Essential Oil Benefits

Can Essential Oils Help Me Lose Weight?

While essential oils have been steadily gaining more recognition; their use and benefits are not new. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years. Historically, oils have been used for everything from aromatherapy or medicines to cosmetics or massages. Essential oils are particularly attractive for many people due to their natural, holistic attributes.

So for someone who wants to avoid stimulants, dangerous pills or supplements, and approach weight loss from a holistic point of view, could essential oils be effective?

The short answer is, yes. Keep in mind that using oils will not help you magically lose  20, 30 (or more) pounds without a healthy diet and active lifestyle. But essential oils may be the holistic pick-me-up you’re looking for to help you stay on track and boost results. There are several varieties of oils which may aid in your efforts, but here are the best of the best, the top five essential oils that may help in weight management.



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Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

  • May help with weight management
  • May offer appetite support
  • Promotes normal, active energy levels
  • Can help enhance mood

In a 2005 Japanese study, three 15-minute exposures to grapefruit oil a week reduced appetite and overall body weight in rats. Researchers contribute this in part to the compound D-limonene which is found in high concentrations in the peel of grapefruit.

Interestingly enough, aromatic exposure to grapefruit oil also raised body temperature in the rats which might increase the energy expenditure of brown fat!



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Benefits of Cinnamon Essential Oil

  • May help with insulin sensitivity
  • May with blood sugar levels.

Besides being used in cooking and baking, cinnamon may help regulate healthy blood sugar levels. Controlling your blood sugar is crucial in maintaining cravings. When blood sugar levels are uneven, it can lead to overeating, weight gain, and drops in energy levels.

For example, think of the so-called “afternoon slump” which occurs as a result of unstable blood sugar levels after lunch – this is why many of us need a snack or even a nap around 2-3pm!

A recent in vitro study led by Juan Jiang at the University of Michigan found cinnamaldehyde, a compound in cinnamon, turns on fat burning processes and increases metabolism; helping participants to lose weight.

Add several drops to your water, oatmeal or baked goods (or anything else you like) for best results.


Benefits of Ginger Essential Oil

  • May help with sugar cravings
  • Supports good digestion

Ginger is commonly thought of for it’s zingy, spicy taste in Asian cuisine; or for its ability to support digestion. However, ginger is also high in antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory.

A recent 2017 study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research found an active constituent in ginger oil, gingerenone A, may help suppress increased body fat from a poor diet, as well as reduce inflammation in mice.

Another constituent in ginger, gingerol, has also been shown to possibly aid in the prevention of diet-induced obesity.

A study conducted by Ganapathy Saravanan and associates published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture demonstrated that obese mice treated with gingerol showed significant improvement in body weight despite being fed a high-fat diet. Does this mean you can go crazy with your diet and still lose weight? No, of course not. But ginger may support your weight loss efforts.

Add several drops to warm water to make tea, use aromatically in a diffuser or massage into your skin for best results.


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Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil

  • Promotes normal, active energy levels
  • Elevates mood and mental alertness
  • Supports digestion
  • May help with appetite

Peppermint is a digestive aid, metabolism booster, and appetite suppressant. A 2008 study conducted by Jesuit University demonstrated that volunteers exposed to diffused peppermint oil every 2 hours over the course of two weeks reported reduced appetite, cravings, and as a result, consumed fewer calories.

Add several drops to your water, use aromatically in a diffuser or massage into your skin for best results.


Lemon Essential Oil benefit weight loss

Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil

  • May help with weight management
  • Promotes normal, active energy levels
  • Promotes a good mood

As a citrus, lemons also contain D-limonene, a compound which, as mentioned earlier, helps reduce appetite and body weight in mice.

Furthermore, a 2003 study published in Experimental Biology and Medicine found that an aromatic combination of lemon and grapefruit oil may promote increased lipolysis, the process of breaking down fat, as well as a suppression of weight gain in rats.

Although essential oils do not replace a healthy nutrition and exercise plan, they may aid in your goals.

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

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