Essential Oils For Upset Stomach
Everyone has an upset stomach once in a while. But feeling like you are sick makes getting through the day very difficult, and unfortunately, there seem to be a lot of reasons that our stomachs get upset. When it comes to essential oils for treatment, there are quite a few that will do the trick. Depending upon what is causing your upset stomach, you may be able to treat your nausea with these all-natural cures. But because some stomach conditions can be serious, you may want to see your doctor first in order to know when that is the case; you have to be able to identify what is causing your upset stomach to know how to treat it.
What Causes an Upset Stomach?
There are many different potential causes of an upset stomach. Because all stomach-aches feel pretty much the same it can be difficult to identify the cause simply by having an upset stomach. But there are causes that you may be able to identify by looking at the circumstances surrounding the upset stomach. For example, having an upset stomach is something that happens a lot in pregnancy, where the nausea that comes first in the morning is known as morning sickness. In other cases, something you ate was not properly cooked or had some bacteria that didn’t agree with you and undergoing chemotherapy (for cancer patients) almost always results in an upset stomach.
Potentially Serious Medical Conditions Where Upset Stomach is a Symptom
There are some medical conditions that have upset stomach is a symptom and these need to be treated by a medical professional rather than by essential oils. In fact, you should be seen as quickly as possible with these, even warranting a visit to the emergency room. Some of the conditions include upset stomach followed by vomiting that is bloody, and has the consistency of coffee grounds, confusion, being in a daze, a stiff neck or even a severe headache. Also if you are experiencing diarrhea at the same time as vomiting and an upset stomach, you should get checked out; if you have a rapid pulse or sharp pains in your abdomen you should seek medical help as well.
Essential Oils that Treat Nausea
As for essential oils that treat nausea, there are quite a few that can help you recover from an upset stomach. All of the essential oils out there that are intended for upset stomach symptoms have a slightly different way of dealing with the problem, and some work on a particular cause of while others simply treat the symptoms. The following list should give you a well-stocked arsenal of oils to choose from the next time you have an upset stomach.
Basil is an essential oil with carminative properties. That means that it not only treats upset stomach but it can help with gastrointestinal problems like cramps, bloating from gas and indigestion, constipation and more. There are number of other health benefits that come from using basil, and many people take it on a regular basis in order in order to prevent gastrointestinal problems like nausea and gas.
Cinnamon is another essential oil that can combat your upset stomach symptoms simply by inhalation. Of course, many people choose to diffuse it instead, but either way, you should be able to eliminate many of your upset stomach symptoms by using cinnamon. In particular, cinnamon will help to kill any bacterial or viral infections that can cause the upset stomach that is usually at the root of nausea and vomiting.
When you have an upset stomach, frankincense may be the miracle cure that you need. But it is even more effective against GERD and heartburn, as well as other GI problems. One of the best ways that you can use frankincense is to instantly eliminate built up gas in the stomach which can cause bloating, pressure and pain, and which can turn into severe diarrhea.
Ginger Essential Oil
There is a lot of great stuff going on with ginger when it comes to treating an upset stomach. Once again, you can just use the smell of ginger to eliminate or reduce the feelings of nausea that lead to vomiting. Some people who get motion sick even rub ginger oil onto their skin, or onto a cloth that they carry with them when they are going on a trip. Quite often, Ginger is used by people who experience an upset stomach because of a chronic condition. For example, cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy treatments will sometimes use ginger essential oil regularly in order to minimize or prevent the vomiting and feelings of nausea. One of the major strengths of this particular essential oil is that when you use it orally, it stimulates the production of the digestive juices that combat gas pain and bloating, or the acid reflux that causes heartburn and GERD symptoms. You can also brew ginger itself as a tea in order to get the same effect.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil should be one of the staples that you have on hand for treatment of a stomach-ache as well as a few other gastrointestinal conditions. This is relatively strong oil and you can use it a number of different ways. In many cases, the smell of peppermint essential oil alone will be enough to calm your stomach down and make you feel better. Even if that’s not the case, you can still choose to ingest it as long as you use a carrier oil. A little bit of peppermint by itself or in a tea will help you feel better and it is also great for diarrhea, gas pains and bloating.
Peppermint essential oil is great for the pregnant woman who is experiencing morning sickness. You may be able to inhale the peppermint scent in order to get relief from an upset stomach. It is also an effective treatment for motion sickness – either in a car or a boat. As for ingesting the peppermint – it can be done simply by adding a couple drops to glass of water. Some of the attributes of peppermint essential oil help to stabilize the stomach and prevents a nauseas feeling, or the need to throw up.
Spearmint Essential Oil
Spearmint essential oils are closely related to peppermint essential oils but not quite as strong. You can still use the smell of spearmint to negate nausea and upset stomach symptoms by opening the bottle and inhaling. Spearmint is antiseptic and antibacterial and can be used in a diffused, airborne form as well, for those who suffer from chronic upset stomach, such as pregnant women experiencing regular morning sickness.
Lemon Essential Oil
Adding to the list of essential oils that can reduce feelings of nausea and help with an upset stomach, simply by the smell itself, is lemon essential oil. Often the smell of lemon will calm the stomach and prevent vomiting when nothing else will work – and it works the same way as peppermint and spearmint when you use it as an inhalant. However, it also is effective against some of the same GI problems that have been discussed with the other essential oils on this list. If you are having chronic nausea problems at home, it is recommended that you put lemon essential oil in a diffuser and allow the fragrance to permeate the air around your house.
Anise Essential Oil
Finally anise is an essential oil that is made from the steam manufactured by distilling dried anise seeds. This is one of the all-around healthy essential oils that not only will help you with an upset stomach but will also provide other health benefits not related to the digestive system at all. Anise essential oil has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties which benefit your whole health blueprint and it can treat everything from cuts, bruises, stings and bites to cold symptoms like cough, runny nose and some allergy symptoms as well. It also has a double benefit for the digestive system because it not only calms nausea reduces vomiting, but it also can serve as an anti-diarrheal medication. One of the best ways to use anise essential oil is by setting it up with the diffuser and allowing it to get into the air around your home or office. Other people keep a bottle with them to inhale, and it can also be used orally as well, or combined with carrier oils and rubbed onto the skin itself.