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Essential Oils for Weight Loss by Tanya ,  Jan 24, 2013

Helpful Essential Oils

Essential oils are helpful in your quest for losing weight due to their abilities to assist you with coping with underlying problems. Or they may help detoxify or improve your digestive system. It's best to seek medical advice first, to rule out any physical or medical reasons for your weight gain.

Recent Diet Fads

Hoodia and acai berry have been the most recent dietary fads for losing weight. However, their effectiveness and safety have not been proven by scientific research yet. There seems to be lots of conflicting information regarding these two weight loss products.

Another popular fad is the grapefruit diet. The grapefruit essential oil has proven to be effective for helping to manage weight loss. Green tea has also proven helpful.

Fragrances vs. Essential Oils

According to Dr. Hirsch, of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, scents may greatly affect our eating habits. He claims that humans emotionally respond to scents unconsciously, without any rationalization. His research has proven that people's olfactory senses can help them control their appetites.

Although synthetic fragrances could be effective, they have been found to cause more allergies than essential oils with the same scents. In addition, fragrances don't have any other healing properties whereas essential oils do.

Which Essential Oils to Use

Dr. Hirsch thinks using the oils that have been extracted from culinary plants work best. For example, basil, lemon, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and oregano all work well. A chocolate fragrance can reduce cravings for sweets, due to its ability to create serotonin in the brain. Other helpful scents are banana, green apple, and peppermint. Floral and oils with medicinal odors were the least helpful.

According to the research results, you should rotate which scents you use every day. Moreover, you should inhale the aroma 3-6 times in each nostril. If you don't get a strong enough whiff, it can make you feel hungrier instead of satiated.
Essential Oils for Weight Loss

Peppermint oil

Peppermint oil may help you feel fuller. According to Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Institute of Chicago, peppermint affects the part of the brain that deals with satiety, or feeling full. Hirsch recommends inhaling the aroma of peppermint throughout the day before each meal to curb appetite.

Bergamot oil

Although bergamot essential oil does not directly curb appetite, it may have soothing effects on the mind, including relieving stress and creating a sense of well-being. Hirsch suggests combining bergamot with lavender, which also has calming properties. Because many people eat more when they feel stressed, smelling bergamot may create a sense of calm that keeps them from eating when they are not truly hungry.

Tangerine oil

Tangerine essential oil is another citrus-based oil that may help with weight loss. Practitioners may use the oil to tone skin, helping to diminish the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks or scars, according to aromatherapist Clare Walters. Tangerine is also supposed to help regulate metabolism, create feelings of happiness and reduce anxiety. Take caution not to go out in the sun after applying tangerine. Tangerine essential oil is often combined with bergamot or lavender. Note that mandarin essential oil has the same benefits.

Rose Geranium oil

Rose geranium is supposed to be a powerful essential oil with mood lifting qualities. Clare Walter suggests that its properties may help diminish cellulite, reduce the effects of edema or fluid retention and positively balance hormones. Rose geranium has other possible properties, including working as a skin care agent, anti-fungal, anti-parasite and toxin flusher. This essential oil gets a GRAS rating from the FDA, which means that it is generally recognized as safe.

Lemon oil
Lemon essential oil is extracted from the rind of the fruit, and has properties that can boost the body’s metabolism as well as help to dissolve fat and clear the toxins that are held in fat cells.  Who needs liposuction when lemon oil applied to the skin can help burn some of that extra fat away?!   Even cellulite can be dissolved with consistent use of lemon oil.

Ocotea Oil

Helps with weight loss. Reduces cravings in the evening-1 drop in evening.

Targeting Fat with Essential Oils

If you shop around on the Internet, you will find products that claim to be essential oils for burning fat. These products usually include grapefruit oil, as well as other essential oils such as coconut, cypress, cedar, juniper and clary sage, as well as some carrier oil and usually vitamin E, which is said to be good for the skin. While these products may help if you are already on a weight loss program (for the calming and energizing reasons mentioned above) they can't really do anything to help you burn fat or reduce cellulite. Like other topical products, they may hydrate the skin, making it temporarily look firmer and less dimpled, but it's not a permanent solution.

The better idea is to do some research on aromatherapy yourself, buy a few bottles of oil from your natural foods store. Try some recipes as you also eat a better diet and exercise more.

Using essential oils can be a real help to get you through the emotions associated with dieting and weight loss, whether you're feeling a lack of confidence or excess tiredness.

Just make sure before you use any essential oils that you study up and learn the correct ways to use each one. All oils should be diluted when used on the body, and some can be toxic if ingested. Keep them away from children and only follow specific recipes until you have some experience working with the oils.