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I’ve beed intrigued for awhile now about essential oils. I’ve been wanting to experiment with using them in homemade cleaning products, herbal remedies, and for aromatherapy, but I also just recently realized that people use essential oils for weight loss, too. I had no idea there were so many uses!
Essential Oils for Weight Loss
The use of essential oils for weight loss can be a great addition to an already in place weight loss program. Essential oils may help increase your mood, uplift your spirits, and detoxify your body. In addition, some essential oils have been found to increase circulation and dissolve fat deposits in the body. More importantly, though, some essential oils can be appetite suppressants when inhaled. The sense of smell is directly connected to areas of the brain that control and regulate feelings of fullness.
There are several oils that can be used alone or in combination to help curb your cravings between healthy meals.
Peppermint- Known as a digestive aid, peppermint can help calm your stomach and some evidence even suggests that peppermint oil may help relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion.
Lemon – This essential oil is know to boost metabolism, increase energy, speed up digestion, and detoxify the body.
Ginger - Used to soothe digestive upsets and nausea and aid in digestion.
Cinnamon - Aids in digestion and helps control blood sugar.
Grapefruit - Grapefruit essential oil has detoxify effects, is a diuretic (it’ll make you pee), and is a hunger suppressant.
How to use: These oils can be used alone or in combination either by rubbing topically on the skin (diluted), breathing through an aromatherapy mister, or taken internally (mixed in liquid).
doTERRA Slim and Sassy
If you’re looking to purchase essential oils for weight loss, you can find a blend of the above oils from doTERRA called Slim & Sassy. As a doTERRA blogger, I was sent a bottle of Slim & Sassy to try out for the month of April. If you know me in real life, than you know that I don’t need to lose weight. 10 months post-partum – I’ve lost all of my pregnancy weight and then some. I have an incredibly hard time keeping weight on while breastfeeding. The Slim & Sassy blend wouldn’t be an essential oil that I would purchase – but I did try it out for the sake of review. I’ll be passing it on to a friend. Not because it’s not good. It’s just that I don’t need it.
Slim & Sassy is a blend of ginger, lemon, cinnamon, grapefruit, and peppermint essential oils – all known to aid in weight loss either through helping with digestion or suppressing one’s appetite. All doTERRA essential oils are 100% pure CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and are extracted using low heat steam distillation (in most cases). Slim & Sassy is safe to take internally (4 drops in 8 oz. of liquid), but can also be used topically (use a carrier oil such as olive or coconut), and aromatically (you can smell it straight from the bottle, add a few drops to a handkerchief, or use in a diffuser).
I do love the smell of Slim & Sassy – the peppermint definitely stands out to me, as well as the grapefruit. I wasn’t completely fond of the taste though. It’s definitely minty – and that’s just not my favorite. My lips definitely were tingling after! Was it do-able? Yes! If I was trying to lose weight, then I would totally drink Slim & Sassy. I think I might mix it into juice instead of water though. Since I didn’t take it regularly – I can’t really say how effective it was. I can say that I didn’t eat after breathing it in though! That could just be a coincidence but I really think that the essential oils curbed my appetite.
Do you use essential oils? Ever tried essential oils for weight loss? What are your favorite oils and uses?
You can purchase the doTERRA’s Slim & Sassy Essential Oil Blend, like the one I reviewed, on the My Natural Family website for $32.67.
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Winner: Kathie S.
The product I reviewed and the giveaway prize was provided by My Natural Family and will be shipped to the winner by My Natural Family. All opinions expressed are my honest opinions based on my personal experiences. If you own a blog and would like to run a giveaway like this, check out their blogger program. The information in this post is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your health practitioner to discuss your questions concerning the use of essential oils.