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IBS and Essential Oils: How Essential Oils Can Treat Your Irritable Bowel Syndro

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IBS and Essential Oils]

by Sandra Willis

 

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1. How to Use This Book

2. Introduction

3. When Should You Seek Help?

4. Foods That Cause IBS

5. IBS Food Diary

6. Foods to Avoid

7. Stress

8. Hormone Changes

9. Who is at Risk of IBS?

10. 10 Facts on Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

11. Incorporating Essential Oils

12. Using Essential Oils

13. The Most Effective Essential Oils for Treating IBS

14. 10 Facts on Essential Oils:

15. BONUS CHAPTER: Powerful and Effective Essential Oil Recipes

16. Digestive System Relief Recipes

17. Stress Relief Recipes

18. Home Cleaning Recipes

19. Conclusion

1. How to Use This Book

 

This book will deliver key information on what IBS is, its effects on the body and your quality of life and how Essential Oils can be used to treat the condition to reduce its symptoms. The book will support you in four separate ways:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. To build knowledge and confidence in how you can best understand IBS. You will also learn how to seek professional medical support for your condition.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Enable you to use a food record to record the triggers to the symptoms of your IBS. Enabling you to identify the foods which can be removed from your diet to improve your chances of beating IBS.

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p<>{color:#000;}. You will also discover food alternatives to help relieve specific symptoms of IBS.

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p<>{color:#000;}. Provide information on what Essential Oils are and which oils to use. You will also discover how to safely use Essential Oils to reduce symptoms and lead to a healthy digestive system.

 

This book may feature more medical and scientific information than you may personally require but it is important to remember that IBS is a complex condition which can be caused by a wide range of factors and leads to symptoms which not only impact on your quality of life but can also lead to more serious health conditions such as cancer.

 

2. Introduction

 

When we consume food it is broken down in our stomach and then passed through our intestines and bowels. When it reaches this part of the body the food is then absorbed and transformed into energy or waste. In normal situations, there is no problem with this process but in many cases our digestive system and gut can grow in sensitivity, making it harder for the gut to digest food and lead to Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A condition which involves regular abdominal cramps, pain, and diarrhea or constipation. Depending on the severity of the IBS it can also cause diseases such as chron’s or ulcerative colitis which are diseases that can lead to developing cancer.

This book will provide key information on how you can treat your IBS and its symptoms by using essential oils to support the bodies immune system to fully combat and overcome Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

 

3. When Should You Seek Help?

 

When it comes to IBS most people will pass it off as a stomach ache, a bout of heartburn or just some annoying gas. They will often come up with excuses to the discomfort being something that they ate too much food or simply the way their body works. The fact is that the longer you go without getting checked out by your doctor the more likely the condition will worsen and in some cases develop into a more serious condition such as cancer.

 

What Causes IBS in the First Place?

 

There is no set rule to this condition and the exact cause of IBS is widely debated. For many of us, the condition is brought on by the foods we consume while other afflictions of the condition can be caused by various medical conditions, drug use or a wide range of other factors. Our digestive system works when we consume food, the food is broken down into our intestines followed by the muscles in the intestine expanding and contracting to move what we eat through our system and into our rectum to be disposed of. When we have IBS these muscles fail to work as they were meant to. In some situations, these muscles will work harder causing severe cramping while in other cases the muscles will not work at all causing food and waste to build up resulting in hard and painful stool and constipation. However, one or more of the following factors are considered contributory factors for IBS:

 

A digestive system that is sensitive to particular foods

 

Suffering from a bacterial infection

 

Suffering from a celiac disease, whereby the lining of the lower intestine is damaged, making it impossible to break down certain foods

 

Increased levels of serotonin, which can cause an interference with regular bowel movement and increase in pain receptors

 

Undertaking a course of antibiotics, the medicine can kill off harmless bacteria’s within the intestine which support the bowel to function

 

Symptoms

 

When it comes to symptoms and signs of IBS they follow the same pattern as a general upset stomach. These symptoms include cramping, bloating, uneasiness, diarrhea, constipation and alternating cycles of these symptoms over a long period of time. For many people with IBS the condition they can be a constant reminder with chronic pain on a daily basis. Seeking professional help from a doctor for medications to help treat the IBS is a wise choice and will play a major role in beating your IBS. But changing your diet, exercising regularly and overall revamping of your lifestyle will be what ultimately gives you long term relief. Now, this may sound like an uphill task but Essential Oils can support you at each and every stage of the journey. Helping to relieve pain, improve the effectiveness of the digestive system and helping to reduce stress and maintain healthy sleep patterns.

