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How to Eat Healthy with Essential Oils

Eating too much sugary, salty, carby, junk food is a sure-fire way to derail any resolutions you may have about eating healthy this year! While resisting all that goodness takes a ton of self-control, there are some essential oils that can help you stick with your goal. And no, we are not implying that you add essential oils to your food; however, inhaling certain scents can really help to curb your junk food cravings.

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But how in the world does that work?

lady choosing to eat healthy food over junk food

Well, scent plays a huge role in our hunger cues. When we use essential oils, inhalation is the single most effective way to receive their benefits. When aromas reach the olfactory bulb, they not only trigger the limbic system (emotional center), but it triggers your hypothalamus, too, which is the portion of your brain connected to satiety. Odor molecules actually inform your brain that you have eaten enough and you are full. Basically, it is not only our stomach that dictates our hunger!

To learn more, check out this blog: Can Essential Oils Help Me Lose Weight? 

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But now let’s get to the oils you need to help you eat more healthy food, more often. These bright and sweet suggestions can help trick your brain into thinking you’ve already satisfied your sweet tooth, which can help reduce junk food cravings! Some can also reduce feelings of worry, exhaustion, and nervous tension, making it less likely to give into stress-eating.

Orange Sweet

plant therapy orange sweet essential oil to help eat healthier

The sweet aroma of Orange Sweet can help deter sugary cravings. It is also known to reduce stress, which can lead to snacking.

Peru Balsam

Stave off sugary cravings with this sweet vanilla-like aroma. It can also calm nervous tension, which can help prevent nervous eating habits.

Lemon Tea Tree

lemon tea tree essential oil for helping to eat healthier

Known to brighten sour moods, this tart, and refreshing smelling essential oil can help reduce cravings for sweet foods.


Bright, uplifting, zesty, and tart, the aroma of Yuzu can give your brain the burst of yumminess it needs to think of something other than junk food. Plus, it can help reduce feelings of worry and tension, which is great to avoid stress snacking.

Fennel Sweet

Known for its divisive licorice-like aroma, Fennel Sweet is an amazing essential oil for digestive health. And since a healthy gut helps you feel good in all kinds of ways, it may absolutely keep you motivated toward your healthy eating goals! It also helps provide some relief to uncomfortable tummy issues, such as gas and bloating.

hand holding doughnut and apple, choosing between healthy food and junk food


60 thoughts on “How to Eat Healthy with Essential Oils”

  • Very informative and helpful article, now I need to purchasers some inhalers and make some blends

  • I have used Fennel in a personal inhaler for cravings and it does the trick in a pinch. I am now interested in trying sweet orange ( cause I have a bit of a sweet tooth!)

  • Awesome! There are a couple on here I haven’t tried yet, but they’re def on my radar now. Thanks for the info 🙂

  • This was really interesting, I’ve purchased Munchy Stop in the past and now am finally reading how the ingredients can be effective.
    I’m also glad to see you don’t suggest adding them to foods like some other brands, which can be very dangerous depending on the person condition, lack of knowledge, etc.
    Thanks for sharing PT!

  • Being a new year and I’m pregnant, I am trying to maintain my weight…. so this blog post is perfect. I love my oils and want to incorporate them in cooking, so this is super helpful!!

  • Thanks PT.. i loves the vanilla smells and now can add peru balsam to my wish list.. my wish list keep increasing ..hopefully one day i can buy all the eo.. currently buying some now for my collection.. its really addictive actually.. i can restrain myself from shopping at other websites but not at PT .. thanks for all the support and information.

  • I didn’t know that Orange Sweet could help deter sugary cravings, I have been eating spearmint candies like crazy lately, not because I’m stressed but because they are just so darn good, and who doesn’t love sugary cookies, in particular ginger snaps leftover from Christmas. I guess I’m going to have to get my bottle of orange sweet out and start sniffing it whenever I have a sugar craving, hopefully it helps control my sugar habit.

  • SO much to learn! Thanks PT for constantly putting easy to read info on here for us. I have learned SO much in the past few months!

  • Ahhh, another reason to love Orange Sweet! And a reason to add Peru Balsam to my wish list! Thanks for the tips, explanations, and descriptions! They are so helpful!!

  • My wishlist continues to grow!! That description of Peru Balsam sounds so good and to help with nervous tension – love the multi uses !

  • I love this post!! I am a huge snacker with constant cravings for sweet and salty. I recently started the keto diet..these suggestions are great! I use my Munchy Stop roll on a lot to curb my cravings too.

  • Oh nice…I have been wanting to try Yuzu. I had it in my cart on a different order and removed it. It is going in this time and I am buying it. I might have to add another Peru Balsam while I am at it.

  • I didn’t know that smell could actually signal the brain that it’s not hungry! Thanks for sharing this info!

  • Very interesting and super informative as I’m trying to live a healthier lifestyle. I thought grapefruit oil was known for its hunger reducing ability too, any reason it didn’t make the list?

  • At least two of these are on my wish list, this would be a good way to start using inhalers – definitely could use some weight coming off !

  • Hi
    This is helpful and great information. I really like the scent of most of these oils. Just one thing- I don’t understand your use of the word “divisive” in describing the “licorice-like aroma” of fennel sweet. Did you mean distinctive or some other word-just a typo? Thanks.

    1. Great question, Lois! The word “divisive” is correct…what it means is that there are certain aromas that people either LOVE or HATE, with very little middle ground. A couple examples would be Patchouli or Blue Tansy. In this instance, that licorice-type aroma is very, very unpleasant for some, while others seem head-over-heels with it 🙂 It’s just a nice reminder that while some people fall in love with certain smells, others can have a polar opposite reaction to it!

  • I just ordered Peru Balsam and Lemon Tea Tree. I can’t wait for them to come in. And added bonus they were 15% off. Thanks Plant Therapy.

  • I am enjoying your resolution series articles. I just ordered 3 of the 5 oils today. Bummed that you are out of Lemon Tea Tree though. I am excited to try these.

  • Thank you for these tips. I just got Peru Balsam and I love the scent! Yuzu and Fennel are on my wish list and I will be getting them with the great discount! Thanks PT!

    1. We’re so happy we are able to highlight some awesome, though maybe lesser known, essential oils 🙂 Thank you for commenting, Malinda 🙂

    1. Sue, these oils can be used in a variety of ways! You can mix them together to create your own unique blend, use them individually, use them topically, in an inhaler, or through diffusion. It really depends on what is personally best for you and your goals 🙂

  • Thank you for these suggestions! I’m going to make up some inhalers now! I get a sweet tooth after I eat and hopefully they will help with cravings at night!

  • What an interesting read. I like so many others vow to loose weight in 2019 and with help of PT, I am destined for success.

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