Overall, having a healthy gut health and using essential oils is about paying attention to your daily habits, such as what your eating, watching your stress levels, and regularly exercising.
If you simply wait for your body to tell you something is wrong, you’re already over the edge and will need to work even harder to battle ailments which can turn into more serious diseases down the road.
Foods can create stress on the digestive tract such as GMO’s, eating too much meat, processed foods, refined sugars, caffeine, and alcohol.
Signs that you have chaos occurring in your gut are symptoms like these:
Digestive – Stomach problems
Skin conditions such as itching, rashes and nail fungus
Essential Oils and Gut Health
We typically think of using essential oils for their marvelous fragrance, or as a spa treatment. These uses are certainly valid, but you should know that plant essences have been used as medicine for thousands of years.
First, let me be clear that I’m referring to essential oils, not fragrance oils. Fragrances are synthetics based on petrochemicals and do not share the therapeutic qualities of natural high-grade essential oils. They are cheap copies of the real thing.
If you just need a little help getting things started, cardamom, ginger, and tarragon essential oils all stimulate the production of the gastric juices. Appropriate amounts of stomach acids and bile can discourage acid reflux while balancing peristaltic action (motility). Really helpful if you have a tendency toward constipation.
Disclaimer. If you are having health problems, you should consult your healthcare professional.
This article outlines historical uses of essential oils for digestive issues, and shouldn’t be considered as medical advice.
HOW CAN ESSENTIAL OILS HELP Your Gut?
Essential oils are a safe, natural, alternative to synthetic medicine and a powerful defense booster for your body. Essential oils are pure plant extracts, highly concentrated, and are 40% – 85% more potent than your regular herbs.
Working in the gut, they kill bad bacteria, promote healing and help protect the stomach wall lining.
Essential oils can also be helpful for maintaining good gut health in indirect ways.
It is well known that antibiotics kill our beneficial bacteria along with the pathogens they are meant for. This is a terrible situation as far as your gut is concerned.
There are a number of essential oils that can get the job done even though they are not technically antibiotics.
One of the most popular oils for improving digestion is peppermint. It relaxes the smooth muscles of your intestines and has long been used to help relieve gas pressure.
But it also helps to calm down reflux. Instead of popping an antacid when you have heartburn, you might want to try a drop or two of peppermint oil in a bit of warm water, and drink it down.
Or if you’d rather not ingest it, add a couple drops of peppermint essential oil to a teaspoon of olive or coconut oil, and rub it on your abdomen in a slow and gentle clockwise motion. This can be really great for kids’ upset tummies.
Since it relaxes those digesting muscles, many people find that peppermint tones down IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), a frustrating combination of constipation and diarrhea. (Also helpful for IBS are cumin, coriander, and lemon balm oils.)
Overall, peppermint has a balancing effect on your bowel flora, the bacteria and other microbes that coexist with you inside your intestinal tract. And that’s a community you’ll want to keep happy, as it’s very necessary for your good health.
A popular cooking herb, Oregano essential oil is also one of the most powerful herbs for killing off bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites that may be living in your gut.
Like peppermint, clove oil also relaxes the intestinal smooth muscle. In addition, it calms inflammation in the gut lining and reduces intestinal spasms. It has often been used to relieve nausea, bloating, and diarrhea.
Clove has antiviral and antifungal properties and can be used to eliminate Candida yeast overgrowth and parasite eggs.
Clove oil is widely known for its oral health and hygienic properties and is an age-old remedy for toothaches and bad breath.
Lemon oil is a very versatile, and readily available, essential oil. It is naturally fragrant, purifying and anti-bacterial, making it effective for soothing and restoring the digestive system.
Got morning sickness? Instead of eating saltine crackers to quell nausea, try taking a whiff of lemon essential oil. It’s even gluten-free!
Cardamom is related to the ginger family and offers gastro-intestinal protection because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties.
It can help prevent bacteria from growing in your gut and is also effective at preventing stomach ulcers.
Fennel has a strong licorice flavor, a potent essential oil that helps support optimal intestinal health.
Filled with antioxidants and antimicrobial potencies, it also helps prevent stomach spasms, relieves gas, improves constipation – treating digestive problems like IBS. It can also help to boost your metabolism, which is essential to losing weight!
A few other essential oils:
Tea tree oil (also known as Melaleuca) is commonly used as a topical antiseptic. Some people prefer to dilute this strong smelling oil but it can also be used full strength on cuts and scrapes. It can also be applied to the skin behind the ear (not inside the ear canal) if you suspect an ear infection.
Lavender essential oil is probably the most popular scent used in aromatherapy. And it is also a great antiseptic. Good for cuts, scrapes, and burns, it can be used alone but is often combined with tea tree oil or aloe vera gel.
Please remember that when using essential oils, just a drop or two goes a long way.
For ingesting purposes, use only a drop or two, and dilute in a cup of water and/or a teaspoon of raw honey which is also great for promoting healthy bacteria in your gut – Manuka honey is the absolute best!
For mild essential oils like Lemon Oil, it can be OK to place a drop underneath your tongue and then swallow to allow for a quick access into your system
Whatever you do, make sure you get good professional advice, and try to make using pure essential oils as routine for a healthier gut, as well as but also for better long-term health.