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Monday, September 9, 2013

Take Care of Lactose Intolerance "Issues" with Essential Oils

Alright, so lactose intolerance is something I struggle with. I LOVE MILK, so not drinking it is really tough for me. So, at least once a week, I drink a humungous glass of milk with my dinner and then....wait. I wait for the horrid sweat, stomach cramps, nausea, gas and then, the mother of all BMs. I know how disgusting this sounds, but for all of you that suffer from lactose intolerance, you know what I'm talkin' 'bout.

How about some fun facts about lactose intolerance? Did you know:
  • If you're American or European it's hard to realize this, but being able to digest milk as an adult is one weird genetic adaptation.
  • It's not normal. Somewhat less than 40% of people in the world retain the ability to digest lactose after childhood. The numbers are often given as close to 0% of Native Americans, 5% of Asians, 25% of African and Caribbean peoples, 50% of Mediterranean peoples and 90% of northern Europeans. Sweden has one of the world's highest percentages of lactase tolerant people. (Lactase tolerant means you are NOT lactose intolerant).
So, today when I came home from work, I was looking for a little snack to tide me over until dinner. I found some yummy potato crisps (like potato chips but baked) and some Bermuda onion dip (like French onion dip but onionier (again, not a word but let's make up our own rules here). Being that I was so hungry, I ate, ohhhhh about 1/4 of the container of dip. Good times. Then, about 10 minutes later, "it" arrived in the form of a food baby stomach (bloated), and stomach cramps. Then the toots. Don't judge me....

So, as I'm sitting in my garage (where I hide out until the toots go away), I started looking up what I can do with essential oils to take care of this little ::::ah-um:::: "problem." I found some amazing information on several pages and thought I'd put it all together here for us to utilize.

There are several different things a person can do. Choose one and give it a shot. ONE! Don't try all of these at once. Okay!? PROMISE!

So, Here's a list. Aren't lists great. Ahhhhh, yes:

1.) Add 1-2 drops lemon EO (essential oil) or 1-2 drops peppermint EO to 8-12oz. of cold water throughout the day. I do this already for the natural "cleansing" affect and the yummy taste.

2.) For immediate relief of symptoms, take 2-3 drops of lemon EO into your mouth and swoosh like mouth wash for about 1 minute, then swallow it. The lemon EO will help neutralize the stomach acids and relieve the horrid pain.

3.) Rub 3-4 drops of peppermint EO on your abdomen and bottoms of your feet.

4.) Take 2-3 drops of coriander EO into your mouth and swallow. This will relieve muscle spasms, diarrhea and bloating. YEAH!

5.) Add 2-3 drops of lemongrass EO to a teaspoon of honey and eat it! Mmmm, this one sounds good!

Give it a shot! What do you have to loose besides the obvious, right?

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