Best Essential Oils For Weight Loss + Digestive & Liver Health
This article could just as accurately be entitled :: Top Three Citrus Essential Oils For Systemic Health because…
- The top three essential oils that will enable you to achieve such comprehensive health benefits, from weight loss to optimal liver function, all just happen to be Citrus Essential Oils
- The way in which I am going to advocate you use these Citrus Essential Oils for weight loss, as well as liver and digestive support, will improve your health on a profound level.
I personally refer to these Organic Citrus Essential Oils as the Torso Trio because of the profound abdominal benefits they deliver.
Top Three Citrus Essential Oils For Systemic Health
So, what are the the top three Citrus Essential Oils for systemic health?
But, before we get into the health-giving properties of these amazing Citrus Essential Oils, I need to explain the importance of only using Organic Citrus Essential Oils and how to store these delicate oils.
Why Organic Essential Oils?
Organic Essential Oils are vitally important if you are going to use the Torso Trio in the way I recommend in this article. i.e. for internal consumption.
But, it’s also critical to get Organic Essential Oils when you are buying Citrus Essential Oils.
Citrus Essential Oils are cold pressed. This means that the oils contained in the skins of beautiful citrus fruits are gently pressed out, usually by being fed through steel rollers at a slow speed.
Being processed slowly means that the Citrus Essential Oils do not heat up. Steel rollers, if used quickly, would soon rise in temperature, which would damage the Citrus Essential Oils being extracted from the fruit peels.
Keeping the Citrus Essential Oils cool whilst being processed is only one of two tremendously important considerations where Citrus Essential Oils are concerned.
The fruit skins being used to make the Citrus Essential Oils also need to be organic!
Citrus fruits being grown in a non-organic way are sprayed with waxy petrochemicals that don’t wash off in the rain. These petrochemical herbicides and insecticides are very toxic.
***You can read about all of the different types of nasty chemicals being used within food production in the article about Wildcrafted Essential Oils.
Organic Essential Oils
Sadly, the toxic substances found within Non-Organic Citrus Essential Oils are in very concentrated form. I would never recommend the internal consumption of Non-Organic Citrus Essential Oils… and I would suggest that the topical application of Non-Organic Citrus Essential Oils should also be avoided at all costs.
Even if you don’t eat organic food, please heed my warnings about Non-Organic Citrus Essential Oils.
Using Organic Citrus Essential Oils for the protocol I recommend in this article is an ABSOLUTE MUST!
Citrus Essential Oil Oxidation
Organic Citrus Essential Oils as well as Non-Organic Citrus Essential Oils are immensely sensitive to heat and oxidation.
This is due to the D-Limonene content within Citrus Essential Oils.
At 90%, Orange Essential Oil has the highest amount of this wonderful anti-cancer constituent, with Lemon Essential Oil and then Grapefruit Essential Oil following close behind.
*Sometimes Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil & Organic Lemon Essential Oil can contain D-Limonene content in excess of 90%, depending on where the fruits were grown, and the quality of the soil etc… but this is true of Organic Orange Essential Oilc also.
To avoid the spoiling of these fragile oils, Organic Citrus Essential Oils should always be stored in amber glass bottles, and kept away from sunlight and other sources of heat and intense light.
Citrus Essential Oil Health Benefits
The D-Limonene in Citrus Essential Oils is immensely important. It protects our DNA from ageing and prompts cell repair, which is necessary to maintain an healthy metabolism
D-Limonene, because of it’s ability to support the healthy death and renewal of cells, (aka Apoptosis), makes Organic Citrus Essential Oils a really effective cancer preventative.
In addition to D-Limonene, the Vitamin C content and other antioxidants, within Organic Citrus Essential Oils, makes them ideal for combatting oxidative-stress.
Oxidative stress shows up in the body in the following ways:
- Premature ageing
- Failing hearing & eyesight
- Nervous system problems
All of the Citrus Essential Oils featured in this article support liver and digestive functions, but certain oils are better for exerting certain influences than others…
Citrus Essential Oil For Weight Loss
The primary Citrus Essential Oil for weight loss is the beautifully scented Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil.
Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil promotes the production of gastric juices & bile, thereby supporting an efficient digestive function.
Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil For Weight Loss
All of the following actions of Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil support weight loss:
- Stress reduction
- Reduces sugar cravings
- Supports digestion
- Boosts circulation
- Reduces inflammation & water retention
- Boosts energy levels
- Enhances mood
- Suppresses appetite (Esp. when mixed with Patchouli Essential Oil)
- Supports endocrine function, especially the proper secretion of hormones and enzymes
Who knew stress & fear made us fat? But, they do, even though they tend to increase nervous tension and nervous energy! What’s worse is they have a tendency to increase the production of dangerous abdominal fat.
Conversely, through acting as an anti-depressant, mood enhancer, as well as an energy booster, Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil gets us active in a really positive way, instead of through nervous agitation, which actually supports our weight loss.
The ability of Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil to reduce sugar cravings and suppress appetite speak for themselves, but the digestive and circulatory support that Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil offers is a little less obvious.
Nevertheless, it stands to reason that any increase in function within the body, especially on a systemic level, will burn more energy and improve detoxification. Both of these things will, therefore, support weight loss in the most healthy of ways.
Inflammation is symptomatic of a dysfunctional metabolism, and dysfunctional hormone release will not only pack on the pounds, but will also prevent us from losing weight, even if we diet and engage in regular exercise.
So, Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil exerts a good number of influences over how the body stores and releases fat…
Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil & Abdominal Fat
In actual fact, Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil tends to target the unhealthy, and typically belligerent abdominal fat. Applied topically, it can even reduce the appearance of cellulite.
God love it!
Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil contains a natural compound, Nootkatone, that exerts a controlling action on our metabolisms.
Nootkatone, when inhaled, or ingested via the skin, or taken internally, improves our physical performance, and our stamina levels, which in themselves are likely to induce weight loss.
However, because of the particular way in which Nootkatone interacts with the chemicals in our brains, livers and muscles, this interaction by itself, prompts a reduction in body fat, especially around our abdomens.
Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil also triggers lipolysis, which causes protein and fats to be flushed out of the liver and our bloodstreams after which they are eliminated by the body.
Weight Loss Resistance
Hormone imbalances, sometimes caused by heavy metals and other toxins also cause weight loss resistance.
If we are suffering from hormone issues or, if we have heavy metals within our systems, these things will prevent weight loss.
***Smokers and GMO food eaters are more likely to have heavy metal toxicity and be weight loss resistant. Cigarettes and GMO food contain heavy metals.
This is one of the reasons why Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil is so excellent for weight loss. Being so detoxifying it will help move heavy metals out of the body, but as Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil exerts an influence on hormone health, it can help rectify hormone issues also.
Citrus Essential Oils For Detoxification
All of the Citrus Essential Oils are excellent for detoxification. However, just like Grapefruit Essential Oil is the best essential oil for weight loss, Lemon Essential Oil is best for detoxification.
Lemon Essential Oil For Detoxification
Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil is an excellent Gall Bladder and Liver stimulant, but there’s a couple of constituents in Organic Lemon Essential Oil that are very helpful for Liver health…
But, truth be known, the Torso Trio Essential Oils are all Hepatic-Supporting Essential Oils because all three of these Citrus Oils reduce oxidative stress. And, it’s oxidative stress that is implicated, in the main, in Liver disease.
The types of Liver disease caused by oxidative stress include: alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases, drug- and chemical-induced hepatic toxicity.
Organic Lemon Essential Oil For Liver Detoxification
Organic Lemon Essential Oil has a reputation for being a great Liver detoxer…
The bioflavonoid Hesperidin found in Organic Lemon Essential Oil may be able to prevent, (LPS), or lipopolysaccharide-induced endotoxicity as well as inflammation and oxidative stress.
***Endotoxins are bacterial toxins consisting of lipids that are located within a cell, as opposed to Exotoxins which are toxic substances secreted by bacteria and released outside the cell.
Organic Lemon Essential Oil is also neuroprotective. Neurodegenerative conditions have been seen to slow down with the use of Organic Lemon Essential Oil.
