I have been asking students and clients to share their experiences with the essences so that I can broaden these Thoughts beyond my own and my clients’ experiences. I got a wonderful email today from Cynthia M., a wonderful student of mine who is a DOM and massage therapist in Santa Fe. Here is her account…”straight from “the horse’s mouth.” 🙂
“A patient came in for her appointment last week, after having had lunch with a friend. She got the WORST case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome ever, and was afraid to drive home in case of an ‘accident’, so she came into the office to sit. I looked up which oils would work for this in your Reference Guide. I happened to have Fennel here, so I used Fennel and Blue Tansy on her abdomen, and gave her a tincture orally of Holy Basil. Within 15 minutes, she was FINE. She emailed me later in the PM to let me know she enjoyed a normal dinner and a normal bowel movement. She said that this was the worst attack she’d ever experienced, and wanted the oils. She said that, prior, the pain and upset would have lasted for days.”
Cynthia’s account reminded me of an experience we had in France a few years ago, with a student who had a serious case of diarrhea on the morning we were to leave on a tour of our farmers in the Drome Valley. She felt that she couldn’t come with us, as we would have to stop frequently for her to use the bathroom. I told her to lie down on the couch and I put about 20-30 drops of Sweet Basil and Tarragon on her stomach. In literally 15 minutes, she felt totally fine and decided that she could travel with the group. And she did, with no problems whatsoever throughout the day and into the evening.
I guess 15 minutes is the magic number with these digestive issues! Basil and Tarragon are two of my key “go to” essences for digestion…others include Ginger, Cardamon Seed, Coriander Seed, Peppermint and Fennel.
I wanted to share these two experiences, as so many of the popular “over the counter” digestion products have quite serious side effects…including headache, constipation, muscle weakness, chest pain/tightening, and vision changes. So, hopefully, if you experience or are faced with a digestive issue like IBS, diarrhea, food poisoning, gas or just an old-fashioned upset stomach, remember how effective the essential oils are at addressing them…quickly and without side effects.
Wishing you a wonderful day and much health and happiness! And remember…I would love to hear from you about your experiences with the oils!
Master Medicinal Aromatherapist
Owner, Shining Sun Aromatherapy & Partner, Wisdom of the Earth
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