How Essential Oils May Contribute To Weight Loss
There seems to have been an explosion in the popularity of essential oils (EOs), with its users claiming multiple health benefits all across the spectrum including weight loss.
Pinterest is full of tips and instructions, and an internet search can provide articles on the history of oils and their evolution into everyday use in our homes, recipes for blending, as well as many sites for shopping. Many of my friends currently incorporate essential oils into their normal health routine. My daughter uses a proprietary blend to help keep my very active grandson focused while at school. A rosacea sufferer herself, she uses a blend of EO salve on her face that has transformed her skin from a sensitive, red splotchy mess back to the healthy, soft, beautiful skin she enjoyed before developing the rosacea.
Is there a place for essential oils in managing obesity?
Research suggests, and testimony would seem to substantiate, that essential oils can indeed be used as an effective tool in weight loss and management.
To understand how this works, it’s important to take a look at the mechanics of why we get hungry. For most of us, the concept of hunger is not really hunger at all – at least not the kind of hunger experienced due to lack of food. What we call hunger is actually our appetite, which tells us we “need” to eat. The sense of smell is a huge factor in appetite stimulation. Have you ever been out and about and caught a whiff of food cooking from a nearby restaurant? Or stepped in your own backyard when your neighbors were grilling? Oh, yeah!! The smell of food cooking can cause the brain to trigger the appetite, because a portion of the brain called the hypothalamus helps in regulate satiety, or the feeling of being full. The olfactory nerve (our sense of smell) is connected to the hypothalamus, which explains why the smell of good food makes us hungry! There’s also another little part of the brain called the limbic lobe that aids in processing our sense of smell. This lobe is also known to be the emotional center of the brain, which helps us understand the concept of emotional eating.
Peppermint Oil and Weight Loss
A study carried out in the early 90s revealed that the sense of smell can also be used to help suppress the appetite. During the six-month study done on over 3,000 people, the average weight loss was around 30 lbs. The most effective oil appears to be peppermint oil. According to Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Institute of Chicago, peppermint affects the part of the brain that deals with satiety, or feeling full. Hirsch recommends inhaling the aroma of peppermint throughout the day before each meal to curb the appetite. It is recommended that the oil be pure therapeutic grade in quality. It is also suggested that the oil aids in the breakdown and release of unwanted fat and toxins from the body.
By the way, for an essential oil use you will also need an Essential Oil Diffuser. You can see some available types at Health Hankering here, where they discuss different types of essential oil diffusers.
Grapefruit Oil and Weight Loss
Another popular essential oil to help manage weight is grapefruit oil. In the "Illustrated Elements of Aromatherapy," aromatherapist Clare Walters from the Art of Health and Yoga Center in London highlights the digestive and diuretic properties of grapefruit oil. Its effects include the ability to relieve fluid retention and help dissolve fat. A massage therapist might massage a blend of massage oil containing grapefruit onto fatty areas of a client's body to help reduce cellulite. You may find that smelling grapefruit essential oil also helps you feel more energized, less hungry and happier.
Long before the convenience of 24-hour pharmacies on every corner, our ancestors relied on Mother Nature for herbs, oils, and natural remedies for whatever ailments they suffered. With all the wonders of science and medicine available to us today, how refreshing to see a more natural approach being taken to healthcare, especially in the area of weight management.
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For more information on incorporating essential oils into your weight loss regimen, check out this free download of Essential Oils For Weight Loss on Amazon. (Note: Free download may be for a limited time.)
Hirsch, A.R., and Gomez, R.: “Inhalation of Odorants for Weight Reduction,” The International Journal of Obesity, Vol. 18, Supplement 2, August, 1994, p. 79.
Anthony Zappia, Reducing weight with the help of essential oils
Clare Walters, Aromatherapist, from the Art of Health and Yoga Center in London