essential oils for weight loss
Which are the most effective essential oils for weight loss ?
In this part, the characteristics, interactions and benefits of some of the most effective essential oils for weight loss are discussed.
PEPPERMINT (Mentha piperita) ESSENTIAL OIL
PEPPERMINT (Mentha piperita) ESSENTIAL OIL is considered to be miraculous for weight loss treatment. It acts via the satiety mechanism and helps you feel fuller. It has a strong scent that gives stinging sensation in the stomach.
It is recommended to inhale the scent of peppermint throughout the day before each meal to curb the appetite. Suggested methods are – you can either breathe few fumes prior to eating or put a few drops in a tea.
It is important that you use peppermint essential oil that is derived from organically grown plants without chemical fertilizers and extracted by steam distillation.
According to the research paper, Effects of Peppermint Scent on Appetite Control and Caloric Intake by Alex Reed, Jude Almeida, Ben Wershing, and Bryan Raudenbush, peppermint scent can be used as an effective adjunct to decrease appetite, decrease hunger cravings, and consume fewer calories, which may lead to weight reduction and greater overall health.
This research tracked food consumption and dietary evaluation by participants during peppermint inhalation and non-inhalation conditions for 5 days over a period of two weeks. Results indicated that participants during peppermint inhalation consumed significantly fewer total calories, calories from saturated fat, total fat, and sugar.
They also rated considerably lower hunger levels during peppermint inhalation. The results of this study indicate that peppermint inhalation helps to reduce appetite, curb cravings and thus acts as a great aid for weight loss
How to use the peppermint oil ?
Add a few drops of peppermint to a cold air diffuser or use a necklace type diffuser pendant so that you are able to smell peppermint throughout the day. You can also just open a bottle of peppermint oil and take a whiff when cravings hit.
Make a mixture of peppermint oil + a few drops of grapefruit essential oil which expedites weight loss by curbing appetite as well as burning fat. This is such a simple tip to help you lose weight with peppermint essential oil that anyone can try it out
LEMON MYRTLE ESSENTIAL OIL (Backhousia citriodora)
LEMON MYRTLE ESSENTIAL OIL (Backhousia citriodora) is a rainforest tree largely found as a wild plant species native to North East Australia.
The mature leaves of the plant are steam distilled to extract lemon myrtle essential oil. As soon as you open a bottle of Lemon myrtle essential oil, you’ll be refreshed by the crisp lemony scent that is sure to uplift your mood.
The therapeutic effect of the lemon myrtle essential oil was discovered over half a century ago. It contains over 50 different chemical compounds, with citral as the predominant component, almost 93.5%. USA and European regulatory agencies accept Lemon myrtle as safe for human use. Apart from its detoxifying effect, lemon myrtle influences the part of the brain which craves food. This means it can reduce hunger and ultimately reduces the consumption of calories.
The weight reduction impact of lemon myrtle essential oil is owing to its high concentration of citral which is known to lower insulin dramatically, decrease body fat and increase energy levels. It is also known to have superior antioxidant properties, 50 times greater than green tea. One of the studies on citral cited potential this molecule holds for weight management. The study used lemongrass essential oil, which is an impressive 80% citral.
In the study, the researchers induced diet related obesity in 50 rats. Later, they divided the rats into groups: a control group and groups that received varied dosages of a lemongrass oil/ethanol solution. The three groups of rats that were fed the lemongrass oil all reduced their body mass as well as improved their insulin sensitivity. Lemon Myrtle is higher in citral than Lemongrass. It is described by many as “More lemon than lemon”. Test results show:
- Orange Oil 1%
- Lemon Oil 3%
- Lime Oil 7%
- Melissa 12%
- Petit grain 36%
- Lemongrass 80%
- Lemon myrtle 90%
A study reported in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology found that citral not only enhanced the metabolism but also reduced the buildup of fats by hindering the formation of fat. How to use lemon myrtle essential oil? Diffuse up to 30 minutes three times daily.
GRAPEFRUIT ESSENTIAL OIL (Citrus paradise)
GRAPEFRUIT ESSENTIAL OIL (Citrus paradise) Griffith Hughes, in 1750, was the first one to describe grapefruit which he called as the ‘forbidden fruit’ of Barbados.
The essential oil has a distinctive and tempting scent that activates the senses and it is known to boost the immunity. It is a very popular aid for weight loss. Shen et al. (2005) indicate that in rats, sniffing grapefruit oil affects the autonomic nerve, enhances lipolysis through a histaminergic response, and reduces appetite and body weight. Duncan, Foster, Oroblanco, Paradise Navel, Redblush, Sweetie and Marsh are among the most popular varieties of grapefruit.
Peel of the grapefruit is used for extraction of grapefruit essential oil. Peel oil has 90% limonene which is the primary constituent. Other chemical components are a-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, geraniol, linalool, citronellal, decyl acetate, neryl acetate and terpinen-4-ol.
There are four distinctive qualities that imparts it the weight management benefits.
- These qualities are Enhancing Lipolysis which is a metabolic process that breaks down fat.
- Suppressing the appetite
- Reducing water retention
- Improving mood and emotional state leading reduction in calorie consumption.
How to use grapefruit essential oil ?
