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Essential oils for constipation


No need to explain what constipation is, we all know what it is 🙂 And sometimes we would all like to get rid of it quickly but it’s not that easy. Constipation can occur at any age or period of life. Stomach aches, bloating, spasms, and slowing of the transit indicate a dysfunction of the digestive tree. Essential oils act at different levels (stomach, liver, intestine, colon) to restore balance. Discover some essential oils useful for constipation.


Constipation: mechanism, symptoms and causes.

Food takes 4 to 5 hours to travel from the stomach to the colon. The residues of digestion take 24 to 48 hours to be evacuated. Stools are normally about 80% water. But when the colon reduces the water content too much, the stool is dry, small and hard, it accumulates and is called constipation. As a result, there is bloating, pain and cramping and a slowing down of the bowel movement. The evacuation of stools is difficult, irregular and delayed. Transit is considered normal when there is an emission of 3 stools per day to 3 stools per week.

The causes

Organic causes:

  • Abnormalities of the digestive tree: cancer, annal fissure 

  • Extra-digestive abnormalities: endocrine (hormonal changes, hypothyroidism, diabetes), gynaecological (ovarian cysts, pregnancy), general (malnutrition, anorexia)


Functional causes:

  • Occasional constipation: changes in diet and/or lifestyle, imbalance in the intestinal flora, after surgery, temporary psychological difficulties, travel abroad.
  • Chronic constipation: often related to prolonged immobility, lack of physical activity or a low-fibre diet.
  • Functional colopathy: alternating constipation and diarrhoea with abdominal pain, often accompanied and/or caused by stress.
  • Iatrogenic constipation: some drugs have the side effect of slowing down bowel movements.


It is necessary to consult your doctor if :

-the constipation is unusual and persistent,
-it alternates with diarrhoea,
-there is blood in the stools
-there is a history of colon cancer in the family.



EOs can help when experiencing constipation by acting through their mechanical and secretory properties, at all levels of the digestive tree.


Properties that are highly helpful:

  • carminative: evacuation of gas, responsible for abdominal pain.
  • stomachic: stimulating the functioning of the stomach.
  • aperitive: stimulation of digestive secretions.
  • antispasmodics: alleviation of painful spasms of the intestine.
  • laxatives: stimulation of digestive secretions to soften stools and facilitate their evacuation.
  • psychic, nervous relaxants.


Essential oils to be favoured in case of constipation:



Properties: carminative, anti-fermentation, antispasmodic

Stomachic, which promotes the proper functioning of the stomach (thanks to methylchavicol – between 65 and 86%)

Tarragon EO, therefore, prevents food from remaining in the intestine and prevents the creation of parasites.


  1. Tropical Basil EO: PROMOTES DIGESTION

basil essential oil illustrationProperties: stomachic, carminative, anti-fermentative, antispasmodic. Nerve balancer, calms mental hyperactivity

It is also used for stomach pains, hyperacidity and heartburn.



ginger essential oil illustrationProperties: aperitive, carminative.

Tonic for the digestive system, it favours the movement of the intestine and the progression of food. It also stimulates, warms and energises

Composition of ginger :

70% sesquiterpenes (and zingiberene): micro-stimulation effect on the digestive glands at the gastric and intestinal levels, which strengthens the digestive capacity

And monoterpenes (tonic action on the digestive system).



cardamom drawing Properties: carminative, digestive and antispasmodic

Composition of cardamon:

30 to 40% ester (terpenyl acetate): carminative properties that promote the evacuation of intestinal gases by stimulating salivary and gastric secretions. This allows a better degradation and assimilation of food.

Terpenyl acetate has an antispasmodic activity which calms abdominal pain linked to constipation. It also encourages the movements of the smooth muscles surrounding the intestine, which allows the food consumed to be transported from the top of the digestive system to the bottom and then expelled in the form of stools.

  1. Coriander EO: EVACUATE GAS

coriander drawing


Properties: stomachic, carminative, digestive tonic. Both soothing and toning

It helps expel intestinal gas, which promotes digestion and inhibits bloating that can occur and is often linked to constipation.


