In a world where everyone wants a weight loss solution that shows dramatic results with minimal work, there is no shortage of pills and supplements available. Unfortunately, not only is the sheer number of these products confusing, but they often don’t work or have many negative side effects. There is no replacement for a healthy diet and exercise when it comes to losing weight, but there are some all natural alternatives to unsafe weight loss drugs; essential oils.
These 11 essential oils can help give you the extra support you need to lose unwanted weight without resorting to unhealthy, man-made diet aids. In addition, I’ve included 4 essential oils that can help eliminate unsightly cellulite that sometimes accompanies weight gain.
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Weight Loss Promoting Essential Oils
1) Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit in all its forms helps to dissolve fat and prevent bloating and water retention. The uplifting aroma of grapefruit has also been shown to relieve stress and buoy the spirit.
Grapefruit contains a compound known as D-limonene, making it among the most effective essential oils for weight loss.
D-limonene helps to release fatty acids in the blood stream so that your body can break them down for use as energy.
This oil can be taken internally with a few drops added to a glass of water, added to a bath, mixed with a carrier oil and massaged into problem areas, or diffused for inhalation.
2) Cinnamon Essential Oil
Another great oil for promoting weight loss, cinnamon improves digestion and circulation, stimulates the immune system and gently detoxifies the body.
It can also boost metabolism and suppress the appetite.
Add a few drops of oil to a glass of warm water and sweeten with honey before a meal or at bedtime to deter late night cravings.
You can also add a drop to a cotton ball and carefully inhale the vapors. Cinnamon oil can be strong so care should be taken with inhalation.
3) Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger essential oil has many beneficial properties, including aiding digestion and promoting energy levels. It also helps to decrease the body’s retention of fat and reduces inflammation.
It also breaks down sugars in your body and reduces cravings for sugars throughout the day and aids in the body’s absorption of many essential nutrients.
A few drops of ginger oil on a cloth is a great daily energy boost or it can be added to tea with honey and lemon for a satisfying drink.
4) Lemon Essential Oil
Like grapefruit, lemon oil contains D-limonene to help your body burn fat. In addition, it aids digestion, increases energy, and rids your body of toxins stored, among other areas, in fat cells.
Ridding your body of toxins is an important step in beginning a healthy regimen of diet and exercise.
Place a few drops of lemon oil in a diffuser or on a cotton ball before meals for appetite suppression and a satisfied feeling.
Lemon oil can also be blended and massaged in or a drop can be added to water and consumed before meals.
5) Bergamot Essential Oil
This is among the most relaxing and uplifting of all essential oils. The scent acts as a soothing balm to the spirit and helps to prevent compulsive eating and eating when you aren’t really hungry.
The oil contains polyphenols that aid the body in burning sugars and fats, these are the same polyphenols found in green tea.
Adding bergamot essential oil to a cloth and breathing the vapors calms the mind and body before a meal and reduces the tendency to overeat.
Adding some to your morning bath can help relieve stress and cravings throughout the day.
6) Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil is among the most all-purpose of the essential oils.
It is wonderful for digestive issues, stimulating the mind, and treating many respiratory ailments.
It also helps suppress cravings, promotes a feeling of fullness, and energizes you. Inhaling the vapors before a meal reduces the appetite and prevents overeating.
As an alternative, a few drops can be added to a glass of water and taken before a meal.
Some peppermint oil added to the bath in the morning can suppress cravings and give you energy throughout the day.
7) Sandalwood Essential Oil
Sandalwood is another of the essential oils that aid weight loss through calming the emotions.
The scent of sandalwood helps to calm and uplift the spirit and helps to overcome negative behaviors and emotions.
This is very helpful to those who tend to deal with stress by eating or snacking constantly. This oil can be blended and added to a diffuser or a cotton ball and inhaled or used as a relaxing massage or bath oil.
8) Lime Essential Oil
Lime essential oil has shown very promising results in both weight loss and prevention of weight gain.
For anyone who has experienced weight gain due to a prescription medication or medical procedure, this news is welcome indeed.
Adding lime to recipes as well as diffusions and blends will maximize benefits.
9) Cumin Essential Oil
Cumin essential oil hasn’t been studied as much as other oils, but cumin as a whole has many beneficial properties.
The entire plant is beneficial in combating diabetes and inflammation. Cumin contains compounds that affect the body’s response to blood glucose levels.
It is also a digestive aid and well worth adding to your collection of essential oils for weight loss.
Cumin can be used in culinary applications as well as diffused and inhaled or blended with carrier oils and used as a massage.
10) Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass essential oil is very beneficial for promoting drainage within your body as well as being a wonderful analgesic.
It also has astringent properties (tightens tissues) and making it perfect for use on skin.
Lemongrass essential oil can be applied directly to skin or mixed with carrier oil or body lotion for a soothing massage.
11) Fennel Essential Oil
Fennel is another of the many essential oils that help with weight loss. Some of the benefits of fennel include: appetite suppression, improved digestion, prevent weight gain, and promote restful sleep.
Fennel can be added to a warm bath, diffused and inhaled, or mixed with a carrier oil and massaged into skin.
4 Essential Oils to Fight Cellulite
Cellulite is the dimpled look that skin gets when fat accumulates below the surface. While massage alone will help eliminate cellulite, using the right essential oils can give your massage some extra punch and get rid of cellulite faster. Here are 4 of the best essential oils to help eliminate cellulite. Each oil should be blended with your favorite carrier oil and massaged into problem areas daily. As with any oil, these blends should be tested in a small area for sensitivity.
In addition to being a wonderful weight loss aid, a massage with grapefruit essential oil can help break down the fatty tissue under the skin and eliminate those unsightly dimpled while it tones and tightens the skin.
Cypress oil stimulates circulation and balances fluid levels when applied topically. Healthy blood flow and hydrated skin are two essential components in the fight against cellulite. It may also minimize the appearance of varicose veins. Dilute a few drops of cypress oil with your favorite carrier and massage gently into problem areas.
This oil is extracted from an evergreen shrub and has an invigorating scent. Mixed with a carrier oil and massaged into problem areas, it stimulated circulation while it tones and hydrates the skin. This oil shouldn’t be used by those with kidney problems. It should also be avoided by pregnant women because it has been known to stimulate uterine muscles.
Essential oil of spearmint is an antiseptic as well as an anti-inflammatory. It may also help your body to better metabolize fat, which is what cellulite is. When combined with grapefruit essential oil and your favorite carrier, it makes a powerful anti-cellulite massage oil.
Losing weight and looking your best takes both time and effort, but Mother Nature has provided many plants that can help you achieve your goals. Not only do these essential oils help with weight loss and eliminating cellulite, their scents alone can lift your spirits and promote spiritual well-being as you work to improve your physical well-being.
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