 

The full list of symptoms of IBS include:

 

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4. Foods That Cause IBS

 

When it comes to the foods that cause IBS almost any type of food can cause the condition. This can be anything from fresh fruits and vegetables to the sweetest treat you have available to you can cause IBS. The most common foods that seem to increase the symptoms of IBS are alcohol, milk, cauliflower, spices, chocolate, fats, beans, fruits cabbage, broccoli and carbonated beverages. However, one of the most effective methods to ensure that you are not eating foods that increase your condition is to keep a food journal which will contain the foods you are eating, the time of day and any reactions that you experience by consuming them.

 

5. IBS Food Diary

 

An IBS food diary is a critical part of tracking your condition and will enable you to monitor and keep track of the triggers which lead to the discomfort and symptoms of IBS. The information can also be shared with your doctor, providing you both with valuable information which can be used to deliver symptom management and better still, avoiding the triggers which lead to IBS. Enabling you to relieve IBS and to one day eliminate it completely.

 

Writing down what you eat will in time enable you to identify patterns in your symptoms. Identifying what types of foods you eat individually and mix together and the triggers which cause your symptoms. However, your IBS Food Diary must be accurate and detailed, including both the foods and drinks you are consuming and the resulting actions they have on your health. Each snack, cup of coffee and main meal will need to be recorded along with the time and date. If your symptoms do continue without any form of a pattern emerging you will need to start considering the ingredients within your meals. For example, it could be a certain type of milk or fruit which is leading to cramps and discomfort. You will also need to consider what condiments and supplements may be in the food you are consuming. Vinegar, tomato ketchup or sugar sweeteners may be reacting in your digestive system, leading to the symptoms occurring and blighting your daily life. You will also need to record how the food was cooked and prepared, for example, was your dinner baked or fried. Or was frozen or fresh. It is also advisable to record the size of the meal and how quickly you ate it. A large dinner large at night maybe upsetting your stomach or alternatively snacking of small quantities of dried fruits throughout the day may be leading to your illness. It can be the smallest of things which can be causing a disruptive reaction within your digestive system or simply eating a large meal which many of take for granted. In terms of drink carbonated sodas and alcohol are often linked to IBS. Sorbitol, found in some candies and gum can lead to gastrointestinal infections so you may want to take a break from consuming some of the snacks and sweets you consume regularly. Making sure to check the labels or online as to which snacks you are eating feature Sorbitol. Your illness could be relieved by simply stop consuming your favorite treat. Finally, you will need to keep a detailed record of the symptoms you suffer from, the time they were triggered and how long they lasted. The food we consume through our mouths can take a number of hours to reach our digestive system, therefore, it could be your breakfast which is triggering the symptoms you suffer from around lunch time and not, in fact, your lunch. Therefore, you may also want to change the times of day which you eat meals to test which meals, in particular, are triggering your symptoms. Now this level of record keeping may sound like an incredible amount of work, however, the more detail you record within your diary the more capable you will be to resolve your symptoms quicker and enable you to return to a normal life. To help in producing a food diary, it is sensible to purchase a dedicated diary with individual pages for each day and with plenty of space to record as much detail as possible. You may also want to set aside time each day to update your diary, using an alarm either on your phone or watch reminding you to update your diary. However, it is important to use a process which works best for you, suiting your lifestyle to ensure you record as much information as possible.

6. Foods to Avoid

 

There is a range of foods which can trigger IBS which you should priorities on removing from your diet to determine which ones are causing your health to suffer most:

 

Milk

 

Milk contains fat, a key component which leads to diarrhea. Switching to non-fat or low-fat milk can often help to minimize the symptoms of IBS. Suffering from IBS can also lead to becoming lactose intolerant. Resulting in many people to become unable to digest lactose found in milk-based products. Soymilk, yogurt, and cheeses can often be eaten but seeking an alternative to full-fat milk can be a great starting point to treating IBS. However before adopting a milk free diet, it is important that you talk to your doctor about taking on a calcium supplements to replace the calcium supplied by the milk.