  1. Green mandarin EO: LAXATIVE ACTION

green mandarin drawingProperties: digestive tonic, mild laxative, muscle relaxant. Powerful nervous relaxant and calming

Composition of green mandarin EO:

65 to 80% monoterpene (limonene) is useful for its tonic properties on the digestive tract.

The limonene will support the sesquiterpenes of Ginger essential oil. It also facilitates the expulsion of the stools thanks to its laxative activity.


What to do in case of constipation?

Even if it is unpleasant, occasional constipation is not dangerous for your health.

To improve transit, a few simple measures can be taken:


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Eat fruit and vegetables and more whole grains

The majority of constipation is caused by an inadequate diet, physical laziness and/or stress.

The first step is to ensure that you eat a healthy diet with a high fibre intake. Note that prunes, figs and sultanas are very rich in fibre and will therefore promote good intestinal transit.

A remedy for constipation: brown rice.  Rice should be eaten whole and not refined, as it loses almost all its properties.
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Drink plenty to avoid constipation

You should drink 1.5 L of water daily (recommendation: Vittel or HĂ©par).
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Physical activities

A minimum of physical activity per day is necessary for good bowel movements. An hour’s walk a day or 2 to 3 sports sessions a week are excellent remedies for constipation.



Take a daily supplement of psyllium, a food supplement that restores the balance of the intestinal flora and thus regulates your transit.

Possible complications:

If left untreated, complications can arise, such as haemorrhoids or intestinal obstruction in extreme cases, particularly in the elderly.

Regular use of laxatives is not recommended, as they can lead to intestinal addiction and dependency.


Occasional constipation in adults, travellers’ constipation

Used in the first intention, in massage of the belly, EOs will bring real relief. A complimentary oral intake is possible.

*A quick recipe against constipation

Make up the following mixture:

  • 6 drops of VO
  • 2 drops of Ginger or Tarragon EO.

👉 Massage the belly with this mixture up to 3 times a day.

Instructions for use: Massage the abdomen slowly in a clockwise direction. Additionally, insist on the area of the descending colon (left part of the abdomen). Use 3 to 6 times a day as needed. Occasional use over 2 or 3 days for a return to normal.

precautionsCounter-indications: pregnant and breastfeeding women, children under 3 years old.


Soothe constipation by oral route (following medical advice)

👉 Swallow: Pour one drop of ginger EO into 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and let it melt in the mouth before meals.

In fact, Olive oil will have a gentle and complementary laxative effect and transit should improve within a few days.

precautionsCounter-indications: pregnant and breastfeeding women, children under 6 years old.



Chronic constipation in adults

The belly massage with tarragon essential oil (see paragraph above) can be tested 5 days out of 7 for 3 weeks, up to 6 massages per day.

*Synergies of EOs in massage against constipation

To increase the effectiveness it is possible to mix several EOs in massage on the belly.


D. Baudoux

  • EO ginger (zingiber officinalis) : 3 ml
  • EO basil (ocimum basilicum): 2 ml

Use: Massage the stomach morning and evening with 5 drops of this mixture diluted with 5 drops of VO. This will help to reinforce the tonic action at the intestinal level.


TRANSIT Regulation

Properties: digestive stimulant, carminative, antispasmodic, mild laxative and relaxing

Indications: adult constipation, slow digestion, bloating, digestive spasms due to stress

  • Ginger EO (zingiber officinalis) : 3 ml
  • Basil EO (ocimum basilicum): 2 ml
  • Coriander EO (Coriandrus sativus) : 1ml
  • Mandarin EO (Citrus reticulata) 3ml
  • VO 21ml


Directions for use: use the mixture over 5 to 7 days, as needed, following the protocol below. Repeat if necessary.

  • Oral use (on medical advice): 4 drops of the mixture, twice a day, before meals
  • Cutaneous use: use 10 to 15 drops of the mixture. Then, massage the abdomen slowly in a clockwise direction. Further insist on the area of the descending colon (left part of the abdomen). Repeat 2 times a day, after meals.


precautionsCounter-indications: pregnant and breastfeeding women, children under 6 years old,

There is a risk of photosensitisation with Mandarin EO (no exposure to the sun within eight hours of application)

Precaution: ongoing hormonal treatment (‘progesterone-like’ effect of Coriander essential oil)


Child constipation

The regulation of the intestinal transit of the child can also be subject to the hazards of daily life and can be accompanied by belly massages with essential oils (subject to a prior medical diagnosis).


