As a result of his research, Dr. Alan Hirsch says that we feel full because of a special mechanism in our brain

Specifically, this satiety response is regulated by what is technically known as the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus, a portion of the brain that regulates many basic drives including emotions and libido.

Essential Oils can Support Weight Loss and Weight Management

Essential Oils can Support Weight Loss and Weight Management

One reason we stop eating is that this center signals a fullness or a sense of being satisfied.

The nose (and inhalation process) is directly connected to the hypothalamus. An odor molecule in the air makes its way to the top of the nasal cavity which is the location of a small area known as the olfactory bulb with millions of scent receptors.

The odor molecule then moves through the mucous membrane and binds to receptor sites on the olfactory nerve. These receptors may be very specific, in that they are designed to detect particular odor molecules. The system operates by taking individual odor molecules and intensifying them in such a way that the brain can respond to them.

This part of the brain is called the limbic lobe and is the seat of our emotions. The limbic lobe activates the hypothalamus which controls our drives and instincts as well as the ability to feel full.

An emotional state can also trigger a desire for food. We can also control what we feel by inhaling certain scents.

The sense of smell can help us suppress appetite and all those irrational emotional responses we have for food. Using our sense of smell consciously can give us control where our will power fails.

For most people, using scents can curb cravings.

The Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Institute of Chicago found that inhaling a culinary scent (basil, oregano, lemon, etc.) regularly throughout the day, especially when hungry can suppress the desire to taste and therefore eat.

By inhaling an aroma throughout the day, you can inhibit the desire to eat. Dr. Hirsch, in his study, found that the more people used scent to control their appetite, the more weight they lost.

The key was to vary the oils used to prevent becoming desensitized which would reduce the effectiveness of the inhaled oils.


Experiment by choosing three essential oils to use throughout the day. The more you use these scents, the more effective they will be. Each day change the oils you used previously with three different ones.

This can be done easily by unscrewing the cap and inserting a new wick. Save the used wick for another day in a glass container. (Oils can dissolve most plastics).

Essential oils such as peppermint, bergamot, and grapefruit can have a positive impact in your efforts to lose weight when combined with a healthy (mostly raw) diet and exercise regimen such as hooping or workouts with an exercise ball.

Thermogenic drinks can be made Young Living NingXia Red juice, essential oils, and cayenne pepper tincture. A Weight Management Smoothie can be a good substitution for one of your daily meals.


Peppermint is a digestive aid that soothes an upset stomach and helps with digestive problems.

It also provides unique weight loss benefits as well. Dr. Alan Hirsch’s study found that inhaling peppermint can directly affect your brain’s satiety center, the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus. This powerful essential oil makes you feel full after a meal.

The result is that you can eat less and still feel satisfied. You can choose to either inhale peppermint oil before a meal or drink a few drops in a glass of water or tea right before each meal. Make sure the oil is pure enough to ingest.

Do not ingest oils that are not marked GRAS (generally regarded as safe) or are not labeled for supplement use.

Other oils that might be helpful in Aromatherapy:

  • Grapefruit – a natural weight loss appetite suppressant and through a process called lipolysis dissolves fat.
  • Bergamot – stimulates your endocrine system and produces a sense of calm and wellbeing and alleviates stress. Lavender can be combined with bergamot to enhance this calming effect.
  • Tangerine – A diuretic and is also used to calm the nervous system.
  • Orange oil – helps overcome depression and gives emotional support.
  • Ylang-ylang – used to clarify thoughts and assist in a feeling of wellness and calm.
  • Patchouli – used as a sedative and relaxation aid.

Essential oils and aromatherapy are a terrific and natural way to suppress appetite and calm emotions as they relate to food and stress, and to actually dissolve fat. For safety and effectiveness, read the directions that come on the bottles of each essential oil before inhaling or ingesting.

Reaching and maintaining your ideal weight is a very important step towards achieving vibrant health.

Aromatherapy in Global Health Care
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