Essential Oils: My Five Favourite Essential Oils for Digestive Issues
In this modern world, there are so many people who have digestive upsets on a regular basis. If you are one of the lucky ones who only get digestive upsets when you have over indulged over Christmas or Hanukkah or EID, I still have some oils that can help you recover from that!
For those of you who need some more support in the digestive area, then hopefully I'll be able to give you some ideas on the best ways to help calm that digestive system and to let you get back to your day!
Peppermint is an amazing oil for digestive issues. There are actual medical research studies that show that Peppermint essential oil can be effective in managing the symptoms of IBS (source). I apply Peppermint to my abdomen to help calm a tummy upset or help my body soothe stomach cramps.
For those of you that have specific intolerances or allergies to certain foods such as gluten or dairy etc, but that really struggle to abstain from those childhood favourite foods that are now on the banned list, Grapefruit oil is the one for you.
Grapefruit really helps your body to deal with, and minimise, cravings. I find that by putting a drop or two in my water throughout the day means I snack less and I don't have this urge to eat boatloads of sugar or gluten.
Ginger is a great essential oil to have on hand for when you feel nauseous. So if you suffer from motion sickness, or you are often struck down with a vomiting bug, this is the one oil you want to have in your cabinet. There was a study carried out that has shown that Ginger essential oil was effective at relieving mild to moderate nausea and vomiting in pregnant women (source), so for those of you that suffer from morning sickness, make sure you have this oil on hand before the morning sickness kicks in!
Fennel is my favourite oil for bloating, gas and diarrhoea. It's a really soothing oil for the digestive system and I find I get quick relief from bloating and gas when I use Fennel essential oil. It's also great at soothing after dinner burning of the throat.
So if you are having embarrassing tummy troubles, this is the oil for you!
Digestzen is doTERRA's digestive blend which contains Ginger, Peppermint Caraway, Coriander, Anise, Tarragon and Fennel. It's a great blend to start off your essential oil collection because it contains a blend of oils that can soothe digestion problems.
Everyone is different, which is why everyone's bodies react differently to different medications and to different essential oils. For example, some people find that paracetamol works best for headaches, and some people prefer ibuprofen. It's because our bodies respond to different substances depending on our own make up.
So Digestzen is a great starting point because the blend of oils can mean that you get the relief you are looking for, because your body responds particularly well to one of more of the oils, such as Peppermint. If you had tried a single oil blend, like Ginger essential oil, on it's own, it may not have been very effective, because your body responds better to Peppermint than Ginger.
So there you have it, these are my favourite essential oils for digestive issues! I hope you find one in there that works for you!
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