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10 Best Essential Oils To Lose Weight

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ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition
10 Best Essential Oils To Lose Weight September 22, 2017

Are you struggling to lose weight even after a strict diet and exercise routine? Perhaps it’s time you walked an extra mile to speed up your weight-loss mission.

For thousands of years, essential oils have been used to destress the mind and heal the body. Using essential oils can help those who have a low metabolic rate, digestive problems, mood disorders, sweets and carb cravings, and lack of motivation.

Studies reveal that one of the key factors that lead to weight gain is psychological stress. People tend to indulge in “emotional eating” when they are stressed out. The aroma of the essential oils activates the centers in the brain that help to uplift the mood, lower stress, normalize blood pressure and heart rate, increase attention and promote a sense of motivation and pleasure.

In this article, we discuss in detail the 7 chosen essential oils and 3 blends that will promote weight loss when used along with regular exercise and healthy diet.

Essential Oils To Lose Weight

A. Grapefruit Essential Oil
B. Ginger Essential Oil
C. Peppermint Essential Oil
D. Lemon Essential Oil
E. Bergamot Essential Oil
F. Cinnamon Essential Oil
G. Sandalwood Essential Oil

Essential Oil Blends To Lose Weight

  1. Burn Fat Blend
  2. Metabolism Booster Blend
  3. Curb Cravings Blend

A. Grapefruit Essential Oil

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Why We Recommend It

Grapefruit essential oil has an uplifting aroma that helps to:

  • Suppress appetite
  • Increase fat breakdown
  • Activate and maintain healthy metabolic rate
  • Keep you active
  • Prevent accumulation of unwanted fat in belly, arms, lower body and face
  • Keep hunger pangs at bay
  • Reduce cellulite and bloating

How Does It Work

Grapefruit is a beautiful subtropical citrus fruit which is rich in vitamin C, A, calcium, magnesium, folate, natural sugars and dietary fiber. Japanese scientists have found that a chemical called nootkatone, stimulates metabolism and prevents obesity (1). Research suggests that nootkatone activates an enzyme AMP Kinase that controls metabolism and treats obesity and metabolic syndrome. There is an increased metabolism in skeletal muscle and liver when nootkatone is taken for a longer time. It helps to prevent accumulation of fat in the abdominal area, development of hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia and high-sucrose and high-fat diet induced obesity.

Another study established that grapefruit oil’s primary component, limonene, triggers lipolysis (breakdown of fat) thereby reducing appetite and helping in weight loss (2).

How To Use

  1. Take 1-2 drops of the essential oil and mix it with 5-6 drops of carrier oil (coconut or almond oil) and massage the area where fat has accumulated for at least 30 minutes. Do no wash off the oil immediately. Do this every day.
  2. Buy quality essential oil that is safe for consumption. Mix 1-2 drops of it in 1 glass of water. Drink it first thing in the morning. It will act as a detoxifier and help to rinse your system internally and aid in weight loss.
  3. Use a cotton wick to soak up a few drops of the essential oil and put it in a whiffing pendant. Smell the scent to curb your cravings to eat unhealthy foods.
  4. Add 10 drops of the essential oil in your bath to feel fresh and rejuvenated. This will keep you active throughout the day.

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B. Ginger Essential Oil

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Why We Recommend It

This oil made from the hot and fragrant spice that:

  • Curbs craving
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Supports the digestive system
  • Reduces bowel inflammation
  • Increases absorption of nutrients
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Prevents inflammation-induced obesity

How Does It Work

Gingerol is a compound found in ginger which has anti-inflammatory, glucose-sensitizing, anti-oxidant, anti-hypertensive and stimulatory effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Scientists found that ginger consumption promoted weight loss, reduced insulin resistance and kept hunger pangs at bay (3), (4).

How To Use

  1. Mix 1-2 drops of ginger essential oil to 5-6 drops of carrier oil (coconut or olive oil) and massage the area of unwanted fat for at least 30 minutes. Do this every day.
  2. Add 1 drop of ginger essential oil (safe to take internally) to black or green tea. Have it in the morning before breakfast.
  3. Add 1-2 drops of this oil (safe to take internally) to a glass of water and drink first thing in the morning.
  4. You can also add 1-2 drops of ginger essential oil to smoothies or fresh fruit juices.

