Lemon Oil: Using lemon oil for constipation April 29 2014
Constipation is quite common and can be extremely annoying. Ideally, a person will pass at least one stool a day and when the frequency becomes less than this, the body can experience a host of ailments as a result, including fatigue, immune system problems, irritability, skin problems, and many others. Lemon oil (citrus limonium) helps to relieve constipation and is most effective when incorporated into a daily routine. Lemon oil acts as a stimulant for your digestive system, and can also help flush out toxins and undigested material that may have accumulated along the walls of the colon.
How to treat constipation using lemon oil:
In the morning, place 2-3 drops of lemon 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 can be repeated up to twice a day.
Dilute 3 -5 drops of lemon oil in 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil (such as olive, coconut or jojoba). Massage this mixture on the lower abdomen. Lemon oil can also be used in an undiluted form, though caution should be taken as it may cause a slight skin irritation and photosensitivity.
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.