 

Fried Foods

 

Fried foods and French Fries, in particular, are sadly staple foods in many people’s diets. Not only are they quick to cook but also feature fats which are often tasty and enjoyable to eat, in some cases the fats used can also be addictive. The high fat content found in fried foods can be particularly hard on the digestive system, therefore, it is important to consume fried foods in moderation. Reducing them to only three meals a week. Grilling and baking your hot foods often provides a much healthier and more stable method of cooking foods. Making them more amiable to the digestive system and reducing the risk of suffering from IBS symptoms.

 

Broccoli

 

Many experts will advise sufferers of IBS to increase their fiber intake, however, a range of vegetables which are rich in fiber can also be powerful at creating gas which leads to swelling and pain within the digestive system. These vegetables are referred to as cruciferous vegetables. Others include cauliflower, garlic, beans, lentils, and onions. Although the fiber found in these foods can reduce symptoms of constipation consuming Broccoli can trigger bloating and excessive build up of gas for most sufferers of IBS. Try avoiding Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables from your diet for a number of weeks to see if removing them eases the symptoms of your IBS. Cabbage is another coniferous vegetable, however, it is a particularly powerful vegetable at causes gas which can lead to inflammation and swelling of the digestive system. If you normally consume these vegetables in large quantities you may want to eliminate just one of them from your diet to determine if an individual vegetable is causing the most pain. If you insist on continuing to eat coniferous vegetables, you may want to try steaming them to see if this helps to reduce symptoms.

 

Peppers

 

For people who suffer from IBS, peppers can be particularly tough for the stomach to digest. They can lead to symptoms of abdominal cramps, excessive gas, constipation, diarrhea and strong bowel movements. You may want to start by eliminating red peppers from your diet first as these are the most powerful and potent peppers. If the symptoms continue you will need to fully remove both green and yellow peppers and record the effects of removing all peppers from your diet.

 

Corn

 

Corn is rich in fiber but is also rich in sugar. Reducing corn from your diet may help to reduce painful bloating. Alternatively, you can switch to processed corn, such as creamed corn. The effects of corn can differ from individual to individual so you may actually see an improvement in your overall health by consuming more corn. However, it is widely regarded to aggravate IBS symptoms.

 

Butter

 

Foods high in fat can cause unpleasant IBS symptoms. Using butter as a cooking ingredient can lead to aggravation of the digestive system. Leading to bloating and cramp. Consuming excessive levels of butter along with gassy vegetables will almost certainly lead to IBS symptoms flaring up. Foods such as soft cheese, hard cheese, milk, cream and ice cream can lead to IBS and should be eliminated from your diet as a priority, enabling you to see if the changes reduce the symptoms of IBS. You can replace these foods with a range of lactose-free dairy foods which should be much healthier for your digestive system to consume.

 

Alcohol

 

Consuming excessive levels of alcohol can destabilize the digestive system, leading to a range of problems including to developing Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Alcohol abuse even for a short period of time can trigger IBS and its symptoms. Triggering long-term effects of the illness along with damage to internal organs which can make recovering from IBS even harder. However, even just one regular drink of alcohol can trigger IBS and it should be eliminated immediately from your diet if you believe it is a trigger of your IBS in any way.

 

Starchy Foods

 

Starches provide the body with energy and should be a core element for every meal. However, the grain can cause irritation to the bowel with some starches can fermenting inside the colon. Leading to a build up of gas, causing bloating and pain. If you suffer from diarrhea or bloating you should approach the use of starch differently:

 

For diarrhea:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Reduce your intake of whole grain foods including cereals, brown bread, wholemeal bread, and whole grain rice. You can replace these foods with white foods including white pasta, white bread, and white rice.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Cereals high in fat can trigger diarrhea, replacing them with low-fat snacks, fried white rice, fruit, and biscuits can help reduce diarrhea.

 

For bloating:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. You should remove undercooked and reheated rice or potato and instead eat fresh rice and pasta. Potato waffles, pasta salads, oven chops and ready made potato foods can also lead to bloating of the digestive system.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Reducing ready meals as much as possible and choosing healthy options as much as possible can also help to relieve bloating.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Wheat consists of fructans which can lead to bloating. A high intake of bread and other wheat foods which are high in fat can also lead to bloating. Pastries and cakes can often trigger symptoms of IBS. The high sugar content can also lead to bloating. Replacing them with fresh rice, rice noodles, and fresh potato can provide foods which reduce the risk of bloating.

