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Monday, February 6, 2012

Essential Oils for Digestive Ailments- Part 1 of 5

Learn which essential oils used during a bodywork session can help alleviate many of the most common digestive complaints.

Almost 100 million people in North America are estimated to have recurrent, long-term, gastrointestinal symptoms. Of those people, over 80 million suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a diagnosis typically given when no other well-defined digestive disease can be found. Unfortunately, IBS often has a limited response to medication. The most common digestive symptoms include:
· Abdominal pain
· Abdominal distention with excessive gas
· Constipation
· Diarrhea
· Heartburn
The center of our body's food processing, nutrient absorption, hormone manufacture and waste elimination, the digestive system can produce many discomforts that may be eased by aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy uses highly concentrated essential oils extracted from plants to stimulate the healing process and to treat symptoms of illness. Applied topically on its own or in a blend, essential oils can ease cramps, gas, bloating, heartburn, indigestion, stomach pain and elimination difficulties. Because they are very potent, only a drop or two is needed to achieve results.

One beneficial essential oil  for treating digestive problems is:
· Peppermint - one of the most well-known herbs for the digestive system, peppermint's cooling and soothing properties categorizes it as an anti-inflammatory oil. For centuries peppermint has been used to  relieve colic, gas, headaches, heartburn and indigestion. Its properties include: analgesic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anstiseptic antiviral and antispasmodic.

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