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Too Much Holiday Food? Make an Inhaler for Digestion!

by Andrea Butje on December 12, 2016

There is a lot of rich food to be enjoyed at this time of year.

I just love seeing (and tasting!) the variety of meals, side dishes, and desserts people create. A lot of people reserve their best recipes for the holidays, and don’t make them at any other time of year.

Tasting everything is so tempting! But it can take a toll on your tummy, especially if you’re going to several events in one day.

The next time you find you’ve over-indulged—maybe your mouth is happy but there are a few too many tight buttons on your jeans—you can try this recipe. It’s an Aromatherapy inhaler for digestion. It’s made with essential oils that are known to stimulate digestion, reduce nausea, and ease an upset stomach.

Happy Belly Inhaler for Digestion

  • 4 drops Cardamom (Ellettaria cardamomum)
  • 3 drops Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • 5 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 3 drops Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

If you’ve never made an Aromatherapy inhaler, don’t worry—it’s very simple. There are four parts to the inhaler: a piece of cotton that absorbs the essential oils, a sleeve to hold the cotton, a cap to snap in place and stop the cotton from falling out, and a lid that slides over it all so the essential oils don’t evaporate. You can see me make an inhaler in this YouTube video.

The cotton inserts aren’t currently made with organic cotton. So if you prefer organic, you can buy your own organic cotton face-cleansing rounds and just trim them down to size.

The essential oils in this recipe are all famous for offering stomach support.

The Ginger and Cardamom are spicier essential oils, and combining them with Sweet Orange and Roman Chamomile really softens their edges when you inhale them. The overall aroma is warm, citrusy, spicy, and a bit floral (that’s the Roman Chamomile making its presence felt!).

You can use this inhaler every fifteen minutes or so before eating, while you eat, and after you eat. Aromatherapy inhalers are convenient because you can take them everywhere with you, and nobody else will even smell them. It’s just for you!

Enjoy the holidays!

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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: Recipes and Blends, digestion, essential oils for digestion, essential oils for stomach ache, essential oils for upset stomach

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