Digestion: Is it all in our mind?
Did you know you have a second brain in the body?
Well you do and it’s in your gut…
Known as the enteric nervous system, it works independently to our brain. The system has the ability to carry out digestion while sending signals to the brain. Hence why our state of mind and emotions have a profound effect on the health of our digestion system. As the saying goes ‘we are what we eat’ however if there is a disfunction or imbalance, a healthy diet will be essentially wasted, as its nutrients won’t be sufficiently absorbed by the body.
Another key factor which can influence our digestive health is stress. When the body is under stress, it puts the system on the back burner while it focuses on ‘survival’. This disrupts the digestive process including waste elimination, which can lead to malnutrition and a build-up of toxins in the body. Your gut also produces 95% of your serotonin, so it’s no surprise that when there is an imbalance it can cause issues physically and mentally. Essential oils, along with a healthy lifestyle, can provide effective support to the digestive system and its functioning. Here are two areas we can support with oils to maintain vitality and health;
Support: Essential oils such as peppermint, sweet fennel, ginger and coriander have antispasmodic and digestive stimulating properties. They can be used effectively help to treat conditions such as IBS and soothe resulting symptoms including abdominal bloat and cramping.
Use: a single oil or blend of 2-4 oils can be applied topically to the abdomen (mixed with fractionated coconut oil) or ingested internally either in water or a veggie capsule (1-4 drops).*
*Yes you heard that correctly, doTERRA essential oils are 100% pure meaning many can be taken internally to support internal health (within the advised safe guidelines).
Support: Essential oils such as lavender, bergamot, wild orange and ylang ylang have calming and nervine relaxing properties. They can be used to relieve stress related tension and promote feelings of relaxation.
Use: a single oil or blend of 2-4 oils can be inhaled or diffused aromatically or topically applied pulse points and areas of tension (mixed with fractionated coconut oil).
Tip: oils used in combination are more powerful than their single parts, as together they form a new chemical composition; this is referred to as ‘synergy’.
Oh and one last thing…
…don’t dismiss that ‘gut feeling’, it’s your body’s way of telling you that somethings not quite right…