by Sumedha Rewar
Low-calorie food and physical activity are the primary steps towards losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Anyone who has tried to shed their pounds know that it is indeed a battle of body and mind, emotions, hormones, brain chemistry and environment to lose weight. For many people, the conventional way of choosing diet and exercising are not enough for shedding off the extra pounds.
Essential oils can help..!!
Essential oils have unique healing properties as it is composed of highly concentrated aromatic compounds. These oils have been derived from the plant’s origin (seeds, roots, flowers, fruits, and leaves). Apart from giving the cosmetic results, these oils have given other unrivaled benefits.
Aromatherapy is also useful in stimulation of the brain nerves and leaves a positive impact on physical, emotional and mental states. Inhaling essential oils through the nose can communicate with brain receptors controlling BP, stress levels, heart rate, learning, pleasure, and motivation.
There is no substitute for exercise and diet in losing weight. However, you can do it along with the essential oils for getting rid of diet fatigue, slow metabolism, cravings, poor digestion, low energy or depressed moods. Essential oils for your fitness program can help you in achieving the goals at a faster pace.
Key Weight Loss Essential Oils
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon oil has a refreshing scent with light sour overtones. It can reduce weight gain, increases energy, relieves pain and enhances mood.
Lemon also consists of the fat-dissolving elements of limonene. This oil is used in conjunction with grapefruit oil for increased rate of fat burning. It is a mood booster and can eliminate negative feelings from your body and mind. It even raises norepinephrine levels responsible for instantaneous responses. Norepinephrine increases oxygen in the brain for ramping up heart rate and blood flow, which helps the muscles to work faster and better. The strained muscles can be relaxed and the pain in the body due tp exercising can be relieved.
Grapefruit Essential Oil
It is commonly used as a disinfectant and antiseptic. It can boost metabolism, increases endurance, curbs cravings and reduces accumulated fat. The aroma of grapefruit oil is crisp, sweet and uplifting.
Grapefruit controls the energy levels of the body with its specific enzymes controlling the energy levels of the body. The chemical reactions by grapefruit essential oils work superbly for the brain, liver, and skeletal muscles. It can result in reduced weight gain and decreased body fat.
Grapefruit oil used three times a week can result in reduced appetite and weight loss. The body fat and protein is broken and dissolved by lipolysis.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil has mint, fresh and intense effect and it gives cooling impact on the body and mind. It elevates mood, digestion, reduces appetite and increases energy levels. Peppermint has been used medicinally for easing the muscles and smoothen the bile flow. Peppermint oil makes you more alert, calm and improves the memory function. This oil is a natural way to control appetite as the people who inhale it get lower hunger levels.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon is derived from the Cinnamomum tree bark. The essential oil has sweet and warm fragrance. This oil mainly helps in improving insulin activity, regulating sugar levels and reduces inflammation. This hormone is helpful in controlling blood sugar levels and avoiding insulin resistance. The cinnamon extract can help in increasing the rate of blood glucose uptake and increases insulin sensitivity.
Cinnamon has been helpful in inhibiting the production of genetically obese molecules in the body, which is helpful in controlling weight gain. Try this oil for control of insulin levels.
Fennel Essential Oil
Fennel has sweet and earthy smell and its oil is extracted by steam distillation of the fennel seeds. It can improve digestion, reduces insomnia, decreases weight gain and hampers the appetite. It is a source of maintaining restful sleep and creating beige fat (burns as energy) in the body than the white fat (stubborn stored fat).
Fennel seeds were used in the earlier times to suppress the appetite on fasting. The food digestion process also becomes smooth with a faster rate and hence, the calories consumed are lesser.
Bergamot Essential Oil
The aroma of bergamot orange is sweet, tangy and spicy. This oil can boost mood and induces energy in the body. It works to control anxiety and depression, which leads to increase in body weight. Bergamot oil aromatherapy can be very effective in developing better energy levels and has psychological benefits in the body. The people who inhaled bergamot oil were found to have lower cortisol levels than the people who didn’t consume it.
Other Essential Oils for Weight Loss
Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years across the globe. There are many types of research and clinical studies carried on for a variety of oils. It is anticipated that we shall have more data for this natural medicinal study. Apart from these five important and well-tested oils, we have a list of some other important oils used for weight loss, including: Sandalwood, ginger root, spearmint, cloves, celery seed, patchouli, orange, lemongrass, rosemary, mandarin, eucalyptus, laurel, cypress, juniper berry, lavender, ototea, jasmine, rose germanium and hyssop.
Use of Essential Oils for Weight Loss
Essential Oils are concentrated and you need to take precautions before using them. Inhaling these oils is less risky and mostly used for all the cases. These oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil before direct application on the skin. Avoid allergic reaction by doing a skin patch test on any sensitive area. You can use it freely if your body is friendly for the essential oil. Make sure that you are aware of the properties of the essential oil you are going to use as its proper use is always good for the skin.
- Inhale the aroma of the oil for 3-10 minutes on regular basis
- Aromatherapy necklace can be purchased and put on when required
- Aromatherapy diffuser can spread the aroma to create balanced fragrance
- Warm bath with 5-8 drops of essential oil is beneficial
- Diluting and massaging the essential oil could be good to break the accumulated fat on particular body parts
Aroma Oil Blends for Weight Loss
Blending the essential oils has been a great way to achieve its healing qualities. There are many tried recipes for the same to promote physical and emotional wellness. Some effective weight loss blends are illustrated below:
|Fat reducing massage oils||Almond oil (20-30 ml) + 5 drops lemon + 5 drops cypress oil + 5 drops grapefruit oil|
|Rejuvenating Bath||Prepare a warm bath with 5 drops grapefruit + 5 drops sandalwood + 5 drops ginger + 5 drops orange|
|Appetite suppressant||30-40 drops mandarin + 10 drops peppermint + 20 drops lemon + 10 drops ginger (Prepare the mixture for diffuser)|
|Metabolism Booster||Warm bath prepared with 2 tbsp jojoba Oil + 10 drops cypress oil + 10 drops grapefruit oil + 10 drops of rosemary oil|
|Anti-Cellulite Rubbing||10 drops Rosemary oil + 2 drops Ginger + 2 drops peppermint + 2 drops cypress oil + Carrier oil (for blending)|
|Craving Curbing Salve||½ cup olive oil + 80 drops fennel oil + 20-30 drops Patchouli oil + 40 drops of Bergamot
Massage this oil on the fatty body parts
Sumedha Rewaris an expert in aroma-therapy and has experience in sharing valuable information for Reiki and Yoga articles as well. She is eager to know about the newest trends in the market and researching about them in the best way. Her experiments in essential oils with the scientific study have motivated her towards sharing the valuable information for the same.