If you suffer from chronic digestive issues like indigestion, upset stomach, acid reflux, metabolism imbalance or some other persistent digestive disorder, essential oils can likely help. Here are a few of the most effective essential oils that can help the healing process and sooth your digestion problems.
Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion. It is known to affect the brain satiety center, which triggers a sense of fullness after meals. Studies show that peppermint oil is effective at relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, flatulence and bloating. Peppermint calms the stomach muscles and improves the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. This allows your digestive track to work more effectively.
Ginger has been used for centuries and is one of the first spices to travel the “spice route” from Asia to Europe. Greek physician Dioscorides recorded in his text, On Therapy Substances, its use as a digestive stimulant. It has been successfully used for nausea due to morning sickness, motion sickness, chemotherapy and general anesthesia. Ginger oil can support healthy glucose, insulin and lipid levels within the body, which helps balance metabolism and can facilitate weight reduction.
Historically, fennel has been used to support the gastrointestinal and urinary tract systems. It helps prevent the buildup of toxic wastes in the body, which can cause inflammation in the joints. Fennel can also be helpful in reducing appetite between meals or when working through recovery from an addiction. It is excellent in reducing unwanted waste collected in fat pockets within the body, effectively allowing the body to release cellulite.
Grapefruit is helpful in changing eating habits and can be used to suppress food cravings. It stimulates the lympathatic system and is a valuable oil for fluid retention, cellulite and other conditions where toxins are not being eliminated effectively. It can help maintain weight loss, improve a person’s physical performance and increase lean muscle mass within the body.
Coriander supports optimum digestive health and healthy insulin response within the body. Studies indicate that it effectively kills pathogenic bacteria related to food-borne diseases; this benefit, combined with its delicious flavor, makes coriander oil a wonderful cooking oil.