Do they work?
Essential oils are experiencing a surge in popularity. Friends are touting the benefits on social media, coworkers are selling essential oils at the office, and neighbors have fragrant diffusers spilling warm scents of ginger or lavender into their homes.
Although many people see essential oils as a simple and easy-to-use form of aromatherapy, they have been used throughout the centuries as an alternative treatment option.
Research is often limited, but evidence suggests that certain oils may be able to relieve symptoms, such as indigestion and nausea. Here’s what you need to know about using essential oils for heartburn relief.
Essential oils often have alluring scents. Essential oils are made from plant:
These botanicals are naturally pressed until they release their essence, or their essential oils.
Despite their quickly growing fan base, essential oils have very little support from the mainstream medical community. The studies that have examined these oils have mostly assessed these oils for their aromatherapy and stress relief qualities. Few medical studies have examined their ability to treat or relieve signs and symptoms of conditions or diseases.
Although more research is necessary, some evidence suggests that using certain oils may relieve heartburn.
People have used ginger to treat various types of gastrointestinal distress. Ginger essential oils may also benefit people who are experiencing the symptoms of heartburn.
Many people find the scent of lavender relaxing and calming, making it a staple in aromatherapy. In addition to its sedative properties, lavender may also help reduce the symptoms of upset stomach. Many of the symptoms of upset stomach and heartburn are similar, so trying lavender oil may be beneficial for people dealing with extra stomach acid.
Inhaling the essence of a peppermint essential oil may help ease heartburn, upset stomach, and nausea. Massage the diluted oil on your chest, belly, of back can help relax the overactive digestive system.
How to use essential oils for heartburn
Essential oils are potent. A drop or two is enough to diffuse scents throughout a room. A drop or two in a carrier oil is all that’s usually recommended when applying essential oils topically. Only a few drops are recommended if you inhale the oils from the bottle or a cloth.
The best way to treat heartburn with essential oils is by inhaling the scent directly from the bottle or a diffuser. If you’re using a diffuser, place two or three drops in the machine’s steam pocket. Turn the machine on, and the warm water will diffuse the concentrated oils. If you don’t have time to set up a diffuser, you can breathe deeply while hovering over a few drops of essential oil on a cloth napkin or towel.
Another way to reap the benefits of essential oils is to mix with a carrier oil and massage into the skin. Essential oils should not be swallowed.
Risks and warnings
No scientific studies support the use of essential oils for the treatment of heartburn. All studies that examine the connection instead point at the relief of similar symptoms that occur due to heartburn.
Do not take essential oils by mouth.
Using quality oil is important for making sure you don’t become sick after using the oils. You should research and seek out a brand you can trust.