Incontinence

Incontinence Oils & Blends: Clove, Cypress, Frankincense, Lavender, Thyme

Suggested protocols:

Female related incontinence:

•  Apply and rub in a few drops of Cypress topically over the bladder area

•  Also consider coupling with the bladder retraining procedure and Kegel exercises

Prostate related incontinence:

Protocol 1:

•  Apply 2 drops Frankincense to the area between the rectum and scrotum 2 times per day (also consider the reflexology points)

•  Place 2 drops of Frankincense under the tongue daily

Protocol 2 (originated with Dr. Hill):

Prepare a 00 capsule with 10 -13 drops of the following blend and take orally 2-3 times daily.

Blend:

•  5 parts Frankincense

•  3 parts Thyme

•  3 parts Clove

•  3 parts Lavender

•  5 parts Invigorating Blend

Incontinence as described in the literature is not as simple as most would think.  There are two general types that are quite different, urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence.  Then within urinary incontinence three types are described; stress incontinence, overflow incontinence, and urge incontinence.  Or, if someone experience more than one type at the same time it is known as mixed incontinence.

•  The most common problem is stress incontinence that occurs when someone coughs, exercises, laughs, sneezes or other things that put pressure on the bladder.  This type of incontinence is more common in women than men primarily because of pregnancy and the difference in the female anatomy.

•  Urge incontinence is a sudden need to urinate, the bladder immediately contracts, and the person may not even have time to react before leakage occurs.  Taking a drink, hearing water run, or even a thought can trigger this reaction.

•  Overflow incontinence is when the bladder cannot empty completely and leakage follows.

•  Fecal incontinence is the loss of the regular control of the bowels resulting in involuntary excretion and leaking.  This type of incontinence can be simply from constipation or diarrhea or longer term from damage to the nerves or muscles associated with the anal sphincter.  The more common reasons for this are damage during birthing and normal aging.

•  Bed wetting (enuresis) in children is not considered incontinence.  Under the age of 5 or 6 it is not uncommon.  Go to the separate page on bed wetting for more information.

The process of urine flow requires the coordination of the muscles in the bladder wall and the muscles of the sphincter (the valve that allows urine to leave the bladder).  As the bladder fills from the kidneys the nervous system will signal the sphincter to open and the bladder walls to contract giving normal urination.  Incontinence can occur either with the opening or leaking of the sphincter or the bladder muscle contracting and forcing leakage past the sphincter. Bladder control is not an uncommon problem especially with older adults.

Incontinence can be caused by some diseases and medicines and be a short-term problem or a long term or chronic conditions can be the result of medical procedures or bodily malfunctions.

Among women pregnancy or weight gain can stretch the muscles that support the bladder in the pelvic region.  This lack of support puts pressure on the bladder and sphincter and does not allow them to function properly. Common among men are problems with the prostate gland that surrounds the urethra and is just under the bladder and before the sphincter.  An enlarge prostate, common in aging men, or treatment for prostate cancer can disrupt the normal functioning of bladder and sphincter muscles.

There are some physical things that can be done to help, especially women with weakened muscles in the pelvic area.  Bladder retraining where a definite schedule is set for urination and followed rigorously (whether you need to go or not) with a widening period of time till a comfortable 3 to 4 hour period is reached.  Another is Kegel exercises that strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.  Suggestions and experiences with essential oils can be viewed by clicking on the tabs above.

Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.