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Last week I joined a small group of folks who were interested in supporting and encouraging each other (and even engaging in a friendly competition) as we work on our weight loss goals over the next 12 weeks. I have 25 pounds of baby weight still hanging out with me, even though my “baby” is about to turn 2. I need some serious encouragement to help me get moving. And I need a little help, too!
You guys know that I’m really getting into essential oils (they are kicking my allergies to the curb and preventing my snoring!). So I heard about folks using a combination of oils as a natural weight loss aide, and thought now was a good time to try it. The only problem is that you have to actually make the capsules yourself. That’s a little bit of a pain in the rear, but thanks to Amazon (shout out, Prime!) I had everything I needed on hand within 2 days.
After week 1 in the group, I had improved on my water drinking (I used to drink 0-1 glasses/day…yikes. Now I drink 2-3 glasses a day…progress!). And I had REALLY good intentions of getting to the gym and of counting my calories. Neither of those things happened, though I did notice that I wasn’t snacking as much. I wish I could credit my awesome discipline, but I have no discipline when it comes to snacking. I’m a grazer, people. It’s what I do.
I DO give credit to these pills, though, which I take once a day, just after breakfast. They successfully curbed my cravings throughout the day, causing me to not want to snack as much. You guys, this is not a normal feeling for me! I couldn’t believe it worked! But given the fact that I didn’t do any exercising and that I didn’t watch my calories carefully, I still didn’t expect to drop much, if any, weight. Maybe a pound?
At my second weigh-in, exactly 1 week after I started, I was down 6 pounds.
SIX!!!! That’s not even fair! I never broke a sweat! I’m in third place in the entire group behind someone who was sick and suspects that might have something to do with the numbers, and a woman who worked out faithfully all week. Me? I remembered to take my pill and drink a glass of water.
Now, I’m not an advocate of weight loss that doesn’t come with a change in lifestyle. So I’m still planning on getting to the gym. In fact, I’m more motivated now than ever because I had a win right out of the gate.
Interested in trying it for yourself? I documented exactly how I put them together so you can learn and do it yourself!
How to Mix the Weight Loss Trio
Ingredients You Will Need
- Lemon essential oil
- Grapefruit essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil
- 1/2 Oz Amber Glass Bottle with Glass Eye Dropper. I bought the 2 ounce size (too big!). Go for 1/2 ounce or 1 ounce.
- Stainless steel mini funnel
- organic coconut oil
- Veg-Capsules Double “00″ Empty Capsules
Ok, got all of your materials? Let’s get started!
The ratio of coconut oil to each essential oil is 2:1. So for every drop of essential oil, you need 2 drops of coconut oil. One capsule needs 2 drops of lemon, 2 drops of grapefruit, 2 drops of peppermint and 12 drops of coconut oil. If you were to make every capsule by measuring out each oil, you would want to hurt someone. Let me show you an easier way!
Since I already knew the ratio of essential oils to coconut oil, I started measuring by glass dropper fulls of oils. In a small glass container I added 2 dropper fulls of lemon, 2 of peppermint, and two of grapefruit (and a dropper full for me is when you put the glass dropper into the essential oil container with the top of the dropper squeezed, then let go so that it naturally fills…that point at which it fills on its own is 1 dropper full. Make sense?).
Now that your essential oils are all combined, it’s time to put them together in the amber vial. I didn’t make very much since I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not, but next time I will make a large amount so that I have my essential oil blend ready any time I want to make a new batch!
The next step is to heat your coconut oil in a glass container in the microwave. It heats fast, so it won’t take long. No need to measure right now; we’ll do that when we add it. Here’s what melted coconut oil looks like:
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, and that is why I did not add it to the essential oils blend that I put in the amber vial.
Now it is time to fill the capsules! Remove the small end of the capsule, and take the glass dropper and fill it with your essential oils blend. Each capsule should have 6 total drops of essential oils added. Then take another glass dropper (you likely bought a set of vials…just borrow one) and fill it with coconut oil. Each capsule should have 12 drops of coconut oil added.
I was able to make 25 pills with this amount of essential oils. I put the capsules in the freezer. I don’t fear them going bad, as essential oils (other than citrus) don’t go rancid, and even that takes a long time. It was more about safe keeping. Also? I think they go down easy when they are cold! But maybe that’s just me…
How to Order The Weight Loss Trio
I can only speak to the effectiveness of Young Living Essential Oils. That is what I choose for my family, so that is what I recommend for you to use! Lemon and peppermint essential oils both come in the premium starter kit, which I talk about in detail here. It is the VERY best value in the entire catalog, and purchasing gives you automatic wholesale customer status, which means you can order anything else for a 24% discount (now, later, whenever!). The grapefruit oil is not in the kit, but if you have a wholesale member discount, you can get it for $16.75 plus tax and shipping.
If you aren’t ready to commit to the premium starter kit, I do offer folks new to Young Living the opportunity to try it out by joining in on the order I place for myself once a month. You can take advantage of my wholesale member discount, and even save a bit on shipping. The downside is that it will take a bit longer to get to you as it will ship to me first, and then come to you later. But I can order all 3 oils you need for $49.50 plus tax and shipping. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want in on my monthly order, or if you need help getting signed up as a wholesale member!
Before I Commit, How Expensive Is It Per Pill?
So glad you asked! I’m not a big math person, except for when it comes to figuring out how much stuff costs, and then I whip out the calculator with glee! $49.50 gets you 3 bottles of oils that each contain 300 drops of oil. Each capsule requires 2 drops of each oil. So you have enough oils in each container for 150 days of weight loss pills, which is 5 months! This breaks down to just .33/day. $49.50 for a natural, drug-free weight loss aid that will last for 5 months?! That’s AMAZING!!!
Want to Read More Oil Info?
I’ve done several posts on my oil journey, so feel free to grab a cup of coffee and do a little reading! And email me at email@example.com if you have any questions at all. I’m here to help!