7. Stress

 

When it comes to causing flare ups of IBS stress is a major player. It has been scientifically proven that people who suffer from IBS and lead a stressful lifestyle experience more severe reactions to IBS than those who have less stressful lifestyles.

 

Understanding how the mind and body respond when under stressful situations can in some instances provide information to possible causes of IBS, helping both you and your doctor to identify treatments which can help to reduce stress and avoid the symptoms of IBS. For example, you may suffer a heightened level of stress in the morning as you rush to get you and your family out of the house and off to work and school. Resulting in a reaction in the gut which leads to symptoms of IBS developing later on the morning. Therefore, you may want to change your timetable in the hours leading up to when you typically experience stressful situations. Waking up half an hour earlier or preparing in the evening may help to relieve stress and reduce the anxiety some daily events can cause.

 

Stress is felt when an imbalance occurs between the brain, mind, and body. The emotions of stress can be triggered consciously or unconsciously and lead to feelings of distress, anger and anxiety. Emotions and feelings which lead to chronic stress and insomnia. Making it harder for us to manage the symptoms of IBS. The effects of chronic stress can linger for many years with some studies showing that children who experience chronic stress have an increased risk of suffering from serious illness as they grow older.

 

High levels of stress can also lead to people who suffer from IBS to experience an increase in muscle contractions and sensation in the colon. Many symptoms of IBS are triggered by a complex biological reaction between the gut and the brain. This reaction leads to an increase in sensitivity of the digestive system and colon, manifesting itself in a reaction to stress. Identifying the specific stresses and anxieties which trigger your IBS symptoms is an important step in understanding the relationship between the stress you experience and the symptoms of your IBS. Using practical and constructive processes to handling and reducing stress in your life can help treat your IBS. These methods are often focused on strong and effective communication with the people around you and forward planning. Identifying which activities lead to stress and how they can be carried out differently to reduce stress.

8. Hormone Changes

 

It is widely believed by many doctors that women are approximately twice as likely to suffer from IBS than men. One of the main reasons doctors believe this is based on the increased levels of hormones in the female body than men. Since hormones are responsible for many of the changes in our bodies as we mature and IBS being found more commonly in older people keeping our hormones and hormone levels under control can help to treat IBS.

 

Many women notice that the symptoms of IBS are worse leading up to their periods. The reasons why this occurs are not clear, however, it may be reflected by the patterns in hormonal fluctuations towards the end of the cycle. During this stage levels of estrogen are lower whilst levels of progesterone increase before suddenly diving days before menses. Increases in Progesterone often lead to a slowing of the digestive muscles whilst a reduction in a regular level of estrogen is often found in women who suffer from IBS. It is also possible that when the balance between Estrogen and Progesterone is off it can lead to ineffective bowels which reduce pelvic congestion, abdominal distention, and cramping.

9. Who is at Risk of IBS?

 

When it comes to contracting IBS there are no set criteria in which it can occur. In general, though the condition appears in people as early as forty-five years of age and commonly affects females more often than males. However males who experience IBS often have a history in the family of suffering from the condition. Males with a history of mental illness are also more prone to suffer from IBS.

 

People who are most likely to suffer from IBS are those who suffer from increased anxiety, depression, and personality disorders which make it difficult to interact with others. People with a history of domestic abuse, childhood abuse, or traumas are also at higher risk.

 

When it comes to the influence family history plays with contracting IBS many of the risks involved are commonly related to genes and other related factors in a family’s environment such as highly stressful lifestyles, depression, and anxiety.

 

Other Side Effects

 

Having an upset stomach and intestinal pain may only be the first signs of serious IBS illness. Sadly for many people suffering from IBS the condition can lead to a wide range of side effects which can further disrupt the patient’s lifestyle and quality of life:

 

The first condition is often malnutrition. People who suffer from IBS may start to avoid foods that they feel are causing the symptoms. Avoiding foods such as milk, cheese, meats, and vegetables can soon cause our bodies to become deficient in vital vitamins and minerals the digestive system needs to function effectively. As a result, we may become sick or weaker, reducing the bodies immune systems capacity to overcome the symptoms to IBS. Malnutrition can also lead to unintentional weight loss, along with muscle weakness, exhaustion, low mood and morale, and an increase in illnesses or infections such as common colds and coughs.

