Spotlight Oil: Digize
Between the Christmas cookies, work dinners, New Year’s celebrations and all the rest of the ways that we over indulge during the holidays, it is not uncommon to walk away from the month of December feeling sluggish and bloated.
Perhaps you over indulged a little more than is recommended and you have started the New Year with straight up stomach distress. If that is you, then I encourage you to read on for the answer to your problems. Even if that isn’t you, our Spotlight Oil for this month is definitely an oil that everyone should have in their stash. Because just like a boy scout, oily houses should always be prepared.
I am not sure that there is anything worse that stomach troubles. They seem to pop up at the most inconvenient times and rock your world (not in a good way) for days after they arrive. With three children and a gluten allergy this is an oil that lives in every purse I carry, every piece of luggage we take on vacation, and multiple bottles of this this life saver can be found in strategic places all around our home.
Years ago, there used to be a popular commercial with a catchy little jingle and people in all sorts of social situations clutching their bellies and looking distressed. Often when I think of stomach distress or the dreaded “D” word, I flash back to this commercial. In days not so long ago, I would find myself running for the …Pep…Pep…Peppermint.
Wait? Did you think I was going to say something else?
For those of us who run to the oily cabinet before the medicine cabinet, most would run to the Peppermint to handle the ailments listed above, but I have or rather Young Living has provided, what I believe, to be an even better secret weapon.
If you can believe it?
- Peppermint is one of the best known herbs for supporting healthy digestion and intestinal function (I know TMI), and provides much welcome relief for the times when you feel bloated and yucky.
- Lemongrass is often used as a powerful skin care oil, but it is also a fabulous oil to use to provide support during times of intestinal irritation. This oil tells everything to calm down. It helps the body naturally rid itself of waste and toxins.
- Juniper is considered to be a great body cleanser, provides many benefits to the skin, and support for your urinary system.
- Patchouli may cause you to raise a few eyebrows if you are old enough to remember the 60’s, but this oil is know to be calming. If you have ever been in stomach distress, you know that an oil that can provide calming relief, is one that you want in your corner.
- Ginger and I go way back, like as far back as I can remember. The only good thing with having tummy troubles as a child was being able to drink a glass of ginger ale. Ginger, as mentioned earlier, was the only thing that kept me alive during the nausea of my pregnancies. This oil provides a soothing comfort. I love a drop in a cup of green tea.
- Fennel seeds have been used by many cultures to assist with digestion and benefits have been been researched and dated all the way back to ancient Egypt.
- Tarragon is more than an amazing flavor addition for your chicken salad. This oil can help keep things moving and flowing through your digestive track. This herb is also known to promote nutrient absorption. This means that all the good stuff in your food, vitamins-protein-minerals, get absorbed by your body and used to help your body work the way in which it was designed.
- Anise is another seed that has a long history of being used for all things digestion.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to support your body during a time of stomach distress, here are some helpful tips:
- Take a cleansing breath from the bottle when feeling nauseous.
- Prepare a roller bottle to apply to your abdomen, neck, or feet. Fill the bottle half full with Digize and then fill the rest of the roller bottle with the carrier of your choice. (Tip: Don’t wait until you are feeling poorly to make this roller bottle. Make one up all ready to go for those just in case times.) (If you are unsure what a carrier oil is, please see this article.)
- Add 1 drop Digize and 1 Drop Peppermint to an 8-oz. glass of water and drink.
- If you are not a fan of the taste of Digize; make up a gel capsule with 3 drops Digize and 2 drops of Peppermint to ingest internally.
- Apply digize to the vita flex points on your feet.
This single oil has provided me the most comfort and relief than any other oil that came in my PSK. Do I love the smell? Nope! What I love is how well this oil works. There is almost always a roller bottle of it stashed in my purse for emergencies.
Young Living also feels so strongly about this particular oil that they have it included it in their Starter Kit, which we will talk more about next week.
So, how do you spell relief? D.I.G.I.Z.E!!!!
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure disease.