Updated: Dec 13, 2020
Essential oils are quickly becoming known for so much more than passive diffusion. That's because essential oils have so much more to offer us than just scent alone.
While they’re not considered a stand-alone solution when used in tandem with other dietary and lifestyle steps they can certainly help fast-track our desired results. I like to think of essential oils as symptom managers as they help with so many common complaints - sleep issues, headaches, moods, appetite and energy. They do this by actually supporting our bodies, unlike medications that simply work more to bandaid our problems.
Essential oils contain constituents that provide many powerful benefits. Here are some of them:
Terpenes – inhibit toxin accumulation and discharge them from liver and kidneys
Esters – antifungal, calming, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral
Oxides – expectorant, antiseptic, anesthetic
Alcohols – antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, stimulate immunes system
Phenols – fragrance, antiseptic, antibacterial, possibly anti-cancerous
Ketones – stimulate cell regeneration, loosen mucus
Aldehydes – anti-infectious, sedative, topical irritants, calming when inhaled
Some of these benefits actually have an impact on weight management and fat storage. Who would have thought that using essential oils can actually help you lose weight? I sure didn't but it turns out they can, especially when it comes to stress-fat.
So what is stress-fat? Stress-fat is what most of us complain of. It’s the fat that seems to hang on despite our efforts of eating well and exercising. It’s fat accumulation that happens as the result of stress hormones.
So how can essential oils help with that? Citrus essential oils such as grapefruit, lemon, wild orange and tangerine actually help to lower cortisol levels which can help pump the breaks on fat storage.
Stress is the number one factor in fat gain and what are the two things most women complain of? Stress and fat. We’ve got too much of both.
In fact, our culture is stress addicted. Here are some of the ways stress addiction manifests:
Coffee and sugar cravings
No boundaries. Saying yes to everything
Having trouble staying still
Regular alcohol consumption
Keeping a bottle of citrus oil on hand can help keep your cortisol levels balanced and help you with your weight loss goals.
Here are some other ways citrus oils can help with fat storage and weight loss:
They reduce inflammation
Supports phase I and II liver detox
Provides mild appetite suppressing effects
Encourages a restful sleep
Supports healthy digestion
Here are some ways to use citrus oils:
Topically: Apply with a carrier oil to the back of your neck and wrists (avoid direct sunlight)
Aromatically (best for mood): Diffuse at the office or in your home to feel upbeat and calm
Internally: Consume 1 drop in a tall glass of water or a smoothie (only for oils with internal use guidelines)
Smart and Sassy blend - a proprietary blend of Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon essential oils. This flavorful and aromatic blend has multiple uses
ZenGest blend - a unique blend containing the calming properties of Ginger, Fennel, Coriander, Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway.
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