If you have ever been constipated, suffered from indigestion, an upset stomach or some other digestive problem, you know just how awful that can make you feel. While there are plenty of chemical, man-made cures and treatments available, sometimes nature is the best way to treat your digestive distress. The following 8 essential oils deliver quick relief from multiple digestive problems.
Peppermint Oil – With more than 5 dozen chronicled essential oil applications, Peppermint is a "must have" addition to your aromatherapy kit. An invigorating antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic, Peppermint essential oil fights bacterial infections, which cause digestive problems. It is also excellent for combating constipation and stomach cramps, diarrhea and gastritis.
How To Use It: Add a drop of peppermint essential oil to a cup of herbal tea to help aid normal digestion. Massage a couple of drops directly over your abdomen. Use this oil in aromatherapy to soothe minor stomach discomfort.
Lemon Oil – A recent web search found more than 3 dozen applications where the essential oil user can benefit from Lemon oil. From concentration to cleaning, for treating allergies and purifying water among other uses, Lemon is a very versatile essential oil. It's excellent for water purification purposes, and ensuring you do not get sick or nauseous. It also kills intestinal parasites, which can lead to multiple gastrointestinal problems.
How To Use It: Use first thing in the morning to set the day for comfortable digestion by adding 2 to 3 drops to an 8 ounce glass of water. Use at the same mixture at bedtime to maintain digestive health while you sleep. For bloating or heartburn or bloating place 3 drops of lemon oil at the back of your throat, and chase with some water. You can also add lemon oil to hot tea and food to boost digestive health.
Ginger Oil – The Ginger root delivers a healthy boost to your libido, a feeling of self-empowerment and is also an excellent treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. For motion sickness, indigestion, and vomiting, the Ginger essential oil is also extremely effective.
Oregano Oil – Oil of Oregano delivers powerful anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, and anti-bacterial properties. It is known to be more effective than over-the-counter antibiotics and prescribed drugs for combating pathogens, which cause many digestive problems as well.
How To Use It: Take orally 1 to 3 times per day
Clove Oil - relaxes the muscle lining of the digestive tract to prevent nausea, spasms, bloating, diarrhea, and gas. Clove oil also has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties that help rid the body of digesting upsetting pathogens.
Tarragon Oil – This essential oil is not one of the most commonly used. This herb's nickname is "Little Dragon,” and the origins of that neat sounding name are unknown. Tarragon essential oil can be used as a deodorant and a stimulant, and is also excellent for treating digestive problems. It actually speeds up your digestion of food, preventing gastrointestinal problems before they develop.
How To Use: Massage a couple of drops on the stomach; add a few drops to a hot compress and apply to abdomen; place a few drops in a warm bath to support your digestive system and kill intestinal worms like hook worms and round worms.
Rosemary Oil – Rosemary essential oil has been used in Europe for centuries to treat a long list of gastrointestinal problems along with sage, ginger and oregano teas. It is widely known as an herb that does wonders for memory and recall. However, it also calms your muscles, meaning that it is excellent for digestive problems associated with bloating and constipation.
Rosemary essential oils are also used for constipation relief, especially by those who do not want to take chemical laxatives or medicines.
How To Use It: Infuse 2 to 4 grams of oil in 1 liter of boiling water to make a tea, strain, and drink throughout the day; place a few drops in a warm bath and soak. For constipation combine with a carrier oil, and massage on the stomach area.
Fennel Oil – This essential oil is a very effective digestive tonic. Fennel eases pain from bloating, cramps, and gas, and can relieve nausea. It carries both anti-septic and anti-spasmodic properties. In addition, it is an effective laxative benefits both acute and chronic constipation, and has no side effects as some synthetic laxatives do.
Fennel Oil is also a carminative, which means it aids the escape of gases from the intestines and is ideal for people with chronic gas trouble. It can also provide relief for stomach pain, indigestion, and hypertension. It also has another benefit of not letting additional gases form.
Furthermore, fennel oil is used to relief menstrual cramps and discomfort.
How To Use It: Rub a few drops on the stomach or the bottom the feet to help ease menstrual or digestive discomfort
(All the "How To Use" are just suggestions and ideas, you will need to decide what is best for you.)
Applications And Precautions
Not all oils can be used internally. Blend essential oils with a carrier oil because undiluted essential oils can burn the skin. Simply add 12 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil, like Olive or Jojoba oil and rub on the stomach. You can also add undiluted essential oil to a warm bath to ease digestive problems.