Inhale the vapor of a few drops of grapefruit essential oil to ward off hunger pains or put a drop in an 8 ounce glass of water and drink it before meals. It has a good taste, similar to orange oil and tangerine oil. Try to use it as a substitute for your soft drinks, colas and beverages. Add 2-3 drops in your water bottle and keep drinking this throughout the day.
BERGAMOT ESSENTIAL OIL
BERGAMOT ESSENTIAL OIL As mentioned above, grapefruit oil assists in breaking down and dissolving fat, Bergamot essential oil acts on the emotional centres in the brain that are responsible for controlling food cravings. It is best suitable for combating overeating and unhealthy binging due to emotional stress.
The scent of the oil stimulates endocrine system and soothes the senses causing feelings of wellness an0d calming effect. Research has also identified bergamot oil as being an effective appetite suppressant.
Dr. Alan Hirsch recommends combining bergamot and lavender essential oils for much better weight management. How to use Bergamot essential oil? In lukewarm bath water, add 10-12 drops of bergamot essential oil.
Soak yourself in it to bring a calming and relaxing effect. Keep the bottle of the bergamot essential oil with you and every time emotional stress makes you feel like binging, you should smell it which will create a sense of cal0mness.
FENNEL ESSENTIAL OIL (Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce)
FENNEL ESSENTIAL OIL (Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce) Fennel has been in use in Chinese, Egyptian and Romanian civilizations since ancient times.
The essential oil is distilled from the crushed seeds. The name is derived from the Latin word ‘foenum’ which means ‘hay’. It has a sweet and spicy aroma that helps to reduce fluid retention in the body as well as increase metabolic rate. It has a calming and balancing impact on the brain.
Fennel essential oil creates a feeling of fullness in the brain which controls the calories intake. The main chemical components of fennel oil are a-pinene, myrcene, fenchone, trans-anethole, methyl chavicol, limonene, 1, 8-cineole and anisic aldehyde. It also acts as a diuretic to remove excess water and to start breaking down cellulite.
In aromatherapy, sweet fennel oil is used and not bitter variety. How to use Fennel essential oil? It has to be used in undiluted form either inhaled through diffuser or maybe used as a dietary supplement.
It can be used as blended massage oil or diluted in the bath to cure a bloated stomach, excess wind, colic, constipation and other digestive problems. GINGER ESSENTIAL OIL (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger essential oil is extracted from the unpeeled or dried, ground-up root (rhizome) of the plant by means of steam distillation. It has a warm, spicy and energizing scent. It helps to shed fat by stimulating lipolysis that breaks down and dissolves fat held up in the cells. Ginger essential oil also aids digestion and thus helps to burn calories fast. Dr. Linda B. White, author of “The Herbal Drugstore,” highlights that ginger essential oil can increase the metabolism and assist with fat burning. It is not much effective as a topical treatment, but it can help reduce the appearance of subcutaneous fat that is fat under the skin or what is commonly known as ‘cellulite.’ How to use Ginger Essential Oil? In her book, “The Complete book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy,” Valerie Ann Worwood suggests to use a blend of ginger essential oil, with other oils, as a cellulite massage and cellulite bath to promote fat loss.
CINNAMON ESSENTIAL OIL (Cinnamomum zeylanicum (also known as C. verum)
Cinnamon essential oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the tree largely found in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. Characterized by its warm, spicy and musky scent,
cinnamon essential oil is commonly used in aromatherapy for its toning and calming effect on the nervous system.
The main chemical components of the essential oil, obtained from the leaves, are eugenol, eugenol acetate, cinnamic aldehyde and benzyl benzoate. How to use cinnamon essential oil? It is used in vaporizers to help uplift moods and ease feelings of depression and exhaustion.
Tangerine essential oil is also a citrus-based essential oil that aids weight loss. Clare Walters, in her book Aromatherapy: An Illustrated Guide writes tangerine essential oil helps to diminish the appearance of cellulite and to regulate metabolism.
It calms the nervous system and thus reduces anxiety and creates feelings of happiness.
Most people fail in their efforts toward weight reduction because of the withdrawal symptoms like depression force them to binge on fatty foods and sweets. This sways them from the right path of weight loss .
It helps to reduce cravings for sweet foods which are the major weakness of most obese people. It is extracted from vanilla beans and possess sweet aroma that is comforting and soothing for the senses.
This helps to alleviate stress and anxiety. How to use vanilla essential oil? It can be used as a body massage, in the bath, or vaporization. Ignite a vanilla candle or add a few drops of vanilla essential oil to a diffuser. Inhaling the vapors of vanilla help to curb your cravings.
Ocotea are evergreen trees found in tropical regions at higher altitudes. Ocotea essential oil, distilled from the leaves of Ocotea Quixos tree, is rich in camphor and safrole.
Its scent is somewhat like a blend of cinnamon and vanilla. It helps to lower cortisol secretion which regulates levels of stress and blood sugar. It also regulates metabolism and liver functioning along with purifying and cleaning properties.
How to use Ocotea essential oil ?
Create a massage mix by adding one drop of Ocotea to the lemon and coconut oil to enhance the breakdown of fat. To balance blood sugars and sweet cravings, drink a glass of water with one drop of Ocotea essential oil up to three times a day.