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Aromatherapy for Digestion: Basil Essential Oil Saves the Day!

by Andrea Butje on November 11, 2019

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Using Aromatherapy for Digestion when You’re Busy and Need Mental Clarity.

Basil ct. linalool essential oil is a master of what I like to call “lunchtime zen.”

You see, Basil has a few talents that work together nicely . . . It’s excellent at supporting digestion and at helping us feel mentally centered and focused.

Basil encourages its friends to take their time while eating and really enjoy their meals. But sometimes you only have time for a quick bite during a busy schedule. Not much time to sit and relax while you digest. Using Aromatherapy for digestion can help settle your stomach while you go about your day and continue getting things done.

Basil ct. linalool’s efficient “personality” makes it a great choice for this.

I wrote about this aspect of Basil ct. linalool in my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy: An Easy-to-Use Guide for Essential Oils.

I imagined that if Basil were a person, it would own a store that sold tools to help people feel relaxed—like essential oil diffusers and apps that remind them to stop and take a few deep breaths throughout the day. It would also offer short head massages during the lunch hour!

One of the book’s Aromatherapy for digestion recipes is Basil’s “Pat Your Head and Rub Your Belly” Inhaler.

Basil’s “Pat Your Head and Rub Your Belly” Inhaler

  • 4 drops Peppermint (Mentha × piperita)
  • 5 drops Bergamot Mint (Citrus bergamia)
  • 7 drops Basil ct. linalool (Ocimum basilicum linalool)

If you’ve never made an inhaler, I think you’ll find it very simple and straightforward. (That’s exactly how Basil likes to do things!)

An inhaler consists of a few parts:

  1. A cotton “wick” to absorb essential oils
  2. A “sleeve” to hold the cotton (made of plastic or glass, depending on whether you have a disposable or reusable inhaler)
  3. A cap to close it all up
  4. A lid

I’ll bet you can guess how to assemble the inhaler . . . All you do is put the essential oils onto the cotton wick, insert the cotton into the sleeve, then close it up. All done! Now you’ve got an inhaler that will last about two months.

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This is a great way to use Aromatherapy for digestion when you can’t use a diffuser, or don’t want anyone else around you to smell the essential oils.

The essential oils in this inhaler are also good for mental focus, so you can stay productive and “on task” during your day. Keep it in your pocket or bag, and use it as needed.

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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: mental focus, essential oils for focus, essential oils for digestion, essential oils for stomach ache, essential oils for upset stomach, natural remedy for digestion

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