Diet / Lifestyle tips:
Step 1: A healthy diet: A wholesome plant base diet and whole grains: oats, quinoa, wild and black rice.
Avoid Sugars, artificial sweeteners, saturated and trans fats, ready-made cookies, frozen pizza, margarine, microwave popcorn. Also, monitor dairy products and take note of how they affect you.
If still required: Step 2: Probiotics: Helps with diarrhoea. Putting more good bacteria into the gut to create a healthy digestive system.
If still required: Step 3: Psyllium powder (fibre): Helps to balance constipation and diarrhoea. Stir 1tsp of Psyllium powder into your oatmeal in the morning, or into a glass of water and drink it.
L-Glutamine: An amino acid to treat achiness and fatigue caused by IBS. This is due to the lining of the small intestine breaking down and becoming permeable. L-glutamine repairs the lining of the stomach. *2tsp once a day*.
Acupuncture: Good when constipation is experienced. It involves inserting thin needles int the skin at specific locations to balance the body’s energy or life force based on the principle that energy flows through pathways called meridians in our body. And when there is an energy blockage, there is a dis-ease. The needles are thought to bring balance back to that meridian and unblock the energy flow. It is good for calming the autonomic nervous system down. Provides relief but not a long-term fix.
Deep breathing: To combat stress. This will help calm the nervous system down and calm all the nerves in the gut that are misfiring. *5-5-5 Inhale for 5, hold for 5 and then exhale for 5 or longer, repeat*.
Yoga: One of the best forms of exercise that work on the whole body and all systems. Good for general health and mindfulness. Helps to release endorphins, your happy hormones and to alleviate stress.
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
We would suggest the following:
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Peppermint 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. That gives you 10 drops. In this case, you will add 6 drops of Lavender and 4 drops of Peppermint. Apply the blend over the abdomen, starting at the right hip, working upwards, across and down in circular movements, as required. 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. Diffuse 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 5 drops of Lavender to relax. Add Epsom salts.
Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.
** 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 **
** Peppermint – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating, or if on homoeopathic remedies. Avoid use in children under 5. Use low doses, it’s a very cooling oil and strong. May irritate the skin. It is a stimulant, so do not add in high doses to the bath before bed. Safe all around for inhaling **