Aromatherapy and Weight Loss

When it comes to  losing weight, most people try to find the right diet and exercise program to  burn calories. Some doctors and alternative medicine practitioners also tout the  power of aromatherapy to help individuals with their weight  loss goals.  They believe that certain fragrances and scents decrease an individual’s appetite, prevent overeating and trigger a loss in weight. The following essential oils are commonly used for weight loss in aromatherapy programs and have been proven to be effective in controlling appetite.grapefruit for weight loss

  1. Peppermint

    • Peppermint is probably the best known scent to decrease appetite. It promotes  a feeling of fullness, which lessens the chance that individuals will overeat,  and also helps cut back on cravings for sweets. Sniffing peppermint oil 10 to 15  minutes before eating should help  curb your appetite during a meal. You can also add a few drops of the oil to  your water so you continue to smell it throughout the meal, increasing the  chance that you eat fewer calories.


      • Grapefruit has long been associated with weight loss, and there is a fad diet  based on eating a piece of the fruit before every meal to promote more efficient  fat-burning. While those claims are dubious, grapefruit is commonly used in  weight control aromatherapy because its crisp, bright fragrance helps lessen  cravings for sweets. Pink  grapefruit essential oil is particularly helpful in lessening appetite.  Grapefruit essential oil may be rubbed between your hands, so when you cup  them together you can slowly inhale the scent. It is also easy to adjust  the intensity of the aroma by moving your hands closer or further away from your  face. For best results, sniff grapefruit oil at least five minutes before  eating. It is also helps to drink a glass of water after inhaling the oil  because the water increases the feeling of fullness.


    • Many aromatherapists believe that the scent of lemon speeds up the metabolism  and provides fuel to fat-burning cells in the body. It is also believed to  affect the appetite. According to Therapeutic Reiki, a website that focuses on  alternative medicine, a study was conducted on the effect of lemon aroma on the  brain and evidence was gathered that it stimulates the hippocampus, the part of  the brain that controls rational, left brain thought. This helps prevent  emotional eating and binges by allowing individuals to realize when their  appetite has been satisfied.

    Fennel and Patchouli

    • Many aromatherapists utilize fennel and patchouli essential oils to help curb  the appetite. According to the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy, the use of  fennel as a appetite suppressant may be traced back to ancient Greece. Patchouli  has been used in aromatherapy for years to treat various conditions, such as  anxiety or rage issues, and a noted side effect has been its ability to decrease  appetite. Used in conjunction, fennel and patchouli may provide more effective  appetite control benefits.  Some aromatherapists recommend inhaling the scents at multiple times throughout  the day instead of only before meals because it will help the effect last  longer.

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