Aromatherapy is a form of natural treatment that can be used for a large number of conditions. The basic medicine in aromatherapy is essential oil. These oils are extracted from plants and then diluted with almond, evening primrose, or soy oils or alcohol. The oils can be inhaled, sprayed in the air, or applied to the skin.
The therapist chooses the most effective essential oil, depending on your condition. There are essential oils for all kinds of conditions, including digestive problems.
The most common essential oils used for digestive problems and their helpful properties are:
Tea tree oil—fights bacterial fungal infections
Thyme oil—relieves joint pain and digestive problems
Black pepper—used for constipation, flatulence, and heartburn
Chamomile—used for digestive problems and indigestion
Ginger—used for indigestion
Use your senses—with candles or fresh food, scents like lemon, coriander, sweet orange, and mint are good choices to whet the appetite and get the digestive juices flowing.
A simple and useful aromatherapy blend for digestion uses fennel. Add three drops of fennel essential oil, three drops of lemon essential oil, and three drops of ginger oil to 30 ml of almond base oil. Fennel oil is known to be useful in reducing abdominal pain and trapped gas.
To use as a massage, five drops of the essential oils (concentrated) are mixed with light base oil. To use the oil, massage it into your lower abdomen in a clockwise direction. This follows the natural direction of your colon. Store the remainder of the oil in a dark glass bottle.
To spray the mixture in the air, add ten drops of the oil to seven tablespoons of water, and add one tablespoon of pure alcohol or vodka for preservation. In the bath, add eight drops of oil in a tub full of water and bathe for as long as you wish. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you’ve never used before. Note: The essential oils are never to be taken internally.