5 Essential Oils for Weight Loss


If you’ve started on a quest to take better care of your body, congratulations.  You deserve a hearty hug and accolades.  Losing weight can be a challenge on the best of days.  Mother Nature has however, created several essential oils which make losing weight more manageable both physically and emotionally.  Let’s take a look at these essential oils and how they can help you lose weight.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit oil, also called citrus paradise, offers many health benefits including alleviating water retention and strengthening your immune system.  However one particular is that it actually dissolves fat.  A Japanese study found that the primary component of grapefruit oil, limonene, enhances Lipolysis – a process whereby stored fatty acids are released into your bloodstream, broken down by your kidney and liver and used as energy sources for your heart and brain.

In addition to essentially dissolving fat, grapefruit oil is a natural weight loss suppressant, think about all those grapefruit diets!


While Grapefruit oil is helping you break down and dissolve fat, Bergamot essential oil helps you combat emotional stress – a common cause for overeating and consuming typically unhealthy foods.

This occurs because sense of smell is closely associated with emotional centers in the brain. Bergamot, and a few other essential oils, stimulate your endocrine system and produce calm feelings, a general sense of wellness, and help alleviate stress.  It’s often combined with Lavender to enhance your sense of calm and well being.


Sandalwood has a long history as a medicinal component and has been used as an astringent, a fungicide, a sedative and even treats a variety of skin conditions.  However few know of its ability to remove negative programming in your cells – our cells can become programmed by both our chemistry and our thoughts and behaviors.  Reprogramming them for optimal functioning is possible by changing your habits and thoughts and by incorporating essential oil of sandalwood into your practice.


You may be aware of peppermint’s ability to calm an upset stomach and aid in digestion however it also offers significant weight loss assistance.  According to a study conducted by Dr Alan Hirsch, peppermint has the unique ability to directly affect your brain’s satiety center, the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus.  It triggers a feeling of fullness after meals, which means you can eat less and still feel full.  Many people inhale this essential oil before or during meals or add a couple drops to a glass of water or tea and drink before and during mealtime.

Peace & Calming

Peace & Calming is an essential oil blend which contains:

  • Tangerine.   A diuretic and also used to calm the nervous system.
  • Orange.   Used to provide emotional support to help overcome depression.
  • Ylang Ylang.  Used to clarify thoughts and assist in a feeling of wellness and peace.
  • Patchouli.   Commonly used as a sedative, to calm and relax.
  • Blue Tansy.   An essential oil used to cleanse the liver – an organ that is largely responsible for the breakdown of fat.

The Peace & Calming blend is commonly used to treat hyperactivity in children and adults, however it also helps to calm emotions, add clarity, and helps keep your liver functioning optimally.

Essential oils are a terrific and natural way to suppress appetite, calm emotions as they relate to food and stress, and to actually dissolve fat.  These essential oils can be dispersed or applied in a number of ways.  Read the directions before applying for safety and effectiveness.  When it comes to losing weight, it’s nice to know there is a natural way to aid our efforts.

©2009 Deborah A. Lindholm

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