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C. Peppermint Essential Oil

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Why We Recommend It

This refreshing aromatic oil:

  • Curbs craving
  • Provides energy
  • Makes you feel full after a meal
  • Supports digestive system
  • Boosts metabolism

How Does It Work

Peppermint acts by stimulating bile and gastric secretion and bowel movement. This helps the digestive system to function properly, promotes absorption of nutrients and maintains blood-glucose levels. Since peppermint also gives you a sense of satiety after a meal, you will tend to eat less, ultimately leading to weight loss (5).

How To Use

  1. Mix 1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil to 5-6 drops of carrier oil (coconut or olive oil) and massage the area of unwanted fat for at least 30 minutes. Do this every day.
  2. Add 1-2 drops of this oil (safe to take internally) to a glass of water and drink first thing in the morning.
  3. Use a cotton wick to soak up a few drops of the essential oil and put it in a whiffing pendant. Smell the scent to curb your cravings for unhealthy foods.
  4. Add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil in your bath to feel fresh and rejuvenated. The peppermint oil will work its magic by passing through the skin pores. It will keep you more alert and active throughout the day.

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D. Lemon Essential Oil

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Why We Recommend It

  • Refreshing and rejuvenating, this oil helps in:
  • Digestion
  • Appetite suppression
  • Boosting metabolism
  • Enhancing mood
  • Keeping you active

How Does It Work

Limonene, an active compound found in lemon helps in the breakdown of fat (lipolysis). Due to its refreshing aroma, lemon oil is also a mood booster that helps keep the stress away. It acts by increasing norepinephrine levels, a neurotransmitter and stress hormone that increases the oxygen levels in the brain. This leads to better blood flow allowing the muscles to function properly and also ensures better coginitive function (5), (6). Lemon oil also relieves pain. When your muscles are too worked up, you may experience pain, and this may hamper your workout routine. You can use lemon oil to relax your muscles (7).

How To Use

  1. Mix 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil to 5-6 drops of carrier oil (coconut or olive oil) and massage the area of unwanted fat for at least 30 minutes. Do this every day.
  2. Use a cotton wick to soak up a few drops of the essential oil and put it in a whiffing pendant. Smell the scent to curb your cravings.
  3. Add 10 drops of lemon essential oil to your bath to feel fresh and rejuvenated. This oil will pass through the skin pores and relax your muscles, uplift your mood and keep you more active throughout the day.
  4. Add a drop or two in your morning black/green tea. This will act as a detoxifier and flush the toxins out of your body.

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E. Bergamot Essential Oil

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Why We Recommend It

Bergamot is a citrus, fragrant fruit, which has a similar color to lemon and has the size of an orange. Its uplifting fragrance helps

  • Prevent emotional eating
  • Prevent fat accumulation
  • Boost energy
  • Relax and uplift mood
  • Burn stored fat
  • Maintain blood sugar levels
  • Lower cholesterol

How Does It Work

Bergamot acts by preventing emotional eating. Researchers have established that the sweet and citrusy fragrance of bergamot stimulates relaxed and calm feelings, acting as an anti-depressant. Better mood allows you to stay relaxed and gives you a sense of satiety. Bergamot stimulates hormones that help maintain proper metabolic rate. Also, the polyphenols in bergamot help to burn fat (8).

How To Use

  1. Mix 1-2 drops of bergamot essential oil to 5-6 drops of a carrier oil (lavender oil) and massage the area of unwanted fat or neck and feet for at least 30 minutes. Do this every day.
  2. Use a cotton wick to soak up a few drops of the essential oil and put it in a whiffing pendant. Smell the scent whenever you feel depressed or stressed out.
  3. Add 10 drops of bergamot essential oil to your bath. It will pass through the skin pores and relax your muscles. The fragrance will uplift your mood, and you will feel calmer.

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F. Cinnamon Essential Oil

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Why We Recommend It

This tree bark spice oil has a sweet aroma and helps to:

  • Maintain blood glucose levels
  • Prevent insulin intolerance
  • Regulate glucose tolerance factor (GTF)
  • Curb sugar cravings
  • Improves digestion
  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Protect from irritable bowel syndrome

How Does It Work

Insulin resistance is the primary cause of today’s obesity problem. Insulin resistance can lead to fat accumulation in abdomen area, high blood-glucose level, high blood cholesterol level and can also lead to infertility. The polyphenols in cinnamon bark act as an insulin sensitizer. Researchers conducted experiments on animal model and confirmed that cinnamon does help to fight obesity by improving insulin sensitivity (9).