Synergy « Belly massage », from 36 months onwards

Make up the following mixture in a bottle:


Directions for use: Take 5 to 6 drops of the mixture in the palm of your hand. Slowly massage the child’s stomach in a clockwise direction. Further insist on the area of the descending colon (left part of the abdomen). Repeat twice a day, for 5 to 7 days.


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All yogurts (animal or plant-based) can be flavored with essential oils. In an unsweetened yogurt, add a spoonful of honey in which you’ll dilute the essential oil of your choice. For a classic flavor, add two drops of citrus essential oils. For an exotic yogurt, add a drop of Ylang Ylang essential oil. This also works for whipped cream!


Flavor your olive oil: for 1 liter of edible oil, add 15 drops of rosemary or basil essential oil (or 8 drops of each) to one liter of cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. Shake well to mix the different oils and let it rest for about a day before using it to season salads, pasta, vegetables, fish fillets, and more.


Add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil to half a spoonful of honey, agave syrup, or mashed fruit, mix it into an ice cube tray, cover with water, and freeze!

Here are some quick ideas to get started


  • In the case of a cake, chocolate mousse, or pancakes: add essential oils directly to the batter, which is sweet and rich in fats.
  • For syrup to drizzle over your cakes after baking, or for your ice creams: mix 250g of sugar syrup with about 4 drops of citrus essence (4 drops of one citrus or 1 drop of 4 different citruses, for example).
  • Jams, marmalades, or honey: add a few drops of essential oils (e.g., lavender, thyme, or citrus essences).
  • Season a pasta dish: add 4 drops of Clary Sage essential oil to a 400g pasta dish.
  • Flavor rice: add one drop of Lemongrass essential oil to 400g of rice.
  • Enhance an apple crumble with cinnamon essential oil

The essential oils most commonly used in cooking:







Le+ santé




Allium sativum

Odeur forte difficile Ă  utiliser

.aĂŻoli or garlic butter

. enhance the flavor of your sauces (tomato, dressing)


natural antibiotic

helps lower bad cholesterol and reduce blood sugar levels 

Difficult to digest




Anethum graveolens

Slightly  anised and fresh 

cream-based sauces to season fish, especially salmon

vegetables (potato, zucchini)

salads (cucumber)


Stimulates digestive secretions and the gallbladder

Risk of nephrotoxicity after prolonged and high dose ingestion



Ocimum basilicum

The essential oil of Basil has a stronger taste than the aromatic herb we know:

fruit desserts

poultry (chicken)

fish (calamari)

sauces (tomato, garlic)

pasta (garlic-olive oil, tomato)

vegetables (tomato, zucchini, coco beans)

olive oils


Relieves all intestinal and gastric problems Recommended for flatulence, bloating, and abdominal pain



Java citronella

Cymbopogon winterianus

Acidic and lemony flavour


Indian or Asian-inspired dishes

marinades, sauces (coconut milk)





Coriander (seeds)

Coriandrum sativum

Earthy and slightly camphorated fragrance

savory dishes (such as hummus)

Asian and Mexican cuisine

soups (pumpkin, carrot)

sauces (tomato, béchamel, coconut milk)



Aid for various digestive issues, bloating, and stomach-aches




Artemesia dracunculus

Light note

gratins, seasoning oils, and sauces (béarnaise, sour cream)

vegetable dips

meats (rabbit, beef)


Effective against colitis and intestinal spasms

Not recommended for use with anticoagulant treatments or coagulation disorders


Sweet Fennel

Fresh taste


gaspacho, tomato tart, fougasse, salads

Against flatulences and indigestions



Bay Laurel

Laurus nobilis

Sweet, bitter and fresh flavor


vegetables or fresh cheese

meats (game, pork, pùté, terrine)

fish (tuna, sardine)

sauces (béchamel, tomato)

vegetables (potato, tomato)



Pairs well with thyme



Origanum majorana


Sunny vegetables: tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers… In savory tarts or pizzas

Recommended for hypertensive individuals

Closely related to oregano with a finer flavor



Mentha arvensis

Milder flavor than Peppermint


Hepato-digestive stimulant

Very potent taste; a single drop is sufficient to season your dishes and drinks


Mentha piperita


Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks

Facilitate digestion



Mentha spicata

An even milder flavor than Peppermint or Field Mint


Moroccan tea


If you like the scent and taste of fresh mint, we recommend using this essential oil in your dishes instead.

