Guest Author: Monica Richards
Lead Researcher | Essential Oil Experts
As many of you know, the weight loss journey is more than just going to the gym day in and day out. It's about developing meaningful changes that benefit your physical, emotional and mental health.
As we learn more about the importance of a holistic approach, many experts are turning to the emerging field of aromatherapy and essential oils.
While many of us have heard of aromatherapy, there are a growing number of unexpected uses for essential oils in our everyday routines.
As the Lead Researcher for The North American Essential Oil and Aromatherapy Experts, I am always investigating new and useful ways that people can incorporate essential oils into their daily lives.
One of the latest ways to use essential oils has been as a part of a holistic approach to weight management and healthy eating.
3 Essential Oils for Healthy Weight Management*, Motivation and Helping to Manage Hunger Cravings*
Below I've rounded up my top three recommendations for essential oils that help support a healthy, well-rounded weight management program and tackle some of the many hurdles we all face along the way.
Try Grapefruit Essential Oil To Help Manage Hunger Cravings
One of the hardest aspects of weight management is portion control and cravings. Food is often at the center of life's celebrations and for many, over-indulging is simply a part of the holidays or how we show our love for someone's cooking.
When changing your diet to a more balanced one, exercising portion control and managing cravings can really test our mental and physical will.
But exciting new research has noted that essential oils may be able to play a role in managing cravings, and grapefruit essential oil 's aroma may be a useful complementary method to help manage hunger cravings and support a healthy weight management program.
Diffusing grapefruit essential oil for 15 minutes at a time was shown to help control appetite and overeating in a 2005 study.
In a separate study, grapefruit essential oil was featured in a citrus essential oil blend designed to help control appetite.
An easy way to integrate grapefruit essential oil into your everyday routine is to diffuse a couple drops as soon as you get home after a workout. Not only does its citrusy aroma leave your house smelling great, but the diffusing grapefruit essential oil may help while dieting or trying to lose weight to increase motivation.
Stay on Track with Lime Essential Oil
When we become overly stressed, we tend to lose focus of weight loss goals, eat poorly, and become more likely to skip the workouts. While the road to healthy weight management is all about balance, chronic stress can have a huge impact on our health.
Derived from cold-pressing limes, lime essential oil has a distinct, bright aroma that has been traditionally been used to energize and uplift, positively affect mood and promote emotional balance and well-being.*
As the interest in aromatherapy grows, new research has found lime essential oil may be an effective complementary option for positively affecting mood and supporting healthy weight management.*
Lime essential oil has also been noted to positively affect mood with stimulating and refreshing properties, while also energizing and uplifting when diffused or applied topically.
Get Motivated with Coffee Essential Oil
Along the journey to a better, healthier lifestyle it can sometimes be hard to stay motivated 24/7. We've all had those days where we'd love nothing better than to curl up on the couch with some snacks and call it a night.
For days when I just can't seem to get motivated to hit the gym, I love using coffee essential oil to help me perk up and get excited to do something good for my body.
While nothing beats a cup of coffee for some morning motivation, new research has investigated the emerging benefits of coffee essential oil.
While the aroma of coffee essential oil has traditionally been thought to produce a stimulating effect, coffee essential oil may also be perfect for any healthy weight management program.
While further studies are needed, more and more research is connecting just how intertwined our sense of smell and taste really are. This may be particularly true for helping to manage cravings.
As the effects of coffee essential oil may be more temporary than drinking a regular cup of coffee, this is a great option for those that workout in the evenings or late at night.
Users can either diffuse 2-4 drops of coffee essential oil 15-30 minutes before training or add a drop or two to the collar of your shirt. As highly concentrated oils, a little goes a long way and helps keep you smelling great at the gym.
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Disclaimer: *THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION.
ESSENTIAL OIL PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.
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