How To Use

  1. Mix 1-2 drops of cinnamon essential oil to 5-6 drops of carrier oil (olive oil) and massage the area of unwanted fat or neck and feet for at least 30 minutes. Do this every day.
  2. Add 1-2 drops of cinnamon oil to your morning black/green tea and drink before eating breakfast.
  3. Add 3-4 drops of cinnamon essential oil (safe to take internally) in the cake that you bake or fresh fruit juices and drink.
  4. Use a cotton wick to soak up a few drops of the cinnamon essential oil and put it in a whiffing pendant. Smell the scent whenever you experience an untimely craving for food.

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G. Sandalwood Essential Oil

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Why We Recommend It

  • Sandalwood oil has a very soothing and sweet, woody fragrance that helps to:
  • Relieve stress
  • Rejuvenate your cells
  • Suppress cravings of emotional eating
  • Uplifts mood
  • Keep blood circulation active

How Does It Work

Sesquiterpenes, a compound found in sandalwood essential oil, influences the limbic system that controls emotions. Sandalwood oil’s sweet and earthy fragrance relaxes the nerves and helps to curb emotion-driven eating. It is often used while practicing meditation so that the brain starts to enter into a peaceful state.

How To Use

  1. Mix 1-2 drops of sandalwood essential oil to 5-6 drops of carrier oil (olive oil) and massage the area of unwanted fat or on the back of the neck and your heels for at least 30 minutes. Do this every day.
  2. Use a cotton wick to soak up a few drops of the cinnamon essential oil and put it in a whiffing pendant. Smell the scent when you crave for food at odd times.
  3. Add 8-10 drops of sandalwood essential oil to your bath. Make sure that the water is lukewarm. You will feel calmer and rejuvenated.

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3 Essential Oil Blends That Promote Weight Loss

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1. Burn Fat Blend

Ingredients
  • 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil,
  • 2 drops of lemon essential oil, and
  • 2 drops of peppermint oil
How To Use
  1. Add 1 drop of this blend to morning black/green tea.
  2. Add 1-2 drops of this blend to warm water and drink it first thing in the morning.
  3. Add this blend to your bath.
  4. Massage the unwanted fat area with this essential oil blend (mix with a carrier oil) for about 20-30 minutes.

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2. Metabolism Booster Blend

Ingredients
  • 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops of grapefruit essential oil
  • 2 drops of lemon essential oil
How To Use
  1. Massage the unwanted fat area with this essential oil blend (mix with a carrier oil) for about 20-30 minutes.
  2. Add this blend to your bath.
  3. Add 1-2 drops of this blend to warm water and drink it first thing in the morning.
  4. Whiff the fragrance by dabbing the blend on a cotton ball. You can also apply it on your wrists.

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3. Curb Cravings Blend

Ingredients
  • 3 drops of bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops of sandalwood essential oil
  • 2 drops of ginger essential oil
How To Use
  1. Add 1-2 drops of this blend to warm water and drink it first thing in the morning.
  2. Massage the unwanted fat area with this essential oil blend (mix with a carrier oil) for about 20-30 minutes.
  3. Add 1 drop of this blend to morning black/green tea.
  4. Add this blend to your bath.
  5. Whiff the fragrance by dabbing the blend on a cotton ball. You can also apply it on your wrists.

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Takeaway Tips

  • Ingest oils that are safe to take internally.
  • Make sure you are not allergic to the essential oil.
  • Buy quality essential oils.
  • Always blend with a carrier oil before massaging the essential oil on your skin.

Overall essential oils are perfect for women who want to have gorgeous skin, slim and toned body.

Let us know if you know about any other essential oil that helps in weight loss by sharing your thought in the comments box below.

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Charushila is an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition and a full-time contributor to Diet & Weight Loss at Stylecraze. She believes that food has healing powers and eating good food is the best way to lose weight. A binge eater-turned-fitness enthusiast, Charushila likes to share her knowledge and experience with the world. When she is not working, she loves to cook healthy food, watch movies, travel, workout, and read Bengali literature.
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