Heartburn can be the dreaded result of various factors, including acid reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease, indigestion, certain medications or foods, and a host of other things, that can leave you with a burning sensation in your throat or just behind your breastbone. These symptoms generally occur within a few minutes to a few hours after eating.
It is also common for some heartburn sufferers to experience chest pain when lying down or bending forward.
Thankfully, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart but it is still an incredible nuisance that can negatively impact your quality of life.
Heartburn is usually addressed using pharmaceuticals (otc or prescription); however, relief can be sought naturally through the use of essential oils.
In fact, essential oils, which are obtained from the essence of various plant parts, have been used throughout human history to relieve many symptoms of various illnesses and today, many studies and anecdotal reports have confirmed that essential oils provide extremely potent therapeutic effects on the body, which vary based on the type of essential oil being utilized and the condition being addressed.
With that in mind, we have created a list of the 5 best essential oils for heartburn:
Lavender essential oil, which is extracted from the lavender plant, emits a sweet floral scent that induces a calming effect in many people, which makes it great for use as a soothing treatment for the sting of heartburn.
In fact, it has been used throughout time for its relaxing effects.
Today, it is often used to relieve an upset stomach or as an alternative way to alleviate heartburn in some individuals. This relief usually comes about because heartburn shares many symptoms with an upset stomach.
The primary mechanism of lavender oil for heartburn lies in its ability to soothe inflammation.
Another benefit of lavender oil for heartburn sufferers is that it can help to induce sleep if your acid reflux is preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep.
To use, simply add a few drops of the oil to a diffuser and then allow the scent to fill the room, or inhale directly from the bottle.
You can combine about 4 drops of lavender oil with about 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil (eg olive or coconut oil) and massage the mixture into the stomach (above the belly button) and chest area to experience its effects.
Use a combination of both methods for best results.
Extracted from the leaves of the peppermint plant, this potent essential oil provides a cool, minty aroma that can be used to help alleviate the burn of heartburn due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
And if you're experiencing nausea, you'll be happy to know that inhaling peppermint oil is a tried and true intervention method for addressing it.
A few drops of peppermint essential oil can be added to a diffuser or a dish of hot water and then inhaled deeply to help soothe the burn (due to its anti-inflammatory properties) or relieve nausea.
You can (should) also combine about 4 drops with about one teaspoon of a carrier oil such as olive oil and massage into the chest and stomach area.
Ideally, you should use both methods for best results but ingestion isn’t recommended because it can sometimes amplify or trigger an acid reflux attack.
It also has potent anti-inflammatory properties, which when extracted in the form of ginger essential oil, can be used to reduce inflammation in the esophagus, which is often a major cause of heartburn.
This oil also contains phenolic compounds, which have been shown to lessen gastrointestinal irritation by absorbing excess stomach acids, which in turn also helps prevent the stomach from overproducing acid.
It also helps to regulate gastric contractions, reducing the chance of acid traveling from your stomach up to your esophagus, which is also another major cause of heartburn.
Ginger essential oil can be added to a cup of herbal tea or a cup of warm water and then consumed prior to meals to help decrease the risk of heartburn.
The oil can also be massaged into your stomach to help alleviate bloating or cramping.
It can also be inhaled straight from the bottle or by diffusion.
The oil from the peel contains a synthesis of naturally occurring chemicals, including camphene, Nerol, B-pinene, A-terpinene, Linalool, and more, that have been shown to provide natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties that can destroy harmful bacteria in the digestive system for improved overall digestive health.
It also has an alkalizing effect in the body, thereby helping to equalize stomach acids.
Lemon essential oil is often incorporated in herbal tea or a cup of warm water and then slowly consumed to help soothe heartburn.
However, it also has a pleasant scent, which when added to a diffuser or a dish of hot water and then inhaled, can also be used to provide quick relief.
As usual, combine both methods for best results.
This essential oil contains an abundance of natural phytochemicals, including d-limonene, which has been shown to provide fast, long-lasting relief of heartburn, particular the GERD type, due to its gastric acid neutralizing effect and its support of the normal constriction and relaxation of the canal muscles.
It also has anti-inflammatory effects, which help to relieve the pain and burning sensation associated with heartburn.
Orange essential oil, like lemon, is often added to herbal teas and then sipped slowly to bring about relief.
However, it can also be added to a diffuser or inhaled directly from the bottle to help alleviate heartburn.
How long it takes to experience relief from heartburn using essential oils often depends on the therapeutic method used.
For instance, some people have reported experiencing quicker results when inhaling essential oils, either via a diffuser or using the steam inhalation method, vs topical application. Experimenting is key.
A recurring theme, however, is that individuals tend to get the best results when using multiple application methods.
Whichever method you choose, be sure to follow the recommended guidelines as using too much essential oil or using an essential oil without proper dilution can cause skin irritation.
You should always perform a skin patch test before applying essential oils to the skin to avoid irritation.
Lastly, the quality of essential oil that you use also matters when treating heartburn.
In fact, the highest quality essential oils are totally pure, which means they are free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, flavors, and other chemical additives that can diminish the natural effects of the oil and cause irritation.
They are also pesticide-free to further ensure a quality product.
Visit the Pure Path store to view our wide selection of quality essential oils to soothe your heartburn.
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