Slim and Sassy

Often clients come to see me for weight loss. This is a bug bear for me as I do not endorse diets as such. The ethos of my practice is to educate clients into changing bad habits, adopting new and better health informed choices and bringing the right type of exercise for them into daily routines. This generally leads to the client finding their optimum weight. Along with this, comes improved mood and energy levels which in turn leads to better lifestyle choices. A beautiful circle of life!

 I do use supplements, homeopathic combinations and essential oils in the initial part of a treatment plan to support the client through the difficult phases of their transition. This week I am focusing on the essential oil;

Slim and Sassy – Can be taken internally, aromatised, used topically topically (around the abdominal area, diluted for sensitive skin.

Ingredients: Grapefruit peel, Lemon peel, Peppermint Plant, Ginger Root and Cinnamon Bark essential oils.

Key benefits:

  • Promotes a healthy metabolism
  • Helps manage hunger cravings
  • Calms the stomach and lifts mood
  • Diuretic and stimulant.

All information comes from the doTerra website but I would like to add my own experience to the generic information available.

Lets breakdown the ingredients of the oil blend.

Grapefruit peel.

Contains D-Limonene which has strong anti-inflammatory properties and is chemopreventive activity

Rich in soluble fibre pectin which helps lower bad the bad cholesterol and moderate blood sugar levels after carbohydrate consumption.

Contains the anti-oxidants Vitamin C and flavanoids, Hesperidin and Naringin.

Grapefruit may speed up the metabolism of certain medications  – be wise and consult your GP or medical practitioner before using this oil.

Lemon Peel

Contain potassium which is beneficial in the digestive process

Contains fibre -good for weight loss, blood sugar control, normalising bowel movements and lowering cholesterol

Contains Vitamin C – Immune enhancing and protects DNA from free radical damage.

Peppermint Plant

Anti-spasmodic effect – Good for digestive processes -improves the flow of bile that helps the body to digest fats

Increase energy especially in the morning

Mood enhancing

Ginger Root

Among loads of other benefits Ginger Root enhances the digestive process

Cinnamon Bark

Anti-inflammatory

Anit-bacterial and Anti-microbial

Good for blood sugar control and regulating metabolic processes

Logically , when you combine all the above a lovely metabolic aid is formed.

I have been using Slim&Sassy for 2 weeks now. 3 drops in a GLASS bottle of filtered water  – -approx 1.5litre. Apart from making the water taste incredibly fresh and somewhat ‘clean’ , my appetite has definitely been slightly suppressed , which is amazing for me. My energy levels are naturally quite good. This time of year I do tend to flag a bit and the Slim&Sassy is definitely a little tonic.

Would I recommend? Yes I would but as part of a a full weight loss programme that involves healthy eating and exercise.

Something to think about come the New Year!

Namaste

Dani

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References:

D-Limonene: Safety and Clinical Applications Jidong Sun, PhD Alternative Medicine Review Volume 12, Number 3 2007

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23665426

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/flavonoids#biological_activity

Morton, J. 1987. Grapefruit. p. 152–158. In: Fruits of warm climates. Julia F. Morton, Miami, FL.

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/potassium

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/peppermint

“Food and Chemical Toxicology”; Composition, antimicrobial activity and in vitro cytotoxicity of essential oil from Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume (Lauraceae); M. Unlu et al.; Sept. 7, 2010

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