It was our last day in India.
My 7 year old daughter and I were staying 24 hours with the in-laws in Mumbai (hubby, Viv was travelling an extra week) and our flight was leaving the next day.
After 3 weeks in India I was quietly chuffed we’d escaped the dreaded Delhi Belly and had such a great trip.
Surely we’d beaten the odds?!
Then my daughter went down.
First with a high fever, then with vomiting and diarrhea (hereafter to be known affectionately as ‘D’).
Despite my best efforts with essential oils and macrobiotic remedies, a bug had taken over her.
It wasn’t pretty.
All I could hope for was that she’d be well enough to fly and we could get home to get tested for whatever this ‘thing’ was.
We arrive at Mumbai airport – as expected, there are people galore.
You have to queue for everything-although ‘queue’ is a word I use very loosely in India;-)
In between ‘queuing’, my daughter and I make emergency dashes to the toilet.
We hit an all-time low in the exit-customs queue.
In the ocean of bodies, my little petal couldn’t stand up anymore and crumpled down onto the floor, exhausted from her illness, the fever and all the people.
Some kind fellow Indian travellers noticed us and helped push us through the crowds to the front of the line, giving dirty looks to anyone who protested on the way.
The warmth and ‘human-ness’ of the Indian people melts my heart.
Finally we make it on board the plane.
By this time thanks to several visits from ‘D’, we’d used up our clean knicker supply.
And the plane hadn’t even taken off!
I searched my mind for acupressure points that can help with ‘D’ and similar situations.
And remembered the LI 11 point.
I gently pressed it for a few minutes on each of my daughter’s arms.
And I’m relieved to report ‘D’ didn’t visit at all on the return flight.
LI 11 stands for Large Intestine 11 Acupressure point.
In Japanese Yoga, Shiatsu and Acupuncture, it’s a specific point on your arm.
It runs along your Large Intestine meridian, the energy line that’s generally responsible (when it’s blocked) for constipation, diarrhea, coughs, colds, congestion, skin issues and ‘foggy brain’.
-Make your arm into a right angle by bending the elbow
-Place your opposite hand’s thumb into the large hollow at the end of the crease (at the outer end of the elbow)
-Apply sustained pressure for 2-3 min
-Swap arms and do on the other side
-Don’t apply so much pressure that it hurts
-If the point is quite blocked, it might take some time before you feel anything. Stay with it.
-You may feel: a pulsing, gentle throbbing, tingling, warmth or some other sensation
NB: Safe for kids too:-)
Try pressing the L11 point AND using essential oil blends.
When I’ve got any tummy troubles, am turning green or aren’t as ‘regular’ with my elimination as I’d like to be, Doterra’s ‘Digestzen’ is my go to.
Just a drop under my foot and I’ve felt the difference within minutes!
And for any muscle discomfort or tension I use Doterra’s Ice Blue oil blend or Deep Blue Rub (a cream) applied directly to the sore spot.
If you’re already familiar with Doterra, I encourage you to try these blends as well as pressing the LI 11 point next time you experience any of those issues mentioned above.
And if you haven’t yet experienced the magic of Doterra and would like to try their amazing products, you can get them from me HERE
I’d love you to share what you felt when you pressed this point!
Let me know in the comments☺
Karenna, Thank you again for this tip to help with digestive issues and more. I did the L11 point with doTerra Digestzen and intend to be aware of how my body and mind respond. I appreciate your knowledge and insight and will pass the concept on to another friend who would be interested.
Thanks for sharing, Fran! I also find stimulating the LI11 point combined with Doterra’s Digestzen highly effective (for my body). I hope your friend find it works for her/him too:-)