Essential Oils For Acid Reflux, Plus Indigestion, Heartburn, GERD & More!
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Aromatherapy Sciences is proud to offer all-natural solutions that are geared towards the alleviation, reduction, and prevention of acid reflux, plus indigestion, GERD, heartburn, and so much more. We take advantage of the natural remedies that nature has provided us in the form of essential oils.
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Being that essential oils have been used for centuries to remedy common ailments, it’s important to know that there are numerous oils that can fit the bill for nearly any problem – particularly those that are digestive in nature.
Aroma Therapy Sciences focuses on such history and science in order to carry only the finest essential oils that possess a proven track record of success. We listen to our customers and take the information they give us in order to constantly expand our ability to carry quality products and make proper recommendations.
When it comes to the uneasiness and discomfort associated with gastrointestinal issues, we help people relieve acid reflux, indigestion, GERD, heartburn, and more the natural way with essential oils!
What Role Do Essential Oils Play?
As consumers, we’ve been conditioned to believe that the cure to various ailments can be found at the local drug store. While this is true in certain circumstances, many of us are unaware that nature has providing remedies since the beginning of time.
It is easy to roll your eyes at the sentiment of “all-natural” but, if this wasn’t the case, how did humanity endure up until now? Aspirin wasn’t known until the 1890’s and wasn’t marketed until 1899. The human species as we know it today, began to appear roughly 200,000 years ago. It is safe to say that nature has providing natural remedies for what ails us for a very long time.
For those of us who have battled acid reflux, GERD, and the accompanying symptoms of heartburn and indigestion, we know it is not fun. Our long-time choices have been liquids in white or pink colors or a roll of chewables. Sometimes, these are effective. And, sometimes they are not. What is true about these remedies is that they are artificial and only meant to treat the symptoms and not so much the cause of our discomfort.
Essential oils, on the other hand, are presented in a way that nature intended. There are numerous oils available for a numerous amount of issues we face. This applies to something as common, and uncomfortable, as acid reflux, GERD, and all the symptoms that follow – including bloating, cramping, heartburn, indigestion, and related insomnia.
What Is Acid Reflux?
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Acid reflux is a condition in which acidic gastric fluid is regurgitated back up into the esophagus, causing heartburn. It is never convenient, always bothersome, and quite often painful. And, for those of us that suffer from acid reflux on a consistent basis, it interferes with our daily routine.
Some common symptoms associated with acid reflux are heartburn, bloating, cramps, indigestion, and even insomnia. If you have experienced any of these afflictions, then you can relate to how difficult it can be to get a good night’s rest. Since your stomach acid is meant to travel down and not back up into the esophagus, then you can imagine why lying down can aggravate the issue.
For so long, we all have reached for the roll of antacids or some form of white or pink chalky liquid to provide relief. These can work but what they are not is a long-term solution nor are they natural. Essential oils, on the other hand, are natural and can have the ability to encourage long-lasting relief and prevention if combined with other lifestyle changes. Everybody’s body chemistry is different and another thing essential oils can offer is the ability to find the right oil for you and your symptoms. Over the counter treatments use the same active ingredients and, if something is not effective for you, you are out of luck.
What Are The Differences Between Heartburn, Acid Reflux & GERD?
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The terms heartburn, acid reflux, and GERD are often used interchangeably, but they actually have very different meanings.
Acid reflux is a common medical condition that can range in severity from mild to serious. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the chronic, more severe form of acid reflux. Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux and GERD.
The term “heartburn” is misleading because the heart actually has nothing to do with the pain. Heartburn occurs in your esophagus leading to mild to severe pain in the chest. Serious cases are sometimes mistaken for heart attack pain. The lining of your esophagus is more sensitive than the lining of your stomach and the acid in your esophagus causes a burning sensation in your chest. The pain is often described as a burning sensation that moves up around the neck and throat and can often feel like it’s located behind the breastbone. Heartburn usually occurs after eating and bending over or lying down can make it feel worse. This affliction is quite common, with estimations of over 60 million Americans experiencing heartburn monthly.
Acid reflux is actually the driver behind heartburn. As stated above, it is when stomach acid finds it way back up the esophagus and not in the stomach. This acidic environment causes pain and discomfort due to the sensitivity of the esophageal walls, which are far more delicate than your stomach lining. The culprit causing this process is a circular muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter. This is the muscle responsible for tightening your esophagus as food passes into the stomach. If this muscle is weak or doesn’t tighten as it should, then acid can move backward away from your stomach and into your esophagus causing that burning sensation we dread.
GERD is simply the chronic form of acid reflux – meaning it is a moniker for acid reflux that occurs more than twice a week. Long-term damage of the esophagus is not only painful but can even lead to cancer. GERD is a serious condition that encourages long-lasting behavioral change. As traditional over the counter medication has little effect on GERD, one can often cause more harm than good by trying. Along with diet modification, weight loss, quitting smoking, and consuming less alcohol, essential oils have been shown to offer all-natural relief for GERD sufferers.
How Do Essential Oils Help?
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Essential oils are powerful tools to combat acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn, GERD, and more. By utilizing their natural properties, many people use them to find all-natural relief. Particular oils offer different effects, such as soothing symptoms or even alkalizing the body.
