Posted on July 01, 2019 by Chad Pegura | 25 comments
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.