What is Young Living Slique Essence?
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Can you use essential oils for weight loss?
A lot of essential oils and the people who sell them are popping up on social media these days. I fully believe that essential oils can legitimately help with things like stress and sleep, and I love tea tree oil for its antiseptic qualities. I even use it on mosquito bites to kill the itch.
Putting tea tree oil on a bite is one thing, but can you lose weight using essential oils? A few companies are saying yes.
Because I bristle at the thought of consumers being misled about their diets, I’m taking a deep dive into the claims and the ahem research behind essential oils and weight loss. Let’s go!
Let’s look at the research for oils and weight loss.
This is a really short section, because there isn’t any research proving that essential oils help, directly or indirectly, with weight loss. Wow, that was easy!
A fairly recent, poorly done study, showed that smelling certain scents can take away cravings, but this isn’t that convincing and certainly the effects beyond 6 months are unknown. So, moving on!
I have to let you know that the FDA considers essential oils to be a cosmetic, and therefore oils are not regulated. We have lots of people selling them in MLM schemes and making claims about them that are not only false, they’re ridiculous.
A company that claims that their essential oils can cure cancer, alzheimers, and ebola (seriously?) is clearly so far off the mark, it makes me wonder what sorts of (reckless, money-hungry) people are behind the marketing of these products. Thankfully, the FDA has stepped in and warned companies making these claims (see below) that this is not okay. As of now, unfortunately nothing cures cancer or any other of those diseases, and the government isn’t hiding cures from us so please don’t write me emails with your conspiracy theories about Big Pharma, okay? It’s irresponsible and disgusting to prey on vulnerable people in their time of need just so you can make a buck, but sadly I see this often from supplement companies and the like.
It’s also maddening that many people who sell these oils and other supplements by MLM (or in stores, too) are regurgitating the companies’ shitty health claims about the products as though they’re fact. The truth is that these companies aren’t compelled to back up their claims with any legitimate research. Rat studies, small studies, crappy studies, none of them prove efficacy beyond a doubt. In other words, ‘evidence based’ to me at least, means using GOOD evidence to prove something. And for essential oils and weight loss, there is none.
There’s nothing wrong with saying that the effects of something are unproven. That would be the honest way of doing things, and seriously – a lot of healthcare is based on anecdotal evidence. My issue lies with the untruthful, twisted way these companies present facts. Bad, bad, bad.
Where do I start. I’ve chosen two well-known essential oil companies and one Dr. Josh Axe (because one is enough, and his claims echo most of the claims made by other ‘healthcare professionals’), who actually is not a medical doctor but a ‘certified doctor of natural medicine’. Is that supposed to confuse people? This title doesn’t mean he can’t dispense relevant advice, but he is well-known in the (reputable, evidence-based) nutrition community for his (disreputable, based in complete nonsense) nutrition advice. Dr. Axe is a huge pusher of essential oils.
Remember that no matter how many celebrities someone has worked with, celebrities are frequently the ones on the craziest, most absurd diets – so the fact that Dr. Axe has worked with famous people isn’t a real big deal for me. It shouldn’t be for you, either.
Dr. Axe claims that you can lose weight using three essential oils: grapefruit, cinnamon, and ginger.
He claims (and my comments are italicized):
Grapefruit essential oil actually works with your body in activating enzymes that help your body break down brown body fat. (This claim makes me laugh out loud, because science says that brown fat HELPS us lose weight. Why would be want to break it down? Dr. Axe himself wrote a blog post about the benefits of increasing your brown fat. #FAIL, Dr. Axe, you can’t even keep track of your own absurdity!!)
He goes on to say:
Grapefruit essential oil is the number one oil that can help your body in burning fat and losing weight because of how it activates enzymes in your saliva, which helps break down body fat in your body.
Enzymes in your saliva help break down carbohydrates, not fat. Lingual lipase in your saliva breaks down fats in food, but it’s not significantly present as you age, say, beyond childhood. No enzymes in your saliva break down body fat ‘in your body’ (sigh) at all. None, zero, zip.
Cinnamon oil helps balance blood sugar, which long-term will help with weight loss and help reduce those cravings for sugar. Unstable blood sugar can lead to overeating, low energy and weight gain, but adding cinnamon oil to fruit, tea, oats, baked goods or smoothies helps slow the rate at which glucose is released into the blood.
Cinnamon has been shown to improve blood sugar, but it can also be toxic in the doses needed to do so. The effective dose of cinnamon is between 1-6 grams daily. I have an idea. Why not stop eating the baked goods and smoothies he recommends you put cinnamon oil into? That will help your blood sugar, too.
