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How to use Essential Oils for Weight Loss

essential oils for weight loss

Did you know you can use essential oils to control appetite and lose weight?


Don’t let food cravings derail your efforts for weight loss. Essential oils for appetite control can be a useful tool to keep you on the right track.

I love using essential oils for so many reasons!

You may have heard about essential oils for relaxation, skin care and pain relief, but did you know that you can control your appetite and lose weight too?

We know an important step in weight loss is controlling hunger cravings. Using essential oils for appetite suppression can be a natural way to cut down on excessive eating or overconsumption.

No, essential oils aren’t some magical potion that will make you drop 30 pounds in 30 days!

But if you use essential oils in addition to a healthy diet (of real food) and daily activity, they are a helpful tool for weight loss. Even though it is only a part of the puzzle for losing weight, it is a part that is so easy to do!

By ingesting, diffusing, or applying essential oils topically, you can promote weight loss by giving your body what it needs to burn fat, stay active and reduce cravings in a healthy way!


essential oils for weight loss

How Aromas Affect Appetite Control and Weight Loss

Smell and taste are closely linked, says Adam Hirsch, MD, of the Smell and Taste Research Foundation in Chicago.

In fact, he says 90% of what people consider taste is really smell. If you find that hard to swallow, try holding your nose shut while eating something and you’ll find it difficult to taste the flavors in foods.

“It makes some anatomical sense,” Hirsch says, “because of a connection between the nose and the brain.”

The reason people feel full, he says, is because it’s usually our brains, not our stomachs, that interpret whether we’ve had enough food.

Different aromas can elicit feelings of feeling fuller faster or curb hunger cravings. This is where essentail oils come into play.

Based upon the latest clinical trials, the following are considered some of the best essential oils for weight loss by appetite suppression.


1. Grapefruit Essential Oil

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The essential oil of grapefruit actually comes from the peel, which is very high in certain compounds such as D-Limonene and helps support the metabolism as well as the cleansing and drainage of lymphatic glands.

This vitamin C and lycopene-loaded citrus powerhouse is a favorite fruit of dieters, but it might boost your weight loss efforts even more if you take a few seconds to smell it before digging in.

It is known to lower cravings and hunger.

According to a study from Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical , they found the scent of grapefruit oil stimulated calorie burning in rats, while decreasing appetite.

The zingy aroma that accompanies this citrus fruit could help zap pounds by curbing food cravings.

Another such study found that a 15 minute exposure to the scent of grapefruit oil three times a week reduced food intake and body weight.

When applied topically to the skin in small amounts, grapefruit essential oil is an excellent diuretic and lymphatic stimulant. This is one reason why it’s included in many cellulite creams.

I add Grapefruit essential oil (this one) to my homemade sugar body scrub recipe for those reasons.  Not to mention it smells delightful!

Add one drop to your water, diffuse it in your office or home, or massage some onto your chest and wrists when a craving strikes.

Always use a carrier oil, like coconut oil, when applying to the skin. Only use organic, 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils for ingestion. 


2. Cinnamon Essential Oil

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If you love eating cakes, cookies, and other sweets, cinnamon essential oil will really help you with your weight loss and appetite control.

This oil aids in controlling your blood sugar and insulin release, which in turn keeps your sugar cravings in check.

Stabilizing blood sugar levels with cinnamon essential oil keeps your body from craving sugary junk foods.

When your blood sugar levels are unstable, you may find yourself overeating and gaining weight.

Plus, when your energy levels are low, it’s difficult to exercise and burn calories.

Using cinnamon oil will help reverse these issues that are standing in your way and, as an added bonus, cinnamon oil serves as a cardio-protective agent that reduces the risk of heart disease and inflammation.

You can diffuse cinnamon oil at home or inhale the oil directly from the bottle.

Cinnamon is a strong oil.  A few drops goes a long way!


3. Lemon Essential Oil

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Lemon Essential Oil benefits both your mental and physical health, so it is perfect for people who have a small essential oil budget as it is one of the least expensive oils on the market.

