What are suppositories?
Suppositories are commonly made from a combination of cocoa butter and another semifluid oil such as coconut or vegetable oil such as sesame oil. Suppositories are typically indicated for vaginal infections and inflammation, cervical dysplasia, rectal fissures, and hemorrhoids. (Romm) Aaromatic suppositories can also be used for the treatment of both hemorrhoids and rectal fissures with great success.The term suppository is derived from the Latin suppositorum, which means, “something placed beneath”. Pesssary is an interchangeable term, referring specifically to a vaginal suppository.
One can make herbal or aromatic suppositories to address the conditions listed above.
According to Schnaubelt (2011), French-style aromatherapy has found (rectal) suppositories to be hugely effective in the treatment of serious acute and chronic bronchitis. Essential oils delivered via (rectal) suppositories go directly to the lung tissues, specifically the lower bronchial capillaries. They are fed directly into the heart-lung circulatory system without first being subjected to biotransformation by the liver detoxification enzyme system. Consequently, they reach the lower bronchial capillaries in their original lipophilic and volatile state, still capable of eliminating pathogenic microorganisms and dissolving and expectorating mucus.
When are they indicated?
As stated above, suppositories are indicated for vaginal infections and inflammation, cervical dysplasia, rectal fissures, and hemorrhoids and for acute or chronic bronchitis. For vaginal infections and inflammation and cervical dysplasia use vaginal suppositories. For rectal fissures, hemorrhoids, and bronchitis or respiratory infections use rectal suppositories.
How to make suppositories
- 20 gms of Organic cocoa butter (about 1/4 cup)
- 10mls Organic sesame oil OR coconut oil (about 1 tablespoon)
- Aluminium foil
- Measuring cup
- Scale to weigh cocoa butter OR coconut oil (pre-softened)
Note: all equipment MUST be sterilised. You can do this by washing in hot water to which you have added either white vinegar (1/2 cup) or 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide. Dry with disposable paper towel, or air-dry, for use.
Make your suppository moulds by wrapping aluminium foil around the handle of a ‘thin’ wooden spoon handle. Wrap about 4 or 5 times around then cut and press to make sure it holds together. Remove foil from spoon handle and fold one end up a couple of times.
Place mould in cup so it stands up. Make two moulds.
Prepare your essential oils synergy so it’s ready once you melt the cocoa butter / coconut oil with the sesame.
Using a double boiler fill the bottom pan with water to about 1/4- 1/2 full, then put about a cup in the top pan as well. Place the 20 gms of cocoa butter / coconut oil and 10 ml sesame oil into a glass pyrex measuring cup and place cup into water of top boiler pan. Cocoa butter melts at body temperature so avoid making it too hot. Do NOT melt in a microwave.
Remove the mixture off the heat before adding the essential oil synergy to it. Stir well.
Pour suppository mixture into moulds. Fill to about 1 to 1 ½ inches (2.54 to 3.81 cm). Fold the end over to close the mould.
Once the moulds are filled and the ends have been sealed, place them in a cup / mug and place in the freezer to set. takes approximately 2 to 3 hours.
After the suppositories have hardened, remove them from the freezer and unwrap from the aluminum foil.
Measure each suppository stick and then cut them to make 10 suppositories. There should be about 12 inches (30.48 cm) of suppository so each suppository should be slightly over 1 inch (2.54 cm)
How to Make Essential Oil Suppositories
Dee Dee Delkamp of optimalhealthnetwork.com explains the many benefits of using essential oil suppositories and demonstrates another method on how to make them.
DBM Protocol - Adjunct Therapy - Suppositories
Colon Cleanse Alternative to Enemas
When taken under the guidelines presented an enema is safe and effective. However, in some situations a colon cleanse using an enema is not necessarily the best approach. +
- When the colon is inflamed, a water enema may further inflame the colon.
- When children are constipated, they may be afraid of an enema nozzle being inserted in their body or the water from a past enema may have caused cramping and pain that they don’t want to go through again.
- The amount of time one has for the colon cleanse may be too short to take an enema.
All of these situations may be better suited to using a rectal suppository.
Essential oils and Colon Cleanse
Michelle Buchanan of Optimalhealthnetwork discusses why Essential oils work so well to cleanse and heal the colon and the digestive tract. Of course you can use the standard method of Bowel / Intestinal Cleansing or even our Coffee Enema, but for inflamed bowels, gentle essential oils are best used in a blend.