Gingerols have been scientifically proven to reduce disease-causing inflammation in your intestines and overall improve absorption of the vitamins and minerals you’re consuming. If you’re absorbing more vitamins and minerals, then you’re helping to support your body’s cellular energy and create weight loss.
How in the world can the improved absorption of vitamins and minerals due to the consumption of ginger that reduces inflammation cause better cellular energy and create weight loss? Did you follow that, because this claim is incredibly far-fetched. And what is ‘cellular energy’? Ginger has minor anti-inflammatory effects, but this was determined by a short, small study. And, the dosage that was used was 2 grams a day in an unspecified form.
Dr. Axe instructs users to put a single drop of each oil into water and drink it, or diffuse them into the air. He also recommends that you use a carrier oil like coconut oil, which ‘has a great scent. It will activate parts of your body that will actually support weight loss.’ What? What does that even mean? What ‘parts of your body’?
I just can’t, Dr. Axe. Why are you peddling bullshit like this? Nothing you eat or take burns fat. Nothing you rub onto your body burns fat. Nothing you diffuse into the air burns fat or helps you lose weight in any way. That doesn’t even sound close to okay.
I’m done with you, Dr. Axe.
Next we have Young Living, one of the essential oil companies that was making the claims I mentioned above. This company has its ‘Slique’ line (sounds like a personal lubricant, but I digress) that is sold as a weight loss aid.
The Slique essence oil ($34.21 for 15ml, which is one tablespoon FYI) contains grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, spearmint, and ocotea, sweetened with stevia. Young Living states that the ingredients work together to help control hunger (with a big asterisk after that claim, indicating that it hasn’t been regulated by the FDA). The company also states that the taste of the product can control hunger.
Just drink a few drops in water as many times a day as you want and you’re all set!
As with so many of the products I review, I don’t have an issue with the actual safety of this one. If you want to spend almost $40 of a tablespoon of oil and you think it’s effective, go right ahead. It’s the claims that the company is making that I find deceitful. There is nothing at all correct about the assertion that these particular oils work together to help with weight loss. And if you’re hungry, truly hungry, a few drops of flavoured oils with stevia will not cure that.
Doterra is another company that uses MLM to sell oils. They also were warned by the FDA for making outrageous claims about how its products cure diseases. Jeesh, come on, people! How can you make these claims in good faith?
Doterra has its ‘Slim and Sassy’ line, (again, a totally cheezy name for a weight management supplement! WTH!) with the Slim and Sassy Metabolic Blend oil. A combination of grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger, and cinnamon, the company claims it can promote a healthy metabolism, and curb hunger. The company instructs people to use this oil in a diffuser, dilute four drops in water, or rub it onto skin.
Again, how in the world can diffused oil help people lose weight? And what about this oil helps metabolism? How does rubbing oil onto your skin help hunger cravings?
Just because someone works with celebrities doesn’t make them the last word in diets.
There is zero credible research that shows that essential oils can help with weight loss. All of the claims that these companies seems to be making use twisted and/or far-fetched logic to convince you that something good’s going on here, but really, it’s not.
Nothing diffused into the air, rubbed into your skin, or taken drop by drop in water is going to make you lose weight.
People with the word ‘doctor’ in their names aren’t necessarily medical doctors – and even medical doctors can deliver unreliable nutrition advice.
Clearly, people are getting away with making all sorts of bullshit claims that don’t even make sense physiologically.
So be skeptical. If something seems weird, it most certainly is.
Most of these oils are fine (they probably don’t work for weight loss, but if you want to use them, go right ahead), but you’ll want to check with your pharmacist or a reputable source to ensure that they don’t present an issue for you in terms of medication or health interactions.
Want to sleep better? Lavender oil might help. But to lose weight, you’ll need more than essential oils and false claims. Scam.
First off, Young Living Slique Essence is a dietary supplement. The product promotes weight-loss by suppressing appetite and improving digestion. The ingredients used in this supplement are grapefruit essential oils, stevia extract, tangerine, spearmint, and lemon essential oils and ocotea.
Young Living, founded in 1993, is the company behind Young Living Slique Essence. The official website and trusted retailers sell the supplement. We like the family-based business and the trusted name. Are there benefits to essential oils, we’ll find out, but read on…
The first issue tackled related to the taste of some Young Living Slique Essence ingredients. “There are benefits to using essential oils,” said our Research Editor. “But, it may be an acquired taste for some.”
“Thought that this would taste good, but it doesn’t,” commented a customer
“Doesn’t taste good…maybe use in addition to water flavorings, I don’t know,” offered another.