Women’s Health and Digestion

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Women’s Health and Digestion

Alicia Dragic, RN, CGP


Disclaimer: This presentation is for education purposes only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. I am not a medical doctor, nutritionist or dietician, and do not imply to be such. This information should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice and treatment. Please consult your health care provider before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition.

I only recommend Young Living essential oils as their oils are safe and distilled without using chemicals with their purity proven through rigid third-party testing. To learn more about the quality of Young Living essential oils, you may read more about their Seed to Seal policy.

Western Medicine vs. Natural Medicine

Reactive vs. Proactive

Toxify vs. Detoxify

Suppression vs. Root cause healing

Essential Oils: alive, transdermal, oxygenating, and smart (adaptogenic)

Aromatic, volatile liquid that is within many shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds that is usually extracted through steam distillation

Very complex chemistry, may consist of hundreds of different and unique chemical compounds

Highly concentrated (5,000 lbs. of rose petals to make 1 kilo of rose oil)

Powerful antimicrobials

History of essential oils: from ancient times

Frequency of body and frequencies of oils

Root cause of illness: the “second brain”

“All diseases begin in the gut” – Hippocrates, 460 – 370 BCE

Many treatments are helpful, but if you don’t address your digestive health, often problems continue and chronic illness can develop

Diet: decrease the amount of toxins you are consuming

  • Organic (“dirty dozen”, “clean 15”)

  • Decrease processed carbs

  • No preservatives, dyes, artificial flavors, MSG, etc. etc. etc.

  • Use natural sweeteners (avoid refined sugar, HFCS, artificial sweeteners)

Important: probiotics (supplement and fermented foods)

“There are more of them (microbes) than there are of us” (90% of our body is microbes and their DNA)

** Autism, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, dyslexia/dyspraxia, schizophrenia, asthma, eczema, food allergies, autoimmune disorders … they all have a root cause in the gut (symptoms of toxicity)

Natural ways to detoxify and support digestive system:

- Essential oils

- Detox baths

- Juicing

- Healing diets

Why discuss digestion with women’s health?

- “we are what we eat”

- some digestive disorders are more common in women than men (IBS, gallstones)

- hormones: depend on cholesterol and other nutrients to be made and function

- we pass our gut flora on to our children: determines their future health

- autoimmune disorders: related to gut health

Essential Oils and Your Digestion:


This blend promotes a healthy digestive system and relieves digestive problems.

Contains: tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, anise, patchouli, lemongrass

Suggested application: Rub across your abdomen (diluted 1:1) and on the bottom of your feet (may use VitaFlex points for liver/intestines); put 3 drops in a vegetable capsule, top with coconut or olive oil and take internally; dilute in 1 tsp. carrier oil, massage across abdomen and place warm compress on belly for 30 minutes


This blend helps ease digestive symptoms and helps soothe occasional stress. Use as you would DiGize.

Contains: peppermint, spearmint, ginger, cardamom, fennel

Ginger, JuvaFlex, JuvaCleanse, GLF, fennel, peppermint …

Allergies: Lemon, lavender and peppermint (LLP) applied topically, diffused, diluted and placed in a roller bottle (copaiba can be added for extra strength)

Anemia (which many women have): increase amount of iron in diet (take with vitamin C); add lemon to your water and to the bottoms of your feet and your stomach. Rehemogen tincture (10 drops twice a day) and JuvaTone together help raise blood count.

Belching and bloating: DiGize applied to the stomach or VitaFlex points.

Candida: DiGize (apply and place hot compress over abdomen); ImmuPower and Thieves may be rubbed topically over the belly or applied to the feet.

Constipation: orange, rosemary, lemon, peppermint, marjoram, and/or DiGize applied topically. Mix together 6 drops each of orange, tangerine, and spearmint and rub on lower stomach and colon.

Crohn’s: Peppermint and DiGize applied topically or taken internally in a capsule. Raindrop Technique on spine with ImmuPower.

Diarrhea: peppermint, ginger, geranium, melaleuca, sandalwood (for stubborn diarrhea), DiGize, AromaEase applied topically to stomach. For stress induced diarrhea, try lavender.

Food poisoning: Thieves, tarragon, DiGize; place 2-5 drops in a capsule, top up with carrier oil and swallow. Also can apply 6 drops DiGize to water, swish around mouth, and swallow.

