In the blog last week, Rosemary is listed as being good for constipation.  So for this week’s blog I decided to look for Research on Rosemary that supports the claim it is effective for constipation.  I found a couple of studies that I’m happy to share with you here.

Effect of Aromatherapy Massage for the Relief of Constipation in the Elderly

Myung Ae Kim, Jung Kyu Sakong, Eun Jin Kim, Eun Ha Kim, and Eun Ha Kim
Published online March 28, 2017.  https://doi.org/10.4040/jkan.2005.35.1.56
Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing – Volume 35(1), February 2005, Pages 186-1984

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to verify the effect of aromatherapy massage on constipation in the elderly.

Method

This study for 10 day, employed a randomized control group pre-test/post-test design. The experimental group received abdominal massage using essential oils with Rosemary, Lemon, and Peppermint, and the control group received a placebo massage. To evaluate the effect of aromatherapy, the degree of constipation was measured using the CAS (constipation assessment scale) and the number of bowel movements per week. Data was analyzed by repeated measures of ANOVA using the SPSS program.

Result

The score of CAS of the experimental group was significantly lower than that of the control group. In addition, the average number of bowel movements in the experimental group was higher than that of the control group. The effect of aromatherapy lasted 2 weeks after treatment, while the placebo effect lasted 7~10 days after treatment.

Conclusion

The finding of this study showed that aromatherapy helps relieve constipation in the elderly.

Based on this it is certainly worth considering adding Rosemary to a blend for constipation.

Here is another study on aromatherapy and constipation

Effectiveness of aroma massage on advanced cancer patients with constipation: A pilot study Heading

T.K.T.Lai, M.C.Cheung, C.K.Lo, K.L.Ng, Y.H.Fung, M.Tong,C.C.Yau

Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice Volume 17, Issue 1, February 2011, Pages 37-43  – https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.02.004

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to verify the effect of aroma massage on constipation in advanced cancer patients.

Methods: This study employed a randomized control group pre- and post test design and included an aroma massage group, plain massage group, and control group. To evaluate the effect of aromatherapy, the degree of constipation was measured using a constipation assessment scale, severity level of constipation and the frequency of bowel movements. Data was analyzed by repeated measures of Mann–Whitney U test, Wilcoxon signed ranks test, Spearman’s rho and ANOVA using SPSS program.

Results: The score of the constipation assessment scale of the aroma massage group was significantly lower than the control group. Apart from the improvement in bowel movements, the results showed significantly improved quality of life in physical and support domains of the aroma massage group.

Conclusion: The findings of this study suggest aroma massage can help to relieve constipation in patients with advanced cancer.