You know when your gut is off. The bloating, gas, pain, constipation or diarrhea are the symptoms that you cannot ignore. But sometimes, gut problems may not be so obvious. The balance of your gut bacteria or damage to the lining isn’t obvious to you if you don’t have direct gut health symptoms. But problems with your gut can manifest as immune issues, mood problems, brain fog etc. If you have issues that are chronic and you cannot pinpoint why you have them, it’s time to focus on healing the gut. One of your options to strengthen and heal your gut are essential oils. You can heal your gut with essential oils, my favorite natural therapy!
Avoid overuse of essential oils. They may seem harmless, but they have properties that are effective and too much of it can be counterproductive. Always use essential oils with the care and respect you deserve, and if you have questions about your particular condition, always check and use under the guidance of your own qualified practitioner.
Not every gut issue will respond to essential oils, but there are a few conditions that align well with treatment!
4 Essential Oils Generally Regarded As Effective For Gut Health
These essential oils can be used for general digestive discomfort and are considered safe.
- Cumin has been shown to be a great reliever of IBS. It’s not as commonly known as other essential oils, but a good one to keep on hand if you suffer from digestive issues.
- Lavender Is a very popular oil and one of the most gentle yet extremely healing oil. Lavender is a general anti-inflammatory and can calm the stomach and gut lining.
- Peppermint Many know about peppermint as being a gut relieving oil. It has a long history of being a digestive aid and it’s well researched for IBS symptoms.
- Thyme Has been shown to relieve SIBO with its protective effects on good bacteria in the stomach.
All of the above oils are general enough to help with most of your digestive issues and if you keep them on hand, you have a great ‘medicine cabinet’ for your gut.
Specific Conditions That Essential Oils Can Help With.
SIBO – SIBO means ‘small intestine bacterial overgrowth’. This is a condition where bacteria from the colon move to the small intestine. When dealing with SIBO, making sure that the good bacteria is not disturbed while trying to eliminate the bad bacteria. This can be tricky, but a 2009 study found that essential oils were effective in keeping good bacteria unharmed while dealing with the bad bacteria. The essential oils that were found to help are caraway, lavender and bitter orange.
Acid Reflux or GERD – acid reflux is a major problem in the U.S. affecting millions of people. It can be due to either too much stomach acid or too little. For many it’s hard to understand that acid reflux could be the result of too little stomach acid, but it’s usually the likely reason. The American diet is deficient in fresh whole foods, too much OTC medicine and prescription medicine. We have a love affair with antiacids, so there is not enough stomach acid to digest the food. Normally, digested food is pushed through from the stomach to the small intestine. When food is not being digested properly due to lack of sufficient stomach acid, the stomach cannot push forward the contents, so it backs the contents up to the esophagus. Use protective essential oils like ginger and turmeric help to strengthen and heal the stomach lining when taken alongside a meal. Protecting the lining of the stomach when dealing with acid reflux and GERD is important to help prevent damage.
IBS – Irritable bowel syndrome affects millions of people a year, and about 70 percent will never go to their doctor for treatment. If you do go to the doctor, treatment is usually lifestyle and diet changes. Medication is sometimes used as well. One of the most studied essential oils for IBS is peppermint oil. A 2008 study found that peppermint oil was just as effective as antispasmodic medication.
Nausea – Nausea can be a minor annoyance for some, but for many it can be a debilitating condition for those suffering with gut health issues. If you think back to when you were nauseous, I bet you remember that scent was something that affected your nausea usually for the worse. Essential oils and their scent can be useful for helping. Inhaling essential oils like lemon, peppermint and ginger can be effective as a direct link between scent and nausea.
You need to purchase essential oils that are organic and high quality. Never ingest essential oils that are not of the highest quality and labeled safe for ingestion.
- Purchase essential oils just based on the label ‘therapeutic grade’. That is a marketing term that has no meaning.
- Purchase essential oils from brands that you are not familiar with. Most are NOT 100 percent pure, meaning fertilizers, pesticides, plants from GMO’s may be used to manufacture the oils. Ingesting or putting these on your skin will give you all the contaminants processed along with the oils.
- Purchase oils that are 100 percent pure in the ingredients.
- Are listed as USDA Certified Organic.
- GMO Free. USDA Certification ensures this.
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