Essential oils are used in aromatherapy to help with healing and spiritual matters. They use extracts from healing plants, and the scents are produced in a number of ways to be inhaled.
When you dig deeper into the oils available and their different healing properties however there is a huge range of applications and benefits.
In this article I will look at essential oils that help with constipation. A problem that affects a large number of the population in one way or another.
Sometimes it’s just mild symptoms. But for other people constipation is life changing. It bothers them daily, makes them nervous about eating and anxious when out in public.
I have to point out that you cannot ingest essential oils in their pure, undiluted form. There are ways to use oils externally, and internally. But you must always follow instructions carefully to stay safe.
Why Essential Oils Are Better than Home Remedies to Relieve Constipation
You are probably familiar with some of the home remedies used to relieve constipation. Or at least can guess what they revolve around.
They rely on ingesting natural laxatives, or more so foods with laxative effects. This means you eat lots of fruits like dates, prunes and drink apple juice.
These remedies do often work. But they also often come with painful and uncomfortable side effects. Like vomiting, cramping, and pain.
While using essential oils applied externally avoids these kinds of unpleasantness. So if you have suffered in this way before, the information in this article is going to be of great interest to you.
Oils work by relaxing your muscles in your digestive tract slowly. Making bowel movements move along quicker and a lot easier when they happen. While also dealing with the other symptoms such as bloating and trapped gas.
Like with all medicinal practices you should not rely on them often. This is just to be used on occasion. If the problems persist over time, you will need to consult a doctor for some professional advice.
How to Use Essential Oils to Help with Constipation
You should mix carrier oils like coconut oil into a couple of drops of essential oil. The ratio can be around one tablespoon of carrier oil per drop of essential oil.
Then massage the mix into the skin on the abdomen area. You can target areas that relate to the large intensive for greater effect.
You can also take a warm bath adding a few drops of your oil. A lot of people prefer this to the massage as it’s a more soothing and relaxing experience.
Either way, you will feel the constipation lessening within the next few hours. It shouldn’t be painful at all, being a natural solution to your problems.
Essential Oils That Help with Constipation
There are a few oils that help with constipation. I have put together a list below including ten of the best that I know to work.
You may want to choose a certain oil based on your own preference of the fragrance or another reason. This is fine, and exactly why I have given so many to choose from.
Rosemary oil is used in many different remedies designed to sooth digestive problems. It calms muscles and is a mild relaxant.
It has a pleasant aroma and is nice to work with. Also having benefits associated to memory and concentration.
Lemon oil has a lovely, but strong scent. Lemon is known to help cleanse peoples bowels as part of detoxes.
As an oil it’s known as one of the most effective when it comes to resolving constipation. It’s also associated to strengthening the body’s nervous system.
Orange is another citrus oil. Orange is a milder version of the lemon mentioned above. Typically recommended if your constipation isn’t too severe.
It may take longer than other oils, but it’s often preferred as a milder solution. That’s for you to decide.
Peppermint is known to help with a wide range of stomach issues. So it’s no surprise it helps with constipation.
It’s possibly the most common of all oil remedies. It’s also very effective in capsule form.
Rose can be a little sharp on the nose for some, but it’s effectiveness in soothing constipated people is not in question.
It’s a herb based oil and has some great mood lifting properties too. Worth considering if you’ve never tried it.
Basil is used to help with digestive problems and stomach pains. Two things that when combined, make for some uncomfortable times.
So it’s no surprise that it works in this situation pretty well. It has a nice earthy smell, I really like this one.
Fennel is one of the lesser known oils on the list, but it’s very effective. It’s main known use is with digestive health.
Mixed with a little peppermint you have a potent and useful mix. This will get your bowels moving and you feeling better in no time at all.
Ginger, another classic ingredient when it comes to digestive problems. Root ginger is recommended in many forms, and the oil is just as effective.
It’s great at treating nausea and sickness. So if you’re at that stage of sickness, ginger might be the best option.
Black pepper is rich in antioxidants, helps with digestion, and soothes feelings of anxiety. So put a few drops in a bath, kick back and relax.
Good for therapeutic and all-round well being. I’ve used black pepper before and it’s peppery, warm, spicy aroma is always welcome.
Marjoram has been used for centuries to season meat. It lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, and strengthens the nervous system. Pretty powerful.
A couple of drops will help with your constipation. It’s works wonders with digestion and stomach upsets, better for the more severe cases.
These are the most effective essential oils that help with constipation. If you have any other remedies or recipes that help, I would love to hear them.
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I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.