My gym has recently started holding information sessions for doTERRA Essential Oils and I’m always interested in new and magical products. I’m a sucker for a great sales pitch, a marketers dream, really. According to their website, Essential Oils are natural compounds found in seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other various plant parts and have therapeutic benefits for all kinds of ailments and bodily issues. And man, do I have bodily issues. They can be applied in various ways. Aromatically, they stimulate hormones and metabolic processes…aromatherapy. Topically, they absorb easily into the skin and immediately go to work on the applied area. Internally, they can be used as a dietary supplement, although not all essential oils should be ingested (Read beginners guide to essential oils).
Needless to say, I was instantly hooked. I’m constantly looking for a more natural way to medicate. My daughter has severe asthma and takes a daily steroid to control it. I’m pretty sure my son is ADHD, as it’s hereditary and he’s a “behavior concern” at school. I take about billion pills a day, for depression, Adult ADD, birth control, intestinal issues, inflammation, insomnia, etc. I’d love to be able to control all these bodily malfunctions with nature. You know, so I won’t be a mess during the zombie apocalypse. Although, something tells me my out-of-the-box thinking via ADD will come in handy with that one.
I started with a metabolic stimulating blend a week ago. Because obviously, I have priorities. The oil is very, very herbal. The directions say to dilute 4 drops in water and drink but I’ve found that takes too long. So I’ve been putting the drops under my tongue and then chugging water. The blend I’m using is called Slim and Sassy and includes grapefruit peel, lemon peel, ginger root, cinnamon bark, and peppermint plant. And last week I lost 2 lbs. I know what you’re thinking, it’s a fluke. Or it’s a placebo. And it totally could be! One week is not long enough to warrant any significant data. I know, I took statistics in college. When people see me dropping oil in my water, I’m met with a roll of the eyes or a this-poor-kid head shake. I’m not a sucker! It works, dammit!
No, seriously, does it work?
Have you tried herbal/natural remedies or dietary supplements? What do you think, do they work? Do you have any unbiased information for me???
In related news, these are my stats from my final assessment in Body Back. I was pleasantly surprised and pretty damn proud of that 11 minute mile! My weight conveniently got cut out of the picture. Weird.