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Orange’s Spiked Belly Butter: Essential Oils for Digestion

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Orange and Roman Chamomile essential oils work together as fantastic antispasmodic's supporting our digestive system. 

Some favorite parts of the holidays, include special dishes I 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.

Here’s the recipe that includes Gingergrass and Spikenard, that are two more essential oils for digestion that offer a lot of relief. This recipe 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)


  1. Set up the “Stovetop Melting Method.” Put a Pyrex measuring cup in a soup pot that’s ¼ full of gently boiling water.
  2. Put the beeswax in your Pyrex first. It will take the longest to melt since it’s the hardest ingredient.
  3. Add the jojoba and melt.
  4. Add the cocoa butter and melt. You can stir gently with a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon.
  5. 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.”

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You’ll have two jars of this belly butter . . . so why not give your extra jar as a gift to a friend?

This recipe is in my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy: An Easy-to-Use Guide for Essential Oils. I have an entire chapter dedicated to digestion in this 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! 


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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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