Essential oils are helpful due to the fact that they draw from nature and contribute to the natural composition of your body. Some are more effective than others, and all react to your personal composition in their own way.
It is important to try different essential oils and see guidance from your healthcare professional towards which essential oils may be right for you.
Top 6 Essential Oils For Acid Reflux
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While there are quite a few essential oils that have been shown to offer relief for acid reflux, five stand out.
Full of powerful antioxidants, ginger has been used to provide comfort for various ailments throughout the centuries.
Where it may stand the tallest though, is its ability to discourage the growth of harmful bacteria and hinder the production of acid.
Lemon essential oil is an aromatic oil that possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that have been shown to offer relief for your acid reflux. This essential oil destroys unwanted bacteria and promotes mucus production – your body’s natural deterrent to acid reflux. Peppermint essential oil may be the most sought after due to its inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-spasmodic characteristics. Peppermint essential oil not only tastes great, but it can also be ingested for heartburn relief or applied topically to help soothe cramps and sore muscles brought on by spasms attributed to acid reflux.
Wild orange is an often-overlooked essential oil for acid reflux, but it should be at the top of the list for those afflicted. It is often used for combating indigestion, constipation, bloating, and other symptoms brought on by acid reflux.
It is a two-way tie with eucalyptus and lavender oil being in the top five of essential oils for acid reflux. Each offer the settling of the stomach and can be consumed through inhalation, ingestion, or as a topical agent.
Top 5 Essential Oils For Heartburn
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Many of the same essential oils used for acid reflux translate as remedies for heartburn. But, there are a few that work well as a heartburn combatant alone. Essential grapefruit and coriander oil offer the reduction of inflammation and the reduction of acidity acid reflux.
Additionally, the same essential oils of peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, and lavender help to promote cooling the esophagus and chest, promote digestion, and even deter overeating – a leading contributor to heartburn.
Top 5 Essential Oils For GERD
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As GERD is a chronic condition of acid reflux, all of the above essential oils should have some kind of positive effect on the condition. Two things to keep in mind is that GERD could be attributed to a deeper and underlying issue and the constant use of particular essential oils could offer the consumer discomfort over time.
If GERD is caused by weak muscles than you should seek the care of your primary physician. But, if GERD is caused by other factors such as your body’s chemistry and its inability to counter acid reflux, even after addressing recommended lifestyle changes, then stick with lavender and eucalyptus, as they tend to be gentler on your digestive system.
Top Essential Oils Recipes
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Now that you’ve figured out the need for essential oils and how it can be beneficial for counteracting the effects of acid reflux, indigestion, GERD, and heartburn, you need to know how to consume them.
Again, each person is different when it comes to the level of effectiveness essential oils can offer – with how it is consumed playing a large part. Most often, people consume essentials oils through inhalation with the help of a diffuser. Depending on the oil, 1-2 drops is all that is needed. Other options are placing a drop directly on the tongue, adding 1-2 drops to your favorite beverage or hot water, and even diluting the essential oil with a carrier oil (almond, coconut, etc.) and applying it directly to your skin. The intensity of each oil varies and it is highly recommended that you seek out the advice from a healthcare provider regarding recommended dosage per essential oil.
Eucalyptus Throat & Chest Rub
What you need:
5 – 7 drops eucalyptus oil
Fractionated coconut oil
Method: Add the eucalyptus oil to a container. Fill the rest of the container with fractionated coconut oil or almond oil. Rub it along your esophagus on your throat and chest
What you need:
10 drops coriander
5 drops grapefruit
3 drops ginger
5 drops lemon
2 oz olive oil
2 oz amber glass dropper bottle
Method: Add the oils into the glass dropper bottle and shake gently to combine. Place about 5 – 7 drops of this blend onto your palm, rub your palms together and apply it to your feet and abdomen in gentle circular motions. This blend is said to improve digestion and prevent heart burn.
There are many more methods and recipes that can be used to treat a variety of symptoms associated with acid reflux. Reach out to Aromatherapy Sciences for direction.
What To Look For When Buying Essential Oils
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It is important that you purchase your essential oils from a reputable vendor. With the vast amount of purchasing options available, especially over the internet, there are several factors you must always consider.
You must forgo the temptation to purchase the most affordable oils. These are likely low-quality, diluted, and improperly stored. High-quality oils will generally be tested for purity, properly stored, and free of any unwanted ingredients. Always check labels and research the reputation of the vendor you are hoping to do business with.
Essential Oil Side Effects & Warnings
Even though essential oils for acid reflux are a natural option compared to artificial drugs, they are not entirely free of risk. Along with any consumable, it is important that you are well-versed on the methods and possible adverse effects when used. Some essential oils are meant to be ingested, while some are only meant for the diffuser. Again, stay informed and always check with an expert.
Essential oils are powerful and can interact with other oils and pharmaceutical drugs. Always check with a healthcare provider before combining. A common side effect of essential oils is skin sensitivity. Be sure to use a carrier oil to minimize any chance of irritation. Lastly, some essential oils have been found to be harmful to children and/or pets. Be aware of this before you purchase and store safely when not using.