Lemon Oil: Using lemon oil for pancreatitis June 12 2014
The pancreas is a gland that is part of both the digestive and endocrine systems within the body. It produces enzymes that are essential for the body’s ability to digest carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, as well as the hormone insulin, helping to control blood glucose levels. Pancreatitis is essentially inflammation of the pancreatic gland. There are two types of pancreatitis: acute and chronic. Acute pancreatitis refers to the sudden development of pain and inflammation that lasts for a short period of time. Causes of acute pancreatitis range from gallstones to heavy alcohol to injury and even certain medications or infections. Chronic pancreatitis is most often the result of long-term alcohol abuse, but can begin as an acute attack that, for whatever reason, continues and develops in the long-term. Symptoms include intense pain in the area of the pancreas that may radiate toward the back accompanied by nausea, vomiting and fever.
Lemon oil is high in d-Limonene, a natural agent that is helpful in the body’s elimination of toxins, particularly within the organs. Because of its concentrated nature, lemon essential oil (Citrus limonium) can help to optimize the function of the pancreas and assist its ability to maintain healthy levels of digestive enzymes and hormones. For frequent pancreatitis sufferers, a daily regimen including this oil can also help to minimize painful flare-ups, as well as long-term damage.
How to treat pancreatitis 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 pancreatitis, and can be repeated up to three times 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 just below the ribcage and about the midpoint of the left side, where the pancreas is located. 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.
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