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Do Essential Oils for Weight Loss Actually Work?

Do Essential Oils for Weight Loss Actually Work?

When we think about weight loss and weight loss supplements, many don’t look in the direction of essential oils. Generally, when anyone looks for something to aid them in their journey, they look toward pills, powder substances, and tea; however, studies have shown that essentials oils can aid in weight loss.

Essential oils can “aid” in weight loss; however, it’s not the solution. I always recommend that anything used to aid in weight loss, be secondary to mindful eating, healthy diet, and regular exercise.

What Are Essential Oils?

You have heard of a few popular essential oils: peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree. By definition, essential oils are a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.

Essential oils are born from leaves, herbs, and barks, and smell and taste like the plant itself. Not only can you use essential oils to aid in weight loss, you can use them in the creams and gels that you use for skin care.

While studies have shown a vast number of benefits in using essential oils, I recommend consulting with your physician before using essential oils. Pregnancies and/or allergies may be affected while using essential oils.

In addition, always see your physician before replacing your current treatment with essential oil treatment.

How Essential Oils Aid in Weight Loss

Because essential oils aid in mental health, the benefits also contribute to weight loss.

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Many of the struggles faced on the journey to lose weight live within the mind: cravings, emotional stability, balance/clarity, etc. Using essential oils to heal medical, psychological, and physical conditions, naturally promote and assist in weight loss.

When we heal medical, psychological, and physical conditions, we naturally contribute to weight loss and better health.

The Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Institute of Chicago discovered that inhaling a culinary smell like rosemary, peppermint, grapefruit, orange etc. suppress the desire to eat:[1]

“Regularly throughout the day, especially when hungry can suppress the desire to taste and therefore eat,” and that by inhaling an aroma deeply 3-6 times in each nostril, “the desire to eat is inhibited.”

The Best Essential Oils for Weight Loss

Essential oils help reduce cravings, suppresses appetite, and increases satiety making them effective to aid in weight loss.

There are other contributions that essential oils aid in: water retention, bloating, and cellulite. These benefits play a huge role in weight loss contributions.

Appetite and craving control play a huge role in weight loss; half the battle is controlling what we want and how much of it to eat.

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So what are the best oils to aid you in your weight loss goals? The essential oils listed below have been backed by research studies published on Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, Science Direct, U.S News and World Report, and US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.

1. Peppermint Oil

This essential oil is great for boosting energy levels. Peppermint oil aids in fatigue reduction, clarity and focus, and reduces hunger cravings.[2]

Boosted energy levels mean maximizing your workouts and reducing cravings means you make better meal choices!

2. Grapefruit Oil

It has been reported that grapefruit oil is a metabolism booster and aids in the breakdown of fatty tissues when inhaled.[3]

3. Lemon Oil

Inhaling lemon oil improves neurological activity and promotes the breakdown of body fat. Lemon oil is a stimulator and has calming and positive mood properties. A positive outlook is always necessary on this journey.[4]

4. Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon oil aids in balanced blood sugar levels. This aids in weight loss because it reduces sugar cravings. When blood sugar levels unbalanced, overeating occurs which negatively impacts weight loss goals.[5]

5. Lavender Oil

Lavender has calm, tension taming properties. Because lavender oil helps control anxiety/urges, it aids in the reduction of stress eating. Generally, when we are relaxed, we tend to move away from “comfort” triggers such as mindless eating.[6]

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Aromatherapy expert Jane Buckle, reported on two studies in her book, Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Healthcare (ISBN 9780702054402). In one study, participants were asked to use lavender oil, mandarin oil, and a placebo. After 6 weeks, the results were: the control group lost 1.2 pounds, the mandarin oil group lost 2.4 pounds, and the lavender group lost 5.3 pounds on average.

The Best Ways to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used in many forms: inhaled, utilizing an oil diffuser, steam inhalation, in a bath, as massage oil/ aroma therapy. The type of essential oil and the reason for use determines the best way to use.

For weight loss, using essential oils in various ways is common: inhaling, applying to problem area(s), and ingesting.

If using for aroma and calming, it is better to use an oil diffuser to release mist and fill the air with the healing benefits.

Where Can I Buy Essential Oils?

Essential oils can be found in retail or department stores and online. As always, consulting with your physician is important.

I also recommend doing a bit of research on the product maker and manufacturer to make sure that the product is safe to use. It’s also a good idea to look for customer reviews on the product and the location of purchase.

Here’s a few tips:

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  • Make sure that the product is kept/ displayed/shipped in a container with tint (preferably not plastic). It is important to protect the oil from direct sunlight.
  • All oils should come with instructions on usage and dosage, ingredients used to create the oil, and the “use by” date.
  • You should know if the oil is organic or not organic.

What to Pay Attention to When Using Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for years to treat, relax, and aid humans with physiological concerns. Overall, essential oils are safe to use if approved by your physician and purchased from a reputable, quality source.

It is important understand the recommended uses of each oil. Using essential oils in the wrong form can cause adverse reactions such as: burns, trigger asthma and/or allergies, and can interfere with certain medications.

It is recommended that photosensitive oils not be used in the sun. Photosensitive oils are oils that haven’t been diluted, they have no carrier agent.

Using undiluted oils can be harmful due the potency of oils; it is important to verify that the essential oil you are purchasing has been diluted, and if not, please use with caution in the sun. There have been reports of essential oils causing burning when applied to the skin and exposed to the sun.

The Bottom Line

Essential oils have many benefits that aid in weight loss. Using essential oils with a healthy diet and regular exercise will help you reach your weight loss goals! Please research and use as recommended.

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The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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