Curbing Appetite with Essential Oils

Curbing Appetite with Essential Oils

The therapeutic benefits and healing properties of essential oils have been known for ages.  Different cultures from all over the world, including the Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks, Romans, Indians, plus more have used the amazing benefits of essential oils for over 6,000 years.

Aromatherapy is using essential oils to balance and harmonize the body and mind. Using aromatherapy can help stimulate certain areas of the brain which can greatly impact your physical and mental state.

The receptors in the human nose can perceive over a trillion different smells. These receptors can communicate with the hippocampus and amygdala in the brain, which are the major areas in the brain responsible for keeping memories and emotions. When essential oils are inhaled, research shows that these areas are stimulated which in turn directly influences our physical, mental and emotional states. Inhaling essential oil molecules affects everything from our mood, heart rate and stress levels to blood pressure, sleep, motivation, and food habits.

From constant food cravings, fatigue, poor digestion, sugary foods, slow metabolism and emotional eating, incorporating essential oils into your everyday weight loss program could be what’s missing between you reaching and maintaining your weight loss goals!

Grapefruit essential oil

Grapefruit oil is an excellent appetite suppressant, detoxifier, fat dissolver and helps prevent bloating and water retention in the body. In fact, the rind from where the oil is extracted, contains high concentrations of nootkatone, a component which activates AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). AMPK stimulates the body to use up sugar and reduces the accumulation of fat which leads to increased weight loss.

There are many ways to use grapefruit oil to your advantage for weight loss. You can drink it, inhale it, use it topically, or use it in a diffuser. When drinking it, add 1-2 drops of grapefruit essential oil to one glassful of water and drink it right when you wake up in the morning. Doing so will improve your metabolism, increase fat loss, detoxify the body, and help to maintain your weight. When using is topically, mix it with a carrier oil of choice, and rub it onto your wrists, chest, temples and right under your nose to help control cravings and curb your appetite.

 

Cinnamon Essential Oil:

It has been found that cinnamon oil has anti-microbial, anti-parasitic, anti-oxidant and free radical scavenging properties. Cinnamon oil been seen to show great potential in regulating blood glucose levels and the glucose tolerance factor (GTF) in the body. This is important because imbalanced blood sugars can lead to overeating, reduced energy levels, irritability, sugar cravings and weight gain. Adding cinnamon oil to your food can also slow down the speed of glucose when released into your bloodstream, which ultimately will assist you in achieving your weight loss goals.  

Similar to how one would use grapefruit oil for weight loss, you can use cinnamon oil the same way. You can drink it, inhale it, use it topically or diffuse it. Cinnamon oil is classified as safe to take internally according to the FDA. To lose weight, add 1-2 drops of cinnamon oil in a tea cup of warm water with a drop or two of honey (raw honey is best). Doing this daily will help reduce cravings. This oil is best had before meals or when you get a late-night food craving. You can also add cinnamon oil to your baking, oats or smoothies. When using cinnamon oil topically, combine 1-2 drops cinnamon oil with a carrier oil and rub it on your wrists and chest. To diffuse, add a few drops of cinnamon oil to your diffuser which will help boost your mood and keep control over those midnight munchies!

Peppermint Essential Oil:

Peppermint oil is great to use for indigestion, relaxing stomach muscles, and decreasing bloating. In peppermint oil, there is a cooling medicinal compound called menthol. Menthol can influence neurosensory perceptions to change how we taste and smell foods, which helps prevent cravings for sugary foods, other food cravings, and overeating.

Peppermint oil is great to be inhaled directly from the bottle, or by diffusing it.

Lemon Essential Oil:

Lemon oil is extracted from the lemon rind and contains the medicinal compound limonene. Lemon oil is a natural fat dissolver and helps to detoxify and eliminate toxins in the body that can get stored in the fat cells. Lemon improves overall digestion.

To use lemon oil, you can drink it by adding 1-2 drops to a glass of water and drink before meals to suppress appetite. You can also inhale this oil to curb appetite or diffuse it as a great way to inhibit cravings. You can also massage lemon oil onto areas that have cellulite build-up by mixing it with a carrier oil. Doing so will help remove toxins from fat cells.

 

Lavender Essential Oil:

Research shows that lavender essential oil helps calm stress and anxiety and suppresses the triggers that cause emotional eating. Lavender can also decrease cortisol levels, the stress hormone that makes your body hold on to excess fat, making it harder for you to lose weight.

To use Lavender essential oil, you can inhale it or use a diffuser, which helps calm your senses and decreases cortisol levels making you less likely to indulge in some emotional eating.

Other oils that work great for curbing your appetite:

  • Frankincense

  • Orange

  • Rosemary

  • Eucalyptus

 It’s highly recommended to buy therapeutic-grade essential oil that is 100% pure and free from toxins and additives, and is unfiltered. At Viola Essentials, our oils are the highest 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils that you will find! So, if you’re just buckling down on your goals to shed some weight off or you’re becoming more committed to eating healthier and curbing your appetite of unhealthy cravings, essential oils are just what you need! Order yours from Viola Essentials today!

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