The Weight Loss Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is probably most appreciated for the fragrance of its little blue flowers. Lavender essential oil is often used in aromatherapy application and many bath and body products are available with a lavender fragrance. In this capacity, its popularity has been apparent for centuries. Lavender actually comes from the Latin root word lavare, which means, “to wash.”

However, the benefit of lavender aroma is more than simply, “smelling nice” and lavender has a very real calming effect. Lavender tea is commonly used to relax and unwind. Research has confirmed that lavender produces a slight calming, soothing, and sedative effect when its scent is inhaled. The calming effects of lavender have prompted some researchers to examine its potential to positively affecting conditions that lead to excess weight gain.

How Is Lavender Essential Oil Linked to Weight Loss?

Weight gain and excess body weight have various sources and aspects and are typically addressed with a corresponding, multifaceted approach. Certain herbs can help block sugar absorption, preventing fat storage. Other herbs help boost metabolic output to more effectively burn calories. Some herbs suppress the appetite. It deserves mention that overeating often stems from anxiety or depression. There is evidence that suggests lavender essential oil could be a natural relief to these conditions that contribute to overeating.

According to the National Centre for Eating Disorders, generalized anxiety disorder and compulsive overeating are often hand-in-hand problems. Lavender essential oil has been found to be helpful in relieving symptoms of mild anxiety and may also benefit those suffering from generalized anxiety disorder.

A 2010 controlled clinical study compared lavender oil to lorazepam, a benzodiazepine. The study found that, for many of the test subjects, lavender oil worked almost as well as the drug.

A study published in “International Clinical Pharmacology” showed that subjects receiving 80 mg per day of lavender oil showed statistically significant reductions in anxiety levels compared to controls receiving a placebo. It is important to note that most clinical studies of lavender have used the oil rather than the tea because it is easier to measure the amount of active compounds the person is consuming.

Furthermore, lavender essential oil has been shown to improve sleep quality. Studies have shown a direct correlation between healthy sleep patterns and weight loss.

Other beneficial herbs for weight loss are green coffee bean, uva-ursi, gymnema, damiana, and hoodia gordonii.

As part of an overall weight loss strategy and program, lavender can offer some benefit. Turning to lavender, instead of high calorie snacks, when feelings of anxiety or a desire to overeat comes on, may provide relief.

References (3)
  1. Chaput JP, Tremblay A. Adequate sleep to improve the treatment of obesity. CMAJ. 2012 Dec 11;184(18):1975-6. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.120876. Epub 2012 Sep 17.
  2. Deane Jade. Compulsive overeating & binge eating disorder. National Centre for Eating Disorders. 2010.
  3. Woelk H, Schläfke S. A multi-center, double-blind, randomised study of the Lavender oil preparation Silexan in comparison to Lorazepam for generalized anxiety disorder. Phytomedicine. 2010 Feb;17(2):94-9. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2009.10.006. Epub 2009 Dec 3.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • A

    Be very careful with this plant, it is a very powerful estrogen mimicker.

  • Rayelan

    Which brand do you recommend. Before reading your article, I had just purchased lavender zum mist. It’s a room spray, a pillow spray and a body spray. It’s made with essential oils, it doesn’t say whose.

    I would love to buy the one that you recommend. Your posts on Rumor Mill News are great. I make it a point to read them all!!

  • ghc_health

    Thank you for your post! I suggest working with Mountain Rose Herbs for Lavender essential oil, they are predominately organic and provide a quality product over all.

    Thank you again for your post, take care an be well!

  • Hi, could to tell me how to use the lavender essential oil, do you drink the oil or apply it to skin?

  • ghc_health

    Thank you for your post! in the article the way it was used in the study was orally.

    The effective dose of lavender oil is suggested to be 20–80 mg per day. The best-designed clinical studies with the most robust combination of efficacy and tolerability used 80 mg per day of a well-defined lavender oil. No serious adverse events during either of the published studies on this extract were reported.

    Thank you again for your post, take care and be well!

  • Sean

    Wow! I never knew lavender oil could be used for this. Definitely an interesting alternative strategy for weight loss.

  • Cassandra Moore

    I usually just rub the oil into my wrist. I have social physical anxiety disorder, depression, and weight gain issues. But lately for the last several months I’ve been using lavender oil. I’ve noticed an improvement with my anxiety. I don’t have as many anxiety attacks, and am even losing a few pounds. I also use mint oil on the other wrist. It is great for someone with a lot of allergies like me, who can’t necessarily eat super green, healthy diets because the body treats it like poison! I’m hoping the oils will continue to help. (The mint has been really helping with my stomach too).

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