I’m not a huge advocate for the miracle cure magic weight loss system that everyone and their dog seems to be selling. Gimmicks and diets might work for a little while, but they aren’t a very sustainable strategy for maintaining a healthy weight. That said, nature has provided us with an abundance of powerful substances that can make losing weight easier and even enjoyable.
Essential oils are a great addition to your weight loss strategy. The chemical structure of certain oils can help with everything from boosting metabolism to increasing energy and dealing with cravings. You know those days when not being able to have a donut throws you into a deep despair and robs you of all momentum, that’s when essential oils come in handy.
Some people swear by taking certain oils internally to help with weight loss. While this is certainly an option, I would recommend ensuring your gut flora is in tip top shape before adding EO’s to the mix.
The nice thing about using essential oils for weight loss is that you can address not just one aspect of long-term weight loss but several. Digestive health, stress, energy levels, cravings, these are all factors in whether you’ll be successful in attaining your weight loss goals. The more value packed members you have on your team, the better.
Kick your Cravings and Boost Metabolism with Grapefruit
Grapefruit is a potent ingredient in any weight loss program. It’s such a popular weight loss food that it’s often made an emblem in many images and recipe programs that promise great results.
Essential oil of grapefruit is jam packed with phytochemicals that can help boost metabolism and reduce cravings. A few drops of grapefruit applied directly to the underside of both feet first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day.
The mere scent of grapefruit is enough to stimulate increased energy, improved focus, and boosted metabolism. When the urge to devour something not-so-healthy comes up, have grapefruit on hand to inhale deeply and you’ll see the craving softly dissipate.
Aid Digestion with Peppermint
Poor digestion is a big old roadblock to weight loss success. Unfortunately, it’s all too common. Digestive ailments affect millions of people each year and that number is growing. Because of the nature of digestive issues they can be extremely debilitating and cause you to easily get off track with your weight loss plan.
Peppermint is perfect for alleviating the pain associated with digestive issues. From cramps to bloating and gas, rubbing a few drops of peppermint mixed with a carrier oil on your abdomen is a great source of relief.
Therapeutic grade peppermint oil can also be taken internally in times of dire need. Only one drop in some water makes a huge difference in taking care of those annoying gas bubbles and belly pains.
If you’re starting a new diet then it’s common to experience changes in your digestion. People who adopt the paleo diet for example, while much healthier for digestion in the long run, often run into major hurdles that might normally hinder them from continuing. Peppermint is a good helper in these cases. Even just taking a few deep inhalations of peppermint can make a big difference in calming nausea, indigestion and stomach aches.
Alkalize and Energize with Lemon
Lemon is the strongest member of the citrus family. It’s naturally occurring compounds fight high levels of acidity, boost the immune system and stimulate energy and focus. Lemon essential oil can be combined with grapefruit for even greater benefits.
Diffusing lemon essential oil into the air not only helps to purify but also provide a gentle energy boost. Apply a few dabs to the wrists and temples for a pick-me-up or help with craving suppression.
Nip Stress in the Lavender Bud
Stress is the reason most people put on weight and the reason most can’t get it off. When your body’s in stress mode it’s hard to accomplish much else. Everything suffers, your digestion, your self-control, and motivation, it all feels the effects of chronic stress.
Getting rid of stress is an important element of a holistic weight loss strategy. Using lavender as part of a stress reduction strategy is so helpful. Lavender helps to calm and relax the nervous system in a gentle way. Any time that you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious as few huffs and lavender will help you to rebalance.
Stimulate and Motivate with Lemongrass
Ah lemongrass, it contains the same name as lemon while providing a completely different experience. Lemongrass is refreshing and invigorating. It's uses for weight loss are more so for its ability to help increase energy and provide a resource for refreshing the mind.
The mind is likely the biggest obstacle when it comes to achieving your weight loss goals. Keeping a high vibration and a high level of motivation is of paramount importance. The best way to do this is to keep tools like lemongrass and the other essential oils handy to offer a refresh in times of need.
Cravings factor into the mental aspect too. There’s nothing worse than feeling hungry and deprived on a diet. Which is why hardcore diets are rarely sustainable. A better long-term strategy is to just eat real food. Ditch the processed sugar and junk. This stuff is addicting so it won’t happen overnight but the oils can help. Every time you get a craving bust out the grapefruit or lemongrass and take some deep inhalations of those aromas. The compounds in both of these substances will help to invigorate and strengthen your resolve to only nourish your body with the best foods possible.