 

The next condition that patients be prone to is hemorrhoids. This condition leads to an extreme difficulty sitting down and extreme levels of discomfort. When hemorrhoids burst patients can experience even more pain along with severe bleeding. Using a hemorrhoid cream and other medications may ease the initial suffering but the primary condition will still remain in place.

 

Increase Your Intake of Fiber

 

One of the most powerful aspects of fiber is that as humans we can not digest fiber. So if this is the case why would we want to eat foods that have high fiber content? Well, the fact is that fiber helps us with our digestion. Fiber is the carrier that helps move the foods along our digestive tract more smoothly. When we add fiber to our diet we are helping the muscles within our body which in turn removes the severity of IBS.

 

Increasing fiber intake can help to relieve a range of symptoms of IBS, however, the type of fiber which form parts of your diet should be linked to the symptoms you are suffering from. Fiber within the body is similar to a switch in relation to IBS. Soluble fiber reduces the speed at which digestive tract works, helping to reduce diarrhea. Insoluble fiber often has the reverse effect of increasing the speed at which the digestive tract operates, helping to alleviate constipation.

 

Soluble fiber absorbs water, helping to remove excess fluid which helps to reduce diarrhea. Increasing your intake of soluble fiber-rich vegetables and fruits, such as strawberries, oranges, cucumbers, blueberries and carrots can help to treat diarrhea. Some doctors may also recommend food supplements featuring psyllium, which provides soluble vegetable fiber. However whole foods rich in fiber can also deliver additional health benefits which increase the bodies energy levels.

 

However, insoluble fiber does not dissolve and remains intact as it passes through the digestive system. This form of fiber delivers a powerful laxative, helping IBS patients to treat constipation. Insoluble vegetables rich in fiber such as grapes and zucchini can be used to increase the intake of insoluble fibers. Bread and whole grains, brown rice, rolled oats and cereals can also provide excellent sources of insoluble fiber. Dietary fiber can increase the effectiveness of the digestive system. However, within the first few days of increasing your intake of fiber can lead to bloating.

 

To introduce fiber into your daily food intake, you should aim to consume 2 cups of high-fiber vegetables and fruit. You should also aim to change refined grain foods with whole grain foods. Replacing refined cereals, white bread and white rice with bran, grain bread, whole grain cereals, oatmeal and brown rice.

 

When comes to increasing your fiber intake is vital that you ensure to use the form of fiber, either soluble or insoluble fiber. Using the right type of fiber can play a crucial role in improving your health and irradiating IBS completely.

 

Using Antidiarrheal Medications

 

When you take antidiarrheal medications you are helping to fight off some of the key symptoms associated with IBS. When taking antidiarrheal medication, it is important not to overdose on the number of tablets you are taking, ensuring that you following the packets directions closely. There are two forms of antidiarrheal medications. One which thickens the stool and a second which reduces intestinal spasms.

 

Thickening medications absorb water and fluid. This adds bulk to the stool and reduces diarrhea.

 

Antispasmodic medications calm the intestinal muscles to reduce spasms. Loperamide used in Imodium is one example which can be used to calm the stomach.

 

Some medications contain a mixture of the two properties, both thickening the stool and reducing intestinal spasms.

 

Antidiarrheal medications should only be used if you have diarrhea for more than 5 hours. They should be avoided if you have a high fever or bloody diarrhea. It is, however, important to remember that Antidiarrheals will not provide a long-term solution to IBS and you should stop taking the medication once the diarrhea symptoms improve. If a child taking this medication develops nausea and vomiting you should call your doctor. These symptoms could be Reye Syndrome, a serious illness which can lead to liver and brain damage.

10. 10 Facts on Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. The real reasons which cause IBS are still unknown

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Individuals can react to foods differently

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Gassy foods and carbonated drinks are common triggers to causing IBS

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Foods high in calories and sugar can trigger IBS

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Increasing your intake of fiber can help treat IBS

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Changes in hormones can trigger IBS

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Prescription drugs can kill helpful bacteria which help the intestines to function

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Keeping a detailed record of food intake is vital in helping to combat IBS

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Using food alternatives can help to avoid specific symptoms of IBS

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Fully recovering from IBS can take a number of years to achieve

11. Incorporating Essential Oils

 

For many people using pharmaceutical drugs can create more problems than they solve. In some cases, drugs can actually trigger IBS by killing off useful bacteria found in the stomach. For this reason, many people are looking for natural alternatives to help treat their digestive problems. One surprisingly simple and effective method is to use Essential Oils.