Gallbladder: Geranium, German chamomile, JuvaFlex (stimulates), JuvaCleanse, GLF, Release … apply over liver/gallbladder. For stones, apply nutmeg, geranium, grapefruit and juniper topically over gallbladder area and use a hot compress or apply to VitaFlex points of the feet. Helichrysum can be helpful for a gallbladder infection.

Gas: Ginger, lavender, peppermint or DiGize applied topically and to Vita Flex points of feet.

Heartburn: lemongrass taken internally or applied topically, DiGize applied over stomach and colon.

Hemorrhoids: Cypress and helichrysum on location. Consider dietary changes and liver support (related to liver congestion).

Ileus: (or sluggish bowels): ComforTone supplement, Digest + Cleanse

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Peppermint, caraway and DiGize. Add 1-2 drops of EO into a capsule, top up with carrier oil to take internally. Apply over belly with carrier oil as needed and apply hot compress.

Liver: Consider liver cleanse; JuvaCleanse, clove (increases detoxification), ledum (powerful detoxifier), dill, JuvaFlex, Release, GLF, and many more.

Motion sickness: drop 1-2 drops DiGize in your hand and apply behind both ears, rub hands together, cup over nose and mouth and breathe deeply; a preventive recipe: mix 4 drops peppermint and 4 drops ginger in 1 oz. carrier oil and rub on chest and stomach before traveling

Nausea: peppermint (inhale, diffuse, topically), ginger, lavender

Ulcer, stomach: Geranium is the most recommended oil, either adding 1 drop to rice or almond milk or applying over stomach with a hot compress. Also, bergamot, frankincense, manuka, orange and peppermint may be used. Manuka honey is said to naturally kill H. pylori.

Essential Oils and Women’s Health:

Dragon Time

Relieves PMS symptoms and menstrual discomforts including cramping and irregular periods. Balances emotions, alleviates mood swings and headaches caused by hormonal imbalance, and can enhance sexual function.

Contains: fennel, clary sage, marjoram, lavender, yarrow, jasmine

Suggested application: Apply diluted 1:1 on location (belly for PMS/cramps), apply to ankles and bottoms of feet, wrists, outside of ears. Diffuse. Can apply with a hot compress over lower abdomen or lower back as needed.

Progessence Plus

Lowers cholesterol, decreases symptoms of menopause, libido, wrinkles, blood sugar levels, restores cell oxygen levels, improves bone density, weight control and other endocrine issues.

Contains: copaiba, frankincense, cedarwood, bergamot, peppermint, rosewood leaf, clove, natural progesterone (from yam), and other ingredients

Suggested application: apply 1-2 drops (or up to 4) daily on the neck. For additional benefits, apply 1-2 drops daily along the forearm (apply max 2x/day).

Acne (hormonal breakouts): Progessence Plus (helpful for premenstrual or mid-cycle acne breakouts); using melaleuca, lavender, Melrose or Purification on acne breakouts may be helpful. Acne can often be related to diet as well, so cleaning up the diet or using colon cleansing supplements can also help.

Addictions (coffee or sugar anyone?): JuvaFlex applied over the liver can assist with breaking addictions; bergamot can be helpful with coffee addictions (and it is very uplifting for your mood!) and peppermint/lemon in water can give you the energy boost that you crave; Dill applied on the wrists may help remove addiction to sweets, and adding grapefruit to your water is helpful with withdrawal symptoms

Adrenal Glands (adrenal fatigue): A combination of nutmeg, clove and rosemary applied over the adrenals can be helpful; EndoFlex and En-R-Gee can also assist with increased energy. You can also apply to VitaFlex points on the feet or apply a warm compress over the adrenals after applying oils.

Alertness: Staying awake while driving – Clarity and En-R-Gee together. Great mix!

Anger: to calm down, apply Peace & Calming (or diffuse) or use the Tranquil roll-on. Also, anger is stored in the liver, so using JuvaFlex, geranium (cleanses and detoxifies the liver), or applying Release at night over the liver can be helpful. Ylang ylang is also effective at dispelling anger (think Joy).

Anxiety: Lavender, citrus oils, Roman chamomile, ylang ylang … blends like Release and Tranquil can be applied topically. Diffusing oils can also be helpful. White Angelica is very grounding and helps dispel negative energy.

