It feels like I can’t turn anywhere without seeing the latest weight loss products, advice, exercises, and programs, and a lot of these products include weight loss tablets and powders that almost everyone knows either do not work or are not safe. Which is why I’m covering the best essential oils for weight loss in this article as I’ve had success with this natural and perfeclty safe alternative.
It seems like everyone wants the quickest and easiest route to losing weight, but turning to unnatural products, or chemically enhanced products is the wrong way to go. You just can’t beat hard exercise and natural remedies to lose weight in a healthy way that will last, this is a fact.
More and more people are turning to essential oils for a wide range of health benefits. Weight loss is one of these benefits. You’re not going to see a fast and drastic drop in weight, despite what marketing for products will tell you it just doesn’t happen like that. But along with positive lifestyle changes that include exercise and eating well you will experience healthy and safe weight loss that lasts.
Why Use Essential Oils for Weight Loss?
As already mentioned, if you want a safe and natural weight loss solution, you need to use natural products. Essential oils are sourced from herbs, plants, flowers, seeds, fruits and plants, it doesn’t get much more natural than that.
Essential oils aren’t going to help you hit the fat hard like a calorie burning workout plan. Neither are they going to replace a meal like a weight loss meal replacement. What they do provide is a wide range of physical and psychological benefits.
The right oils can reduce your appetite, stimulate your body’s natural healing process, give your metabolism a boost, help lift your mood, and more.
Best Essential Oils for Weight Loss
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon oil is one of the most versatile oils, it’s used for cleaning around the home, cleansing the body, it’s great for improving your mood, and supports metabolism and weight loss. Almost everyone enjoys the scent of lemon too, so it’s a win-win in most instances.
Lemon oil contains limonene, a compound that can help to suppress appetite and increase your body’s fat burning rate. While lifting your mood means putting a curb on comfort eating and falling into bad habits that you may have when you’re feeling down.
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit oil contains a natural compound called nootkatone which is responsible for stimulating the metabolism and helps give us a boost in natural energy. More energy and fat burning means more weight loss.
Grapefruit oil also contains limonene, just as lemon oil does. Another compound that helps to curb your appetite and burn fat stores faster.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot oil is commonly used in aromatherapy to help lower a person’s level of stress and anxiety. Stress has a strong link to comfort eating for some, so being able to manage stress can help significantly reduce a person’s desire to eat.
If your weight fluctuates with your moods there are a few things you need to address. Your lifestyle, external stresses, and pressures, and the reason why you turn to food. Give yourself some quality relaxation time and diffuse some bergamot around the home.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
One of my personal favorite scents, cinnamon. It has a lovely warming spicy aroma that reminds me of Christmas and fun times. It’s also very effective at balancing blood sugar levels. Irregular blood sugar levels can cause dips in energy, increased appetite, and mood swings.
Being low on sugars also leads to weight gain through increased fat storage. Cinnamon can help to increase your sensitivity to insulin and help stabilize your blood sugars to combat these effects.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil is primarily used to help with digestive issues. It also has a natural appetite suppressing effect. Weight gain and loss is often a trade-off between calorie intake, and output so reducing intake will aid weight loss as part of a healthy exercise plan.
Peppermint is one of the more popular oils used in aromatherapy due to its desirable aroma. It also blends well with other oils and is fast acting when used to treat digestive problems.
Fennel Essential Oil
Fennel oil is an interesting oil to use as part of weight loss. It contains Melatonin, which is a hormone in our bodies that contributes to healthy sleeping patterns. Diffusing this oil into your bedroom as you sleep can help you get a better night’s sleep.
This means you wake up with more energy, a better mood, and a more positive outlook for the day. So hitting the exercise machines and eating healthily will come a lot easier.
Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger oil is one of the most popular oils to help reduce inflammation and help the body absorb the important vitamins and nutrients it needs.
If you’re dieting and losing weight it’s important your body is getting all the vitamins and minerals it needs. Remember, exercise, rest, and nutrition are all incredibly important when embarking on a safe weight loss program.
Different Ways to Use Essential Oils for Weight Loss
Essential oils are fun and easy to use. They are 100% natural, so when used properly there are no real health concerns to be worried about. Here are some of the best ways to use oils as part of a weight loss program:
I love diffusing, I almost have a diffuser in every room in my home now but maybe I’m a little over the top!
Just add a couple of drops along with some water and the diffuser will spray a fine mist into the air and you can absorb the benefits by breathing in the mist. Here are a couple of my favorite diffusers I’ve reviewed:
Hot Relaxing Bath
A hot relaxing bath, how good does that sound? Just add a couple of drops of essential oil to the hot water, it will effectively be diffused in the steam and will also absorb into your skin.
Topically via Massage
There are lots of benefits to having a massage. Not only does it relax your body, but your mind too. You can relieve some of the stresses weighing on you and reduce comfort eating.
Always use a good carrier oil as essential oils can cause skin irritation when applied directly to skin.
Add a couple of drops onto a cloth or just carry the bottle around with you and take a comforting smell whenever you feel the need. All of the above-mentioned oils smell great, so no one is going to complain if they get a whiff too nearby.
I’ve had my own ups and downs with weight loss over the years. I put together these best essential oils for weight loss after a lot of trial, research, and experimenting. Using oils is a huge part of my life now and I’ve personally seen and experienced what essential oils can do.
If you’ve never used essential oils I urge you to try. There are so many positive benefits with no real downsides. If you have any recipes or oils that have helped you lose weight please share the details with me and others by leaving a comment below.
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.