 

What are Essential Oils?

 

Essential Oils are the life’s blood of a plant. They are what provide plants with their strength and immune system, enabling them to fight plant diseases and insect infestations, along with providing their strong aromas. When these oils are harvested and absorbed by our bodies they have been shown to increase healing, reduce stress, boost energy, regenerate body cells, increase blood circulation, kill germs and bacteria’s and have an overall calming effect on our entire system.

 

One of the major flare ups of IBS is stress. When we suffer from stress we begin to produce hormones and chemicals in our body that attack our immune, lowering our energy levels making the symptoms of IBS worse. Using Lavender Essential Oil in the form of aromatherapy, spraying a thin layer on a pillow and taking a nap or just opening the bottle and inhaling the aroma will help to relax the mind and relieve the symptoms of IBS.

 

You can also add Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang and Sweet Marjoram to your Essential Oil routine. Experimenting with oils is one of the most effective methods of discovering what works best for you and delivers relief to your IBS symptoms. However one of the key concepts of Essential Oils is that a small amount goes a long way, the mini-microbes found in Essential Oils are incredibly powerful and potent so only a few drops are needed to deliver their properties.

12. Using Essential Oils

 

Essential Oils can be absorbed either topically by applying them to the skin using a Carrier Oil or inhaled using aromatherapy or personal inhalation.

 

Topically

 

Applying Essential Oils directly to the skin in an undiluted form can overdose the bloodstream and poison the body or in some instances burn the skin. However diluting Essential Oils with a Carrier Oil such as Jojoba or Shea Butter makes Essential Oils safe to use. The concept of Carrier Oils is to 'carry' Essential Oils to the skin safely. When creating a blend to apply to the skin the Essential Oil should not exceed more than 5% of the total blend, therefore, the blend you use should be almost completely made up of a Carrier Oil. A blend can be applied to the skin either using a massage which covers a large area of the body or a rub which focuses on a specific area of the body. If you are using an all over massage, the dosage of Essential Oil should be even lower, making up just 2% of the total blend. Carrier Oils also have a shelf life of around 12 months before they begin to turn rancid. Essential Oils, however, have a typical shelf life of several years. Both oils should be stored in cool conditions such as bathroom cabinet. They should also be stored in dark brown glass bottles with an airtight cap to help prevent the liquid from oxidizing.

 

13. The Most Effective Essential Oils for Treating IBS

 

One of the many great things about Essential Oils is that there are hundreds to choose from, each with their own unique range of properties and benefits. However the following Oils will provide the most effective natural oils for directly treating IBS and its symptoms:

 

Thieves

 

Thieves contains a mixture of powerful properties which soothe the stomach quickly and efficiently. Thieves features a range of oils including clove, cinnamon, rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus. Oils which provide some of the most powerful antibacterial and antifungal healing properties available. Clove is also one of the most potent herbs available, rich in antioxidants and calming properties, Clove will assist the body to flush out toxins whilst calming and relaxing stomach muscles.

 

 

Peppermint

 

Peppermint is considered the most powerful Essential Oil at treating digestive ailments and supporting the small intestines ability to break down food and manage waste. One of the most simple and effective methods to use peppermint is to burn the oil in a diffuser. The aroma will help to calm nausea and relax the stomachs digestive system. You can also add a few drops to a Carrier Oil to create a massage oil or isolated rub which will enable the body to absorb the mini-microbes directly into the bloodstream. Using Peppermint as a massage oil also enables the active ingredients to reach the colon where it will be most effective.

 

Ginger

 

Ginger provides a powerful resource for treating a range of digestive ailments including nausea, indigestion and bloating along with reducing stress and headaches. Ginger also features a powerful ingredient called serotonin antagonist which features an antiseptic effect on the intestines that will ease digestion pains and increase the stomach’s gastric mobility.

