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The belly button, also known as the navel is a hollow, flat or protruding portion of the abdomen where the umbilical cord (the cord supplying nourishment to the foetus from the mother through the placenta) is attached at birth. Medically, the belly button is treated as a scar. However, Chinese acupuncture and Ayurvedic medicine make use of the belly button to successfully treat many ailments including problems like snake bites and even roundworms.

The belly button has also been mentioned in traditional Indian yoga as one of the seven major chakras or energy points in the human body. Ayurvedic medicine recommends putting different types of oil in the belly button to treat and cure different conditions. This article discusses the various ways and types of oil that can be put in the belly button to avail various benefits.

  1. Benefits of putting oil in the belly button
  2. Side effects of putting oil in the belly button

Administering oil to your belly button is one of the age-old methods to get various advantages for your health. Knowing to put the oil in an appropriate manner, for instance, diluting the essential oils, is also important. The multiple benefits of putting oil in the belly button have been explained below.

  1. Putting oil in the belly button for a smooth skin
  2. Putting oil in the belly button for cleansing
  3. Putting oil in navel to treat infection
  4. Putting oil in the belly button for stomach ache
  5. Putting oil in the belly button for menstrual cramps
  6. Putting oil in the belly button for fertility
  7. Putting oil in the belly button for pigmentation
  8. Neem oil in navel for acne
  9. Putting oil in the belly button for restoring balance

Putting oil in the belly button for a smooth skin

Oils are amazing for naturally moisturizing your skin. They work well on areas that are usually forgotten, like the belly button and stomach. It's especially useful in the winter when the air is super dry. Some good options include coconut and olive oils. They have emollient effects, owing to their fatty acid content. The belly button acts as a direct passage for these oils to seep deep into the skin and moisturise it. 

Dosage: Add a few drops and rub it on your belly button and stomach after a shower for best effects.

(Read more: Coconut water benefits)

Putting oil in the belly button for cleansing

The belly button does not get cleaned very often and it is easy to forget about doing so. It is, however, important to keep it clean. The oils that can be used for this purpose are jojoba, sunflower, and grape seed oils. These oils will loosen up dead skin and dirt, making it easier to remove.

Dosage: Use a cotton swab with 2-3 drops of oil on it for the process but be careful not to be aggressive with it to avoid the risk of pain or injury.

Putting oil in navel to treat infection

The belly button usually remains moist and can be a perfect home for bacteria and fungi. An infection can easily develop in such conditions or if there is an injury as the naval region takes longer to heal. Putting the right oil in the belly button can kill the infection. Tea tree oil, coconut oil, and eucalyptus oil would be the best choice for killing the infection pertaining to their antibacterial and antiviral qualities that efficiently kill the bacteria.

Dosage: Apply 3 drops of the oil to the belly button area until the infection is cured.

Putting oil in the belly button for stomach ache

Administering oil to your belly button can relieve stomach pain. It works by loosening the stress off the belly area. Oil can be put in the belly button to heal symptoms of indigestion, food poisoning, nausea, gastritis, bloating,  and diarrhoea. For those who struggle with regular gastric issues, this remedy works wonders. The best oils that work best to release stomach ache are peppermint and ginger oil due to their pain relieving properties. 

Putting oil in the belly button for menstrual cramps

Massaging the belly button helps to relieve menstrual cramps and pain. It works by relaxing the abdominal muscles and soothing the discomfort caused due to uterine contraction. Also, the oil is rich in antioxidants which acts to remove the pain. The best oils for this purpose are rejuvenating essential oils like peppermint, cypress, clary sage, and ginger.

Dosage: Pour 5-6 drops of the oils in your belly button. Massage the blend onto your stomach are to alleviate the feeling of pain.

Putting oil in the belly button for fertility

The remedy works by promoting relaxation of the uterine and abdominal muscles, protecting the sperm inside the tube for fertilization, enhancing the sperm motility and count, and treating menstrual issues like irregular periods. An oil containing essential oils of damiana, guava leaf, juniper, or clary sage can work wonders. They work by promoting relaxation, protecting sperm, and treating menstrual problems. Your hormones will also stay regulated, and therefore, increase your chances of conceiving.

Dosage: Use a cotton swab to put 2-3 drops of oil in your belly button and massage around the area for a minute.

Putting oil in the belly button for pigmentation

Pigmentation is a beauty ailment plaguing millions of women out there, and even regular appointments with your dermatologist seem futile, after a point of time. Lemon juice is rich in Vitamin C, so it makes sense to use lemon oil to eliminate all signs of pigmentation from your skin.

Dosage: Put 2-3 drops of lemon oil in your belly button every day for best results. 

Neem oil in navel for acne

Ayurvedic medicine recommends putting of oil in the belly button to help get rid of acne. The benefits of the use of neem for curing acne are well known. Applying oil directly into the belly button causes its direct absorption into the skin for enhanced effect.

Dosage: Pour 2-3 drops of neem oil into the belly button every day to achieve the best results.

Putting oil in the belly button for restoring balance

In Ayurveda, the Navel Chakra or is a major source of energy and imagination. It is believed to be the home to your biggest dreams, fantasies, and goals. You also need to keep your navel balanced if you want to connect with your creativity.

According to Ayurveda, you can use the rapeseed oil to balance the navel. Place a few drops in your belly button and massage. Sandalwood and rosewood essential oils can also be added to reap more benefits. Do this once a week to enhance your creative energy.

There are several benefits of putting oil in the belly button. However, certain side effects may arise if the oil is not used in the appropriate manner.

  • The oils must be diluted before applying as the naval is comparatively a sensitive area. Undiluted oils might cause irritation in the belly button.
  • It is important to test the oils on a small patch of skin before applying them as some people might develop rashes or allergies upon their application. 
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