IBS Aromatherapy

IBS Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy for IBS is generally massaging the stomach and lower back using a preparation made from one or many essential oils help relieve constipation or diarrhea, gas, abdominal distension, cramp, and colic.

IBS Aromatherapy


For IBS, the recommendable essential oil combination is rosemary, chamomile, and marjoram used separately or blended with oil of black pepper and fennel. 

Other helpful essential oils combination for IBS:

  • The essential oils useful for constipation are black pepper, cardamom, fennel, ginger, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, and sandalwood.
  • The essential oils useful for gas and bloating are cardamom, coriander, dill, and peppermint.
  • The essential oils useful for diarrhea are basil, chamomile, lemon, orange, and peppermint.
  • The essential oils useful for abdominal pain are chamomile, clove, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, neroli, peppermint, rosemary, geranium, tea tree, melissa, petitgrain, cinnamon, and thyme.
  • The essential oils useful for anxiety are bergamot, chamomile, neroli, ylang ylang, melissa, frankincense, cedarwood, lavender, valerian, rose, and vetiver.

How to make you own aromatherapy massage oil?

You need carrier oil (or base oil) to dilute your choice of essential oils to make your own aromatherapy massage oil. You can add 10 to 20 drops of essentials oil to one tablespoonful (or 15ml) of base oil. 

List of popular carrier oils are oils from sweet almond, coconut, grapeseed, hazelnut, hemp seed, jojoba, olive, peanut, pomegranate seed, rose hip, sesame, sunflower, and watermelon seed.

IBS aromatherapy massage

Once your essential oils blend is ready, let us see how to massage:

  • Place dilute essential oils in a bowl of warm water and gently heat it before use.
  • Lie down with your back in a warm, quiet room and expose your abdomen.
  • Place some warm diluted essential oil blend on your fingers and gently massage it on your abdomen. Start massaging clockwise from right side of the groin and do slow, circular movements, pressing firmly without any discomfort. Working up to your rib cage, across the abdomen, and down the left side of the groin again. If done properly, this massage takes about five minutes. Do it yourself or get help from your friend or relative.