When you can’t stop thinking about that certain food— ice cream, French fries, chocolate— reach for these essential oils
Constant Cravings? When you can’t stop thinking about certain foods, just reach for these essential oils.
Spring is in the air, bringing with it warmer weather, beautiful blooms— and thoughts about how we’re going to look in those swimsuits in a couple months. If you’ve managed to pick up a few pounds over the winter, essential oil aromatherapy can help you get back into shape.
When you’re tired or stressed, you are more likely to reach for unhealthy snacks. Smelling certain essential oils found to curb appetite and provoke alertness and energy in the brain can help thwart those cravings and also help you to think more clearly. In addition, some essential oils work with the body’s endocrine system to still hunger pangs and give the metabolism a little boost.
While we all know that eff ective weight control must include some combination of diet and exercise, aromatherapy can combat the stress associated with the battle of the bulge, and be an enjoyable component to a lifestyle that focuses on clean eating and healthy fi tness. Here are our favorite essential oils for weight loss:
Citrus Oils for Cravings & Moodiness
Bergamot ( Citrus bergamia), or Italian orange essential oil: Known for its spicy citrus note, bergamot helps alleviate depression, and may help if emotional eating is undermining your clean eating program. Studies report that bergamot reduces the production of cortisol, which has also been linked to the inability to drop stubborn belly fat. Diff use the essential oil during particularly stressful times to help you avoid mindless nibbling.
Grapefruit ( Citrus paradisi): Studies have discovered that this essential oil not only provides a mood lift with its sweet aroma, it also contains a natural compound, nootkatone, that acts to control metabolism. Simply inhaling this bright citrus oil can halt food cravings and give you a burst of much- needed energy.
Lemon ( Citrus limon): Essential oil of lemon is a mood brightener. Just think of the zest of citrus and it makes sense— who doesn’t perk up after a refreshing glass of OJ or a squeeze of tart lemon in cool spring water? Two constituents in lemon essential oil pack a powerful punch to fat cells, while also easing pain in achy muscles. Add a few drops to your sports balm to relieve muscles sore from exercise.
Juniper & Cypress for Water Retention
Woodsy juniper ( Juniperus communis) and cypress ( Cupressus sempervirens): These are purifying essential oils that off er diuretic benefi ts to help fl ush water weight. Combine with grapefruit for an uplifting aromatic massage blend that also helps break down cellulite.
Rosemary & Peppermint to Boost Metabolism
Rosemary ( Rosmarinus offi cinalis) and Peppermint ( Mentha piperita): These savory culinary herbs enhance fl avors and elevate low moods, but their essential oils are also powerful metabolism boosters. One scientifi c study reports that peppermint goes a step further to lower hunger levels when inhaled every two hours.
Spice Oils for Blood Sugar Balance
Cinnamon ( Cinnamomum zeylanicum) and ginger ( Zingiber offi cinale): These two essential oils help reduce infl ammation and regulate blood sugar, both of which are vital to successful weight loss. These oils also add warmth to massage blends for a comforting, balancing quality.
Any of these essential oils can be eff ective in suppressing appetite. Simply open your favorite and breathe deeply when the urge to overeat occurs. Or combine several for a supportive blend for your diff user, such as our AppetiteSuppressing Diff usion blend ( above).