Celiac Disease…What Is It?
Lately I have been hearing more and more people say they have celiac disease. I did not know much about it, other than it is an allergy to gluten, but I have learned it is so much more.
As described by WebMD, gluten is a protein that can be found in wheat, barley, rye, and other grains. It is the protein that makes dough elastic and gives bread its chewy texture. When somebody with celiac disease ingests gluten, their bodies then overreact to the protein and damages something called the villi. Villi are finger-like projections found along the wall of the small intestine and when they are damaged, the small intestine can no longer properly absorb nutrients found in food. If this is left untreated, it can lead to malnourishment, loss of bone density, infertility or even lead to the start of neurological diseases, and certain cancers. In addition to the injury sustained by the villi, most people who suffer from celiac disease also experience intense migraines after ingesting gluten. In fact, past research performed by the Mayo Clinic has found those who suffer from migraines have a higher risk of having celiac disease — although, this is controversial in the medical community.
Symptoms of Celiac Disease
Celiac disease and a food allergy are not the same. If you have an allergy to wheat, you are likely to experience itchiness, watery eyes, or even have a hard time breathing. But if you have celiac disease, symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Abdominal Pain
- Mouth Ulcers
- Weight Loss
- Loss of Bone Density
- Bone or Joint Pain
Essential Oils to Soothe Symptoms of Celiac Disease
If you have celiac disease, no matter how hard you try not to ingest gluten, from time to time it happens – even with labeling as good as it is. On occasion you may eat a product that has had some cross contamination with gluten, or even have gluten hidden within it. And when this happens, I am sure you are miserable. A good friend of mine suffers from celiac disease, and I blended together the following essential oils to help provide relief. She said the results were immediate and now carries a small bottle of it with her. Her only issue is the smell – it is not blended to make you smell good, it is blended to help you feel good.
In addition to providing relief from celiac disease, this blend can also aid in motion-sickness, indigestion, heartburn, and other digestive issues.
There is no specific measurement for these oils, other than making sure it’s equal parts of each. I also always recommend diluting the essential oils in a carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil). If I am pouring straight from the bottle, I usually use about 3 drops of each. You can modify this until you attain the desired result.
Are you ready for the ingredients to your new magic potion?
Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander are know to help by easing stomach discomfort. Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway aid in digestion, provide relaxation to the muscles, and assist with digestion.
How To Apply The Oil Blend
There are many different ways to apply this blend, but I recommend just placing a few drops of the mixture on your palms and rubbing it directly to your abdomen above your stomach and intestine area. The reason I prefer this method when I have a stomach ache, is because the warmth of my hands also aids in providing relief.
You can also:
- Put the mixture in a roller ball, and apply when needed
- Fill a glass spray bottle with this blend, and spray it directly to your abdomen
Whether you suffer from celiac disease or you are experiencing some digestive issues, blend together these oils to help soothe the discomfort. And as always, be sure to contact a medical professional if these symptoms are recurrent or persistent. I am a big believer in combining eastern and western medicine.
As with any supplement, vitamin, essential oil or change to a health routine, consult your doctor first. Take the time to research the essential oils you choose to use, before using them. I also invite you to read this disclaimer.