Aromatherapy and Weight Loss

Many want to find that miracle weight loss solution and you may have heard that essential oils such as grapefruit will help you loose weight. And they can, but not in the way you may think. First, essential oils alone will not shed weight. For example, although there have been claims of Grapefruit essential oil stimulating weight loss, there is no scientific research to back it. More importantly, unlike the juice of the fruit which can indeed assist with weight loss, the oil is distilled from the rind or peeling. The main component within the oil is d-limonene. D-Limonene is not useful as a weight loss component. However, emotionally, it's very supportive. This and other components effect us emotionally and mentally as we inhale the aromas. Topically this works as well but inhalation is the direct route through the olfactory system and making its way into the central nervous system (CNS).

We don’t want to rule out essential oils. Used in conjunction with various other weight loss techniques and healthy choices, the can play a big role in reaching your goals. Let’s first address a few weight loss myths.

The Detox Theory Myth in Aromatherapy

A myth we often see in Aromatherapy is that essential oils will “detox” the body. However, there are no essential oils that are going to detox the body.

Along with other processes, there are 3 organs of the body that do a great job detoxing daily. The organs that function in this manner are the kidneys, through the skin (our biggest organ) when sweating and the liver. It’s a myth that essential oils will “open the liver to increase liver function”. (1)

The best way to detox your body is with plenty of fresh water and nutrients so these organs can do their jobs properly.

The only time that someone might really need help with detoxifying is if his or her kidney or liver is failing. In those extreme cases, dialysis is the choice.

Our Metabolism

To clarify, it is misinformation that essential oils can stimulate our metabolism. Our metabolic process is orchestrated by many hormones and our body’s circadian rhythms. The circadian rhythm regul