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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also Digestive Disorders

Constipation usually includes infrequent bowel movements and/ or strained bowel movements and hardened stools.  Fewer than 3 to 4 bowel movements in a week would be considered constipation and rectifying procedures should be taken.

Constipation, as with other digestive system disorders, can be symptomatic of other root causes.  While treating this symptom do not ignore what might be the underlying cause of the problem whether diet, emotional stress, or disease (pain medication often causes constipation).

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends: Cassia, Digestive Blend, Marjoram, Rosemary

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Ginger, Lemon, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Thyme

Suggested protocols:

To relieve the symptoms use one of these suggestions:

  2 - 3 drops Digestive Blend neat (undiluted) orally or in a capsule

  15 drops of Cassia in a warm cup of water, stir well, drink while avoiding lips. Add tablespoon of honey if preferred.

  Marjoram and/or Rosemary in 50% dilution with a carrier oil massaged on the abdomen or taken internally will help.

Other oils listed above will also provide relief.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

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Katlyn - My daughter was 8 months old when I first heard of essential oils. She was very colicky and constipated. At the time, she was getting up several times a night. She was solely breastfed, too. We were lucky if she went poop once a week! The doctors suggested I try prune juice and dark Karo syrup. I tried but no luck. My friend suggested using Digestive Blend. I applied it to my daughter's abdomen on Saturday night, Sunday morning, and Sunday afternoon. My sweet baby girl filled her britches! I tracked the bowel movements for two weeks. Of those fourteen days, she pooped eleven of those days. And sometimes she even pooped three times a day. I continued to use it, applying to both abdomen and sternum area for heartburn or acid reflux. Within a month or two, she no longer needed anything, even Digestive Blend. Whatever was going on with her body, she became healed. She is now over two years old, sleeps very well through the night, and is a very happy camper, eating all manner of foods. If she does (which is very rare) have an issue with a food, I know what to reach for!


Protocols folks recommend for children



Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils


What Science & Research are saying

From PubMed.com

The essential oil of Eucalyptus tereticornis and its constituents, α- and β-pinene, show accelerative properties on rat gastrointestinal transit.

Jucá DM, da Silva MT, Junior RC Jr, de Lima FJ, Okoba W, Lahlou S, de Oliveira RB, dos Santos AA, Magalhães PJ., July 2010

Departamento de Fisiologia e Farmacologia, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, CE, Brasil.


The essential oil of Eucalyptus tereticornis (EOET) has pharmacological activities but their effects on the gastrointestinal tract are yet unknown. It possesses α- and β-pinene as minor constituents, isomers largely used as food or drink additives. In this work, we studied their actions on gut motility. After feeding with a liquid test meal, conscious rats received perorally EOET, α-, or β-pinene, and the fractional dye retention was determined. EOET and its constituents decreased the gastric retention. In anesthetized rats, pinenes increased gastric tonus, while enhancing the meal progression in the small intestine of conscious rats. Both α- and β-pinene contracted gastric strips IN VITRO but relaxed the duodenum. Conversely, EOET relaxed both the gastric and duodenal strips. In conclusion, EOET accelerates the gastric emptying of liquid, and part of its action is attributed to the contrasting effects induced by α- and β-pinene on the gut.


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