Research shows that breathing in the scent of lemon essential oil improves the neurological activity that promotes the breakdown of body fat.

Its limonene helps dissolve fat in your body while it also boosts your mood by increasing the levels of norepinephrine in your brain.

Lemons zesty scent will energize you and help you to think positive thoughts on days when you are unsure of yourself.

It promotes a positive mood, which can be extremely helpful when you are working to reach your weight-loss goals.

Lemon essential oil can be diffused, applied topically or internally by adding one drop to a glass of water. Only use organic, 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils for ingestion.

It is highly recommended if drinking any citrus, to use a stainless steel straw (this one) to protect your teeth!

Plus, if you apply it topically, with a carrier oil, you will smell fresh and fruity all day.


4. Peppermint Essential Oil

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Peppermint is not just for Christmas anymore! This oil naturally suppresses your appetite to keep you from overeating.

It also helps keep bloating and indigestion at bay.

Peppermint Oil is perfect for people trying to improve their digestive health.

Additionally, peppermint is a natural energizer that reduces fatigue and improves focus, so you can keep your eyes on your weight-loss goal.

Peppermint essential oil has a cooling sensation when you use it topically.  Just rubbing one to two drops behind your neck can give you the energy and pain relief you need to push through your workout or a long day.

You can also diffuse peppermint oil for a quick energy boost and to help curve appetite cravings.

Add 3 drops to a foot bath to soak achy feet (one of my favorite things to do!) or add a drop to a glass of water to aid in digestion. Only use organic, 100% pure, therapeutic grade oils for ingestion.

 essential oils for weight loss ginger


Ginger Essential Oil helps support healthy digestion and the absorption of nutrients. This is important for everyone out there!

It contains gingerols which are compounds that reduce inflammation in your intestines and help you absorb vitamins and minerals from the food you eat.

Ginger essential oil can be diffused or for better results, apply a drop or two topically to the stomach area after eating and massage in a clockwise motion. (Always use a carrier oil when applying straight to the skin.)

Essential Oil Diffusers


Essential oil diffusers (like this one with 21,000 reviews and a 4.5 star rating) have become a popular trend in home decor.

Ultrasonic diffusers release a hydrating mist into the room that contains the essential oil of your choice. This is an easy way to use your essential oils because all it requires you to do is breathe!

Diffusers also make your home smell great and often act as a beautiful piece of art.

They come in a variety of prices, sizes, shapes, and colors to fit the style and size of your home and your budget!

I would highly recommend looking in to getting a diffuser for your home or office. If you diffuse oils at home, you aren’t the only one reaping the benefits, but your whole family will also!

A few diffusing recipes

You can use each of the 4 essential oils alone in a diffuser. They definitely smell wonderful on their own.  But they also smell great when put together in a diffuser. Combination options:

-Combine Grapefruit essential oil and Cinnamon essential oil in a diffuser.

-Combine Lemon essential oil and Peppermint essential oil in a diffuser.


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Essential oils have been used for thousands of years. They’re one of the most powerful forms of medicine in the world!

These are probably the most effective essential oils for weight loss and appetite control.

  1. Grapefruit Essential Oil
  2. Cinnamon Essential Oil
  3. Lemon Essential Oil
  4. Peppermint Essential Oil


Extra Tip: Use Ginger Essential Oil to aid in healthy digestion.  Simply put a drop or two topically on the stomach and massage in a clockwise motion. (use a carrier oil when applying to the skin) The clockwise motion also aids in digestion.


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Have you tried essential oils for weight loss and appetite control?

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  • Joanna Barford
    September 29, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I am so excited to learn about how essential oils can help with food cravings! I didn’t know that. I have recently started using them and I love them! This is great info! You’ve obviously done a lot of research on it.

      December 4, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Thank you! I am so glad you learned something new from this article and now you can use essential oils in your home. There are so many wonderful uses for essential oils that I am eager to share on this site that have helped me in so many ways! I am always eager to hear how others use essential oils too!