Autoimmune disease: ImmuPower, diffuse or apply to VitaFlex points on feet or apply to spine. Important to also look at diet.

Balance female hormones: Ylang ylang and bergamot (apply topically or diffuse). Dragon Time applied one week before your period begins and as needed during your period can be very helpful.

Bladder infection: Add 1 drop lemongrass and 1 drop Thieves to 8 oz. of water and drink three times a day. NingXia Red (1 oz) followed by 6-8 oz. of water every 4 hours. Apply Thieves topically (Purification is also good) over lower abdomen.

Calming: Peace & Calming, Stress Away, lavender, ylang ylang, Citrus Fresh, citrus oils, cedarwood … diffuse, apply topically to wrists and back of neck. Release is another great blend, apply over the liver at bedtime.

Cellulite: Grapefruit, cedarwood and rosemary applied topically. Can flavor water with grapefruit and lemon, as this will help with weight loss, cellulite and also may improve energy levels. You can find several different recipes for “cellulite cream” on Pinterest. One recipe is: 1 cup coconut oil with 15 drops lemon oil and 5 drops peppermint oil.

Depression: Very important to address dietary needs. Also, citrus oils (diffuse, topically), frankincense, lavender, Joy, and several other oils can be helpful. I like Release and Citrus Fresh. Winter blues blend: 4 drops orange, 3 drops lavender, 2 drops frankincense and diffuse as needed.

Edema: Make a blend of 5 drops cypress, 3 drops juniper, and 10 drops tangerine (or use equal parts cypress and tangerine) and apply from ankles to knees and on VitaFlex points for the bladder.

Endocrine system (adrenal glands, thyroid, ovaries …) Rosemary, cinnamon, Endoflex are very helpful for balancing the endocrine system. Apply on location, diffuse, apply over liver or on both sides of the spine and clavicle area. Dilute with carrier oil for a massage. Also, Progessence Plus is a great hormone balancer.

Energy: En-R-Gee, peppermint, Brain Power, Clarity, citrus oils (grapefruit) … apply topically, diffuse, and add peppermint and citrus oils to water.

Estrogen: Clary sage, SclarEssence and Mister help the body to produce estrogen. Apply to lower abdomen as needed or diffuse.

Feeling “bugged”: Diffuse Acceptance, Forgiveness, Peace & Calming and/or Valor (can also directly inhale, apply to hands and inhale, wear as perfume). Apply to auricular emotional points, like earlobes.

Fibroids: Frankincense and helichrysum; either oil can be applied in douche (3 drops) or applied to VitaFlex points of feet.

Flabby arms: cypress, fennel, juniper, lavender: dilute in carrier oil and massage into skin on location.

Hair loss: Cedarwood, lavender, rosemary … rub through your hands and apply to scalp at bedtime. Add to your shampoo or bath water.

Headaches: Peppermint, M-Grain, Deep Relief, Clarity applied topically. If related to cycle, try sage lavender. Also, consider hormonal headaches: Dragon Time and Progessence Plus.

Heavy flow: Combine 10 drops helichrysum with 1 tsp. carrier oil and massage on ankles, lower back and stomach.

Hot flashes: peppermint, clary sage, Endoflex, Dragon Time, Mister, bergamot: apply these oils on the ankles at the ovary and uterus VitaFlex points.

Infertility: Clary sage, Sclar-Essence, Progessence Plus; also before the cycle, rub 10 drops Dragon Time around ankles, lower back, and lower stomach. During the cycle, rub 4 drops basil in the same places.

Libido (low): ylang ylang, Sensation, Dragon Time, Mister, Progessence Plus, jasmine, Lady Sclareol, clary sage .. diffuse, apply as body spray, apply topically to temples, neck and wrists; dilute for a massage oil; use in bath water

Menopause: Progessence Plus! Also, use oils to treat individual symptoms. Nutmeg helps to balance hormones as well (endocrine system). EndoFlex is useful for thyroid.

Menstrual Cramps: Progessence Plus to help balance hormones, Dragon Time on location of cramps; you can also take FemiGen supplement (helps balance female hormones).

Ovarian cysts: Basil applied topically or diffused. Also, use Progessence Plus or try this: 5 drops frankincense and 5 drops Melrose, blend and dilute as needed, apply to lower back and abdomen. May also apply on tampon. Dragon Time may also be helpful.

