Discovering Digestive Health: Aromatherapy Remedies
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils that can benefit digestive disorders, not only therapeutically but can work as a psychological de-stressor, as well! Suggested essential oils for digestive disorders include:
Cinnamon: German health authorities (Commission E) approve cinnamon bark oil for mild gastro-intestinal spasms, stimulating appetite and relieving indigestion. It is used in flatulent dyspepsia, dyspepsia with nausea, intestinal colic and digestive disorders associated with cold conditions. It relieves nausea and vomiting, and is particularly useful for infantile diarrhea.
Ginger: is a warming oil and supports emotional well-being, as well as calms the digestive system. Also known as an antiseptic, laxative, stimulant and a tonic, it's commonly used for diarrhea, gas, indigestion, morning sickness, nausea, motion sickness, vomiting.
Grapefruit: This wonderful oil has an energizing effect and is said to help with eating disorders. It is rich in linolenic, linoleic and oleic acids and has a astringent and toning effect when applied topically. It is a good detoxifier as it stimulates the lymphatic system helping to rid the body of toxins. It can be used for inhaling the aroma as it will help to reduce the craving for sweet foods and desserts.
Lavender: This calming, soothing essential oil is useful for digestion because it increases the mobility of the intestine. It helps to improve overall digestion, including nausea and gas.
Lemon: This bright and fresh oil helps to stimulate digestion and acts as a natural antibacterial, so it can keep harmful bacteria from growing in the gut.
Marjoram: This fresh, warm, and slightly woody scent is best known for flavoring food. For digestive problems, like constipation, indigestion, and flatulence, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage into the abdomen.
Peppermint: is an anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-viral, antispasmodic and invigorating. It soothes, cools and dilates and can be beneficial for food poisoning, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, gas, bad breath, nausea, motion sickness, infections, gastritis, heartburn, flu and cold, and indigestion.
Rosemary: This oil is often used for indigestion, flautulence and stomach cramps. Rosemary leaves are often added to meat dishes as it helps in digesting meat, especially lamb, beef and pork. As a digestive assistant, it relieves constipation and diarrhea.
Chamomile: Roman chamomile is used for various digestive disorders including indigestion, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, intestinal gas and flatulence due to mental stress.
For Digestive Support
3 drops Ginger
3 drops Peppermint
4 drops Cinnamon
5 drops Chamomile
Blend essential oils in 1 oz of unscented cream or jojoba oil. Massage into abdomen after each meal. This blend of oils can also be used in an inhaler for nausea or car sickness.
Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit
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