Digestion problems come in all shapes and sizes, from painful stomach cramps that wake you up in the middle of the night to mild nausea or heartburn. No matter the size of the problem, these ailments are uncomfortable to experience, talk about and even kind of stomach-churning to write about. Luckily, you don’t have to bare life’s plumbing problems but rather combat them naturally with essential oils. Here’s what research shows about essential oils’ beneficial effects on the digestive system.
Whether it’s from food, drink, medication or out of plain disgust, we all experience nausea at some point. According to numerous studies,nausea is no match for essential oils likeGinger,Lemon andPeppermint, which have been shown tosoothe an upset stomach when inhaled. Studies have also shown that inhaling isopropyl alcohol can ease a sick stomach. Next time something doesn’t sit right, quell queasiness by inhaling isopropyl alcohol mixed with Lemon and Ginger, or just Peppermint.
But what if your upset stomach is a symptom of another digestive problem? Many experience nausea as a result of acid reflux or heartburn. You know, that burning feeling you get in your chest caused by stomach acid moving up the esophagus? Luckily, there is one who laughs in the face of the fiery foe that is heartburn, and its name is d-limonene. This common component of a variety of citrus essential oils has proven itself as a comfort to those with GERD and heartburn, in experimental studies. It’s believed that d-limonene canneutralize gastric acid while protecting the stomach lining. Current batches of Edens Garden’s Blood Orange, Grapefruit, Mandarin and Sweet Orange essential oils all contain upwards of 90% d-limonene, making these our top picks for heartburn. These oils can be combined, diluted and applied topically along the esophagus. For added relief, inhale this blend in a diffuser or using a personal inhaler.
We know that everyday issues like nausea and acid reflux can be mitigated with a little help from essential oils, but what about not-so-common digestive ailments, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? With symptoms including cramping, pain, gas, bloating and constipation, IBS can easily throw your digestive system out of whack. Sufferers of IBS seek a remedy, and according to studies, Peppermint can meet that need.Both doctors andaromatherapists agree on Peppermint’s ability to mitigate IBS. It’s no wonder why this cooling and soothing essential oil is recommended as an alternative therapy for IBS by prestigious foundations,including the likes of Mayo Clinic. We recommend diluting Peppermint and applying it topically to the abdomen. For further and more specific instructions on how to use Peppermint for IBS, we recommend working with your doctor and an aromatherapist.There are seemingly endless options when it comes toessential oils for digestion, so why not make the choice easy? At Edens Garden, we offer two synergy blends that were formulated to effectively combat a range of digestion issues:Digest Ease andTummy Aid. Also available in prediluted roll-ons, these blends take the guesswork and mess out of settling stomach problems, both small and large.
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