Stomach troubles... ugh; aren't those the worst? I struggle with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and over the years, I have found certain "tools" that really help and essential oils are one of them! Now, I know there are a lot of opinions out there about using essential oils and which ones are the best. I promise on this blog that I won't recommend anything that I haven't personally tried myself. When I was first looking into essential oils a few years ago, I researched the options out there and decided to go with Young Living. I was impressed by their high quality standards and their Seed to Seal process. They even own a lot of their own farms! Here's a PDF that talks about what makes Young Living different than other essential oil companies.
It's important to know how to use oils properly, especially because the highest quality oils are the most potent. See Young Living's Essential Oil Safety Guide. I personally don't ingest them internally because I have a sensitive system. But I know many people who do. So my word of advice is, if you do decide to ingest them internally, only use the highest quality oils (Young Living has a Vitality Dietary line) and always dilute them (in water or with oil). See my page that includes information and links about safety. On a side note: I highly recommend buying a starter kit (yes, I am biased). You not only get a diffuser, but a special assortment of oils to get you started. Here's a link on how that process works, but contact me with questions and I will walk you through the process. If you do order a starter kit through me, I send you some awesome freebies including a Reference Guide and a laminated “recipe” booklet :).
The oils I use the most for stomach troubles are Young Living DiGize and Peppermint. DiGize is a blend of oils including Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel, Lemongrass, Anise and Patchouli. Honestly, it doesn't smell that great, but it works great for stomach aches, bloating and gas. I put directly on my stomach (dilute 1 drop of DiGize oil with 1 drop of carrier oil) and rub in a clockwise circle. For extra "oomph" (and to help mask the smell of DiGize), I add Peppermint (dilute 1 drop of Peppermint with 4 drops of carrier oil) on top of the DiGize and rub in a clockwise circle. Peppermint is a "hot" oil (which actually feels cold as it absorbs in your skin) so dilution is important. Peppermint has anti-spasmodic properties and it is great for nausea. Even just opening the bottle of Peppermint and smelling it can help with nausea. Peppermint also has so many other great uses, so stay tuned for a future post featuring Peppermint! For even more information about these two essential oils, click these links: DiGize and Peppermint.
An "out of the box" way to use essential oils (especially if you don't want to smell that strongly of them) is put them on your feet. See below for a picture of the Vitaflex points on the feet that correlate with the proper organ in the body.
What essential oils would you like to try? Please comment below. Thank you for reading!
Maria Walcott. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist "Extraordinaire" :) Nutrition "nerd". Essential oil educator. Love nature. Want to protect God's planet and help His people become their healthiest selves.