Is Organic Lemon Essential Oil Best For Liver Detoxification?
Organic Lemon Essential Oil, has earned itself a reputation as being the ultimate essential oil for detoxing the Liver, even thought Grapefruit Essential Oil and Sweet Orange Essential Oil are right up there with it when it comes to oxidative stress… but, Organic Lemon Essential Oil is one hell of an essential oil for supporting Liver function too… and, when combined with Sweet Orange Essential Oil and Grapefruit Essential Oil, the D-limonene content is off the charts… which is what neutralises oxidative stress. Lemon Essential Oil with Ginger Essential Oil is also an amazing combo.
Lemon oil has a purifying, cleansing and protective effect on the body. It helps to defend the body against harmful pathogens and promotes detoxification through the blood and liver. Lemon oil also stimulates lymphatic drainage, which helps the body to cleanse itself of wastes and toxins.
Plus, Organic Lemon Essential Oil is very supportive of the digestive tract. It also reduces constipation and promotes elimination of waste. So, in these ways it truly does support Liver health.
*** I believe that Organic Lemon Essential Oil, to some extent, has mistakenly earned itself a reputation for being the ultimate Liver cleansing essential oil owing to the Lemon Juice & Cayenne Liver detox drink that needs to be done first thing in the morning… This is because, in some ways, it is indistinguishable from Sweet Orange Essential Oil and Grapefruit Essential Oil in terms of potency.
However, Lemon Essential Oil has a more comprehensive action, plus it is a very comprehensive healer, great for internal health, as well as skin and hair. It’s provides amazing skin support, treating conditions like Acne & Rosacea, as well as detoxing and regenerating skin cells.
However, it is photo-toxic, and therefore shouldn’t be used topically if direct sun exposure will occur within 24hours of application.
Other Essential Oils May Be Equally As Good At Detoxing The Liver
***Organic Rosemary Essential Oil enhances bile flow and reduces excess plasma liver enzymes. It also prevents toxic overload. See the end of this article for the reasons I sometimes add Organic Rosemary Essential Oil to my Torso Trio warm water drink.
***Organic Geranium Essential Oil also has a role to play in Liver detox and support. Organic Geranium Essential Oil expands the bile ducts in the Liver which increases bile flow and the detoxification of the Liver.
Organic Geranium Essential Oil is also considered to be a very powerful Liver tonic.
Citral For Detoxing The Liver
The compound Citral, which is only present in small amounts in Organic Lemon Essential Oil, can increase the activity of a key phase II detoxification enzyme, known as glutathione-S-transferase, which may help to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of fatty liver and Cirrhosis.
The only problem is, despite the name, Citral is a lot more in evidence in other ‘lemony’ essential oils than it is in Organic Lemon Essential Oil…
Citral Concentrations In Essential Oils
- Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil 90% – 98%
- Lemongrass 65% – 85%
- Lemon Teatree 80%
- May Chang 65% – 74%
- Lemon Essential Oil 2% – 5%
Phew! At least Organic Lemon Essential Oil has some!
Other Essential Oils For Liver Detox
- Carrot seed Essential Oil :: helps detox, repair & regenerate Liver cells.
- Chamomile (German – Blue) Essential Oil :: stimulates bile secretion & supports Liver detox.
- Cypress Essential Oil :: for stimulating flushing out, detoxing & regulating Liver secretions.
- Geranium Essential Oil :: expands the bile ducts, increasing bile flow & detoxifying the Liver.
- Ginger Essential Oil :: helps reverse fatty liver and stimulates liver secretions.
- Juniper Essential Oil :: relieves the burden of the Liver owing to it’s blood purifying abilities.
- Rosemary Essential Oil :: improves bile flow & reduces excessive plasma liver enzymes & prevents toxic overload.
The above list of essential oils can be combined in a carrier oil and applied topically to the Liver region of the abdomen to aid in the detoxification and optimising of Liver function.
Castor Oil Packs
Also, Edgar Cayce swore by the old method of applying warm Castor oil pack to the abdomen in order to cleanse and support Liver function.
