We are officially underway in the New Year and I’m sure we are all struggling to keep those New Year’s Resolutions. Every January we all make commitments to do better, to be better. Whether that is exercising, drinking less, working harder, making ‘you time,’ or just eating cleaner. Whatever it is, we all have to work for it.
So if there were something out there that made it easier and was a safe, natural, and healthy alternative, wouldn’t we take it? We already have so much on our plates with day-to-day life, balancing work, a personal life, and possibly kids or a family? It’s hard enough finding time to eat every day, much less maintain a healthy diet and find time to go to the gym. We can’t all be Wonder Woman, but we can try. Lucky for us we have essential oils.
Essential oils are a highly concentrated extract taken from various parts of plants such as the roots, leaves, and petals. Essential oils have been used for centuries to relieve both mental and physical ailments. Essential oils are primarily multi-purpose and can be fluid in the results they deliver to each user’s needs. There are, however, a few essential oils that assist with weight loss.
We all know that there is no easy or magic way to lose weight, but essential oils can affect your mood, promoting emotional and physical health promoting an environment of motivation and invigoration.
Keep in mind, these are for smelling, not eating. Essential oils not specifically marked for consumption can make you very ill.
Grapefruit oil contains a compound called nootkatone, which boosts metabolism and helps burn fat. In addition, its sweet citrus scent is rejuvenating and invigorating to provide motivation and helps you to get moving!
Cinnamon oil is great if you’ve got a sweet tooth. It assists in controlling your insulin and blood sugar levels, which can help stem those sugar cravings. It has also been suggested to stifle hunger when taken regularly, making it easier for you to maintain that diet.
Ginger oil has a plethora of benefits including aiding and balancing digestive health. It contains a compound called gingerol that helps to soothe inflammation in the intestines and aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Ginger oil can also help curb sugar cravings and is a healthy alternative to sweet treats.
Bergamot oil is a great scent to boost your mood and increase your energy levels and motivation when you’re feeling down. Keeping a happy mind will also prevent stress and emotional eating.
Peppermint oil, aside from relieving headaches and aiding with clarity and focus, can quell appetite and prevent overeating as well as stave off indigestion and bloating.
Lemon oil has an abundance of uses around the house such as cleaning and energizing, as well as fortifying your immune system. Lemon can help burn body fat (hence its presence in many juice cleanse recipes) as well as increase norepinephrine levels in your brain. This invigorating scent is energizing and downright motivating.
While none of these oils can cause you to lose weight, they can create a very conducive environment, both mentally and physically, for your body to lose weight and maintain that healthy attitude that may start to fade as we get further into the New Year.
Nothing can replace diet and exercise, but essential oils are a natural and healthy way with nearly no side effects to aid in weight loss and keep you feeling energized, positive, and motivated about maintaining your new lifestyle.