Rosemary Cineole or Verbenon

Rosemarinus officinalis


Meats, fish, soups Poultry (chicken, turkey) Vegetables (zucchini, garlic) Sauces

Verbenon variety: detoxifying and liver protection

Pairs well with Bay Laurel and Thyme


Savory (Winter)

Satureja montana

Spicy, phenolic flavour

Pizzas, saucy dishes, mefrenats

Stimulates natural defenses



Clary Sage

Clary sage


pasta, broths and soups


Pairs well with Rosemary or Bay laurel


Thyme Linalol

Thyumus vulgaris

Very strong taste, best used in cooked dishes

Marinades, sauces (tomato), vinaigrettes, and vegetable preparations




Thyme  Thujanol

Lighter taste than Thyme Linalool

meat, fish, sauces





Flowers– Fruits 





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Citrus bergamis

Tangy and sweet flavour


Poultry (chicken breast)

Fish (carpaccio, en papillote)


Sauces (olive oil)

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine)

Fruit salads (citrus, banana)

Infusion (iced tea)


Aids digestion, prevents constipation and intestinal infections Appetite stimulant



Citrus limonum


Desserts or beverages

Fish sauces

Cake or sorbet preparation

Flavoring plain yogurt

Meat (veal)

Poultry (hen, chicken breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Braised dishes (tagine)

Marinades (alone or with thyme, basil, cloves)


Cleanses and stimulates the liver. It also eases digestion and helps reduce gas and bloating

Pairs well with mint / peppermint essential oil

Geranium Rosat

Pelargonium graveolens

Floral flavour



Red fruit desserts (crumbles, panna cotta, muffins, strawberries…)

Creams (crÚme brûlée, ice cream)

Fruit salads (kiwi), pairs well with red fruits, nectarines (peach)


Appetite suppressant to regulate blood sugar



Lavandula angustifolia

Floral, herbal scent


Candy, shortbread, sorbets

In savory dishes, in flavored olive oil for salads

Jams (apricot)

Pastries (crÚme brûlée, ice cream)




Green Mandarin

Citrus reticulata


Sweet and tangy flavour


Juices or cocktails

Pumpkin soups

Poultry (poultry breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Fish (monkfish, whiting)



Digestive tonic, against aerophagia Anti-inflammatory for the intestines Useful for heartburn, acidity


Orange (Sweet)

Citrus sinensis

Sweet and fruity


Chocolate desserts

Meat (beef, pork)

Poultry (duck, guinea fowl)

Fish (white fish)

Soups (carrot)

Sauces (olive oil, mayonnaise)

Pastries (cake, madeleine, cheesecake)

Creams (crÚme brûlée)

Fruit salads (with cinnamon)


Bitter tonic, against stomach spasms

Pairs well with  Cardamom or cinnamon

Petit Grain Bigarade 

Citrus aurantium

Fruity, with a flavor close to orange blossom

Fruity preparations (crumble, jam).

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine, crepe)

Creams (custard, crÚme brûlée, flan caramel)

Fruit salads


Pairs well with citrus fruits (orange), honey, nectarines (peach)


Difficult digestion, bloating, digestive spasms, stomachaches


in eggnog for better sleep:

1 drop with 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of honey and 25 ml milk to drink at bedtime



Citrus paradisi

Tangy and sweet

Avocado salads and desserts galore: tarts, syrups, shortbread, or sorbets


Suppresses appetite Difficult digestion


Lemon Verbena 

Lippia citriodora

Lemon scented


Dairy products, pies, fruit salads, smoothies, or infusions

Fish (monkfish, sea bass)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruit compote (peach, pear)

Desserts (ice cream, parfait, panna cotta, custard, crÚme brûlée)

Pastries (madeleine, shortbread, cake)



Internal worms


Ylang Ylang Complete


Pronounced floral scent

Chocolate and apples









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Cinnamon (bark)

Cinnamomum verum

Warm and sweet flavor

All desserts: fruits in all forms, cakes, compotes…

Braised dishes (tagine, curry)


vermifuge and helps combat digestive disorders, gastric pain, urinary or intestinal infections.

