Essential Oils That Tame Bloating
When it comes to celebrity remedies, I’m a huge skeptic. Especially when the remedy involves essential oils. Such was the case when I found a recipe for a de-bloating essential oil elixir from celebrity and model Padma Lakshmi. Expecting to tell Padma to please pack her essential oils and go, I was taken aback when I realized the recipe was not only safe but included oils commonly known to relieve fluid retention. Intrigued, I decided to gather up a few volunteers to try the blend for ourselves.
EOs that Deflate the Bloat
First, which oils are known to reduce bloating? Here are a few oils that an aromatherapist might choose:
Juniper Berry: Forest-fresh and earthy, Juniper Berry oil and the cone/berries from which it’s derived, have both been used to remedy lymph congestion, bloating and fluid retention throughout history.
Black Pepper: You may think of Black Pepper as a hot, indigestion-inducing spice. But as an essential oil, it’s actually quite nourishing and can reduce fluid retention while soothing your digestive system.
Geranium: Certain oils are particularly great for bloating due to menstruation, and Geranium is at the top of that list.
Peppermint: Refreshing and minty, Peppermint is renowned for its digestive benefits and bloat-fighting abilities.
Cypress: Aromatically, and for suppressing bloating, Cypress and Grapefruit are a winning combination.
Fennel: Especially helpful around a lady’s time of the month, Fennel reduces bloating and fluid retention. Note that this oil is not recommended to be used in cases of heavy bleeding during menstruation.
Testing Padma’s De-Bloating Blend
Padma’s de-bloating blend was comprised of the following ingredients: 40 drops of Juniper Berry oil, 30 drops of Grapefruit oil, 20 drops of Black Pepper oil and 20 drops of Geranium in a 4.5% dilution in Jojoba. As you can see, this blend included a few of the oils listed above.
To test this blend’s efficacy, I copied the recipe exactly and rationed it out to three volunteers, including myself. Each volunteer was instructed to use the blend a few nights that week and report back on their findings. Two volunteers shared positive feedback, while the third volunteer reported feeling more bloated after using the blend. As for me, I applied the blend after dinner and felt more comfortable applying the blend than I had without the blend. But there was no hiding the fact that I'd just eaten a meal. Overall, I’d say the blend worked okay. That said, our test group was very small, and this isn’t to say that this blend couldn’t work for you. Not convinced? I created another synergy for other skeptics of celebrity essential oil recipes.
De-Bloating Blend 2.0
20 drops Peppermint
20 drops Geranium
15 drops Fennel
15 drops Juniper Berry
12 drops Grapefruit
10 drops Cypress
8 drops Black Pepper
Empty 5 ml bottle
Empty 10 ml roll-on
To create your blend, add the essential oils to a 5 ml stock bottle and shake gently to combine. Then, add 9 drops of your blend to an empty 10 ml roll-on. Top off with Jojoba, close your roll-on and gently shake to combine. Take your roll-on and apply to your abdomen in a clockwise manner.