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


Many, typically after age 40, develop small bulges or protrusions in the digestive tracts, most commonly in the large intestine.  These protrusion are know as diverticula.  These are not uncommon, nor harmful, and may go unnoticed for years.  Having diverticula is described as the condition of diverticulosis.  Again, this condition may cause problems or may not even be noticed.  If one or more of the diverticula become infected and inflamed you then have the condition of diverticulitis.  This may cause mild to severe abdominal pain and be accompanied by nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or fever.

The following information comes from Medical News Today:

·   50% of people are thought to have diverticulosis by the age of 50, while 70% probably have it by the age of 80. Experts say that three-quarters of people with diverticulosis will never experience any symptoms (asymptomatic diverticulosis). The remaining quarter who do have symptoms have diverticular disease.

·   Lack of dietary fiber is thought to be the main cause of diverticula (pouches protruding outwards from the colon). Fiber helps our stools remain soft. If you do not consume enough dietary fiber and the stool is hard there may be more pressure or strain on the colon as muscles push the stool down - this pressure causes diverticula to occur. Diverticula occur when weak spots in the outside layer of colon muscle give way because stuff in the inner layer has managed to squeeze through.

·   A study found no link between diverticular disease and consumption of nuts, seeds, and corn.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends: CloveC, Digestive BlendC, Frankincense, GingerC, Lemon, Peppermint, RosemaryC, Detoxifying Blend

Essential oils based products: GI Cleansing Formula, Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV), Probiotic Defense Formula, Detoxifying Blend Detoxification Complex

Also consider: CinnamonC, LavenderC

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

Protocol 1:The GI Cleansing Formula and Detoxifying Blend cleansing products both provide immediate help and long term support for this condition.  This protocol has been suggested:

Follow a 3 month protocol:

·    first month:

·    Use the GI Cleansing Formula as directed on the product (3 caplets per day for 10 days) with meals.  NOTE:  This may be too strong for some (skin reactions or other discomforts as the body detoxifies.  If so reduce to 1 caplet per day for 10 days.

·    Follow this with Probiotic Defense Formula to rebuild probiotics. 

·   Rest for the remaining 30 days.

·    Second month:

·    Use the GI Cleansing Formula and Probiotic Defense Formula as described above (if it was necessary to reduce to 1 caplet per day try increasing to 2 or 3 if possible)

·   Rest for the remaining 30 days from the GI Cleansing Formula

·    Add the Detoxifying Blend cleanse products for the full 30 days.  Take the Detoxifying Blend Detoxification Complex caplet once per day.  Add 5 drops of the Detoxifying Blend to a capsule and take once per day.

·    Third month:

·    Repeat the second month procedures.

Protocol 2:  Ginger, Peppermint and the blend Digestive Blend are all helpful to sooth the digestive tract and have the antibiotic properties to help with the bacterial infection.  Typically taking 2 to 4 drops twice a day in a capsule is sufficient.  The oils can help to bring comfort from immediate pain and to reduce the infection, beyond this, for long term help an emphasis should be placed on proper diet and supplements:

·   Fiber in the diet is highly recommended

·   Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) will give a proper balance of nutrients

·   Supplemental probiotics will strengthen the digestive and immune systems


Experiences and Testimonials of others

Skipper - My co-worker was diagnosed with diverticulitis, and I didn't know if that would be treated the same as other digestive track problems? Thanks for any suggestions!!

Raymundoss - I’m not a Doctor and I don't know anything about the oils but I thought I could tell you about diverticulitis. Then someone could match that to the oils.

A diverticula is like a hernia in the colon wall. Though most people will have them, the pain comes from either simple inflammation or when bacteria get trapped in the little “pouch” causing infection. I’ve watch people writhe in pain from it and know it can get pretty ugly.

Most doctors recommend a HIGH FIBER diet, and exercise. The fiber adds substance to stool and helps scrape the colon walls of leftovers this in turn helps the bowels work more efficiently. They also recommend Tylenol and heat for the discomfort. It also depends on if an infection has set in which may require antibiotics. Most diverticula will subside on their own if you give the colon a chance to rest and heal.

Like I said, I don’t know much about the oils but I do know that they will be able help with the pain and even the inflammation. Above all else give the bowel a rest. Good natural fiber.

Pat - The Digestive Blend will help a lot as will drinking lots of water with Lemon.

Rob - I would try capsules with 4 drops Frankincense, 4 drops Digestive Blend, twice per day to address the infection and resulting inflammation.  The Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) supplements along with probiotics will give long term support.

Skipper -  I did start her on Digestive Blend and Lemon water.  She also stopped taking so much Ibuprophen (which is hard on your kidneys and liver), and the pain is actually subsiding rather quickly.

Daniel - The essential fatty acids present in evening primRose oil, and flaxseed oil (ingredients in (...)'s EOMEGA supplement) will help reduce inflammation and ease the passage of stools by providing lubrication.

Probiotic supplements are essential for a healthy intestinal tract, especially if you must take antibiotics. (see (...)'s probiotic)

If your diet does not provide sufficient fiber, take psyllium powder or oat bran. When adding a fiber supplement to you diet, begin slowly and gradually increase to the desired amount. Take the fiber supplement with a full 8-ounce glass of spring water, and at least one hour away from food, other supplements, and any medications.

To reduce inflammation and help heal the mucous membranes of the colon, take an antioxidant formula that contains therapeutic doasge units of vitamin E daily (Microplex VM and AlphaCRS).

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