Reproductive System: FemiGen may help build and balance the reproductive system and help maintain better hormonal balance for developmental years all the way through menopause.

Restless Legs: Restless legs are caused by the body dumping acid into the system at night. In the evening before bed, take 1 Tbs. JuvaPower (in water or nut milk), followed by ½ tsp. of AlkaLime in water. Then apply 2-3 drops each of valerian, Roman chamomile, and lavender to the back of the neck and base of skull.

Sleep: lavender (on the spine), RutaVaLa, Peace & Calming, Tranquil roll-on, Stress Away … apply topically, mist on sheets, diffuse, make massage oils. SleepEssence is a supplement that can also be helpful. Lavender/cedarwood combo is amazing as well.

Urinary tract support: cypress, geranium and juniper, applied topically with a warm compress or diffused.

Uterine health: frankincense, lemon and cedarwood applied topically. Uterine inflammation can be decreased using elemi topically.

Vaginal yeast infection: Melaleuca (Melrose), oregano, thyme, myrrh, bergamot and geranium can all be helpful. You can mix a little probiotic powder in yogurt and apply directly on location. Melaleuca, or Melrose, can be applied neat over the lower belly and also mixed in coconut oil and used as an external cream. Purification also contains melaleuca. Also: address digestion!

Varicose veins: 1-3 drops each of basil and Aroma Siez, massage above the affected vein toward the heart; cypress (as a bath oil), lemongrass, lemon, peppermint and Aroma Life can be helpful; dilute as recommended and apply from ankles up the legs; consistent application of oils for an extended period of time is key. Helichrysum dissolves the coagulated blood inside and outside of the veins, cypress strengthens the veins. Massage above the vein twice a day, wear support hose until healed, it may take 3 months to a year to heal completely; vary the essential oils used.

Weight loss: Slique products for weight loss; add citrus oils and spearmint/peppermint to drinking water; Add 6 drops of the following blend to bath water to attack fat: 8 drops grapefruit, 5 drops cypress, 4 drops lavender, 4 drops basil, and 3 drops juniper. Spearmint increases metabolism (try Citrus Fresh!)

Wrinkles: Frankincense, patchouli, lavender, and more … 1 drop frankincense, 1 drop lavender, 1 drop lemon twice a day around eyes; 3 drops lavender, 4 drops geranium, 2 drops patchouli, 6 drops rosewood in 1 oz. carrier oil and rub on wrinkles in an upward, lifting motion

New Mama Oils: (several suggestions also for pregnancy and labor in reference book)

Baby blues: Joy, lavender, Peace & Calming, Hope, Valor … diffuse, apply to auricular emotional points, apply to temple and forehead. Apply to bath water.

Increase milk supply: Clary sage, basil and fennel (do not use fennel longer than 10 days) applied topically around breasts.

Mastitis: Apply equal amounts lavender and tangerine diluted with carrier to oil to breasts and under arms twice a day.

Sore nipples: Roman chamomile

Stress: Gentle Baby can relieve stress during pregnancy (topical and diffuse) and can also be used by fathers to relieve stress during delivery. Tranquil roll-on and Present Time (can help mothers focus on giving birth).

Stretch marks: Gentle Baby applied neat on location.

Some Oils for Guys Too:

Balancing hormones: Mister (balances), SclarEssence (increases testosterone levels); apply topically or to VitaFlex points on feet, see dietary supplement info below

Impotence: Clary sage, SclarEssence (taken internally as a dietary supplement – add 2-4 drops to a capsule with 2-4 drops carrier oil, helps to raise testosterone levels), Mister, clove … apply to Vita Flex points in feet, to groin area, or to abdomen

Infertility: Basil, clary sage, SclarEssence … also, the supplement Master Formula His; apply on location or to VitaFlex points on the feet.

Jock Itch: 2 drops cypress, lavender, melaleuca or patchouli in 1 tsp. coconut oil and apply twice a day

Prostate: Frankincense, Mister, Australian Blue and Endoflex: dilute as necessary and apply to groin area, lower back and abdomen, and bottoms of feet.

Snoring: Rub RC on the throat to keep airway open; apply Valor on the bottoms of the feet.

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