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5 Essential Oils for a Healthy Digestive System

Posted on July 01, 2019 by Chad Pegura | 26 comments

5 Essential Oils for a Healthy Digestive System
Over 70% of our body's immune system lives in the digestive tract, and this is why it is so important to maintain optimal digestive health. The gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) contains the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. There is also a bacterium in the GI tract called flora or micro biome that helps with the digestion process. In addition, parts of our circulatory and nervous systems also aid in digestion.

Why Is Digestion Important?

Our body needs the nutrients we get from food so we can stay healthy and everything can continue to work properly. These nutrients include proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water. Our digestive system works hard to break these nutrients down so that our body can better absorb them so they can then be used for energy, growth, and cell repair.

Essential Oils for Healthy Digestive Support

Essential oils are a natural alternative to many traditional commercial treatments and medications for a variety of conditions. They are also growing in popularity over the last few years as more people are searching for a holistic approach to their health care.

We need to learn how to balance our insides for optimal digestion to improve our overall health. To do this, we must take several steps, including learning how to properly manage our stress levels, introduce key probiotics for smoother digestion, and eat more foods that are rich in fiber.

Another way we can improve our digestive system is through the use of essential oils. For thousands of years, plants were often the go-to for medicinal purposes and had been found to help heal the body in so many different ways. This remains the same today.

The following 5 essential oils have been found to help improve your digestion and with it, your overall health:

Peppermint Essential Oil

This oil is an anti-inflammatory and is also known as a cooling agent. It can relieve symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, flatulence and can even help provide some much-needed relief due to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Peppermint essential oil can be applied topically once it is combined with a carrier oil like coconut oil. It can be massaged into the abdominal area.

Fennel Essential Oil

This oil contains antispasmodic properties that also help with the pain and discomfort associated with IBS. The best way to use fennel oil is to mix two drops of the oil with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil and apply it to the abdominal area.

This oil can also be used in a nebulizing diffuser, so you can reap the benefits of its aromatherapy properties as well. A nebulizer emits pure essential oil providing you with a large dose of undiluted essential oil.

Coriander Essential Oil

This oil has antispasmodic properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It can provide immediate relief from an upset stomach, abdominal pain, and indigestion.

You can use coriander essential oil topically or use it in a nebulizing diffuser.

Ginger Essential Oil

This is another common oil used to help with upset stomachs and can help with constipation or nausea. It can also be used at home to help with acid reflux, bloating, and gastric ulcerations. Like the others, ginger can be used topically or in a diffuser. Like most essential oils, ginger needs to be diluted with a carrier oil prior to use.

Cardamom Essential Oil

Similar to ginger, this essential oil helps regulate our digestive system. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help to ease cramping and can help with any digestive upset we may be experiencing.

5 Essential Oils for a Healthy Digestive System

Essential Oil Blends for Gut Health

In addition to the single essential oils above, there are also essential oil combinations that can be used to promote improved gut health as well.

Tea Tree and Oregano

These two oils are both antimicrobials that can help with diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, and all other symptoms commonly associated with gut parasites. It has also been proven effective at treating something known as leaky gut.

When the wall of our gut becomes damaged, bacteria and toxins can pass right on through to the bloodstream. Oregano oil has been shown to help prevent this from happening. It can also be used to kill gut parasites.

Fennel and Tarragon

These are both considered digestive stimulants containing antispasmodic properties. Tarragon helps digestive wellness by offering lipid metabolism and liver protection along with resistance to ulcers.

Fennel seed oil has been found to help with intestinal spasms and can significantly increase the motility of our small intestine. This means that by using this oil, we can effectively maximize our digestive benefits.

Essential oils are a natural way to begin taking care of your digestion. In addition, it is important to find ways to manage our stress, follow a healthy diet, and make more educated decisions when it comes to our overall health and well-being.

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25 Responses

Eliza Davis
Eliza Davis

July 11, 2019

Certainly, this blog has much crucial information regarding oil. I believe that ladies should prefer oil for pain, digestive, acne, etc before taking any medicines. I would also like to recommend one oil tea tree oil for acne scars.

Cassandra D
Cassandra D

July 08, 2019

Thank you for the information.

Susan Biddle
Susan Biddle

July 07, 2019

I frequently use fennel for my family’s digestive upsets. I will try tarragon with it, thanks!

Lgs
Lgs

July 07, 2019

Amazing read, it’s true that finding the best oil for digestive health is very important

Deborah P.
Deborah P.

July 06, 2019

I;ve lived with digestive problems most of my life. I could benefit from this.

Jamie Johnson
Jamie Johnson

July 05, 2019

Thank you for sharing this information. My husband really enjoys frankincense to help him with his stomach troubles. It does not take much. Just a few drops in a capsule, and that’s it! It is better than probiotics, and it gives the gut what it needs! Hope this helps!

Scotty
Scotty

July 05, 2019

One of my relatives is having huge bowel issues at the moment. I will make sure to pass this along. Thanks!

Sandra Preti
Sandra Preti

July 05, 2019

Fennel has been really useful to me. Thank you for sharing!

K. Landers
K. Landers

July 05, 2019

I’ve heard about most of these oils and their attributes but for some reason, topically, they don’t do anything for me. I do have some success with peppermint tea for a slightly upset stomach. Maybe I’m not doing it right? lol

Coline T.
Coline T.

July 04, 2019

Excellent explanation of each of these! These are great products although I haven’t tried everything yet. :-)

Joe Kornokovich
Joe Kornokovich

July 03, 2019

There’s a reason restaurants hand out peppermint candy. The oil should work even better.

Manni
Manni

July 03, 2019

I was not aware that applying oils topically can help the tummy internally. Thanks for this info.

Katrina
Katrina

July 03, 2019

TRY THIS FIRST! Most of the medicine the Dr gives you hurts your digestive system further! These oils will HEAL :)

Delores Harris
Delores Harris

July 03, 2019

Ginger helped me during pregnancy.

Sam
Sam

July 03, 2019

Will definitely have to try some of these.

Robin V.
Robin V.

July 02, 2019

Enjoyed the article. Like the oils mentioned. Will try a mix of some of these next time.

Priscilla Stubbs
Priscilla Stubbs

July 02, 2019

Very interesting information. I will be sure to try this

Sharon Freemantle
Sharon Freemantle

July 02, 2019

This is very interesting. I’ve not used oil before

Debbie Bashford
Debbie Bashford

July 02, 2019

We have always used ginger for upset stomachs

Ginger
Ginger

July 02, 2019

Thanks for sharing! I’ve never tried fennel oil!

Irena Matković
Irena Matković

July 02, 2019

Amazing! I use the Peppermint Essential Oil

Trent
Trent

July 01, 2019

I’ll be sure to give these a try!

Sunny
Sunny

July 01, 2019

Thank you for the article, very helpful info!

LAC
LAC

July 01, 2019

What interesting information! Several of these oils I hadn’t even heard of before, so thank you so much. Definitely helpful!

Miri
Miri

July 01, 2019

Balance our insides is the most important in our life. I know a lot of your tip but I have never connect different essential oils. Thanx for new tips.

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