Monday, January 11, 2010

Essential Oils - Digestive Blend

Many of you are familiar with some of the benefits of essential oils. Don't know what I'm talking about? I'm sure you have experienced walking into a room where fresh herbs were just chopped or somebody was using a body product that was scented by an essential oil such as lavender. Maybe you have a candle that is naturally scented. True essential oils cost more than artificial fragrances and are actually medicinal.

Essential oils are extracted from plants - generally by pressurized steam. The heat from the steam causes globules of oil in the plant to burst and the oil then evaporates. The  vapor and the steam then pass into a water cooled pipe where the vapors are condensed back to liquids. At this point, the essential oil separates from the water and floats to the top.

Essential oils are very concentrated - a little goes a very long way.
Common use includes placing a few drops in the top of a diffuser. A candle is lit in the bottom of the diffuser and the heat allows the room to be infused with the scent. One combination that I like is ginger and lemongrass. Essential oils are also used as inhalants. For example, using a blend of oils to clear a headache or a stuffy nose. We also use essential oils topically. Lavender is great for burns. Tea tree is an antifungal. Both herbs have many other uses.

In this post I am going to share a recipe for a blend that helps with abdominal pain that is related to gas and digestion. I use equal quantities of each - but I am not familiar with the science behind it. If someone that reads this has any further information to share, please comment.

Digestive Blend:
Tarragon
Ginger
Peppermint
Juniper
Anise
Fennel
Lemongrass
Patchouli

Drop into an empty bottle.
Roll gently to blend - never vigorously shake your essential oils.
Combine a few drops of the blend with a carrier oil - such as sweet almond oil or olive oil.
To use, wet a few fingers with the oil. Massage into the skin in an upward motion starting on the lower right side. Move up until you reach the height of the navel. Move across the navel and down the left side. Rubbing in the right direction is really important. If you rub the wrong way (literally) you will be sending the gas back down, deep into your intestines.
Use this oil when you feel bloated, gassy or constipated. This blend helps to break down gasses and encourages their release. I have used this on babies and adults with tummy aches and have seen great results.
Also, the first time I made this I did not have the Tarragon and Anise. It still worked, but is more effective when all the ingredients are used.

Essential oils can generally be purchased in health food stores or wellness centers. They can also be purchased online. I hope to share other recipes of essential oils and aromatherapy.

As always, I welcome your feedback.

Chana

2 comments:

  1. Chana thank you for posting this I tried it with my 10 week old baby and worked

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  2. Thank you Zev! I appreciate your feedback. I'm glad your baby is feeling better.

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