While I'm still learning about oils and how they can help us, I do have an exciting success story about a recent experiment! I have a family member who has been experiencing severe heartburn (for years, really) but just recently decided to go off her heartburn medicine due to the recent study linking Nexium to dementia. Her heartburn returned with a vengeance and she's been miserable. Her doctor actually recommended she try essential oils! (Peppermint and ginger to be exact.)
So I did a little research on what oils work well for heartburn and made a roller bottle with peppermint and lemon to be applied to the breastbone, a roller bottle with digestzen (which contains peppermint and ginger along with some other oils) to be applied on the belly, and got her a bottle of gelcaps with the digestzen and also peppermint beadlets to try. She reported about a 95% improvement in her heartburn symptoms - almost immediately! These methods may need to be applied several times a day, but the good news is that there are no negative side effects.
In the coming weeks, there will be some complimentary roller bottles of oil blends at the massage studio. I'll have a few different blends available for you to choose from. If there is something in particular you'd like to try, let me know and I'll see if I have that available for you.
Here's some of the blends I'm planning:
- relaxation / stress relief
- pms / hot flashes / mood swings
While I'm not one to say that anything is a "cure", I do think essential oils can benefit us and help ease the discomfort of certain issues. Certainly talk to your doctor about any issues you're having, and know that I'm not diagnosing or prescribing in my practice - just offering some yummy oils :)
Cindy Iwlew is owner of Bodywork By Design, a private therapeutic massage studio in Battle Creek, Michigan.
She is cofounder of Bodywork Buddy Massage Software, a complete online management solution for independent massage therapists that includes online scheduling.