Essential Oils for Constipation SupportThis combination of #essentialoils supports your body naturally to find #balance when experiencing #constipation. Click To Tweet
Constipation is a condition characterized by infrequent or difficult bowel movements. A person is considered constipated if he or she has fewer than three bowel movements a week or if the stools are hard and difficult to expel. Common causes of constipation include lack of fiber, dehydration, ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement, depression, medications, large dairy intake, stress and abuse of laxatives. (Source (affiliate link): Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils 9th Edition)
When my son had surgery he was prescribed medication by the surgeon for pain management during his aftercare. While this was very much needed for diminishing the pain associated with the operation site, it caused an imbalance in his digestive system and he became constipated for two days. Yuck! So, I turned to my trusty Modern Essentials reference manual for some essential oil support as well as some konjac root to help his body ease its way back into alignment of a balanced digestive state. Here is the what I used:
Simple Solutions – Constipation Recipe
Combine one drop each of rosemary, lemon and peppermint essential oil
Mix with one tsp. (5 ml) of fractionated coconut oil
Massage gently onto stomach and back.
Additionally, two drops of Digestive Blend essential oil were added. The mixture was applied two times over the course of four hours to the bottoms of the feet, stomach and lower back.
I am happy to report that this process helped to support my son’s digestive system as it was coming back into balance from a natural wellness perspective.
Why These Oils?
Scientific Name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Parts Used: Leaves
Geographic Distribution: Cultivated worldwide in warm climates although native to the Mediterranean region
Uses: Rosemary contains volatile oils (including borneol, camphene, camphor, cineole, limonene, and linalool) which are responsible for its strong aroma; flavonoids; diterpenes; triterpenes; rosmaricine; rosmarinic acid; vitamin A (beta-carotene); vitamin C; and minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc (Hoffman, 2003; Holmes, 1997; Foster, 1993). Rosemary is a well-known digestive tonic, antispasmodic, carminative, and cholagogue. It helps to relax and tone the stomach and is especially good for digestive upset resulting from mental tension, anxiety, and worry (Hoffman, 2003) due to its nervine action.
Scientific Name: Citrus Limon
Parts Used: rind (peel)
Distribution: Grown in warm climates all over the world although native to Asia
Uses: Blood purifier, improves the body’s ability to expel toxins, useful for skin problems like acne and boils, rich in vitamin B and C, antifungal, antacid, antiseptic, aids digestion, one of the most powerful natural styptics; use on cuts and grazes to stop bleeding, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Lemons are excellent for halting the progression of infections, controls bladder and kidney infections (Source (affiliate link): Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies)
Scientific Name: Mentha piperita
Parts Used: leaves
Distribution: widespread although native to Eurasia
Uses: Peppermint is a well-known digestive, antispasmodic, and carminative and is helpful for digestive disorders associated with pain and spasm, from gas and colic and cramps to diarrhea, due to its stimulating action on the digestive organs and its ability to relax tension. The bitters in peppermint help tone and cleanse the liver (McIntyre, 1996).
Scientific Name: None
Parts Used: This blend of essential oils is infused with Ginger, Fennel, Coriander, Tarragon, Anise, Caraway, and Peppermint essential oils, which combine together to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract, and aid in digestion.* (Source)
Uses: Digestive Blend is well known for its ability to aid in digestion, soothe occasional stomach upset, and maintain overall digestive health when taken internally.* (Source)
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Get These Oils
I only use one kind of essential oil when I work with my family and clients to support the body with herbal remedies. You can get the same high quality, therapeutic grade oils through me. These oils can be used aromatically, internally and topically – they are that high quality. Of course you can buy them at retail price, but most people find that the wholesale option is a better fit for their family’s budget.
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