Essential Oils and Weight Loss

At one time or another, most of us have attempted to shed a few pounds. Essential oils can be very helpful if you’re trying to lose weight, but keep in mind that essential oils themselves won’t innately make the fat fall off. However, oils can support the overall process by helping to boost metabolism, curb appetite, balance hormones, regulate blood sugar, improve digestion, and promote detoxification.

When it comes to losing weight, there will never be a perfect diet, exercise regimen, or magic pill that works for everyone. It’s important that you understand your own body and what is causing the weight gain. If you have a hormone imbalance, simply trying to boost your metabolism won’t do a lot of good. That being said, here are some tips to deal with various health problems that often contribute to weight gain.

Boosting Metabolism

Speeding up your metabolic rate is one of the best things you can do to lose weight. This allows your body to burn calories faster and to convert nutrients from food into energy. It can also help you burn fat better during a workout. In order to increase your metabolism, add 1–2 drops spearmint essential oil to a glass of water, and drink it before you exercise or eat. For variety, adding some strawberries, raspberries, or other fruits along with the spearmint makes a naturally delicious flavored water.

Curbing Appetite

We have all experienced cravings and the sensation of being hungry all the time! Essential oils can help ease cravings and curb frequent hunger. If overeating is a problem for you, diffusing grapefruit and peppermint can help calm your cravings.

Balancing Hormones

Many people don’t realize that imbalanced hormones can cause unhealthy weight gain. But hormones regulate metabolism, blood pressure, appetite, and many other body functions. By balancing your hormones, you increase your ability to lose weight through exercise and healthy eating. Oils that can help balance hormones include rosemary and cinnamon. We encourage you to read more in Modern Essentials® to better understand hormones and the endocrine system.

Regulating Blood Sugar

Blood sugar imbalance can be caused by several factors, including stress. If you are overly stressed, your body will produce excess cortisol hormone, which produces elevated glucose levels, which can inhibit weight loss. First, you’ll want to find ways to de-stress and relax, and then use essential oils to help manage your blood sugar. Depending on whether you have high or low blood sugar—or episodes of both—you may need different essential oils. You can read more about these topics in Modern Essentials®. However, oils that are generally good for both extremes include cinnamon and On Guard®.

Improving Digestion

Inefficient digestion stems largely from what we’re eating. However, many factors play into efficient digestion since this process involves several organs. If you have a specific digestive problem, consult Modern Essentials®. In general, the following oils support the digestive system: peppermint, ginger, lemongrass, DigestZen®, fennel, and turmeric, among others.

Promoting Detoxification

Sometimes all your body needs is a little cleansing and detoxing to resume full functioning. Clearing toxins out of your body can take several days of consistently applying oils. Essential oils that aid detoxification are helichrysum, rosemary, juniper berry, and coriander. Dilute the oils as recommended, and apply over the liver area, intestines, and reflex points on the feet.

Keep in mind that every body is unique: what works for one person may not work for another. Weight loss may only come through trial and error to find the perfect balance for your body. And once you’ve found what works, you’ll need to be consistent in order to see the desired results. We recommend that you combine our essential oil tips with daily exercise and a balanced diet for the best results. If you’re not sure which area of weight loss advice to emphasize, consult your doctor for further direction.

Source: Modern Essentials®, 10th edition.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Clary Sage

Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowering plant. Clary sage can be identified by its herbaceous, spicy, and hay-like aroma. This essential oil possesses anticonvulsant, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, nerve tonic, sedative, soothing, tonic, and warming health properties. Clary sage primarily affects the body’s hormonal system.

In the Middle Ages, clary sage was nicknamed “clear eyes” for its ability to clear eye problems. During that time it was also widely used for female complaints, kidney/digestive/skin disorders, inflammation, sore throats, and wounds. The French have long used this oil to aid with bronchitis, cholesterol, frigidity, genitalia, impotence, menstrual cramps, and weak digestion.

Today, clary sage essential oil is commonly used to help with the following health conditions: aneurysm, breast enlargement, convulsions, cramps, emotional stress, endometriosis, epilepsy, estrogen balance, hair (fragile), hormonal balance, hot flashes, infection, infertility, insomnia, lactation (start milk production), mood swings, muscle fatigue, Parkinson’s disease, PMS, postpartum depression, premenopause, and seizures.

Applications of Clary Sage Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Clary sage can be applied neat (with no dilution). Apply to reflex points and/or directly on the area of concern.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The aroma of clary sage may calm and enhance the dream state, helping to bring about a feeling of euphoria.
Internal Application: Clary sage is recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA and can be taken in capsules or used as a flavoring agent.
Safety Data: Should not be taken internally by children under 6 years old, and should be taken with caution and in greater dilution by children 6 years old and older. Use with caution during pregnancy. Not for babies. Avoid using this oil during and after consumption of alcohol.

Ways to Use Clary Sage Essential Oil:

1. Hot Flashes
Clary sage essential oil affects the hormonal system, making it a powerful tool when you’re experiencing hot flashes. Simply add 5 drops clary sage to 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) jojoba oil, and add the mixture to bathwater as a relaxing bath oil.
2. Diffuse
The strong, herbaceous aroma of this essential oil adds an amazing new level to your diffuser blends. Here are a few you can try out!

3. Menstrual Cramps
Clary Sage is great for alleviating bloating and cramps caused by your menstrual cycle. Combine 3 drops clary sage, 3 drops grapefruit, and 2 drops lavender in a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and top off with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil of your choice. Apply the blend on location whenever needed.
4. Hormone Balance
Taking essential oils internally can be an effective way to receive their benefits quickly. Balancing your hormones can be tricky, but essential oils are great to keep them in check. Place 2 drops of each rosemary, frankincense, and clary sage in an empty capsule. If desired, fill the remainder of the capsule with olive oil. Take internally 1–2 times a day, or as needed.

5. Hair Care
This essential oil is known for its ability to help strengthen fragile and thinning hair. It can be a great addition to your shampoo and conditioner, or you can click here for a recipe to make your own natural shampoo and conditioner. It’s completely customizable depending on your specific hair needs.

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 51–52.