 

Lavender

 

Lavender features an incredibly diverse range of properties and can be used to treat a variety of ailments. Properties such as antioxidants will flush out toxins from the body whilst its soothing aroma will relax the mind helping to improve sleep and avoid muscle tension. Helping to restore energy levels and enable the lower intestine to process your food intake more efficiently.

 

Remaining calm and avoiding stress plays an important role in avoiding the symptoms of IBS. When you are calm your body can digest foods more effectively, reducing muscle spasms and stomach cramps.

 

When it comes to using lavender you can either inhale the aroma using a diffuser to heat the oil or to add a few drops to a personal inhaler. You can also mix Lavender with a Carrier Oil and rub it into your feet, chest and shoulders. Alternatively, you can simply add a few drops to a spray bottle and mist the air which will help spread the Lavenders rich aroma into fabrics and clothing.

 

Oregano

 

Oregano is commonly used as a cooking ingredient however it also provides a powerful Essential Oil to treat a range of digestive ailments. In particular helping to reduce inflammation in your gut. It can also help alleviate heartburn and prevent pushing acids and other chemicals back up through the digestive system.

 

When using a range of Oils within your health regimen may sound expensive however it is important to remember that only a few drops of each oil can an incredibly long way. The highly potent mini-microbes found in Essential Oils pack a powerful punch and even using Oils daily basis means a bottle costing as little as $4 can last for a number of weeks.

14. 10 Facts on Essential Oils:

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Essential Oils are highly concentrated liquids derived from plants

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Before applying Essential Oils to the skin, they should be mixed with a Carrier Oil. The mixture should not exceed a 5% dosage of Essential Oil to Carrier Oil

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Peppermint is considered the most powerful Essential Oil to treat digestive ailments with

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Essential Oils are not actually oils. Although Essential Oils might appear like oils they do not feature the fatty acids which constitute an oil

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. When buying Essential Oils make sure the bottle and description features the word “Pure”

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Essential Oils should not be used on children. Children’s skin is much thinner than adults and is more susceptible to poisoning the bloodstream when using Essential Oils

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Essential Oils influence the brain on a cellular level and can have an instant impact on our moods and emotions

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Essential Oils come from the defense mechanisms for plants

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Essential Oils have a typical shelf life of around 8 years whilst Carrier Oils can turn rancid after around 12 months

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Essential Oils should never be taken internally. They can be poisonous and lead stomach illness and headaches if you consume Essential Oils internally

15. BONUS CHAPTER: Powerful and Effective Essential Oil Recipes

 

Blending different oils together to create powerful recipes which can help treat specific ailments is the key to using Essential Oils to treat the symptoms of IBS and one day overcome the condition completely. The following blends will target ailments ranging from joint ache through to cleaning your kitchen with safe and completely natural products.

 

Muscle and Joint Ache Recipes

 

The following recipes can help reduce pain in muscles and joints. Helping to reduce discomfort and pain brought about IBS:

 

Recipe #1:

 

You Will Need:

 

1 Cup Jojoba Carrier Oil

4 Drops Geranium Essential Oil

4 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil

4 Drops Juniper Essential Oil

 

Blend the ingredients in a glass bowl and massage into aching joints and lower back. This mixture will also increase blood circulation and flush out toxins from the body.

 

Recipe #2:

 

You Will Need:

 

1 Cup Jojoba Carrier Oil

4 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil

4 Drops Chamomile Essential Oil

4 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

 

Blend the ingredients in a glass bowl and massage into aching joints and lower back. This mixture will also help to relax the mind and reduce stress.

 

Recipe #3:

 

You Will Need:

 

1 Cup Jojoba Carrier Oil

4 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil

2 Drops Chamomile Essential Oil

2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

 

Blend the ingredients together in a glass bowl and massage into aching joints and lower back. The Peppermint will also help treat digestive issues, providing multiple benefits.

16. Digestive System Relief Recipes

 

The following recipes can help reduce pain and discomfort in the digestive along with helping to improve the stomach ability to break down and digest foods:

Recipe #1:

 

You Will Need:

 

8 Drops Neroli Essential Oil

5 Drops Ginger Essential Oil

1 Cup Jojoba Carrier Oil

 

Blend the ingredients in a medium glass bowl. Transfer to a sterilized plastic bottle. Massage the mixture over the lower chest and back area. A sweet smelling aroma that helps to relieve gas bloating

 

Recipe #2:

 

You Will Need:

 

1 Diffuser

5 Drops Cocoa Absolute

3 Drops Sandalwood Essential Oil

 

Blend the Cocoa Absolute and Peppermint Essential Oils together in a small bowl or pestle. Add the mixture to the diffuser and burn before when you begin to get the craving for chocolate. It can also be used at times throughout the day when you regularly consume chocolate. The mini-microbes within the Sandalwood will help to relax and calm the mind.

