Heal Your Gut With Essential OIls

Heal Your Gut With Essential Oils – Powerful Relief For 4 Conditions!

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!

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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.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.

Read more here.

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.  

DO NOT:

  • 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.

DO:

  • Purchase oils that are 100 percent pure in the ingredients.
  • Are listed as USDA Certified Organic.
  • GMO Free.  USDA Certification ensures this.

My favorite brands that ensure purity are listed here.  Plant Therapy is a trusted brand. Rahda is another of my favorites, to purchase click here. Rahda Essential oils

You’ll need a high quality diffuser too!

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VicTsing Essential Oil Diffuser

I love to hear from my readers, please comment!

14 Comments Add yours
  1. Such an awesome article and so informative. I didn’t know where to buy or what actually for a diffuser so thank you so much. I am going to bookmark and come back for that. I was first introduced to Peppermint when in the hosp. and the senior ward nurse brought me a vial. We put a couple of drops on a kleenex ( that is all I had) and that oil became my bedside partner. Just love it.

    1. Hi Merry, thank you for posting. So glad you were introduced to peppermint oil and that you enjoy it. I hope you experiment with other oils and diffuse them. They make such a difference! Put a diffuser in your bedroom and put in lavender essential oil to help you sleep, or lemon essential oil in the kitchen for a fresh and invigorating smell!

  2. Thanks for the post! I have a lot of experience with essential oils but have somehow never encountered or used cumin oil (although I use it in cooking all of the time).

    For intestinal relief, are you recommending using them in diffuser only, or topical application in a carrier oil? Abdominal massage with essential oils can be a major game changer, and have both soothing and stimulating effects.

    thanks for the recommendations!

    1. Hi Penny! Thanks for your reply! Yes, there is such a thing as cumin oil and you are right, it’s just not very popular, but boy can it help! Yes, you have to be careful about ingesting oils, I would do so under a qualified practitioners advice. Also, if you do take them internally, you need to make sure your essential oil label has an ‘ingredient list’ label. If not, it’s not suitable for ingestion. My post was directed at diffusing them, but rollerballs and applying via a carrier oil is fantastic. I will write more posts on how to use essential oils!

  3. Everything has its pros and cons and I like how you explained them for the essential oils. I use the peppermint a lot because it helps my allergies. I don’t feel I have overuse it but after reading your post I will be more aware of it.

    1. Thanks for your reply Dira. I think inhaling essential oils is one way to use the oils that will not result in over use. Using them topically or internally can result in overuse.

  4. Linda, I have been diagnosed with all of the above gut issues. I’ve since come a long way in healing by not eating grains, high-sugar foods, sweeteners, starches, you name it. Eating lean meats and vegetable produce only is boring!

    Perhaps I can change things up a little bit with the aid of the essential oils. I have used them effectively as remedies for years, but never for digestion!

    Thanks for the quick list of essential oils that will help. (I do take peppermint oil capsules sometimes, but I end up burping it!) You may have the solution I’ve been looking for. I will check out the oils and diffuser you recommend. Thanks!

    1. Hi Rori,
      Thank you for your comment. Did you know that healing your gut by doing what you are doing for a period of time, can allow you to start slowly incorporating a ‘forbidden’ food back in again with no problems? If you’ve gone 6 -8 months or longer without eating the foods that are associated with inflammation and gut problems, like the sugar and the grains etc, then you can, if you want, have one food, a grain perhaps and see how you do. But you want to make sure that your stomach has healed and is working well. You’ll know if you don’t have bloating issues, gas, constipation or diarrhea. Take it slow. You can enjoy on a limited basis, ‘fun food’ again. It might take a little longer for you, but be patient.

  5. Great post, very informative. Peppermint oil is my favourite as well, especially lately. I’ve been using a diffuser on my balcony with peppermint, it helps to keep the mosquitoes away. When you say to be careful of overusing essential oils…how much is too much?

    1. Hi Shirley, thank you for your comment and so glad you are enjoying peppermint oil. Overuse would be taking it internally. That is where any concern would take place. I would think if you are putting essential oils on your skin 4 or more times a day, that might be overusing as well, depending on your condition, it might not be overuse at all. If you do need to take essential oils internally or put it on your skin frequently, I always suggest working with a healthcare practitioner who knows about them. Inhaling them is enjoyable and you can diffuse all day!

  6. Great information. I was always wondering how to solve problems such as bloating, gas, pain, constipation or diarrhea.

    What I was actually using most of the time when i had symptoms like that, according to my grandmother advice, was to use a table spoon of pure olive oil.

    But yeah, you can’t always find pure olive oil on demand, and if so it’s always expensive. I will take your advice and use Plant Therapy or Rahda Essentials oils. Thank you so much for your advice, great info!

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