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15 Essential Oils For Weight Loss

Essential oils are potent plant extracts used for its many benefits. From aromatherapy to skin care, these drops of nature provide us with the most powerful medicine for various illnesses and concerns. Essential oils support your body’s health.

In this article, let’s discuss the essential oils that aid in losing unwanted weight. But first, let’s discuss how to use essential oils for weight loss.

How to Use Essential Oils:

  1. Add 1 drop of your chosen essential oil to one glass of water.
  2. Apply topically mixed with any carrier oil. Carrier oils are base oils which carry the essential oils into the skin. Common carrier oils include coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, olive, argan, rosehip, and etc.

Essential oils are very potent so never use them directly to the skin. The desired ratio is 1:4, 1 drop of your desired essential oil and 4 teaspoons of carrier oil.

You can do a patch test on the soles of your feet for safe use. If irritation or stinging occurs, simply add more carrier oil. If the mixture is to your liking, you may proceed to apply it to the desired area. Since you’re using these essential oils for weight loss, you may apply the oils to your belly, or to typical massage points such as your forehead, neck, temples, chest, the soles of your feet, and etc.

  1. Apply a few drops in a warm bath.
  2. Make a compress. You can infuse a few drops of your chosen essential oil into a wet towel.
  3. Use aromatically. You can use your essential oils for aromatherapy by using an oil burner or a diffuser, or you can put two drops on the wrists (diluted with a carrier oil) twice a day to support the adrenals.

Medicinal Properties

These are essential oils that aside from aiding in detoxification, also has medicinal properties.


Ginger oil is one of the top picks for weight loss. Thanks to the substance gingerols which are powerful antioxidants, ginger is a powerful aid against disease-causing inflammation.

Inflammation is one of the main causes of weight gain. When your whole digestive system goes berserk, it causes you to get fat. Ginger greatly helps in improving inflammation, especially around the intestines which are responsible for removing the toxins and absorbing the nutrients. It is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory, and antinociceptive compounds. To top it all off, ginger is also popular for reducing sugar cravings. Take that, weight gain!


Lemongrass is an all-in-one herb which is an analgesic, and anti-fungal, antioxidants, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, astringent and a sedative at the same time. It aids in digestion by energizing metabolism and soothing the stomach. This results in better digestion of the nutrients we take in and a smoother excretion of the toxins from our body.


With early studies linking myrrh to the treatment of cancer, myrrh oil is definitely promising. Historically, myrrh has been used for from treating hay fever, embalming, fragrance, to treating wounds. It is antioxidant, antiviral, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and anti-parasitic.

It aids digestion as terpenoids and sesquiterpenes – substances found in myrrh- have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Aids Digestion/ Detoxification

Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry is the champion for relieving bloating. It helps stimulate digestive enzymes and make it easier to break down and absorb important nutrients as well as necessary protein and fats. It is also a natural diuretic so it is a great antioxidant, and supports liver function.


Aside from aiding in digestion and detox, cinnamon is noteworthy for its ability to regulate blood glucose levels and GTF, or the glucose tolerance factor. Since it helps balance blood sugar, it also controls weight and cravings. When our blood sugar levels are unstable, every spike and sudden decrease affect our craving for food – sugar in particular, which often leads to overeating and mood instability.

You can add cinnamon oil to your fruits, to tea, or bake along with your pies and cookies. This will slow down the release of glucose into the bloodstream.


Grapefruit is a leading essential oil for weight loss since it’s a  diuretic, which means it flushes out all your water weight and a lymphatic stimulant which means that it aids in digestion and detoxifying your body.

On top of all these effects, grapefruit helps so much with breaking down body fat and has been known to curb cravings and hunger.


Peppermint is an appetite suppressant which prevents boredom eating, stress eating, or other unnecessary eating. It also prevents bloating and indigestion.

Peppermint also has benefits to our mental and emotional states. It wakes up and clears our mind, allowing us to think clearer, make better decisions with our food and allows us to gain better motivation with exercising and working out. Peppermint also helps support the gallbladder and decrease inflammation as well.


Frankincense has been used for thousands of years, preventing diseases, inflammation, and shows promising effects against cancer.

Additionally, it stimulates the peristaltic motion of the digestive system in order to help food move correctly through the intestines. This means that there will be less stored fat as well as bacterial toxins.

Frankincense also boosts mood and reduces depression and anxiety, preventing mood-based food decisions. It is best used topically.

Mood Boosters


Lemon aids in weight loss by boosting physical, but most importantly, mental health. The substance called limonene helps in dissolving fat as well as boosts norepinephrine in the brain, making you feel happier.


Bergamot is a pick-me-up essential oil which allows you to boost your mood and feel good mentally and emotionally. This prevents emotional eating and puts you in an ideal mood to work out. When you’re in a balanced state of mind, you are able to think better and do more.


The substance melanin in fennel curbs appetite and reduces weight gain. More importantly, fennel aids in your sleep, helping you sleep better and longer, reducing stress throughout the day.


Lavender is a popular ingredient for relaxation and winding down. Because of its calming effects, lavender helps in removing nervous exhaustion which is often the cause for indigestion and over eating.


Eucalyptus is a great aid for fighting stress and overcoming negative behavior and feelings. Furthermore, it’s been found to stimulate immunity and provide antioxidant protection.


Jasmine is quite popular for its calming effects. This is because Jasmine promotes hormonal balance and cancels out stress. It is popular in Asia as a cure for insomnia, depression, anxiety, as well as a low libido. Stress is a huge factor in weight gain and Jasmine helps eradicate it.


Last but not the least, Rosemary. Aside from being a great aid in the kitchen, Rosemary is a great aid for weight loss. Rosemary significantly reduces cortisol levels, eliminating stress. This allows you to think better and make better decisions that can prevent overeating and unnecessary snacking. It also helps in digestion so that’s definitely a major bonus!

If you are new to essential oils and don’t know where to start, I highly recommend getting the Starter Pack of Young Living Essential Oils. I ordered it and it was shipped to my door steps in the Philippines from the U.S. in just one week. I absolutely adore this starter kit (see below)because it has all the essential oil best sellers of Young Living. You also get the Dewdrop Diffuser, which is an aroma diffuser, humidifier, and atomizer in one. To get the starter kit, you may use my referral link. This will also entitle you to a 24% member-only discounts on all products from Young Living website. Happy diffusing!


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