Digestion is the one aspect of my health I’ve always struggled with and I know I’m not alone. According to The Gut Foundation of Australia, 10.7 million Australians (almost half our population) complain of some for of digestive problem and the rates are increasing.
Our digestive system is known as our third emotional centre, and the connection between our gut and our mind is well-documented. An unhappy tummy can have a flow on effect in so many other areas of our life – from mood and energy levels, ability to think clearly, productivity, self-confidence, libido, the list goes on.
Sixty to 70 per cent of our immune system is in our gut, so it’s vitally important that we do what we can to care for it and keep it happy.
I’ve often joked that I wish could trade in my digestive system for a new one. Ha, if only! In lieu of getting a trade in, I’ve learned a lot about why my digestion isn’t great and things I can do to support it.
Metabolic disorders are quite common in C-section babies (I was one), and those of us with the MTHFR gene mutation have a harder time detoxing. A diet of processed food growing up, multiple courses of antibiotics, 16 years on the pill, six weeks of daily radiotherapy and other cancer treatment certainly didn’t help things. And then there’s other contributing factors like stress, and toxins that we’re exposed to on a daily basis to throw into the mix – pesticides, air pollution, mould toxins (which I’ve become particularly sensitive to since going through cancer treatments).
There are days when my digestive system feels like it’s jammed with concrete, and my tummy feels like a balloon. And then there’s the odd-occasion I succumb to gluten and find myself in a world of pain and bloating.
There are a number of things I do to help ease bloating and inflammation, and support detoxification – meditation, exercise, infra red saunas, a diet of anti-inflammatory, gut-healing whole foods, probiotics. Medicine has an important role to play too – when I get a mould flare up I take a cholesterol binding medication called cholestyramine, which is traditionally used for lowering cholesterol but also binds to mould toxins.
My “Happy tummy spray” blend has become one of my favourite daily self-care rituals. It sits at my bedside and I massage it onto my stomach every night before bed – it makes such a difference to how I wake up feeling the next day, I thought I had better share it in the hope that it may help you too…
You will need:
50ml coloured glass spray bottle
25* drops doTERRA Digest Zen digestive blend
15* drops Cypress essential oil
15* drops doTERRA Zendocrine restart blend
Fractionated coconut oil
*This dilution ratio is for adults, the dilution ratio for children is 2 to 3 drops of essential oil per 10ml of carrier oil, and 1 drop of essential oil per 10ml for babies.
What to do:
Add essential oils to 50ml spray bottle and top with fractionated coconut oil and give it a shake. Spray and massage onto your tummy
Digest Zen on it’s own works wonders when it comes to soothing upset tummies, I’ve simply upped the ante with Zendocrine and Cypress
DoTERRA’s Digest Zen is a power house blend for tummy’s – with ginger, peppermint, fennel, caraway, tarragon and anise.
Zendocrine Restart Blend is a combination of oils that complement detoxification and cleansing protocols: rosemary, cilantro and juniper berry, tangerine and geranium oils.
Cypress is the oil of motion & flow and is known for it’s astringent properties. From an emotional point of view, it can help us to feel grounded in times of transition, and move forward when we are feeling stagnant or stuck. You can read more about the benefits of Cypress oil here.
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The information I share on Oh My Goodness is based on my own personal experiences and beliefs and what I do may not be right for everybody. I encourage anyone with health concerns to consult a healthcare professional and do your own research too.