Happy New Year! Do you have any fun resolutions? I’m thinking about what I want to manifest in 2017, I tried to set both a professional goal – a book that is in the works that I hope to share with you very soon – and a personal goal that would help me stay more clean and clear with my boundaries.
You see, I was literally the girl who could not say no. You need a volunteer for a school event, sure! It was your day to drive carpool, but you’re not feeling well. I got you covered. You’re having a bad day and you just need someone to emotionally dump on. I’m your girl.
Essential Oils for SIBO, Crohns and IBS
It never occurred to me that those poor emotional boundaries could contribute to poor intestinal boundaries. It’s true. Dysbiosis, like Crohn’s, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), parasites or excessive bacteria in the small intestine can all be indicative of poor energetic boundaries. Essential Oils for SIBO, Crohns, and IBS can help!
Symptoms of Poor Intestinal Boundaries
• Bloating or Swelling
• Abdominal cramps or pain
• Constipation or Diarrhea
• A diagnosis of SIBO, Crohn’s or IBS
• Nutrient Malabsorption
When in proper boundaries are in place, the bacteria in the colon help digest, assimilate and absorb essential nutrients. When boundaries are not clear, bacterial overgrowth literally invades your boundaries, interfering with the healthy digestive and absorption process. This can contribute to poor nutrient absorption or malabsorption of nutrients, particularly fat-soluble vitamins and iron. In some cases, the pathogens actually consume some of the nutrients, leading to unpleasant symptoms, including gas, bloating and pain.
Since learning about this at a health conference a few years ago, I have made considerable strides in improving my boundaries, and with them, the health of my gut.
But like most of my experiences on my journey toward healing, I realized that it was not enough to simply try to stay clean in your own boundaries and avoid conflict even when others are disrespectful or flat out dishonest. True boundaries require you to speak your truth and hold your own against individuals and pathogens that try to invade your space. This boosts your confidences, helps interpersonal relationships and even helps to balance the flora in the small intestine.
When you improve energetic boundaries, pathogens are no longer an energetic match and often dissipate, thus restoring the balance of healthy gut flora. This healthy balance of bacteria in the intestines helps to support the immune functions in the epithelial cells, like maintaining physical and chemical barriers and making the gut more acidic and hostile to invading bacteria.
Healthy flora also compete with potential pathogens for space and food. If your healthy gut bacteria are already using all the resources available, there’s nothing left to feed the bad guys. They also help to modulate the inflammatory immune response and neutralize toxic substances.
Oils are a great tool for balancing gut flora. Unlike antibiotics which attack bacteria indiscriminately, killing both the good and the bad, essential oils only attack the harmful bacteria, allowing our body’s friendly flora to flourish.
Essential Oils for Healthy Gut Boundaries
Small Intestine Support™ The small intestine upholds physical boundaries and plays a discerning role with emotions. In the digestion process, the small intestine absorbs and assimilates key nutrients while preventing harmful pathogens and toxins from entering the body.
On an emotional level, the small intestine plays a similarly discerning role with emotions, helping to understand experiences and determine healthy and appropriate relationships and boundaries. It is also an area where we can hold deep childhood scars of rejection, abandonment or abuse; negative thoughts fueled by feelings of lack of self-worth, low self‐esteem, loneliness, neglect and anxieties about survival and success.
Vibrant Blue Oils Emotion Balance Small Intestine Support™ blend supports the healthy functioning of the small intestine as it sorts and transforms food, feelings and ideas into useful ingredients for the body/mind. It also helps correct imbalances where you are overly in tune with other’s feelings at the expense of your own.
Applying 2- 3 drops around the belly button, the ears and/or over the heart may help foster clear boundaries that are supportive and nurturing to your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
Thyroid Support™: In addition to clean boundaries, it is important to enforce them with clear expression. The thyroid gland, located below the Adam’s apple on the neck, coordinates the metabolism of almost every cell in the body. The thyroid relates emotionally to self-expression and the struggle to communicate. This includes speaking up for ourselves as well as not suppressing our truth, failing to ask for what we want and or feeling we do not have the right to ask for what we want all of which impact our internal and external boundaries. Applying 2- 3 drops over the throat, the ears and/or over the heart may help uphold clear boundaries by speaking your truth.
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