Can essential oils help you lose weight?
Yes, they can. Here are some of the oils that can help and the reasons why…
The Aroma – Weight Loss Connection
Diffusing or inhaling essential oils can have a dramatic and immediate effect on one’s mood and appetite. Olfaction (the sense of smell) is the only sense that has a direct effect on the limbic region of the brain, according to studies at the University of Vienna.
Fragrance can penetrate the amygdala in the center of the brain in ways that can significantly reduce appetite. Dr. Alan Hirsch conducted landmark studies which showed dramatic weight loss in research subjects using aromas from peppermint oil and vanilla absolute.
In Dr. Hirsch’s study, participants were instructed to inhale the oils three times in each nostril whenever they felt hungry. The average weight loss was 2.1 percent of body weight per month.
Another way that peppermint oil can help curb appetite is by sniffing it 20 to 30 minutes or so before meals.
Ocotea and Blood Sugar
One of the most surprizing oils for weight loss is an oil new to aromatharapy – ocotea (Ocotea quixos). Ocotea comes from the Lauraceae family (cinnamon, bay laurel, etc.) It is extracted from an Ecuadorian tree, its natural habitat, where is shares many phytochemical properties and functions of some of the most popular and valued oils throughout the world.
Until it was “discovered” by Gary Young, ocotea (which grows naturally throughout Equidor) was completely unknown anywhere else in the world. The initial phytochemical analysis was very promising. Ocotea has the highest level of alpha humulene of any Young Living essential oil, which is a compound that helps aid the body’s natural response to irritation and injury.* It is antifungal, disinfectant and anti-inflammatory.
But what really solidified the value of this essential oil was the results that Gary and thousands of other people got when they used ocotea. Everyone noted its “balanced chemistry” and felt it produced a “balanced physical and emotional response.”
Ocotea is wonderful for many things (such as reducing hypertension, high blood pressure and anxiety), but one of the surprizing discoveries was how well it maintains healthy blood sugar levels and lowers insulin needs for diabetics. Balanced blood-sugar helps curb appetite and prevent binging. The human body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Blood sugar levels outside the normal range may be an indicator of a medical condition.
When ocotea was first put on the market, people from all over the globe reported that ocotea helped them manage their weight and helps them avoid binging and snacking due to its blood sugar balancing effect. They also found that ocotea helps balance their body if they DO overeat or eat too many foods containing high levels of sugar.
1 drop of Ocotea oil in the AM and 1 drop in the PM orally helped curb my appetite. My waist is back and my body is back to a hour glass shape. I’m down to a size 4 without working at it. – Margie
Many people found that ocotea helps control their chocolate cravings:
Dark chocolate had become a regular snack for me everyday, even though it was just a bite or two. I know sugar can inhibit your immune system so I wanted to change this habit. I was able to sample ocotea and loved its gentle cinnamon flavor. I started taking just one drop orally per day. Within 1 week, I realized that I had skipped my chocolate several afternoons and it didn’t appeal to me. Now, if I eat sugar, it is because I decide to, not that I am craving it. – Donna
I had chocolate cravings. I used Ocotea for 30 days – 2 drops in the morning and at night underneath my tongue. About 2 weeks into using it, I noticed a decrease in my craving for late afternoon and after dinner chocolate. At the end of the month my craving for chocolate was gone. During this time, I did eat chocolate but if it was out of habit and not out of truly wanting the sweet, it did not taste good at all. My cravings have not returned since then and it’s been 3 months since I used the entire bottle up. – Ruth S.
Another essential oil that helps with blood sugar is cinnamon. Numerous studies have shown that cinnamon is tremendously helpful for maintaining balanced blood sugar and steady insulin levels. Being related to the cinnamon family, ocotea has the same effect, but is a “kinder, friendlier” cinnamon as it doesn’t burn the tongue like cinnamon sometimes does. Ocotea is less irritating on sensitive tongues, sensitive skin and/or digestive systems. This makes it easier to use regularly – which of course, helps keep blood sugar in balance more steadily. Some people mix a couple drops of ocotea with a couple of drops of cinnamon.
Negative Health Effects of Unbalanced Blood Sugar
Blood sugar levels that drop or go to high can lead to dangerous conditions in the body.
According to Wikipedia:
If blood sugar levels drop too low, a potentially fatal condition called hypoglycemia develops. Symptoms may include lethargy, impaired mental functioning; irritability; shaking, twitching, weakness in arm and leg muscles; pale complexion; sweating; paranoid or aggressive mentality and loss of consciousness. Brain damage is even possible. If levels remain too high, appetite is suppressed over the short term. Long-term hyperglycemia causes many of the long-term health problems associated with diabetes, including eye, kidney, heart disease and nerve damage.
One of the problems of dieting is that because of the calorie restriction, sometimes the dieter’s blood sugar levels will drop, especially when first starting the diet. Blood sugar levels also tend to drop after eating a meal or snack high in carbohydrates and/or sugar and low in protein. Very often people tend to get irritable, feel tired, get headaches, etc, when their blood sugar levels drop.
That’s when they typically feel ravenous hunger and want to eat the first thing they can get their hands on. Often that is not the most nutritious food, and in many cases, its a food with high levels of sugar or corn sweeteners, which starts that whole blood sugar roller-coaster back up again.
Thousands of people find that putting a drop of ocotea on their tongue or in a glass of water helps them from experiencing these cravings. Ocotea also has a complex aroma which induces feelings of fullness.
For years, I’ve battled with eating lots of food before I go to bed. It can be sweets or nuts or toast or cheese, or all of them, whatever is handy. It feels uncontrollable and then I get down on myself for not being more disciplined as I know it is not supportive to my body to eat before I go to bed. Then a started taking Ocotea. I would put 2 or 3 drops in my mouth under my tongue about 3 times a day. The effect was amazing. I don’t reach for food to put in my mouth before I go to bed. The cravings are gone! I feel much calmer at night and can just sit and relax in the quiet of my home before going to bed. No more standing in the kitchen stuffing my mouth. Yeah for ocotea! – Mary
Most diabetics have been taking 3 drops, 3 times a day or 4 drops, 4 times a day, although 2 drops can be experimented with.
For weight loss, people have been taking 2 drops 4 times a day, either in a capsule or just 2 drops in a glass of water.
“Since I started with my bottle of Ocotea last week I have lost two pounds … and feel my mid section flattening out!! Yippee!! – Catherine
2 month ago I bought Ocotea. I started with 1 drop under the tongue morning and night, then 2 drops, after one week, well, it changed my taste buds all together, sugar to me is actually tasteless now. I lost interest in all sugary things, my body is actually looking for vegetables and fruits and I’m never hungry. I never thought that would be possible. I have lost seven kg over 8 weeks without any dieting and never crave for treats, how good is that. – Renate, Australia
So if you’re trying to lose weight the easy way, try peppermint, ocotea and/or cinnamon essential oils today!