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.
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!
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.