Rosemary Oil: Using rosemary oil for constipation April 08 2014
Millions of people worldwide suffer from constipation, a condition characterized by a difficulty passing stools or the frequent passage of hard, dry stools. Ideally, a person will pass at least one stool a day, and in some cases, may go up to 3 times. Even occasional constipation 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.
Rosemary essential oil can provide effective relief of occasional (and uncomfortable) constipation. It is thought to impact circulation of the digestive tract, which can help to optimize efficiency in waste output from the body. This improved circulation further helps to regulate muscle contractions, particularly those in the small intestine and colon.
How to treat constipation using rosemary oil:
In the morning, place 2-3 drops of rosemary 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 and get things moving through the body as they should.
Dilute 3-5 drops of rosemary oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil (such as olive, coconut or jojoba). Massage this mixture on the lower abdomen.
Place a drop of undiluted rosemary oil on the stomach meridian pressure point (on the top of the foot, between the second and third toes). Repeat 3-5 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.