We would also suggest the following herbs:
Boswellia: Boswellia serrata: An anti-inflammatory with tremendous benefits for Chrons. Many people achieve remission. In supplement or tincture form.
Marshmallow: Althaea Officinalis: Soothes the tissues during healing, specifically the stomach. Helps to reduce inflammation. The root protects the lining of the stomach, this reduces stomach acid with no side effects.
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
We would also suggest the following supplements and vitamins:
N-Acetylglucosamine: A supplement often derived from shellfish. Helps with colon inflammation with no negative side effects.
Vit D: Helps the body absorb calcium. A deficiency can lead to inflammation in the stomach and colon. Vit D may minimise symptoms and increase the immune system. In this case, liquid form may be better absorbed than supplement form. Best is always via sunshine, midday sun, minimal clothing, no sunscreen for 20 minutes.
Calcium: Can be linked to a deficiency in Vit D, as it helps the body absorb calcium. Or Crohn’s sufferer’s lactose intolerant avoid dairy or take Prednisone long-term, both of these will influence calcium absorption and impact the bones. Take 500mg 3 x per day.
Vit B12: Important for making new cells and red blood cells, for breaking down fats and proteins in the body and protecting nerve cells. Required for the inflammation and especially if the surgery takes place. The injection is the best way of delivery.
Folic Acid: If the drug sulfasalazine is taken, it hinders the absorption of folic acid which helps with new cell formation. Take 1 daily tablet.
Iron: Inflammation of the colon can cause low levels of iron, causing anaemia. Iron is important for blood cell function. Liquid or tablet form.
Potassium: An electrolyte that is vital for the functioning of all cells, tissues and organs in the body. Chronic diarrhoea or Prednisone can cause a deficiency. Tablet or powder form.
Magnesium Oxide: Works with the muscles of the body to contract and relax and the nervous system. Chronic diarrhoea, inflammation or surgery can cause a deficiency. * Tablets*
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
We would suggest the following:
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Frankincense Essential Oil
Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 6 drops of Lavender and 4 drops of Frankincense. Rub the mixture over the body. Apply over the abdomen, as necessary, in circular movements, starting at the right hip and working upwards and around, gently. Especially effective after a bath.
Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:
- Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oils into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Frankincense. Add Epsom salts.
- Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.
Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes
Sleep – Add 1 drop of Lavender on your pillow can aid sleep.
Diffuser – Add 5 drops into a diffuser. (3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Frankincense). To aid distressing.
** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **
If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.
** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **
** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **
** Frankincense – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating, if any bleeding disorders or on anticoagulants. Avoid with children below 5 and caution below 8 **