 

Recipe #3:

 

You Will Need:

 

1/4 Cup Sweet Almond Carrier Oil

5 Drops Grapefruit Essential Oil

5 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

5 Drops Cypress Essential Oil

 

Blend the Essential Oils together in a small bowl and transfer to a plastic bottle. Massage into the abdomen in the morning and at night. The mixture will boost the metabolism and support fat burning.

17. Stress Relief Recipes

 

Going through an illness can be a stressful time, leading to increased blood pressure and difficulty in sleeping. The following three recipes will help you to control stress levels and to sleep better at night, enabling you to focus on your recuperation.

 

 

Recipe #1 for Insomnia

 

You will need:

 

2 oz Spray bottle

2 oz Distilled Water

15 drops Lavender Essential Oil

10 drops Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

 

Add the ingredients to the bottle and shake. Spray 4 or 5 dashes of the formula to your pillow before going to sleep.

 

Recipe #2 for Insomnia

 

You will need:

 

2 oz Spray bottle

2 oz Distilled Water

12 drops Lavender Essential Oil

6 drops Benzoin Resin

 

Add the ingredients to the bottle and shake well. Spray 4 or 5 dashes of the formula to your pillow before going to sleep. The benzoin is a sticky substance so it may build up in the nozzle to your spray bottle. Spray 4 or 5 dashes of the formula to your pillow before going to sleep.

 

Recipe #3 for Insomnia

 

You will need:

 

An Essential Oil Diffuser

20 drops Sweet marjoram Essential Oil

30 drops Lavender Essential Oil.

 

Blend the sweet marjoram and lavender essential oils together in a small bowl or pestle. Add five drops of the mixture to the diffuser and burn before going to sleep.

 

18. Home Cleaning Recipes

 

Cleaning your home with chemicals can also lead to a build up on toxins which fight against the bodies immune system making it harder for the body to store energy and use it to fight against the symptoms of IBS. Using naturally occurring Essential Oils to clean your home reduces the number of chemicals you come in contact with.

 

Recipe #1 for Home Cleaning

 

You will need:

 

1/2 Cup Baking Soda

1/4 Cup Vinegar

10 Drops Melaleuca Essential Oil

 

 

Fully blend the ingredients together in a glass bowl. Use a scrubbing brush to clean the toilet bowls within your home.

 

Recipe #2 for Home Cleaning / Freshening

 

You will need:

 

1 Spray Bottle

1 Cup Water

1/4 Cup Vinegar

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

 

Fully blend the ingredients together in a glass bowl and transfer to the spray bottle. This mixture makes a natural and powerful dusting spray.

 

Recipe #3 for Home Cleaning / Freshening

 

You will need:

 

1/3 Cup Baking Soda

1/2 Cup Citric Acid

10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

 

Fully blend the ingredients together in a glass bowl. Use the mixture to make small balls and allow to fully dry. Once dry each ball provides a freshener tab which can be used down the toilet or drain.

 

19. Conclusion

 

When it comes to completely overcoming IBS it will undoubtedly be a long-term battle. The condition can not only blight a sufferer’s quality of life but also lead to more serious health conditions including cancer. When you first feel the signs of a serious stomach complaint with symptoms including stomach cramps and nausea after eating it is important that you first consult your doctor. You should also begin using an IBS Food Diary as soon as possible, recording the foods you are eating and the specific symptoms you suffer after eating this food. This information can be used by you and your doctor to identify which foods are triggering your IBS and alternative foods you can use to reduce your IBS and one day to eliminate the condition completely.

 

However, you can use Essential Oils to help reduce symptoms. Including:

 

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Along with improving your diet and increasing the amount of daily exercise you take Essential Oils can be used to help reduce and overcome your IBS.


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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can cause misery for people who suffer from the illness. However, by using practical measures and treatments using essential oils you can not only overcome but avoid the symptoms of IBS.

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