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Losing weight can be a daunting task and very often giving up seems like the best idea. But what if you found an easy way to help you get to your goal weight? Essential oils may be the answer you’ve been looking for. These five essential oils are not a magic pill, you’ll still need to exercise and maintain a healthy diet, but they sure can aid in the process. 

Something to remember, consuming or taking essential oils internally, that are not marked food grade or generally regarded as safe can be dangerous. Also certain health conditions preclude the use of essential oils in your diet. So practice caution while using these oils unless otherwise specified. Hence, always consult your doctor before you opt for any alternate remedies for weight loss.

Here are five essential oils that can help you lose weight.

Lemon oil:

Breathing in the scent of lemon essential oil has been found to improve neurological function. Lemon oil also contains an essential component called Limonene that has been found to aid in weight loss.[5] That apart, lemon oil also helps improve digestion, promotes a positive mood.  

How to use: 

Adding a few drops to a diffuser, some water or even as a part of your salad dressing or smoothie can help[8].

Peppermint Oil:

As per a study[2] published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, peppermint oil may help relax the smooth muscles of the bronchus, and thus increasing ventilation and brain oxygen. Simply put, it means that if peppermint oil is ingested with water can  help you breathe better when you are trying to power through an intense workout without getting out of breath. 

Apart from that peppermint oil boosts energy levels, helps soothe sore muscles and minimizes recovery time[2] —  helping you get back to your workout regimen sooner. 

Additionally, peppermint oil has a cooling sensation when applied to the skin. Just run a few drops of peppermint oil into your temple and behind you neck for some much needed pain relief.[6]

How to use: 

Add five to 10 drops to your bathwater to soothe achy muscles. Add one to two drops in a glass of water to help you perform better at your workouts. 

Ginger Oil:

Known for its ability to improve digestion and absorption of nutrients, ginger oil is great when it comes to helping you in your weight loss journey. By improving the absorption of vitamins and minerals, ginger oil’s key component gingerol has been found [3]helps reduce inflammation in the body. It also has antioxidant activity and helps reduce pain and swelling.

How to use:

Add one or two drops of ginger oil in your tea or smoothie. Another way to use it, is to put a few drops of the oil in a diffuser, or apply a drop or two to your tummy to improve digestion 

Cinnamon oil:

Not only does this oil help balance your blood sugar levels[7], it also helps curb your sugar cravings. Apart from that, cinnamon oil also has cardioprotective properties that help protect the heart and reduces inflammation[7].  

How to use: 

Adding a few drops of this oil to a diffuser, inhale fumes of the oil directly from the bottle or even apply some onto a handkerchief for a quick pick-me-up  whenever you need one

Grapefruit oil:

Studies [4] have shown that grapefruit oil affects the autonomic nerves and regulates digestion and can help  reduce appetite. An essential compound called D-limonene contained in grapefruit oil has also been known to help support the metabolic process in the body by cleansing the lymphatic glands, improving circulation and utilization of nutrients. 

How to use:

Having a glass of water with two to three drops of grapefruit oil can help curb cravings. Another good way to use this oil is to add a few drops to a diffuser. ;

References:

[1]  BabarAli Naser AliAl-Wabel SaibaShams AftabAhamad Shah AlamKhan FirozAnwar . Essential oils used in aromatherapy: A systemic review, Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, Volume 5, Issue 8, August 2015, Pages 601-611

[2] Meamarbashi A, Rajabi A. The effects of peppermint on exercise performance. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2013;10(1):15. Published 2013 Mar 21. doi:10.1186/1550-2783-10-15

[3]Ginger: Eissa FA, Choudhry H, Abdulaal WH, et al. POSSIBLE HYPOCHOLESTEROLEMIC EFFECT OF GINGER AND ROSEMARY OILS IN RATS. Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 2017;14(4):188–200. Published 2017 Jun 5. doi:10.21010/ajtcam.v14i4.22

[4] Grapefruit:  Olfactory stimulation with scent of grapefruit oil affects autonomic nerves, lipolysis and appetite in rats. Shen J, Niijima A, Tanida M, Horii Y, Maeda K, Nagai K. Neurosci Lett. 2005 Jun 3;380(3):289-94. Epub 2005 Feb 5. PMID: 15862904

[5]https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1105/limonene

[6] Benjamin Kligler, Sapna ChaudharyPublished in American family physician 1987, Peppermint oil, DOI:10.1007/bf03268764. React. Wkly. (1987) 178: 9. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03268764

[7] Jean-Jacques Dugoua, Dugald Seely, Dan Perri, Kieran Cooley, Taryn Forelli, Edward Mills, Gideon Koren, From type 2 diabetes to antioxidant activity: a systematic review of the safety and efficacy of common and cassia cinnamon bark, Safety and Efficacy of Natural Health Products.

[8] Jidong Sun, PhD, D-Limonene: Safety and Clinical application, Alternative medicine review, Volume 12, Number 3, 2007

References for the safe use of essential oils

[9] Soković M, Glamočlija J, Marin PD, Brkić D, Griensven LJLD. Antibacterial Effects of the Essential Oils of Commonly Consumed Medicinal Herbs Using an In Vitro Model. Molecules. 2010; 15(11):7532-7546.

[10] J.C.Kirschman, J.Stofberg, The consumption ratio of flavouring materials: A mechanism for setting priorities for safety evaluation, Food and Chemical Toxicology, Volume 23, Issue 9, September 1985, Pages 857-860

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