One of the top constituents of Rose and Geranium essential oils is the monoterpene alcohol geraniol. Egyptian researchers recently published (September 2015) their findings, from an experimental non-clinical study, that orally ingested geraniol positively affects multiple biochemical pathways in the colon.*1 These pathways are involved in maintaining the health of colon cells. Not surprisingly, Geranium oil is one of the oils in the Zendocrine® Detoxification Blend.
An important aspect of digestive health is microbial balance in the colon (large intestine). Incredibly, there are over 10 million different types of bacteria in the colon.2 Many of these bacteria are beneficial; some are not. A proper balance of the different types of bacteria in the gut is crucial for colon and digestive health. In a preliminary preclinical study, Italian researchers found that ingested geraniol effectively supports healthy microbial balance (March 2016).*3 Geraniol, the top component of both Rose and Geranium essential oils, is known to support colon health.*
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