It is a well-known fact that scent affects appetite. Bakeries exploit this fact and waft the aroma of freshly baked bread and pies to stimulate the appetites of shoppers and entice them to buy their pastries.
Though most aromas from foods stimulate the appetite, a few suppress it and these can be used as adjuncts to a holistic weight loss program.
Peppermint Essential Oil
The scent of peppermint essential aroma was found to be one of the most potent for controlling the appetite and aiding weight loss by the Smell and Taste Treatment Research Institute of Chicago.
This natural plant extract exerts its effects on the part of the brain that affects satiety.
By so doing it helps a person feel satisfied even if they have not eaten a lot.
Peppermint aromatherapy oil has also been shown by studies to reduce cravings in persons who inhaled it.
To use peppermint essential oil for weight loss, carry a small bottle with you and inhale its scent whenever you develop strong cravings for foods that are not part of your weight loss food plan.
Grapefruit Essential Oil
A study done by the University School of Medicine in Japan and published in Experimental Biology and Medicine found that the aroma of grapefruit helped the body burn fat and reduced the amount of food consumed (1).
The scent of grapefruit essential oil also suppresses the appetite and thus help a person reduce their caloric intake.
In addition it also makes the person feel energized and more likely to exercise and burn more calories.
To use grapefruit essential oil for weight loss, inhale it from a bottle or place a few drops on a cotton ball and inhale its aroma before eating. As you do so, ensure that you inhale it for more than 5 minutes.
You can also make a grapefruit massage oil by mixing 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil with 1 oz (30 ml) of a carrier oil like olive oil. Apply this massage oil to your body to help curb your appetite and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Olive oil is a great carrier oil to use to make a weight loss massage oil since a study done by the University of Vienna and Technische Universitaet in Munich found that its scent helped people consume less calories and change their eating habits.
Lemon Essential Oil
The Smell and Taste Treatment Research Institute of Chicago also found that lemon essential oil was effective for controlling the appetite.
To use lemon aromatherapy oil for weight loss, inhale it before meals or whenever your hunger is triggered to suppress your appetite and curb overeating.
You can also inhale this energizing essential oil when you feel too lethargic to exercise.
To reduce the emotional eating triggered by feeling down, take a lemon bath by adding 10 drops of lemon essential oil to a tub filled with warm water. Soak in the lemon scented water for at least 15 minutes and you will notice your mood changing and your cravings may even reduce.
The Smell and Taste Treatment Research Institute found that these essential oils should be changed each day for the best weight loss results. Therefore use peppermint, lemon and grapefruit essential oils on different days and in different ways to attain your weight loss goal.
As you use these essential oils understand that they are not a magic potion for losing weight. Their use must be combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise and the lifestyle changes to create a Holistic Weight Loss Program.