Increases appetite.

Very potent oil that should not be used undiluted


Elettaria cardamomum

Spicy favour

Savory dishes or fruity desserts (orange, peach).

Ideal in coffee or black tea

Carrot salad

Basmati rice


Aids in the prevention of aerophagia


Clove bud

Syzygium aromaticum


Curry dishes

Apple desserts

Breath freshener



Curcuma longa

Savory and discreet flavo


Mayonnaise, rice, potatoes, or fish



Bloating, colitis, difficult digestion



Zingiber officinale

Spicy and lemony flavor

Soups, gingerbread, shortbread, rhubarb pies


Useful in case of constipation, nausea


Black Pepper 

Piper nigrum

Spicy, hot, woody


for seasoning meats, poultry, sauces, and vegetables (mashed potatoes, mushrooms)

Bloating, hepatic-pancreatic insufficiency, difficult digestion, lack of appetite.



Pink Pepper

Schinus molle

Peppery, hot, spicy


Meats (beef carpaccio)

Poultry (duck)

Fish (salmon)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruits (apple)”

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Digestive disorders, intoxication, intestinal infections


Digestive and Purifying Essential Oils:

  • Dill, Celery, Cumin, Fennel, Basil, Lemon, Tarragon, Mint


Tonic and Antibacterial Essential Oils:

  • Ceylon Cinnamon (bark), Ginger, Mint, Thyme (linalool chemotype), Lemongrass, Turmeric, Clove, Savory


Soothing and Mild Essential Oils:

  • Cardamom, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Lemon Verbena, Lemon, Mandarin, Bitter Orange Petitgrain, Vanilla (resinoid), Ylang-Ylang



Precautions When Using Essential Oils

First and foremost, several essential oils are toxic and should not be ingested. While essential oils like lemon or coriander can be used, it’s essential to steer clear of curly parsley oil, which is highly toxic.

Therefore, it is crucial to research each oil before adding them to your recipes. Ingesting toxic essential oils can lead to symptoms ranging from mild irritation of the mouth’s mucous membranes to nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Some essential oils can even cause seizures or respiratory problems.


At-Risk Individuals

  • Prohibited for pregnant women in the first 3 months of pregnancy, as well as infants under 3 months.
  • Pregnant women beyond 3 months and those who are breastfeeding should exercise caution in both aromatic cooking and aromatherapy. Some oils are contraindicated for them.
  • Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.


Essential oils can trigger allergic reactions.




  • Only use 100% pure, 100% natural, and chemotyped essential oils, preferably certified as organic. This ensures a high-quality product with a known chemical composition and free from pesticides.


  • Avoid using essential oils in baby food (up to 3 years old): firstly, some essential oils may be contraindicated for young children, and secondly, babies already have a wide range of flavors to discover!


  • For children under 6 years old, their palates are still developing a taste for “classic” flavors. They may not appreciate the unique aromas of aromatic cooking. It’s better to introduce them gradually starting from the age of 6, beginning with familiar flavors like citrus, for example.


  • Never swallow essential oils undiluted or even on a sugar cube because they are highly concentrated.


  • Always dilute essential oils in a fatty and/or sweet substance: honey, oil, cereal syrup, cake batter, etc. Water, broth, or milk is not sufficient; a syrupy or fatty substance is required. Dosage must be precise to the drop!


Sometimes, one drop too many can render the preparation inedible. So, respect some basic rules:

  • Never incorporate the oil directly into the dish with the dropper, as an accidental drop can easily happen.
  • Always dilute the drop(s) in a spoonful of fatty or syrupy substance before adding it to the preparation.
  • Follow the number of drops indicated in the recipe or, if in doubt, stick to 1 drop per dish.

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