whose function is to allow glucose into the cells and be used (glucose is the main source of energy for cells) or stored.
It is something like the key that opens the door for glucose to enter the cells. Sometimes, the cells become resistant to insulin as if the key that used to open now does so with great difficulty.
This leads to an increase in fat deposits (which also increases insulin resistance) and an increase in blood sugar, which is called diabetes.
Cinnamon essential oil repairs this malfunctioning “key” so that the cell becomes sensitive to insulin again, leading to a reduction in blood glucose levels and a decrease in the formation of fat deposits in the body.
Cinnamon essential oil is also used to stimulate metabolism and help your body break down sugars and convert them into energy.
Take it with honey or mix it with a little V6 carrier oil and massage the abdominal area for best results.
9. Peppermint oil
Peppermint essential oil is full of vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids. It has plenty of minerals like iron, manganese, and potassium.
It is also the best essential oil you can have on hand to inhale if you are a person who often suffers from food cravings.
Fresh and quite intense, peppermint essential oil contains menthol, which has a calming effect.
Properties of Peppermint Essential Oil:
- Increases energy and mental alertness
- Elevates mood
- Aids digestion
- Reduces appetite
- It contains about 70% menthol and has been used as a medicinal plant for centuries to treat indigestion
- It is useful for stomach heaviness after meals
Peppermint oil is also effective in relaxing muscles. When paired with caraway oil, it was found that it can soothe stomach muscles, reduce bloating and improve bile flow, allowing oxygen to pass through the body much faster.
If you had to pick only one of all the oils mentioned in this article, make it this one. It has more weight loss properties than any of the above.
10. Fennel essential oil
Fennel essential oil, with its characteristic sweet, earthy aroma, is made from fennel seeds. In the Middle Ages, the seeds were consumed directly on days of religious fasting to endure hunger.
Fennel oil benefits:
- Improves digestion
- Suppresses appetite
- Reduces the chances of weight gain
- Helps you sleep better
Fennel is known for suppressing appetite and reducing weight gain. This is due to its high content of melatonin, a hormone that regulates our body’s daily cycles (wake-sleep).
Studies have been conducted on rats subjected to fennel aromatherapy twice a day for 10 minutes, which showed much lower calorie intake, faster digestion, and less weight gain.
Make your own essential oil blends for weight loss at home
You can enhance the actions of these essential oils by creating blends. Here are some examples:
Slimming massage blend:
- Mix half a cup of almond oil or V6 carrier oil with 5 drops of grapefruit essential oil
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
- 5 drops of cypress essential oil
- Use a coconut carrier oil and add 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil
- 5 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 2 drops of cypress, peppermint, and ginger essential oils
How to apply essential oils for weight loss
- Open the essential oil bottle of your choice, inhale through your nose directly for 5 minutes
- Use an aromatherapy diffuser and aromatize the whole environment. Simply by staying in that place, you will receive a sufficient amount of essential oils. Ideally, you come home and turn on your diffuser
- There is no need to count hours or minutes; turn it on in the room where you will stay the longest
- Use an aromatherapy necklace sold in specialized stores
- This is my favorite: prepare an immersion bath with hot water and add a few drops of essential oil. The ideal is to stay half an hour, so put on some good music and relax
If you apply them to your skin, you must dilute the essential oil in another carrier oil because the concentration is very high.
For example, you can dilute a few drops of the essential oil you have chosen in V6 or other carrier oil, which also has many properties—massage all over the body. You can also do it only in the areas with the greatest accumulation of fat.
If you use citrus essential oil (orange, lemon, etc.) on your skin, you should not expose it to the sun for at least 18 hours; otherwise, stains may occur because citrus fruits react to sunlight.
Essential oils for weight loss: Conclusion
Using essential oils to lose weight is an effective and intelligent way to enhance the effects of diet and exercise, which we know are necessary but rarely enough to achieve significant weight loss and keep it off.
You should look for the most effective one in your case, according to your taste and personal condition (if you need to normalize blood sugar, sleep better, etc.).
In any case, always consult your doctor so that he/she can evaluate your particular situation.