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7 Essential Oils for Weight Loss

7 EOs for Weight Loss

In this article, you'll learn about:

  1. Getting Serious about Weight Loss
  2. 7 Essential Oils for Weight Loss
  3. Diffusing Blend for Weight Loss Support

How many of us are focused on weight loss? From shedding some extra pounds to seriously shaking off weight, getting fit and getting healthy top most resolution lists. While you gather your tools and start your new habits, don't miss using essential oils as part of your weight loss journey.

Getting Serious about Weight Loss

Before we go any further, it's important to call out the elephant in the room here: there is no magic easy button. There's very little research on essential oils and weight loss, and when it comes down to it, nothing beats good old fashioned food choices and body movement for effective weight loss. With that out of the way, we can more clearly see the role essential oils have to play when weight loss is the goal. You already know that there's no shortcut. If you think there is, you're bound to be disappointed with anything. Instead of looking for a magic oil to melt away the pounds, let's look at what we know about a handful of essential oils and their parent plants to see how essential oils can support our efforts. With all of the tools God left at our disposal, we are without excuse for a healthy and Abundant Life!

7 Essential Oils for Weight Loss

Essential oils play a supportive role in so many ways. From relieving side effects of treatments to ameliorating effects of illnesses, it's often the indirect benefits that are felt the strongest. For weight loss, this list is just a starting point – get creative with your oil “stash” to see what might help you achieve your weight loss goals.

1. Lime

Of the well-researched citrus oils, lime in particular has had very promising results regarding weight loss. One study, published in 2010, observed lime essential oil both assisting weight loss and preventing weight gain. The study concluded: The data obtained in this study suggested that lime essential oil plays an important role in weight loss and could be useful in the treatment of drug-induced obesity and related diseases. (1) For anyone who has packed on weight after a procedure or prescription, this comes as welcome news! Application: Include lime in culinary recipes, topical formulas, and diffusion blends to maximize a wide range of actions.

2. Grapefruit

Another much-loved citrus oil, grapefruit shatters our expectations of what a weight loss tool should be. Instead of yet another thing to drink, eat, or take, grapefruit seems to be just as effective in other ways. In evaluating the effects that grapefruit and lavender oils have after simply being smelled, researchers found that nerve impulses were affected extensively, leading to fat-burning and appetite-reducing benefits. (2) Topically, grapefruit is a cosmetic boost during weight loss efforts. As part of a topical blend massaged onto the abdomen, grapefruit contributed to reduced waist-circumferences and composition changes, boosting self-image for the women who participated. (3) Application: Include grapefruit in lotion and massage oil blends; diffuse before and during meals.

3. Cinnamon

The primary evaluation for cinnamon in various forms centers around diabetes itself, and cinnamon oil has been able to modify glycemic control in those cases. Additionally, in one recent study, researchers were able to observe some pancreatic protection – the pancreas being our center for insulin regulation. (4) For diabetics, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is paramount, and glycemic control is part of the process. For everyone else, protecting the pancreas and helping the body better deal with glucose can be beneficial for weight loss, as well. Application: Enjoy a drop or two diffused in stimulating weight loss blends or diluted into culinary or internal preparations.

4. Peppermint

Considered a mild stimulant, peppermint has been studied for its ability to improve athletic performance and endurance. Chances are, reading this far into an article about weight loss, you aren't an athlete. Baby steps and good choices will get you to your goals, though, and that's where peppermint comes into play. As a digestive herb, the peppermint plant has been enjoyed with meals in many cultures and for countless generations. As an inhaled essential oil, it has another suggested digestive purpose: affecting appetite and caloric intake. (5) Application: Diffuse with grapefruit for a bright scent that may also brighten up your daily calorie count!

5. Cardamom

Indicated in traditional and folk uses for weight control, one suspected reason behind this may be cardamom's gastroprotective effects. As a digestive oil, cardamom has been known to protect the stomach against ulcers and damage. (6) Weight loss and control begins and ends in the stomach, not only what you eat but the way your body uses it. Damage in the stomach and the gut can put a damper on even the best diet. Take care of your gut and it will take care of you! Application: Culinary preparations, or dilution into a capsule. As with all oils indicated for internal use, one or two drops at a time is more than sufficient.

6. Cumin

We don't know a lot about cumin essential oil yet, but what we do know is promising. The whole herb, for example, is often used to combat inflammation and diabetes. It's this direction that researchers followed in 2005. In evaluating the chemical composition of cumin seeds, the study was able to pinpoint specific ways in which cumin – notably, some of the compounds found in the essential oil – affects the body's blood sugar response. (7) Cumin is considered a digestive herb and essential oil, certainly worth trying out in your weight loss blends. Application: Try cumin in culinary preparations or simply diffused as part of a blend.

7. Black Pepper

To really demonstrate thinking outside of the box for weight loss support, let's turn to black pepper. In the 1990s, black pepper essential oil was used via inhalation to help reduce the symptoms of withdrawal for people as they quit smoking. (8) How might this benefit weight loss? The spiral of food addiction is often part of weight management problems, especially related to sugar. Taking care of your body as you make changes is important – going “cold turkey” on anything can create problems. Perhaps black pepper will help you take these steps as it did for smokers. You never know until you try! Application: Diffusion and personal inhalers.

