Have you noticed, as I have, the constant references these days in relation to how important gut health is? A healthy digestive system is the starting point of health and wellness for so many of us. I am sure as more and more of us reach for over the counter digestive solutions, that we are over- looking the benefits of essential oils in finding gastrointestinal comfort and normal digestion support. Because you need to understand that only the best quality essential oils will give you the desired outcome, I wish to state that the essential oils I refer to in this article are dōTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Oils. If when using these oils you accidentally spill onto your tongue undiluted or your skin, use Olive oil or Coconut oil to dilute immediately. Never use water!
Taken from the underground stem of the ginger plant, Ginger essential oil has warming and soothing properties that make it useful in everyday life. Taken internally, dōTERRA Ginger essential oil can be used to ease an upset stomach. Whether this is from over indulgence, or feeling seasick, (car and plane included,) Ginger has a natural calming effect on your gut to reduce nausea.
How to use it: For nausea, place some oil drops on a tissue and then place over mouth and nose and inhale deeply. You will be surprised how this aromatic practice using this oil can quickly and gently settle your tummy. Place 4 drops of Ginger essential oil oil into a vege capsule and swallow with a tablespoon of Coconut or Olive oil. Ginger is known as a ‘hot’ oil so be careful not get onto the tongue undiluted.
The mighty antibacterial powerhouse! Extracted from the fragrant leaves of the oregano plant, Origanum vulgare, Oregano essential oil has made its way into cookbooks, cleaning cabinets, and supplement capsules.
Known as a popular cooking spice, its uses extend far beyond the kitchen. Because of Oregano oil’s high phenol content, caution should be taken when ingesting. It must always be diluted with coconut oil or olive oil (which is what I use). Again, I place 4 drops in a vege capsule and swallow with a tablespoon of olive oil. Another great use is oil pulling. You can add a few drops to a tablespoon of coconut or olive oil and swill for 10 minutes in the mouth. This rids the mouth of bacteria before they make their way into your digestive tract. Oregano is a ‘hot’ oil, so beware.
The peppermint plant is a versatile perennial herb that has been cherished since ancient times. Growing evidence suggests peppermint oil alleviates symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), such as bloating. It has also historically been used to balance intestinal flora, reducing the bloating feeling from the fermentation of undigested food.
Massage a few drops onto your abdomen which will help with cramps and bloating. An excellent oil for air travel. Long periods of inactivity, as well as the recycled cabin air and pressure result in staleness within the body. Inhaling peppermint enlivens the senses. Peppermint on the soles of the feet and a drop added to a glass of water will work wonders for you. It is a great breath freshener. You would be well advised to note that one drop of dōTERRA Peppermint essential oil is equal to 28 cups of Peppermint tea.
Give these oils a try, you will be surprised how effective and useful these essential oils can be in taking care of your gut!