In starting my research for this article, I began reading up on which oils were best for weight loss (duh). Which oil helped curve cravings, which oil was good for digestion, which oil could support a healthy metabolism and the like. I found that these are the five best essential oils to support healthy weight loss (of course, with a healthy diet and regular exercise):
Many people who struggle with weight loss also struggle with insulin resistance. Grapefruit has been shown to reduce cravings but even more importantly, helps maintain an already healthy insulin response. A diet high in carbohydrates and sugar coupled with the intake of omega-6 vegetable oils (the Standard American Diet) leads to insulin resistance. This is one of the main reasons people are not able to manage their weight.
Grapefruit can help balance hormones as well, which is a large part of weight loss.
Lemon oil is a great way to detoxify the body. Have you heard of drinking lemon water in the morning? This is because it stimulates the liver, which is the body’s filtration system. The polyphenols found in lemon have also shown to aid in weight loss.
Cinnamon supports normal blood glucose levels, or the amount of sugar in the blood. Cinnamon provides gentle detoxification and can boost the immune system.
Ginger promotes a healthy inflammatory response, in addition to being great for digestion. Did your grandmother ever give you ginger ale for an upset stomach? Mine did! While a soda isn’t going to help digestion, therapeutic grade ginger oil will.
Peppermint is also great for digestion, it’s even recommended for those who may have minor stomach issues.
Peppermint has also proven to curb cravings and help people limit overeating. For those with serious weight loss issues, it can help suppress appetite. I don’t normally recommend the suppression of appetite, but for those with a significant amount of weight to lose, this is extremely helpful. Some are prone to overeating and no longer have trouble with knowing when they are full, or when it’s time to stop eating.