Essential Oils For Weight Loss And Obesity

  • Useful Essential Oils

    Which essential oils are effective for weight loss and obesity?


    As explained in the video, many essential oils are said to have an appetite-reducing effect. For example: All citrus oils do this, as well as Sweet Fennel, Juniper, Cypress and Petitgrain Bigarade, and surprisingly, so does Black Pepper.

    Note: We do not recommend you ingest the essential oils as some can be toxic if consumed in large quantities. Instead, choose which one you want to try and diffuse it. This is the simplest, and least time consuming way, and the best way to reach the brain.

    Safety precautions: Fennel must be used with caution due to its being a skin irritant. Avoid during pregnancy or if epileptic. Avoid Juniper during pregnancy. Be cautious in the sun after applying Petitgrain Bigarade oil, as it can cause some discoloration.


    Two useful essential oil synergy blends are:

    • Moderation of Appetite – To prevent overeating at mealtimes, diffuse before and during meals. To curb hunger between meals, diffuse intermittently throughout the day whenever your food cravings normally occur. For acute food cravings, sit down, close the eyes and inhale directly from the bottle. Take the experience of the scent to the place of the craving inside you, until you can proceed with your activity without eating something. Note: Do not apply topically. Avoid use if you have epilepsy or hypertension or are pregnant.
    • Quit Craving – To suppress cravings, diffuse three times per day for 30 minutes at a time. To ease cravings on-the-go when a diffuser is not available, inhale directly from the bottle. Ideally, when an urge comes up, close your eyes, inhale the aroma from the bottle and take the experience of the aroma to the place in your body where you feel the craving. Do this for several minutes until the urge subsides. Note: For diffusion only. Not for use on the skin. Avoid use if you have epilepsy or hypertension or are pregnant.

    Quit Craving is also available in a Roll-On Relief version.

    On the other hand, the spicy essential oils are said to increase appetite: Reduce your use of Ginger, Cinnamon, etc.

    For details on the other essential oils mentioned in the video, see this page about essential oils for cellulite.

    If you tend to eat more when you are stressed, you may also find this page about essential oils and stress and anxiety useful.


    For other issues, see Essential Oils To Balance Emotions.


    This video is by the founder of Amrita Aromatherapy and master aromatherapist Christoph Streicher, Ph.D.


    Learn more about aromatherapy or see our how to use essential oil videos.


    Disclaimer: The statements made on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or healthcare provider. The information provided is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.


  • About the Condition

    What is obesity?


    Obesity is technically an excess of adipose tissue and it is most commonly measured in terms of Body Mass Index (BMI). Obesity can lead to secondary conditions such as type 2 diabetes because it increases the levels of fatty acids circulating in the body, and it also increases the likelihood of inflammation which can lead to insulin resistance. It also significantly increases your likelihood to suffer from coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, sleep apnea and a host of other conditions.

    In most countries, BMI is calculated by taking their weight (in kilograms) divided by their height (in meters squared). In the USA, a person's BMI is basically their weight (in lbs) divided by their height (in inches squared) and then multiplied by 704.5.

    A person is considered to be overweight if their BMI is between 24.5 and 29.9. Anything above that is considered obese.

    There are also other ways to determine if someone is overweight or obese. Look at your waist measurement. Some don't consider BMI an ideal way to measure it as it doesn't take into account that a person may be very muscly or pregnant. But is easy to determine and generally gives people an indication of whether they should be concerned. They can always consult their doctor to get another opinion.

    Obesity is a very common disease, with more than one third of American adults suffering from it. Around 69 percent of US adults are considered overweight or obese.

    What causes people to become overweight or obese?

    The National Institute of Health considers it basically a problem of people taking in more energy (i.e. food and drinks) than they need given their energy use. So, factors such as a sedentary lifestyle with not enough exercise contribute to this condition. Studies of identical twins have shown that there are also some genetic factors at play in that you are more likely to become overweight if your parents are also overweight. But these factors can be overcome by the adoption of healthier lifestyles.

    In some cases, hormonal problems may cause a person to become overweight and obesity. Similarly some medications can cause weight gain.

    Some people eat more when they are stressed. Some also gain weight when they quit smoking. But as smoking is a serious health risk, continuing smoking is not justified based on a fear of gaining weight.

    People tend to gain weight as they age, but often this is because they have also reduced the amount of exercise they get.

    Research has also shown that depriving yourself of enough sleep increases your likelihood to gain weight.


    Disclaimer: The statements made on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or healthcare provider. The information provided is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.

  • Other Treatments

    What are conventional medical treatments for weight gain?


    It is generally considered important to set realistic goals to make lifestyle changes, such as eating smaller portions with less calories (i.e. less energy-rich foods and drinks) and starting on a regular and steadily increasing exercise regime. Always consult your doctor before starting on such exercise programs. In some cases, doctors do prescribe weight-loss medicines and even surgery if lifestyle changes aren't enough.

    As mentioned earlier, as hormones can play a part, it is sometimes worthwhile consulting your doctor to see if they are a contributing factor in your case.

    Increasing your water intake and reducing your intake of salts can also help reduce your craving for food and drinks.

    What are alternative treatments for weight gain?

    Whereas doctors tend to focus mainly on reducing calories, most alternative nutritional experts also place an emphasis on making sure the food you eat is fresh and organic so that will be more satisfying and you will need less. From an Ayurvedic perspective, it is also important to make sure each meal contains all six food tastes - sweet (not sugar but sweeter foods like rice, fruits etc), salty (some vegetables taste salty), sour (e.g. lemon), pungent (e.g. spicy but not from chilies), astringent (e.g. from dahl), and bitter (a taste that is harder to get).

    In terms of portion size, Ayurveda says you should not eat between meals and your meal should be only as large as could be held by your two hands. So eating less than makes you feel full. Ayurvedic experts say if you eat in a quiet environment without TV and radio, and focus on chewing your food and appreciating it fully, and then sit for 5 minutes afterwards to let it start to digest, you are more likely to leave the table feeling content. And these healthy eating habits, and greater mindfulness whilst eating, over time generally lead to a weight reduction.

    Sometimes, naturopaths and Ayurvedic experts do advise a special weight loss diet and the taking of herbs or additional supplements. And they generally advise you to drink more water between meals.

    As mentioned earlier, some people eat more (or continue to smoke cigarettes) when they feel stressed. Meditation techniques, yoga and breathing techniques can help reduce stress.

    Of course, essential oils traditionally have also been used for weight loss and to reduce stress. For more information, see the Useful Essential Oils tab.


    Disclaimer: The statements made on this page have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. If a condition persists, please contact your physician or healthcare provider. The information provided is not a substitute for a face-to-face consultation with a healthcare provider, and should not be construed as medical advice.

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