Essential oils have become a cult wellbeing favourite as celebrities and health experts ‘oil together’ to share their love. Victoria Beckham often uses aromatherapy to calm her fast-paced life. Helena Christensen loves high-quality, all-natural oil blends and incorporates them in her beauty routine.
There are many reasons to use essential oils. Stress, anxiety and digestive problems are the main reason for most of us. Jo Kellett, Tisserand Aromatherapy Wellbeing Collective Essential Oil Expert talks about the many essential oils that can help relieve the feelings of stress.
“Stress can often lead to changes in our digestive system, sometimes making our system sluggish other times speeding it up. Looking after your stomach is very important for your overall health” explains Jo.
Here are 5 best essential oils as recommended by Jo that can provide a natural digestive tonic, or can be applied to the stomach to aid in digestive balance.
For a classic fix
Peppermint, Mentha piperita. One of its main actions is an anti-spasmodic, it relaxes the smooth muscles of the digestive system to bring relief to abdominal pain and spasms.
Grapefruit – Citrus paradise. Helpful after eating rich food and when the digestion is sluggish.
For system soothing
Ginger – Zingiber officinale. A digestive tonic, soothing for all imbalances, from constipation to diarrhoea.
For when you feel it in your stomach
Cardamom – Ellettaria cardamomum. Good for when the digestive system is directly affected by the emotions, also an effective anti-spasmodic.
Neroli – citrus aurantium. Like Cardamon this essential oil is wonderful for a ‘tense’ tummy, e.g. pre-exam nerves, interview, etc.
Tisserand Aromatherapy Essential Oils are available from Tisserand.com
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