In the war of Weight Loss there is no shortage of miracle cures. Frankly some of them are insulting to our intelligence.

Some do manage to attain their goals, while others need to find a system that works for them. Luckily there are many natural and effective oils that have a proven track record.

Keep in mind all these oils, as effective as they are, are not silver bullets. They are wonderful supports, but you must still do your due diligence.

Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperata)

Where as Menthol is a very popular flavoring agent in the confection industry, surprisingly Menthol from pure essential oils can alter our senses. The neurosensory tweak affects our sense of taste and smell which helps steer away cravings. Especially in the sweets department.

Results of a research study carried out by Wheeling Jesuit University found that participants who breathed in peppermint oil every 2 hours had lower hunger levels than those who did not. As a result the group that inhaled the oil were able to greatly reduce their caloric intake.

How to use Peppermint essential oil:

  • put a few drops on a cotton ball and inhale before having a meal. It will assist you in controlling your appetite and not overeating and will help you feel full faster.
  • put a few drops in your diffuser. This minty fresh scent will brighten your mood and suppress cravings. It will also help to motivate you to exercise.
  • If you have a necklace diffuser consider adding a few drops and keep the scent around with you.
  • Smell from the bottle directly if you need a small boost.

Grapefruit Essential Oil (Citrus paradisi)

The wonderful grapefruit essential oil is known for boosting metabolism and energy. In a study conducted in Japan, rats inhaled grapefruit essential oil three times a week for 15 minutes. The team found that the rats that had experienced the grapefruit oil aroma had “reduced food intake and body weight,” and had what is called, limonene induced lipolysis, a process where fat and protein are destroyed by the body.

How to use grapefruit essential oil:

  • inhale directly from the bottle or use in a diffuser. The smell of this oil relaxes the parasympathetic gastric nerve that is responsible for our body’s natural process of having food cravings.
  • apply topically grapefruit oil mixed with carrier oil such as coconut on your wrists, temples, and even under your nose.

Bergamot Essential Oil (Citrus bergamia)

Emotional eating is a big problem when you are trying to lose weight. Anxiety and depression are powerful forces allowing your cravings to take over for that short lived mood lift. It is not a long term solution and it only leads to feelings of regret and low self-esteem.

A study conducted by the Department of Immunology in Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine concluded that inhaling Bergamot essential oil for 15 minutes is able to not only improve your mood but also lessen stress hormone – cortisol.

How to use bergamot essential oil:

  • Inhale the oil directly from the bottle or from a cotton ball soaked in a few drops of the oil. You can also put 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
  • Add it to your bath: add a few drops of bergamot oil in your shower and cover the drain. Inhale deeply to get the full medicinal benefits, get refreshed and prepare your body and mind for weight loss. Now keep in mind the essential oil WILL NOT mix with the water. Do not lie down in the water, do not do this if you have wounds or deep cuts on or around your feet where the water will climb.
  • Use it in a diffuser. 15 minutes is all you need.

Cinnamon essential oil (Cinnamomum verum)

Cinnamon leaf oil has eugenol which is a compound that can change our neurosensory perceptions. It modifies how we taste and smell food which is crucial in helping avoiding cravings and overeating.

How to use cinnamon essential oil:

  • inhale directly straight from the bottle, when a sudden craving hits or to prevent overeating before a meal. This can also aid in feeling more full and boost your mood.
  • mix 1-2 drops of cinnamon oil with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, coconut oil or olive oil and rub it on your wrists.
  • add a few drops of cinnamon oil to your diffuser.

Lemon essential oil (Citrus limonum)

One of the components in Lemon Essential Oil, limonene, helps in suppressing carvings and reduces the amount you consume. It doesn’t hurt that it is also has a strong uplifting effect and in general the scent is fantastic.

How to use lemon essential oil:

  • inhale lemon oil directly from the bottle or from a cotton ball soaked in a few drops of the oil or diffuse it.
  • mix it with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil and rub it on your wrists, or anywhere really..

Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

One of the major psychological factors contributing to obesity these days is depression and anxiety. National Centre for Eating Disorders emphasizes “feelings such as anger, guilt, sadness and anxiety can often trigger episodes of overeating.

Lavender essential oil can help calm stress and anxiety as it was proven in various studies, like this one. This 2013 study showed that lab rats inhaling lavender essential oil for 7 days “significantly inhibited anxiety- and depression-like behaviors.” This suggests lavender suppresses the causes of emotional eating. Lavender can also lower stress hormone levels, which is one of the reasons body holds on to extra fat, making it harder to shed those extra pounds.

How to use lavender essential oil:

  • rub 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil mixed with carrier oil in your palms or breath directly from the bottle. The fresh scent influences our emotions by using the olfactory organ, which is the center of your sense of smell and this helps to lessen anxiety and stress.
  • add a few drops to your diffuser and let the aroma calm your senses, helping to relax control food temptations.

Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary has a lot of uses. It’s famous for the mental boost it gives but it’s also an effective agent for weight control.

A 2007 study conducted in Japan concluded that smelling both lavender and rosemary oil decreased cortisol (the stress hormone) levels in saliva. This may not seem important but the reduction in saliva also equated the reduction of cortisol in the body overall.

As you may know high stress levels puts us in an unhappy place. The chronic state of stress leads itself towards emotional eating and weight gain. You may have started to notice that many of the oils listed here are targeting our emotions as helping resolve the emotional problem helps resolve the symptoms and issues that come with them. Such a overeating.


  • Inhale it: Inhaling rosemary oil for 5 minutes taking long, deep breaths has claimed to reduce cortisol levels. Keep in mind that slow and steady breathing is in of itself an effective calming strategy used widely in meditation.

    If you’re in a spot where you don’t have any essential oils, but start to feel overwhelmed, taking deep breaths in and out, thinking only of your breathing is well known to calm and slow you down.
  • Take a few deep breaths of rosemary essential oil directly from the bottle or from a cotton ball soaked in a few drops of the oil when you feel stressed. This will not only help to calm your nerves but will help your waistline too.

There is no one way to lose weight or no one specific meal plan that suits all of us. It’s very similar with essential oils! We are all different and our bodies are different, so you should pay attention to how your body reacts to oils and choose the ones that work best for you.

Try different oils. Try some in combination. Just remember, always listen to your body. If an oil or combination of oil doesn’t sit well with you, than try something else.

We would advise to stick to healthy weight loss and possibly consult with a nutritionist to help you achieve, and maintain your weight goals.

Best of luck on your fitness journey!