Essential Oils for IBS
There is evidence that essential oils were used as early as 3000-2500 B.C. Aromatic extracts for beauty care, culinary uses, spiritual and well-being is commonly credited to the Egyptians during this time, but uses of essential oils are also traced back to India and China during this time. Egypt, Greece, India, Rome, China and Europe have all been known in history for using essential oils for health benefits.
Essential oils for IBS
Essential oils are used today all around the world for health benefits, beauty treatments, culinary uses, household cleaning, and much more. I have used essential oils for many years, and I am passionate about their effectiveness for chronic illness sufferers.
Peppermint and lavender oil
The first essential oils that I tried were lavender and peppermint oil. I would use lavender oil every night for relaxation to relieve stress, and peppermint oil specifically for my IBS. I would just rub the lavender oil behind my ears, and sprinkle a few drops on my pillow. For the peppermint oil, I mix with almond oil, which serves as a carrier oil, and rub the mixture on the soles of my feet for reflexology. I use three to four drops of pure peppermint oil, and two parts of almond oil. Check out this reflexology chart to find out where the meridian points are for your stomach on your foot. There are also meridian points on your hand for your stomach, so you can rub the extra oil into your hands. This practice has been so good for my digestion!
Other essential oils
My new favorite essential oil for IBS is "Digetzen" by Doterra. According to the Doterra website, “DigestZen is a wonderful companion to aid in the digestion of food, soothe occasional upset stomachs, and reduce uncomfortable gas and bloating.” It is also known as Doterra’s “Tummy Tamer.” This unique Doterra blend contains Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander, which is intended to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and indigestion, while Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway can aid with digestion and can even help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract. DigestZen has worked wonders for my gas pain and bloating for IBS! I rub three to four drops of the blend onto my stomach, or on the meridian points for my stomach. You can also use DigestZen in an oil diffuser, or mix it in your drinking water.
Another essential oil that I have started to use is frankincense. I've noticed that when I put frankincense oil into my oil diffuser, I feel a sense of peace, relaxation, and satisfaction. With stress being a big trigger for my IBS, this works wonders! I have also experimented with frankincense oil topically by rubbing it on my lower stomach to relieve gas and constipation, and have noticed relief from stomach discomfort in doing so. Pure frankincense oil is a little pricey, but in my opinion, it's totally worth giving it a shot to see if it has the same benefits for you as it does for me! It’s known as the “King of Oils” for a reason!
Have you used essential oils for the relief of your IBS? What about for other chronic illnesses? Have you noticed a relief of symptoms? We would love to hear how essential oils have worked for you!
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