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Essential Oils for Digestion (in a warm bath!)

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Imagine something with me . . .

You’ve had a long day going to fun holiday events, and now you’ve indulged in a big dinner with friends.

I’m talking about the kind of dinner with good food, multiple courses, maybe a few dishes you haven’t tried before, and even dessert!

Now you’re satisfied with your meal, but maybe you feel uncomfortable too . . . like you’ve eaten so much you can’t move. There might even be a touch of indigestion making itself known.

What do you do now?

What about taking an Aromatherapy bath when you get home to help yourself feel more relaxed? You can add essential oils for digestion to soothe your stomach.

I shared a bath salt recipe for occasions like this in my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy. Roman Chamomile is one of my very favorite essential oils for digestion (or any kind of stomach discomfort), and Yuzu.

“Dinner and a Warm Bath” Salts

  • 2 oz (56 g) pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 2 drops Yuzu (Citrus junos)
  • 3 drops Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

Make this blend in a 2 oz (60 ml) glass jar.  Add your pink salt to the jar.  Next, add the essential oils to the jojoba, then stir gently into the salt with a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon to distribute evenly through the salt.

Use the entire jar in your bath!

Note: Carrier oils can make the bathtub slippery. Another option is to use Castile soap to disperse the essential oils in the bath water.

If you prefer to use Castile soap, simply add the essential oils to 1 tablespoon of Castile soap. Castile soap can sometimes cause the salt to harden, so we recommend adding the salt directly to the bath water.

As I mentioned, Roman Chamomile is one of my favorite essential oils for digestion. It’s excellent for easing cramps and spasms, and for relaxing the nervous system.

Now, what about Yuzu?

Yuzu is a citrus oil that’s distilled from a Japanese fruit that looks a little like an orange with a bumpy rind. Yuzu baths are popular around the New Year. They’re a sign of renewal, and they’re great for supporting immunity (start the New Year off right!)

Like other citruses, Yuzu is also great for supporting digestion.

In The Heart of Aromatherapy, I imagined that Yuzu would enjoy hosting New Year’s parties . . .

“Yuzu has big banquet tables full of foods from all over the world. Feel free to kick off your new year by trying new things—the ends of every banquet table are stocked with baskets of homemade digestion blends. It also has a few swimming pools outside, and those are some of the most popular party areas. You can splash with friends in the ‘cool pool,’ then relax in the ‘hot springs’ with whole citrus fruits floating in the water around you.”

I hope you can imagine yourself there when you’re using your “Dinner and a Warm Bath” salt!

Want to learn more ways to use essential oils for digestion, relaxation, and renewal?

I would be honored if you picked up a copy of The Heart of Aromatherapy: An Easy-to-Use Guide for Essential Oils! I published this book with Hay House in 2017, and it’s become a best seller for them. (I still can’t believe it sometimes . . .) It includes over 100 recipes, and 40 fun, memorable essential oil profiles that treat the oils like friends—similar to the excerpt I shared about Yuzu, which likes to host New Year’s parties. I’ve heard from many people that this book makes a great gift, and is a wonderful addition to their Aromatherapy library. You can find it at Aromatics International.

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Founder at Aromahead Institute
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!

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