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Tolman Self Care: 6 Pure Essential Oils to Support Gut Health (via

When it comes to your wellbeing and longevity, ‘gut health’ is EVERYTHING!

This was a brilliant ancient wisdom that is thankfully coming back to today’s health-conscious world.

So besides a clean, plant-based diet that includes fermented foods, what else can you do to support a healthy gut?

Well, in this article I share with you 6 pure essential oils that do just that.

No. They’re not a substitute for a healthy, plant-based, wholefood rich diet, but they definitely should be a part of your regular self care routine.

First, a quick recap…

It was Hippocrates (the famous ancient Greek physician) who first recognised the importance of gut health by teaching and proclaiming that, ‘ALL dis-ease begins in the gut’.

But sadly today, most people (and their Doctors) fail to relate sickness and/or diseases to what’s happening internally inside the digestive tract.

It’s such a simple principle and yet it’s hardly spoken about in the medical world in favour of symptom-suppressing potions and drugs!

A journey, not a destination

Maintaining gut health is about embracing an ongoing lifestyle where you pay attention to your daily habits, rather than rely on a magic pill when you get sick.

If you simply wait for something to go wrong, you run the risk of causing any number of ailments and even serious diseases down the road within your body.

Signs that you have chaos occurring in your gut are symptoms like these:

  • Digestive problems
  • Brain fog
  • Fatigue
  • Problems sleeping
  • Skin conditions such as itching, rashes and nail fungus
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

All of these are typically caused by constant stress on the digestive tract as a result of eating too much meat, processed foods, refined sugar and alcohol.

So how can plant essential oils help?

Essential oils are highly concentrated, pure extracts from plants that are 50-70 times more potent than herbs.

They are a safe, natural, alternative to synthetic medicine and a powerful defence mechanism for your cells. In the gut they work by killing bad bacteria and healing and protecting the stomach wall, so I recommend that you incorporate one or two of these pure oils into your daily health routine:

1. Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is one of the most versatile and readily available essential oils. It is naturally fragrant, purifying and anti-bacterial, making it effective for soothing and restoring the digestive system.

2. Cardamom Oil

Cardamom is a soothing oil that originates from the seeds of spices related to the ginger family offers fantastic gastrointestinal protection as a result of its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.In addition to its ability to prevent bacteria from growing it is also effective at preventing stomach ulcers.

3. Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is a sweet strong-smelling oil that is a great all-rounder in terms of both respiratory and digestive health and wellness. In regards to gut health, it can assist with indigestion as well as stimulate digestion processes.

4. Clove Oil

Clove oil from the buds of the … plant is widely known for its oral health and hygiene properties and is a great remedy for toothache and bad breath.By the same token its powerful antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-parasitic characteristics are powerful for the gut as well, additionally its known to reduce intestinal tract inflammation, relieve stomach upsets and contains the compound ‘eugenol’ to fight yeast infections like candida!

5. Fennel Oil

With its strong liquorice flavour, Fennel is a potent root plant essential oil that is a wonder for maintaining and supporting optimal gut health. Full of antioxidants and antimicrobial agents it also prevents spasms, relieves gas and constipation and treats digestive issues like IBS. As an added bonus, it can also boost your metabolism and assist with losing weight!

6. Oregano Oil

Oregano oil from this popular cooking herb is also one of the most powerful in terms of killing off any unwanted bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites that may be living in your gut!

It’s especially effective in times of digestive stress when you really need to get your digestion back to a normal healthy level of homeostasis.

A Blend of the Best

If you’re looking for a kind of ‘all-in-one’ blend that contains a combination of the best essential oils for supporting gut health, the dōTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend is a an ideal product, or simply experiment with one or a few of the oils from my top 6 list.

How do you take essential oils internally?

If you are going to use any of the essential oils listed above to support your gut health, it’s essential that you ONLY ingest food-grade pure essential oils that have been produced using natural methods without chemicals or additives.

We use and recommend dōTERRA because of the purity, potency and efficacy associated with these oils.

The oils are each harvested in their own natural habitat and extracted using a distillation process to produce a finished product that is Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade – which basically means the highest quality essential oils available and verified safe for all ages and uses.

Always remember that with essential oils a little goes a long way.

When ingesting, use only a drop or two and dilute with a cup of water and/or a teaspoon of raw honey (which is also great for promoting healthy bacteria in the gut). For milder oils like Lemon Oil, you can place a drop underneath your tongue and swallow for quick access to your blood stream.

Whatever you do, be sure to make pure essential oils a part of your everyday self care, not only for a healthy gut but also for your overall wellbeing and as protection for your long term health.

‘Cowboy’ Don.


HOW TO DEAL WITH BURNOUT – Take these steps immediately

I love these videos by Kate Maree O’Brien because she’s often spot on the money with what she shares and because she’s genuinely experienced it herself.
I can relate to this!
When I started working for myself some 13 years ago I went hell for leather for probably the first 7 years and wondered why by 2010 I became very sick and run down, often tired and wanting to just sleep, sleep, sleep.  Anxiety and stress was obviously getting to me although I would never readily admit that. I was fine. I was a machine. I could just keep going. I often said, “Sleep is over rated” and “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”. Little did I know that sleep was one of the most important things for my healing and recovery. Now sleep to me is very important. I often have no problems sleeping, however sometimes its the quality of my sleep that counts.
If you believe you might be challenged or dealing with burnout, check out what Kate Maree O’Brien has to say and do check out her other video’s. There really is some great content worth listening and watching to.

Published on Dec 14, 2017

FEELING BURNTOUT? WATCH THIS VIDEO! This is the exact steps to take immediately if you’re feeling overwhelmed or burnt out and your system system is on overdrive. When you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, and you’ve been running for so long, your system starts to go into a survival-type mode, and the first priority is to unwind that. To allow your system to unwind, so that you can breathe. And from there make better decisions for yourself. Healing burnout, starts with self care. Burnout comes about when we take on TOO much. So dealing with burnout requires us to be able to step back and make new decisions. To be a powerful no and a powerful yes. To eliminate things out of our lives. BUT it’s hard to do that when we are burntout, so the FIRST thing. The MOST urgent thing with burnout is (drum roll please).. Taking time for yourself to unwind your system. This is more important than anything else, and becomes your highest priority. In this video I discuss what I mean by ‘The Power of Attorney’, and going into ‘ICU’. Ive put myself in ICU, so many times, and I have a really low tolerance to putting myself in there too!
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