Ultimately, I don’t believe anything truly competes with Milk Thistle for detoxing the Liver, so… I advocate we keep a Milk Thistle tincture close at hand and use it on a daily basis!
Milk Thistle Tincture is also a lot more straightforward than administering a Castor oil Pack! ( Although, it would be fantastic if it were possible to go to a treatment centre for regular affordable Castor Oil Packs!
You can read more about using Milk Thistle in Morning Detox Protocols and you can read a full account of how to do a Lemon & Cayenne Liver detox morning protocol.
I really like this article by the Truth About Cancer crew, not least because it really bigs up one of my favourite essential oils :: Organic Rosemary Essential Oil.
The reason I love Organic Rosemary Essential Oil so much is because it is considered to be the best oil for combating the deleterious effects of EMF.
Within the 11 of the Best Essential Oils for Detox article, Organic Rosemary Essential Oil is stated to have outperformed some really big hitting oils like Oregano and Thyme in certain tests.
Read the Rosemary Essential Oil Science article to understand how Organic Rosemary Essential Oil has been proven to protect DNA.
***I keep a bottle of Organic Rosemary Essential Oil next to my Torso Trio Essential Oils. Although it doesn’t taste so good, I often add a drop of Organic Rosemary Essential Oil to my warm Citrus Oil drink.
Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil is just as capable of supporting the Liver as Organic Lemon Essential Oil… if not more so…
Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil encourages Lymphatic drainage, helping the body to eliminate toxins.
It also supports the Gall Bladder and the Liver by helping them to metabolise fats. Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil therefore helps to cure gall stones.
But, the reason why it’s been included in the Torso Trio is for it’s amazingly curative abilities when it comes to digestive health.
Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil For Digestive Health
Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil has a D-Limonene content of approximately 90% – 95%.
D-Limonene is clinically proven to be a potent cancer-fighting agent.
It also provides Sweet Orange Essential Oil with gastro-protective powers. D-Limonene is a powerful antioxidant that helps to fight the oxidative stress caused by free radical damage. Consequently, Sweet Orange Essential Oil also reduces inflammation.
Myrcene constitutes between 0.5% to 3% of Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil. When coupled with D-Limonene the Myrcene Monoterpenes have proven to be effective in reducing tumours.
Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil also eases gas and bloating, and helps to settle many digestive issues.
Torso Trio Warm Water Drink
Dosage: Put two drops of each of the following essential oils in 100ml to 200ml of warm water, along with a dessert spoon of base oil, like Nigella Sativa or Coconut Oil and drink 20 minutes before each meal. This can be done three times a day.
Remember to inhale the oils when you add your warm water, as some of the volatile oils will escape via the steam.
****Alternatively, applying these oils topically to the abdomen will also provide a lot of relief.
Weight Loss Caveat
The three essential oils discussed within this article are an extremely healthy addition to anyones detox and weight loss protocols, however, there may be some additional issues causing weight gain that these oils cannot address.
Heavy metal toxicity and hormone resistant weight gain will need additional interventions. However, because the Torso Trio help to clear some of our major detox pathways… not least our liver, the major detox organ of our body, they are providing a sterling service in clearing the decks for incoming toxins that can be flushed from other parts of the body when we employ other detox protocols.
Weight Gain & Weight Loss Resistance
Do these sound familiar?
Are you putting on weight no matter how careful you are about what you eat and how much you exercise?
Are you dieting like crazy and working out like a mad thing and still unable to drop the pounds?
Then, you are very likely suffering from toxic induced weight loss prevention and hormone issues…
Reading the following will really help you figure your way out of the weight loss difficulty labyrinth:
The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils or associated products. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.
Deepen your knowledge by using the Wild As The Wind Recommended Resources
Wild As The Wind use a number of resources when deciding which formulations to create for optimal healing and efficacy, as well as to support any health claims we may make.
We owe a particular debt to GreenMedInfo, and, of course, the teachings of Penny Price.
Other resources include:
Dr. Robert Pappas
Dr. Josh Axe
Dr. Eric Zielinski