When I feel tired or sometimes anxious or stressed.
As you probably have guessed or know already sugar is not our friend and when we have those cravings we send messages to our brain for some dopamine. The hormone of addiction.
Yes, sugar cravings, if not controlled, can become a real addiction.
How can we stop these cravings?
By sending a different message to our brain by activating our brain chemistry and distracting our mind.
Alhamdullilah again for that I have my essential oils.
They help me when I feel like eating chocolate or anything sweet or when I feel sad anxious or need comfort.
What are the main causes of cravings?
Our body is not processing insulin well
When we are Stressed
Lack of proper nutrients such as magnesium deficiency.
How can essential oils help cravings?
Essential oils have a lot of wonderful properties as you know already if you have read my previous posts.
They can help distract and calm our mind.
Whether we feel tired anxious sad or needs comfort.
We want it right now.
Inhaling or even safely Ingesting essential oils can help calm the trigger in our brain.
So here’s a list of my favourite
1 Peppermint essential oil.
Peppermint has many virtues. When inhaled or ingested.
Refresh the mouth,
Clear the nose. Help with headaches when feeling tired.
Gives us a good refreshing kick
Peppermint triggers a part in our brain that make us feel full.
If you are feeling hungry 1 drop under the tongue or 1 drop on a tissue paper inhale slowly and you will forget your sweet craving of the moment or this feeling of hunger.
2 Grapefruit, lemon, orange, essential oil.
Citrus essential oils regulate blood sugar and process the insulin responsible for cravings.
They regulate brain satiety centre.
And lift the mood
Great to use when you feel tired or anxious which are moments leading to binging or cravings.
Those oils can be taken internally but should be pure and organics.
3 Cinnamon bark
A great oil to have
Help regulate blood sugar
Use cinnamon in a diffuser.
Do not ingest the oil as it could cause burning.
If inhaled on a tissue use only 1 drop and inhale slowly.
Can also be used in a diffuser.
4 Ylang ylang
Another great oil to have to feel refreshed thanks to its amazing and refreshing aroma.
It curbs cravings and regulates blood sugar.
5 Bergamot essential oil.
Also known to help with sugar cravings.
And help our brain satiety centre.
By redirecting the brain to something else.
Other ways you can try to stop sweet cravings.
Brushing your teeth after a meal can help, especially if using mint toothpaste.
Distracting your mind and keep yourself busy such as:
Drinking a glass of water slowly with some mint essential oil.
Have a tic tac, better than eating a whole chocolate bar.
Breathing in and out slowly helps oxygenates the brain and distract our mind.
Eat protein-packed snacks, so you don’t feel hungry too soon.
When craving for sugar, eat fruits.
Blend you can try in a diffuser.
In a diffuser add
1 drop each of peppermint, citrus and bergamot essential oils
Diffuse in the room after a meal or whenever feeling anxious or stressed.
The main thing is to distract our mind
Essential oils can naturally help us relax and therefore feeling refreshed. They can also give us a good kick when feeling tired or anxious or after a meal.
While most essential oils are safe to be used topically, they’re not safe to ingest they can be toxic and in large doses, even fatal. Always consult your doctor, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
Hope this post helped you find ways with your cravings. Would love to hear any other ways you are using to stop sugar cravings, in the comment sections.