Distension of the stomach and intestines is a very common problem. It often results in discomfort, especially in the swollen abdomen makes clothes too tight. Bloating has a variety of causes, including fluid retention and excess wind, most of which can be successfully treated with a range of natural remedies and lifestyle changes.
The most likely cause of abdominal distension is an overfull stomach and intestines. Overeating – especially foods high in refined carbohydrates and fats, such as biscuits, cakes and pies – may result in excess wind production, leading to bloating. Other causes include fluid retention, gastroenteritis, food sensitivity, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, lactose intolerance, inflammation or ulceration of the stomach or intestinal lining, and Candida infection. Bloating may also result from a disruption in the population of bacteria in the intestines, leading to an insufficient number of friendly bacteria in the intestines, such as lactobacillus acidophilus.
Many women experience bloating just before their period, when hormonal changes lead to fluid retention. Occasionally, heart, kidney or liver disease, an ovarian cyst, or another condition or complication causes distension.
For bloating with indigestion, wind or fluid retention, treatments with aromatherapy oils comes in handy, but do not to use the aromatherapy oils if you are or might be pregnant. Add three drops of black pepper oil to three tablespoons of sunflower oil. Following a meal, smooth the mixture gently onto your abdomen, using clockwise movements. This massage can help in shifting excess wind or fluid.
Add four drops of peppermint oil and two drops each of juniper berry and black pepper oils to half teaspoon of unscented skin lotion. Apply this mixture to your abdomen in slow clockwise movements. Soak you body in a bath of warm water to which you have added three drops of black pepper oil and three drops of fennel oil. This is an excellent way to be relieved from bloating. You can even massage your abdomen with a mixture of two teaspoons of grape seed or wheat germ oil and two or three drops of cinnamon, ginger, clove or peppermint oil.