Losing Weight with Essential Oils
I am often asked the best way to use essential oils for weight loss. There is no simple answer as there are many factors that contribute to excess weight, including:
• Poor Sleep
• Blood sugar dysregulation
• Impaired Detoxification
• Hormone Challenges
To read more about addressing weight loss challenges with essential oils, click here. Supporting Detoxification and Lymphatic flow can also help support weight loss efforts.
Smelling Essential Oils Can Contribute to SatietyIn addition, there is some interesting research from the Smell & Taste Research and Treatment Foundation that smell can contribute to satiety and weight loss, resulting in a weight loss of as much as 3 pounds in 2 weeks.
The research was prompted by findings that when people lost their smell, they gained between 10 to 20 pounds. The researchers hypothesized that, if people gained weight when they lost the sense of smell, perhaps weight loss could be induced by using certain aromas. Science supports this hypothesis as the olfactory bulb connects with the hypothalamus, which is the satiety center of the brain. Anecdotal evidence also supports that satiety relates to the amount smelled in the process of eating. Similarly, people who work in pizza parlors, or candy factories, aren’t the slightest bit interested in eating those foods, perhaps because they have smelled them all day long.
To test this theory, the Smell & Taste Research and Treatment Foundation gave students plastic tubes filled with a fragrance that they asked them to sniff, three times in each nostril, whenever they felt like eating. At the end of 2 weeks there was an average weight loss of 1.5 pounds. Those who liked the smell lost 3 pounds in 2 weeks.
Essential Oils for SatietyIt is not clear if just smelling oils alone will help you lose weight, but odors can certainly help to satisfy the craving for food. Some of my personal favorite satiety blends include:
Trouble Sleeping ?
If you have any difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or not feeling well rested after sleep, you sleep rhythms may be out of balance and you might benefit from resetting your sleep-wake cycle, known as the Circadian Rhythm.
What are Circadian Rhythms?
Circadian rhythms can influence sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, body temperature and other important bodily functions. They have been linked to various sleep disorders, such as insomnia. Abnormal circadian rhythms have also been associated with obesity, diabetes, depression, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder.
An imbalance in the circadian rhythm can present with indicators such as:
Stress can throw off our Circadian Rhythms
Stress can throw off our sleep and vice versa. Poor sleep patterns can cause greater stress. That’s because the sleep hormone melatonin and the stress hormone cortisol have an antagonistic relationship.
Our cortisol rhythms are supposed to be highest in the morning and then wane as the day wears on. When people are active at night and slow in the morning, the cortisol patterns are reversed. Elevated cortisol levels at night actually turn off melatonin production. Similarly, if melatonin is elevated then cortisol is depressed. So, when the body does not release enough melatonin, cortisol levels stay high through the night contributing to adrenal fatigue and blood sugar dysregulation.
To help improve sleep and reduce excess stress on the adrenal glands, consider resetting the circadian rhythm and balancing the pineal gland with the Circadian Rhythm blend before bed.