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5 Best Essential Oils to Get Rid of Constipation

how to use essential oils for constipation

It is no surprise that every one of us would have suffered from this dreadful ailment sometime or the other. Remember the discomfort of the situation? Well, you need to worry no more for we’ve brought to you the most effective natural remedy to get rid of constipation. You no longer have to spend hours in the restroom, blaming your bowels for not functioning properly.

Before heading onto the remedies, it’s only fair to get a little idea of what constipation is and how it is caused.

Constipation – bowel’s worst malfunction

It is only fair to call it bowel’s worst malfunction because the irritation and discomfort cannot be compared to anything else. Constipation is a problem where an individual has difficulty in having bowel movements or his bowel movements are less than normal.  As a result he is not able to defecate as often as a normal person does.

Mechanism

The physiology of constipation is fairly well understood by science. Medical literature states that constipation is caused when waste material in the large intestine takes longer time to reach the rectum for defecation. As a result, the mucosa of the large intestine absorbs most of the water, making the stool dry, hard and difficult to pass.

Causes

Constipation may be traced back to a variety of causes, the most common ones being:

  • Consuming diet deficient in fiber
  • Less intake of water and other fluids
  • Excessive consumption of dairy products
  • Stress
  • Side effect of certain medications

Remedies

Among the various medications used commonly to treat constipation today, essential oils are a rather newer way to cure the ailment. It’s a herbal treatment that renders no side effects and is thus becoming quite popular.

How to use essential oils

  • Always use an essential oil with carrier oil. You can use coconut oil, argan oil or sweet almond oil as carrier oil and any of the essential oils that are listed below.
  • The ratio of essential oil and carrier oil should be (4:1)  i.e. for every 8 drops of essential oil, you will use 2 drops of carrier oil.

You can either massage your tummy or abdominal skin with the solution or you may add it to a warm bath. If you have opted for a warm bath then 8-10 drops of essential oil are necessary. You can also use some detoxifying and cleansing oils such as Juniper Oil, Grapefruit Oil and carrot seed. Take a bath for at least 15 minutes.

Best Essential oils for constipation

1- Peppermint oil:

homemade-peppermint-essential-oil

A study from University of Maryland Medical Center proves that peppermint oil has some compounds that are very helpful in relaxing digestive muscles. It helps the painful gases to come out easily and it relieve constipation. Peppermint oil is one of the best option to get rid of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and make your digestive system healthy.

It can be used externally or internally both, to use externally you can follow the method I explained above and for internal use you can add few drops of the oil to your drinking water. The effectiveness does not change in either way.

2- Rosemary oil

rosemary-essential-oil

Rosemary oil is also a very good alternative to relief of constipation. You can massage the mixture of rosemary oil and a carrier oil or you can mix it to the water and drink it.

From centuries it has been used to cure upset stomach and other stomach disorders, it is also very helpful in  exerting the unwanted gases.

3- Lemon oil

lemon essential oil

Lemon oil is not only good for nourishing skin but  it can also calm sour/upset stomach and  improve digestion system. It is also one of the best essential oils for constipation.

4- Black pepper oil

black pepper essential oil

Black pepper helps digestion by stimulating the whole digestive process, it promote the secretion of some digestive fluids like acids in stomach.

5- Ginger oil

ginger

Ginger is a well-known natural remedy to improve the performance of digestive system. Ginger is a natural laxative which makes the bowel movements easy. It is also a natural carminative and helps to reduce gases in the digestive system thus relieving bloating.

Following are some other good essential oils for constipation:

  • Marjoram oil
  • Rose oil
  • Fennel oil
  • orange oil
  • sweet basil oil

Some other tips for constipation

Be Hydrated: Water is the most important tonic for human body to work properly. Our digestive system also needs a required amount of water to function properly. An average individual must drink at least 8 glasses or 2 liters of water a day.

drink water

If you are not drinking enough water, your body organs will become dehydrated including your digestive system and your stool may become harder than normal. Bowel movements with hard stool are very painful and may even lead to bigger problems like hemorrhoids and internal wounds.

Do Physical Activity: Exercises help digestion and make bowel movements easy. Physical activity/exercise for at least 30 minutes is essential to maintain a healthy body including your digestive system.

aerobic exercises

Here are some simple exercises that you may opt for.

  • Walk for 30 minutes. Challenge yourself even more by jogging and running for half an hour.
  • Aerobics
  • Simple yoga exercises
  • Cycling
  • Push ups
  • Sports (football, cricket, badminton, tennis etc)

 

The final word on the matter

Constipation is not a disease but rather a temporary problem that can be cured by little care. Untreated constipation may result in a chronic form of the disease that is not just resistant to treatment but also a risk factor for other dangerous diseases.

Slight changes in your eating habits and lifestyle can do wonders in helping you getting rid of this annoying problem. You don’t have to opt for heavy doses of medications when you can treat it by natural remedies and lifestyle changes.

We hope that you found this article helpful. We are looking forward to your comments, queries and suggestions in the comment section. Happy healthy living!

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