I overheard Orange and Roman Chamomile essential oils having a conversation about the holiday season. They were both excited, but Roman Chamomile had some reservations, too. It likes to stay relaxed, and the holidays are a busy time of year.
Roman Chamomile: There is so much to do . . . parties to plan, food to make, traveling, gifts to buy, reaching out to friends and family you haven’t seen in a while, and there is still the regular daily schedule to keep up with . . .
Orange: I love all of that stuff! It reminds me to celebrate the special things that make life so wonderful.
Roman Chamomile: Oh, you’re right! I’m going to look at it that way, instead. I especially love the parties. In fact, there might be too many parties . . . I don’t know if I can keep up with all that food.
Orange: All of the good food is one of my favorite parts of the holidays, Roman Chamomile. Some people have special dishes they only make at this time of year, and I want to taste everything! How about we make a belly butter together? We can include some essential oils for digestion.
Roman Chamomile: I would love that!
Here’s the recipe they came up with (they are joined by their friends Gingergrass and Spikenard, who are two more essential oils for digestion that offer a lot of relief). It makes 3.5 oz (98 g) of body butter. You’ll need two 2 oz (60 ml) glass jars.
Orange’s “Spiked” Belly Butter (with Essential Oils for Digestion)
- ½ oz (14 g) beeswax (Cera alba)
- 1 oz (30 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
- 1 oz (28 g) cocoa butter (Theobroma cacao)
- 1 oz (28 g) coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
- 7 drops Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- 10 drops Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
- 7 drops Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)
- 17 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
- Set up the “Stovetop Melting Method.” Put a Pyrex measuring cup in a soup pot that’s ¼ full of gently boiling water.
- Put the beeswax in your Pyrex first. It will take the longest to melt since it’s the hardest ingredient.
- Add the jojoba and melt.
- Add the cocoa butter and melt. You can stir gently with a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon.
- Add the coconut oil and melt.
As soon as all the ingredients are melted together, remove the blend from heat and add the essential oils.
If you would like to substitute something for Spikenard essential oil, you can use 7 drops of Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) or Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) essential oil instead.
Pour the blend into the glass jars and let it solidify. Massage the belly butter into your belly and low back to help yourself digest rich food. You can use this blend before a big meal, or you can use it after you’ve already eaten and feel “too full to move.”
You’ll have two jars of this belly butter . . . so why not give your extra jar as a gift to a friend?
Orange actually created this recipe for my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy: An Easy-to-Use Guide for Essential Oils. I have an entire chapter dedicated to digestion in that book. If you have an Aromatherapy lover in your life, I’d be honored if you’d give them a copy of my book! It is full of over 100 recipes, and 40 essential oil profiles that bring the oils to life as “characters.” (It can be a lot easier to remember what an oil is used for when you’ve learned about it in a storytelling way. Each oil has a “job!”) The book also includes stories about my visits to small-scale farmers and distillers—they are what make our passion for Aromatherapy possible!