Have you ever thought about massaging your belly? Especially around your belly button? Belly massage isn't just a luxury, or a specific kind of holistic treatment, but a fantastic way to boost your overall well-being.
Belly massage has been part of a few different healing traditions across cultures going back all the way to ancient times. And today, we are just beginning to learn about the enormous healthy and relaxed belly that has on our wellbeing.
In today’s hectic faced paced modern life, our belly is often overlooked. But we can’t ignore it anymore! Our belly is like our body's control center. Not only does it house our digestion, but it's also a storehouse of emotions and stress. So, giving it a little love can go a long way.
A daily belly massage isn't just a treat for your tummy; it's a ticket to relaxation and improved health. By easing the tension in your gut, you're actually calming your nervous system. And the best part? You can do it yourself, right at home! No fancy spa treatments needed.
All you need are a few drops of carefully chosen essential oils. These natural wonders, like lavender and chamomile, have been proven to calm and support our well-being. I know, it might sound like magic, but it's just good ol' nature working its wonders.
In this blog post, you’ll learn a simple DIY recipe for a belly massage oil. It’s so easy you won’t have an excuse not to do it! So, whether you're new to holistic living or just looking for a natural way to feel better, keep reading. Your belly will thank you!
Here is a list of our top 5 essential oils for a warming belly oil to improve your health and wellbeing.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Essential Oil is steam distilled from the flower tops of the lavender herb-like bush. The essential oil is loaded with molecules that have been shown to reduce inflammation, ease away muscles aches and pain and soothe physical discomfort. Plus, its aroma is very calming to our mind.
Star Anise (Illicium verum) Essential Oil is steam distilled from the seeds of this culinary herb that most use in cooking. This essential oil is made up of molecules that have been shown to also reduce inflammation and balance digestion, especially when our tummy’s hurt because of mental stress. Other properties include encouraging more circulation and energy to flow, in both our bodies and minds.
Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) Essential Oil is steam distilled from the dried buds of the clove tree. The essential oil has been shown to soothe away pain, and encourage a warm feeling in the body that can help with improving circulation and digestion.
Black Pepper (Piperita nigrum) Essential Oil is steam distilled from the dried peppercorns from the peppercorn tree. It shares many therapeutic properties with Clove in that it is also warming and soothing to body aches and pains, while also improving circulation and the flow of energy in the belly.
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) Essential Oil is steam distilled from the spearmint leaves which are a common herb used in cooking and tea making. The essential oil is loaded with molecules that soothe inflammation, and ease the feeling of a tight stiff belly. Unlike peppermint essential oil, spearmint essential oil tends to feel more warming to the body, which can be very beneficial when our body stiffens from stress and our bellies feel “frozen.”
Read below for our DIY Warming Belly Oil Recipe that features a powerful and effective combination of our top 5 essential oils for calming a stressed-out belly.
This recipe makes 1 one-ounce bottle for a total of about 28 grams.
What you’ll need:
- Small digital scale
- Measuring cups and spoons, or glass beakers
- Stirrers, either metal or glass
- Small whisk
- 2 clean glass bottles with a pump
- Blank Labels
- Parchment Paper
- Paper towel
- 25 grams (approximately 5 teaspoons) of Jojoba Oil
- 1 gram (approximately 20 drops) of Vitamin E Oil
- 7 drops of Lavender Oil
- 5 drops of Spearmint Oil
- 4 drops of Black Pepper Oil
- 3 drops of Clove Oil
- 4 drops of Anise Star Oil
- Before starting to make the recipe make sure the area where you will be blending is very clean. That means wiping down counter spaces with rubbing alcohol and putting away any food items and extra clutter. Once your counter space, or table top is clean, line the area with some parchment paper, pull your hair back and thoroughly wash your hands.
- Set out your digital scale and all other blending tools so they are easy to grab when needed.
- Bring out all of your ingredients so they are accessible.
- Using your small digital scale, and measuring spoons, start measuring out each ingredient separately into their own beaker or measuring cup, until you have every ingredient laid out in front of you.
- Pour all ingredients into one of your empty beakers or glass measuring cups, and stir thoroughly using your small mini whisk, or other mixing tool.
- Once everything is well combined, carefully pour the mixture into your empty glass bottles and cap with the pump closure.
- Make up a name for your DIY Leg Cramp Relief Massage Oil, and write the name and the ingredients on the label and attach it to the bottle.
- Use as often as needed!
What are the benefits of using a DIY warming belly oil made with essential oils?
Using a warming belly oil made with essential oils can offer a range of benefits from relieving digestive distress, to calming a nervous gut. Here are five key reasons why you should be giving yourself a daily belly rub!
1. Muscle Relaxation: Essential oils like lavender, clove, and anise star possess natural muscle relaxant properties. When massaged onto the affected area, these oils can help soothe tense muscles, and promote relaxation. This can lead to quick relief from the stiffness, and tension we hold in our bellies when we feel anxious.
2. Improved Circulation: Certain essential oils, such as clove and black pepper, have properties that can enhance and support our circulation. Improved circulation helps deliver more oxygen and nutrients to our bellies, aiding in digestion, and calming our nerves.
3. Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Essential oils like spearmint and lavender contain anti-inflammatory compounds that can help alleviate a feeling of bloat or inflammation in the belly area. By reducing these feelings of inflammation, you can experience a calming more relaxed tummy,
4. Nerve Calming: Oils like lavender, spearmint and anise star have calming effects on the nervous system. By promoting relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety, these oils indirectly contribute to lessening the intensity and frequency of how we “feel” with our guts” which can sometimes be triggered or exacerbated by stress.
5. Aromatherapy Benefits: Aromatherapy itself can have a positive impact on how we hold tension in our bodies that are caused directly by emotional and psychological stress. Inhaling the pleasant scents of essential oils as you massage your belly can trigger the release of endorphins, the body's natural stress relievers, and create a sense of emotional well-being. This holistic approach can make the overall experience more enjoyable and therapeutic.
When creating a warming belly oil blend to soothe a nervous belly, it's essential to dilute the essential oils properly with a carrier oil (such as coconut, almond, or jojoba oil) to ensure safe application. Mixing a few drops of the chosen essential oils with the carrier oil creates a potent yet gentle solution that can be massaged in the area around your belly button.
Always perform a patch test and consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you have allergies or pre-existing medical conditions.
By harnessing the power of essential oils in a warming belly oil, you're not only targeting the physical aspects of supporting better digestion but also creating a holistic and soothing experience that addresses the discomfort we feel in our bodies that is caused directly by stress.