Aromatherapy for Digestive Health


...elusive dreamer
Apr 5, 2009
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