Menu
Natural Home Remedies healthy recipesNatural Home Remedies healthy lifestyle
Against obesity ... a help comes from the nose and the essential oil of patchouli!

Against obesity ... a help comes from the nose and the essential oil of patchouli!

Do you know that some aromas can help in the fight against obesity? This is the case of patchouli that, if inhaled, contributes, in case of overweight and obesity, to reduce hunger and body weight, as emerges from a recent scientific research that appeared in the Nutrients magazine thanks to the work of a Korean team in collaboration with American scientists (Hong et al, Nutrients, 2020).

Obesity and complications

Obesity is an increasing condition. The problem is that obesity brings with it complications, such as an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension. Obesity, in most cases, is caused by an excessive introduction of calories and / or insufficient calorie expenditure, for example in the case of a sedentary lifestyle.

Odors, nervous system and metabolism

But how can odors fight obesity? Everything is explained by considering that the recognition of odors is a complex and fascinating process that involves the nervous system. In fact, volatile aromatic compounds, odors, bind to the receptors of our olfactory neurons. From here, through the nerves, the olfactory stimulus reaches the brain with a possible influence on the central nervous system and its ability to regulate the sense of hunger, metabolism and lipolysis, which is the process of breaking down stored lipids.

Osmanthus and anti-obesity patchouli

Previous studies had shown that inhaling the aroma of Osmanthus fragrans is able to reduce continuous nervous hunger and the consequent weight gain. Patchouli essential oil is considered anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant but, above all, capable of counteracting the accumulation of fats. Its aroma also works to reduce hunger and weight gain. However, to date, studies had not investigated this action and its effect on indicators of a possible metabolic syndrome such as body weight, cholesterol and blood pressure.

How patchouli counteracts obesity

To fill this gap, the researchers developed a study, performed on animals, in which patchouli essential oil was inhaled in conditions of obesity. After three weeks, it emerged that those who inhaled the essential oil of patchouli had a reduction in appetite and body weight compared to the group who had not smelled the aroma. In fact, blood tests showed that leptin levels were higher in the group undergoing aromatherapy with patchouli. Leptin is a hormone that provides the body with information on the state of energy reserves and has the function of regulating the accumulation of fat in the body. High levels of leptin communicate that fat reserves are increasing, therefore it is necessary to increase the body's metabolism, reduce the introduction of new fat through food and instead increase energy expenditure, thus promoting weight loss. Not only that, HDL cholesterol, or good cholesterol, was observed in significantly higher quantities in the group that had inhaled patchouli oil, while bad or LDL cholesterol was in smaller quantities than in the group that had not smelled patchouli. Finally, blood pressure was also lower in the group that had inhaled the essential oil. Therefore, patchouli helped to counteract weight gain and improved the parameters that indicate the presence of the metabolic syndrome, with benefits for heart health.

Conclusions

Certainly an essential oil alone cannot counteract conditions such as overweight and obesity. However, aromatherapy can help, if combined with a healthy and balanced diet and moderate physical activity, to prevent and combat overweight, obesity and metabolic syndrome.
AUTHOR
She combines her passion for a natural lifestyle and her university studies, she has indeed a Master of Science degree in Physics and a PhD in Physics in the field of biophysics. Reading scientific articles, being updated with the latest scientific researches and testing new methods and recipes is since always her job that, we hope, has become useful to you.
Natural Remedies App Logo
Get now the App Natural Remedies, the app for a healthy lifestyle and healthy food

You might also be interested in these scientific research

Against wrinkles try facial yoga
Against wrinkles try facial yoga
According to science, it is possible to turn the clock back, at least for what concerns facial appearance and without resorting to expensive creams or invasive surgery. On the basis of a recent research indeed, published
The different types of tea and their benefits against the new coronavirus
The different types of tea and their benefits against the new coronavirus
Against the new coronavirus, the weapons at our disposal are prevent infection, thus using hygiene measures and social distancing, and put the body in the best conditions to respond to the threat. This is why several stu
Olive leaves, a powerful weapon against inflammation and obesity
Olive leaves, a powerful weapon against inflammation and obesity
Obesity levels are estimated to have tripled since 1975 and that in 2016 13% of the world's population was considered obese. We eat too much and badly, foods rich in fats, sugars and refined flours, and we do little phys
The power of colors against anxiety and stress
The power of colors against anxiety and stress
If you want to counter anxiety, fears and stress, you just have to surround yourself with objects of color… green! Not only that, also colors such as pink, blue and yellow have been shown to act by relaxing and calming.
Dark berries against type 2 diabetes
Dark berries against type 2 diabetes
Berries, especially dark-colored ones such as bilberries and black currants, help regulate blood sugar, keeping dangerous postprandial spikes at bay. This is the result of a very recent scientific research published a fe
Pomegranate juice against high blood pressure
Pomegranate juice against high blood pressure
Food choices play a role on the state of our health. But we aren’t talking just about foods that should be avoided since they may cause high values of blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure, often, indeed, many food
Green tea fights obesity
Green tea fights obesity
Against obesity green tea can prove to be a powerful ally. Until now, the studies on this particular effect of green tea were not exhaustive, but, thanks to recent scientific research, the scientists have been able to un
Against wrinkles and dark skin spots… a portion of almonds
Against wrinkles and dark skin spots… a portion of almonds
Are you looking for a true elixir of youth for the skin? Then eat almonds! Almonds, in fact, are able to protect the skin from UV damage, reduce wrinkles and dark spots. This is what emerges from two recent scientific st
Natural Remedies
Download the App
Copyright © 2022 - Natural Remedies Registered Brand 302018000008020
x