Sweet Orange Oil: Using sweet orange oil for sluggish digestion March 07 2014
Millions of people worldwide experience sluggish digestion. Ideally, a person will pass at least one stool a day, and in some cases, may go up to 3 times. Even occasional constipation (due to sluggish digestion) can contribute to a whole host of other health problems, as waste held too long within the body can act as a “poison” if not expelled within a day or so.
Sluggish digestion can be caused by an imbalance of acidity within the intestines or an intestinal environment that, for whatever reason, is not ideal. It may surprise you to learn that sweet orange oil (Citrus sinensis) is extremely alkaline and can assist in creating a balance of acidity within the intestines. It has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help neutralize the acidity of stomach fluid, allowing digestive enzymes and juices to properly digest your food.
How to improve digestion with sweet orange oil:
In the morning, place 2-3 drops of sweet orange oil in a glass of warm water or herbal tea. Drink slowly and allow the oil to absorb into the intestinal tract. This method can also be used to treat “acute” cases of constipation or when you just don’t feel like things are going down right.
Dilute 3 -5 drops of sweet orange oil in 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil (such as olive, coconut or jojoba). Massage this mixture on the lower abdomen. Sweet orange oil can also be used in this method in an undiluted form.
Place a drop on the stomach meridian pressure point (on the top of the foot, between the second and third toes). Repeat 2-3 times a day.
Place a drop on additional pressure points including wrists, behind the ears, and between the thumb and index finger.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.