Diffusing Blend for Weight Loss Support

Try this stimulating, appetite-curbing combination for use around workout times, when cravings hit, or during mealtimes. Add 2 drops of the following oil blend in a gel cap for occasional support. Be sure to discontinue use immediately if acid reflux develops (can sometimes happen with peppermint).

Weight Loss Blend – equal parts of:

      • Grapefruit
      • Peppermint
      • Lime
      • Cinnamon

For aromatherapy, add 5 drops of the blend into your diffuser and enjoy!




This post currently has 20 comments.

  1. Shalini
    April 2, 2017

    I am using Bergamot essential oil, a fragrant fruit oil. It can work wonders in reducing the fat and boosting your metabolism.

  2. Syboo
    February 25, 2017

    I am just wondering… I have been told that it is not recommended to ingest essential oils in any form unless you are under the care of a certified aromatherapist who has been trained in the internal use of essential oils.

    Would this not be too dangerous for people just to try? I would only diffuse oils…

  3. Agnes Bartolo
    July 5, 2016

    Hi, Dr.Eric,
    I take Probiotics Max every other day 1st thing in the morning. Does the recommended drink of grapefruit, peppermint and lime Essential Oils in water interfere with the work of the probiotics?

    • Dr. Z
      July 9, 2016

      Quite the contrary. Research suggests that EOs may actually enhance probiotic & digestive enzyme supplementation. 🙂

  4. Lisa
    March 3, 2016

    Hi Dr. Z,

    Can oils be diluted just in water? Most of your posts say to dilute in a carrier oil or honey, but in this last post your citrus water combo didn’t mention carrier oils or honey. I’m confused because there is a lot of mixed information out there about ingesting oils in water.

    • Dr. Z
      March 3, 2016

      Hi Lisa,

      Oils cannot be diluted in anything unless that substance contains lipids. The old adage “oil and water doesn’t mix” rings true. Putting oils in water to drink is not a technique that would be considered “dilution,” nor is water a “carrier.”

      Personally, I enjoy a drop of orange or lemon in my water, but I do that for flavor enhancement, not because the water makes it safe to consume. I take a drop of lemon or orange in my mouth directly, but only occasionally and only for direct, intentional purposes. Not everyone can do this due to oral and esophageal irritation so listen to your body for sure. 🙂

      • Carri
        March 26, 2016

        Add 1 drop each in a 32 oz glass container and sip slowly:
        This is in your article – what are you supposed to mix the oils with? Your answer to Lisa says don’t mix them with water. I’m a bit confused also.
        Thank you

        • Dr. Z
          March 27, 2016

          Hi Carri,

          I didn’t say to Lisa NOT to mix them with water. I said,

          “Oils cannot be diluted in anything unless that substance contains lipids… Putting oils in water to drink is not a technique that would be considered “dilution,” nor is water a “carrier.”

          Personally, I enjoy a drop of orange or lemon in my water, but I do that for flavor enhancement, not because the water makes it safe to consume. I take a drop of lemon or orange in my mouth directly, but only occasionally and only for direct, intentional purposes. Not everyone can do this due to oral and esophageal irritation so listen to your body for sure.

      • Connie Breck
        January 29, 2017

        I’ve been told essential oils aren’t really oily. When I put them onto my skin I have to agree they aren’t really oily. What is your opinion?

  5. gail
    January 18, 2016

    What about combining these in an aromatherapy inhaler?

    What combinations would you suggest?


    • Dr. Z
      January 18, 2016

      This is where the FUN comes. Play around until you find one that works for YOU!

      These oils work great together – try 2-3 and let us know what you think! 🙂

      • Mary
        February 3, 2016

        What if I can’t take the Grapefruit because I have thyroid problems?

        • Dr. Z
          February 3, 2016

          Just wondering why you can’t take grapefruit essential oil? I’m not familiar with any contraindications with using the essential oil…

          • maryMaryMary
            March 3, 2016

            I don’t know about grapefruit essential oils, but I have been told by several doctors not to eat grapefruit itself otherwise my thyroid meds would not work. Do you think the essential oil would be ok?

          • Dr. Z
            March 3, 2016

            Hi Mary,

            The research I’ve seen states that grapefruit juice may inhibit absorption of the medication, which would suggest that the oil would be fine because the oil is extracted from the rind. There’s no juice in the oil. Of course, contact your pharmacist / MD to confirm. 🙂

          • Pati
            October 11, 2016

            Might this answer apply to the consumption of grapefruit oil and

          • Customer Support
            November 28, 2016

            My apologies, but Dr. Z is legally prohibited from giving medical advice over email. He has, however, created a special Facebook group that can help as we have hundreds of members that are actively engaged in sharing testimonies of how they have overcome similar illnesses as yours. You can be part of it by joining his essential oil’s club here –>

          • Teresa Drennon
            January 25, 2017

            I can’t have any type of grapefruit due to my cholesterol medication.

          • Dr. Z
            February 11, 2017

            Hey Teresa,

            You may want to contact your physician and pharmacist about this. The known issue with grapefruit is that the JUICE can interact with statins, but we need to remember that the essential oil is cold pressed from the rind.



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