Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Essential Oils and Flatulence (Intestinal Gas)

Application ideas:
Dilute oil of choice as recommend and apply to large intestine, stomach, abdomen or feet.

Flatulence is a common problem affecting most anyone at one time or another.  It can be embarrassing and painful at times. It can be caused by many different things, including but not limited to, food allergies, swallowing too much air, or even disease.  If you suffer from chronic flatulence it is best to consult with a licensed physician to rule out any chronic issues. 

Cutting down on cellulose and starchy foods such as potatoes, wheat, peas, onions and carrots can help.  After your meal you can sip a glass of hot water with a pinch of bicarbonate of soda and 1 drop of either peppermint or spearmint essential oil.  (Worwood, 298)

If you are experiencing pain, a good recipe is 2 drops cardamom and 3 drops peppermint mixed in 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.  Massage this mixture over the whole abdomen in a clockwise direction. 

Excess gas can also occur after a course of antibiotics because they kill off large quantities of helpful organisms living in the intestines, as well as the harmful ones for which the antibiotics were prescribed.  One way to help replace the helpful organisms is to eat yogurt and take probiotics.  Using essential oils diluted and rubbed in a clockwise rotation on the abdomen can help ease the intestines until the helpful flora has been re-established.  Suitable oils would be Bergamot, Black Pepper, Camomile, Fennel, Lavender or Marjoram. (Davis, 122)

Intestinal Gas Massage Blend
1 tsp (5ml) grapeseed or sweet almond oil
Mix thoroughly in a glass jar.  Massage abdomen in a clockwise direction. (Purchon, 218)

One of our favorite blends to use is Tummy Troubles mixed with carrier oil and massaged on the abdomen in a clockwise direction. 

Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy an A-Z. (2000), p. 122
Purchon, Nerys & Cantele, Lora. The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness. (2014). p. 218
Worwood, Valerie. The complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. (1991). p. 298