Can essential oils really help you lose unwanted kilos?
Yes. Provided they are used in conjunction with a healthy, whole-food diet and regular exercise – they absolutely†can!
In fact, certain metabolism-boosting essential oils can actually accelerate the positive changes in body composition (i.e. more lean muscle and less fat) that usually come with eating healthier and exercising.
Essential oils for a leaner, healthier body!
GRAPEFRUIT:†With a sweet, crisp and uplifting aroma, grapefruit essential oil contains a compound called nootkatone, which stimulates an enzyme that regulates the body’s energy levels and metabolic rate.
Grapefruit oil also contains limonene, another natural compound that has shown to increase lipolysis – the breaking down of fat cells within the body.
LEMON:†In addition to grapefruit, lemon oil,†too has shown to increase lipolysis, thanks to its rich source of limonene.
Lemon essential oil with it’s clean, fresh, uplifting aroma is also an excellent internal cleanser, lending powerful support to our body’s own natural detoxification processes.
This is particularly apparent within the liver (our primary detoxification organ), where lemon oil†serves to increase the liver’s efficiency in†ridding the body of parasites and toxins, and also metabolising fat (converting fat into energy).
CINNAMON BARK:†This rich, warm, spicy-smelling oil has shown to be effective in maintaining more balanced blood sugar levels†by slowing the release of insulin and increasing the uptake of glucose from the blood and into the cells.
High insulin levels†keep the body in†’fat storing’ mode†making it very difficult to lose weight / burn fat.
Cinnamon bark oil helps to keep blood sugar levels more stable, reducing the need for the pancreas to produce high levels of insulin.
Having lower levels of insulin gives the body more opportunity to burn fat stores for fuel, resulting in fat loss.†
GINGER ROOT:†The compounds in ginger are called gingerols, which in addition to reducing inflammation (the root cause of dis-ease), also support†the body’s ability to absorb the vitamins and minerals from food, allowing you to maximise your nutritional intake from fewer calories.
Ginger also contains pain-relieving properties which can be very soothing to achy muscles and joints. Great for a body that is sore from exercise.†
PEPPERMINT:†A cross between watermint and spearmint, the peppermint plant produces a pure essential oil that is high in menthol.
Menthol from peppermint oil is a natural appetite suppressant (especially when inhaled), and when taken internally has a particularly soothing effect on the intestinal tract, improving digestion and helping to reduce bloating.
Peppermint essential oil is also very uplifting and has shown to improve mental focus and concentration, which can be very handy when you’re trying to stay on track with your diet and exercise.
How to use essential oils for healthy weight management.
There are 3 primary ways to use essential oils:
1) We can diffuse them / inhale them.
2) We can apply them topically (using a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil to dilute).
3) We can take them internally (pure grade oils only).
I personally do all of the above on a daily basis, but my favourite way to use essential oils for healthy weight management is by adding drops to water and drinking them.
In the case of the oils†I’ve mentioned above I add 2 drops of each to an almost full 1 litre (or approx)†GLASS†or STAINLESS STEEL water bottle and shake. NO PLASTIC! Certain essential oils†e.g. citrus will eat plastic!†
I then just sip on this essential oil-infused water†throughout the day, remembering to shake the bottle after it’s been sitting a while to temporarily disperse the oils throughout the water (essential oils, like all oils are not water-soluble).
The taste is pleasant and refreshing, and I don’t feel anywhere near as hungry throughout the day†in-between meals.
So, once again that internal ‘metabolic’ recipe is:
2 drops lemon
2 drops cinnamon bark
2 drops ginger root
2 drops peppermint
Added to approximately 1 litre of pure, fresh water and then shaken and sipped.
In regards to taking oils internally you’ll want to be absolutely sure that you’re using pure grade essential oils!
There’s only ONE brand of oils that I trust in terms of purity and also potency and that is doTERRA essential oils. These amazing aromatic compounds are arguably the most pure, most potent and most effective essential oils available on the market today.