Our health depends not just on what we eat, but our ability to digest, absorb and assimilate our nutrients. Topically applied essential oils can play a key supporting role in optimizing our digestion when dealing with SIBO. When digestion is challenged, topically applied remedies can offer valuable digestive support. Digestion is a “rest and digest” parasympathetic event. Our nervous system needs to be in this relaxed state for the optimal digestive cascade to occur. Applying a small drop of Parasympathetic blend to the vagal nerve (behind the ear lobe on the mastoid bone) helps begin the digestive process by trigger the optimal digestive cascade where saliva is released from the mouth, HCL from the stomach, bile from the gallbladder and digestive enzymes from the pancreas and appropriate absorption and assimilation in the small intestine and elimination through the large intestine.
A blend that I recommend is the Parasympathetic Blend by Vibrant Blue Oils. I have great results with my most sensitive digestive clients that are not able to tolerate swallowing pills due to irritations in the GI tract. This blend is very calming and soothing to the nervous system when applied topically near the vagus nerve. By focusing on helping the body to enter a parasympathetic state, we begin the first steps to in addressing SIBO.