Whether it’s gut wrenching fear or butterflies in the stomach, if you are a woman working in an office you know all about stomach pain.
The combination of stress, deadlines, meetings, presentations, endless to do lists plus sitting for up to 12 hours at a time in front of a computer trying to get it all done can play havoc with your stomach.
Add in a quick lunch over email, coffee and a hastily grabbed sandwich and stomach anxiety quickly just becomes a fact of life for women in business.
Then there is also the fact that when you are working to a deadline or under severe stress you often simply just forget to breathe.
Without realising it you start literally holding your breath for long periods of time. Perhaps sometimes it feels like the only thing you can control is your breath.
Before you know it you have serious knots in your stomach.
Perhaps if you are honest about it, you realise they are there all the time.
Add in bouts of severe anxiousness and you have a serious case of stomach cramps on your hands.
This is where I would like to introduce you to your new best friend – sweet orange oil.
The thing about prescription / over the counter medication for stomach problems is that they never get to the emotional root of the issue.
Yes they might deal with the symptoms but not the actual emotional cause of your belly ache.
They don’t alleviate the feelings of anxiousness that cause the knots in the stomach.
In comparison, sweet orange oil is just good times in a bottle.
I defy you not to breathe it in and not let out a big sigh of happiness.
At my core, even when work is out of control, I know two things – I love to laugh and I love to dance.
I know I have a great laugh, a big belly laugh and to me nothing emulates laughing and dancing more than sweet orange oil.
It short, like a good giggle or when you hear a song that makes you just want to dance, sweet orange oil quickly makes you forget your stress and anxieties.
However this is not the only amazing thing about sweet orange oil.
It’s other super power is that is amazingly good for stomach cramps and belly ache.
The combination of the two – dissipating stress and anxiety by making you feel great and cutting through belly ache makes it an awesome choice for painful knots in the tummy caused by work stress and anxiety.
I often just use sweet oil by itself in a carrier oil as a massage blend.
The carrier oil can be whatever takes your fancy – sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil.
I like jojoba as it is so moisturising and as such is an excellent massage oil and is also unscented so that the aroma of the sweet orange oil can shine through.
My other trick is to add a warming oil such as cinnamon or clove oil to the blend.
The warming nature of these oils means that any massage using them becomes absolutely sublime, you are literally adding a beautiful healing balm to your belly.
Adding cinnamon oil is like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket.
Combined with sweet orange it is literally like making the best hot chocolate ever for your soul.
Clove oil is stronger, more protective, a perfect combination with sweet orange when you are feeling vulnerable, unsure or insecure.
My other little trick is not to just use the oil to massage the belly but also the lower back – use nice soothing circular strokes.
If you do this before bed you will have the best belly ache free sleeps and you will wake up in a little sweet orange bubble of happiness!
Just a little note when I am talking about cramps, I am not talking about period cramps – for this issue oils like geranium and clary sage are your best friends. See below for a link to how to deal with period pain. This is more for cramping and stomach knots brought about by work stress and anxiousness.
The Laughing Belly Rub
60ml of Jojoba oil – or your carrier oil of choice
20 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
10 of Cinnamon Essential Oil
Mix the ingredients together. Use gentle circular strokes to massage the blend into your belly and lower back. Bliss in a bottle.
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