Best 12 Essential Oils to Lose Weight, Stop Cravings, and More!

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Everyone wants to lose weight and look their best but wanting it and doing it are certainly two different things.

Aromatherapy works by triggering certain areas of the brain, which in turn tell the body to feel peaceful, sleepy, energized, or even full. Ever smell something cooking, something that was absolutely mouthwatering that made you feel hungry, even if you had just eaten? Smells have a very strong impact on our body so we can use them to stimulate our appetite, or we can use them to quell our appetite.

Some essential oils can also be taken internally to help improve energy levels, lessen the appearance of cellulite, and help dissolve fat.

Keep reading and learn about the 12 best essential oils for losing weight, curbing those cravings, and even for helping to lessen the appearance of cellulite while you soak in the tub!


1. Bergamot

Many people eat when they are angry, sad, or are feeling stressed out. Bergamot can help reduce those feelings, lifting your spirits so that you can avoid eating when you really aren’t hungry.  This sweet smelling essential oil is known to be a natural anti-depressant, as well as being packed with polyphenols, similar to the ones found in green tea. These polyphenols help your body burn more sugar and stored fat.

You can inhale bergamot slowly until those feelings subside, or dilute it in some coconut or olive oil and use it as a massage oil by gently rubbing it into the back of your neck or feet to relieve stress. Some people claim that mixing bergamot and sandalwood essential oils together is the perfect mixture for overcoming negative feelings and releasing stress.


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2. Peppermint

Everyone loves the scent of peppermint, but did you know that inhaling this uplifting scent can help curb hunger pangs? Studies show that peppermint essential oil stimulates the brain’s satiety center, which will prevent overeating. It will also aide indigestion.

You can use peppermint essential oil in a diffuser, inhale it every two to three hours, or even consume it by placing 3 drops in a glass of water.

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3.  Cinnamon

Cinnamon is another terrific essential oil that will not only suppress your appetite, but increase your metabolism as well. Cinnamon will help your body break down sugar and use them for energy, rather than store it as fat in your hips. Cinnamon essential oil also improves digestion, helps those with irritable bowel syndrome, and improves the circulation. Read also about health benefits of cinnamon.

You can add 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil to a cup of warm water and a touch of honey, or add it to your morning coffee. You can drink this just before bed if you tend to wake up with those midnight munchies. Or inhale this essential oil a few minutes before you eat to prevent overeating.

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4. Lemon

This is a powerful essential oil that will definitely increase your energy levels, shrink fat cells, and help remove toxins. Experimental Biology and Medicine published a study that showed that the scent of lemon encouraged the breakdown of fat and helped stop weight gain. Lemon also contains the potent antioxidant d-limonene, which helps support the liver in detoxing the body.

You can put 3 drops of lemon essential oil in a glass of water and drink before each meal, or inhale it as often as necessary to stop cravings.

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5. NingXia Nitro

This is a fantastic alternative to those sugar filled energy drinks. It’s made with super energizing essential oils (nutmeg, yerba mate, peppermint, spearmint, black pepper, vanilla, chocolate, and wolfberry seed) along with Korean ginseng and green tea extract. This mixture of essential oils has the antioxidant equivalent of 4 cups of green tea, yet is lower in caffeine than a single cup of coffee.

This is sold in most health food stores in 20 ml tubes. For best results, take 2 tubes daily, usually one in the morning and one midafternoon. Don’t take too close to bedtime!

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6. Grapefruit

Grapefruit essential oil is similar to lemon essential oil as it also helps to remove toxins, dissolve fat, lessen cellulite, prevent bloating, and curb the appetite as well as increase energy levels. There is something about the scent of grapefruit that is uplifting and improves the mood. This might be a big help for those who suffer from emotional overeating.


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You can use this essential oil the same as lemon oil. Avoid keeping this essential oil in direct sunlight as it will quickly lose its potency. Store in a dark colored container and keep in a cupboard.

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7. Stress Away

This is an essential oil blend that was designed to fight stress and relieve nervous tension, but it also works well for those who wish to lose weight as these types of feelings often lead to overeating.

Stress away contains cedarwood, vanilla, lavender, copaiba, lime, and ocotea in a coconut oil base.

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8. Vanilla

Although you might think that the scent of vanilla would remind you of cookies and make you hungry, but the opposite appears to be true. One study performed in England used different scents, as well as a placebo, to see which one, if any, would affect the appetite.

Researchers at St. George’s Hospital found that those who were given vanilla scented skin patches lost, on average, 4.5 pounds and stated that they had significant changes in appetite. Researchers noted that these subjects cut their intake of sugary treats and chocolate by as much as half.

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9. Ledum

Sometimes called Labradro Tea, this essential oil has been used by the Native Americans for thousands of years. It helps rid the body of excess water, supports the liver, and helps remove toxins.

You sometimes find this essential oil mixed in combination with grapefruit or lemon essential oil. You can use this in a diffuser, or add three drops to a glass of water and drink it before each meal.

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10. Citrus Fresh

This is a super energizing oil blend that will help dissolve fat, remove toxins, improve digestion, lessen the appetite, and increase your metabolism.

This is a mixture of tangerine, orange, spearmint, mandarin, lemon, and grapefruit essential oils. All of the citrus oils contain the powerful antioxidant D-limonene, which helps dissolve fat and cellulite by removing petrochemicals out of the cells of the body.

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11. EndoFlex

This is another essential oil blend that is typically used to support the thyroid and help improve energy levels.

This mixture of sage, myrtle, German chamomile, spearmint, geranium, and nutmeg essential oils in a sesame seed oil base can help increase metabolism ,which will help to burn fat, increase circulation, and encourage healthy digestion.

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12. En-R-Gee

As the name implies, this is meant to give you super energy to help you keep going during your exercise routine so that you can lose weight. An essential oil blend of juniper, nutmeg, clove, rosemary, lemongrass, Idaho balsam fir, and black pepper, can improve your mental alertness, improve memory, increase vitality, improve circulation, and cleanse the body. This is terrific massage oil. Try placing a drop or two on your lower back, back of the neck, temples, and pressure points for energy you can smell and feel!

You can also use essential oils in other ways to help you lose weight. Check out our cellulite-reducing bath soak recipe!

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Cellulite-Reducing Bath Soak

In one cup of raw, organic apple cider vinegar, mix 5 drops of each of the following essential oils:

  • Lemon
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Tangerine
  • Sandalwood

Don’t add the essential oils directly to the running water to prevent evaporation. Mix well into the apple cider vinegar first, and then add this mixture to a tub of hot water. Soak for 20 to 30 minutes to help reduce the appearance of cellulite and encourage the body to dissolve fat.

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To help curb your appetite and increase fat burning, consume one of the following capsules every morning after breakfast with a full glass of water. Always buy food grade essential oils! You can buy empty capsules at any health food store.

Each capsule should contain the following essential oils:

  • 2 Drops of lemon
  • 2 Drops of peppermint
  • 2 Drops of grapefruit
  • 12 drops of liquefied coconut oil

You can simply add these ingredients into each capsule, or for larger quantities, mix the essential oils in a bowl, and then add six drops of the essential oil mixture and 12 drops of coconut oil into each capsule to save time measuring. Store your capsules in the refrigerator for later use.