Digestive troubles happen even to the most diligent and conscious eaters. Bloating, indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn or nausea can have many different causes. These should be addressed by looking at diet, stress factors or other underlying health issues. In the meantime, you want to feel better, quickly.
The top 5
Here are five essential oils for fast relief and to support healthy digestion: ginger, fennel, peppermint, cardamon and copaiba. Keep reading to find out how each oil will support your digestion, including a recipe to make your own digestion blend.
How do essential oils support digestion?
Essential oils are concentrated extractions of various plants that have been used for hundreds (sometimes thousands) of years to support health and vitality.
Since essential oils are fat soluble they are readily absorbed by all organs in your body, including the digestive tract.
The active compounds of pure essential oils are very small in their molecular size. This enables them to quickly enter your bloodstream and pass through cellular membranes, creating fast beneficial action for digestive relief.
How do you use essential oils?
When faced with digestive upset, you want quick relief. Due to their concentrated form and tiny molecular size, essential oils can provide just that!
The two best methods of application are topical (ie rubbing the essential oil over your abdomen) or internal (ingesting the essential oil via a capsule or added to a glass of water).
A note on purity: when using essential oils to support your health, you want to make sure your essential oils are pure, therapeutic grade and without fillers or contaminants. For more on purity, click here.
Ensure that the essential oil or combination of oils are properly diluted with a carrier oil, if needed. Each essential oil has different properties so it’s best the read the label on the bottle.
To use: take 2-3 drops diluted with a carrier oil and rub into abdomen area using a clockwise massage motion. Gently rub in the oil for up to 30 seconds.
Try this easy colon massage
It can be helpful to follow the path of the colon: up the right side, along the top of your abdomen and down the left side, make an upside down ‘u’ shape. Repeat this gentle massage motion several times.
This is the most potent way to take essential oils and can work very well for digestive issues. Only essential oils labeled safe for internal use should be ingested.
To use: Take 1-2 drops of the essential oil under your tongue and hold for 30 seconds before swallowing; add 1-2 drops of the desired oil to a small glass of water and swallow; add 1-2 drops essential oil(s) to an empty capsule and swallow with water.
For more information on how to safely use essential oils, click here.
The top 5 essential oils for digestion
The warming and stimulating properties of ginger can have a profound effect on digestion. It has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb and now you have it available in concentrated form as a pure essential oil.
Ginger supports digestion and metabolism and can help address concerns such as nausea, constipation, colic, heartburn or reflux issue. It’s a favourite remedy for motion sickness.
For topical application, dilution is recommended. Internally, start with just one drop diluted in water. It combines well with fennel, Roman chamomile, peppermint or spearmint, frankincense and any of the citrus oils.
Peppermint has both invigorating and cooling properties and can support a variety of digestive issues, from curbing cravings, bad breath and feeling sluggish to helping with feelings of gastritis. Because of the concentrated power of essential oils, peppermint can be very effective at just one drop or less.
Internally, you can try dipping a toothpick into the orifice of the bottle and swirling that around in a small glass of water. Topically, 1-2 drops of peppermint should be diluted with a carrier oil. Sensitive individuals can benefit from just inhaling a drop of peppermint from cupped hands.
Peppermint blends very well with lavender or citrus oils such as grapefruit, wild orange or lemon.
Fennel with its gentle aroma offers amazing supportive and purifying qualities for your digestive tract. It can be taken internally or massaged over the abdomen to help support your body in dealing with nausea, flatulence, sluggish digestion, flatulence, bloating or abdominal cramping.
Dilute fennel with a carrier oil for a soothing abdominal massage or add to a glass of water and sip. Fennel combines well with lavender, peppermint, basil and lemon.
To get sluggish digestion moving, try sipping one drop each of fennel and lemon in a glass of water.
As a close relative to ginger, cardamon is considered a jewel of kitchen spices. This essential oil helps to invigorate, cleanse and relax the digestive system. It’s very useful for any kind of congestion or sluggishness and can be helpful when dealing with stomach aches, abnormal stools, colon issues, pancreatic concerns or ulcers.
Cardamon is safe for undiluted topical application but you can still dilute it with a carrier oil for a soothing belly massage. Cardamon can be taken internally and combines well with other essential oils that support digestion, such as peppermint or lavender.
Copaiba is considered one of the most anti-inflammatory substances on Earth and as such can provide tremendous support for the digestive tract. Use copaiba when dealing with digestive concerns such as nausea, vomiting, bloating or abdominal pain. It can support liver function which in turn will improve digestion.
Copaiba can provide soothing relief for intestinal infections and any type of cramping or inflammation. Rub diluted or undiluted over abdominal area or take internally with water or in a capsule.
Copaiba blends well with frankincense, Roman chamomile or lemon.
Other oils to consider
While the above essential oils are more commonly used for digestive support, specific issues can also be addressed with other oils.
- frankincense will supercharge the action of any of the above essential oils
- black pepper can help with curbing food cravings
- lavender is useful when digestive issues are stress related
- lemon is very helpful when dealing with digestive issues due to over-acidity
- grapefruit can help with weight loss, sugar cravings and gallbladder support.
5 drops fennel
5 drops ginger
3 drops cardamon
3 drops peppermint
2 drops copaiba or frankincense
Combine in a 5 ml roller bottle and top with carrier oil.
3 drops fennel
3 drops cardamon
2 drops lavender
2 drops Roman chamomile
These are supportive blends to keep on hand. The 5 ml roller bottle can easily fit in your purse or pocket when you’re out of the house. Roller bottle are designed for topical application. If you would like to use these blend internally, just add the pure undiluted oils to a small glass vial and add 1-2 drops to water or a capsule as needed.
Have a favourite oil for digestive support? Leave a comment below. If you have any specific concerns regarding your digestion, please contact me.
All my best,
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