Essential Oils for Acid Reflux: Guide to Treating (GERD & Heartburn)

Uncomfortable bloating, burping, regurgitating digested food, stomach aches are all signs of acid reflux. This is something that unfortunately affects a great deal of the United States population. In fact, according to HCUP (Healthcare Cost & utilization Project) At least 60% of the US population will deal with Acid reflux at some point during a given year, and this number is only expected to increase due to the unhealthy eating and dietary habits of the average American. Consuming large amounts of Soda, alcohol and other bad foods all increase the likelihood that one will experience the above list of symptoms. According to WebMD The following is a list of foods that should be avoided:

  • Spicy Foods
  • Chocolate (This one surprised me)
  • Any drinks that contain a large amount of citrus (Lemonade, Orange juice)
  • Caffeinated & Carbonated beverages
  • Peppermint
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Fatty and greasy foods that hydrogenated oils
As someone that has dealt with Acid Reflux I can tell you that it’s not easy to stay away from this list. To be honest, I don’t think I every did. Instead to ease the symptoms I cut alcohol, stopped drink soda and slowed down on the amount of greasy and spicy foods. I also started drinking a lot more water. These simple actions helped alleviate the severity of the symptoms.

 

Avoid Over-the-Counter Medication if Possible

With the convenience of local pharmacies most that suffer with Acid Reflux will treat their symptoms with common over-the-counter medication. The problem here is that many of these drugs can be very harmful to one’s health. Natural remedies should always be utilized first in an attempt to cure the symptoms since they don’t contain chemicals that can be harmful to ones health.

 

Essential Oils for Acid Reflux & Heartburn

Ginger

Ginger is incredibly healthy all around for your body. It provides a host of benefits such as helping the body to cleanup bad bacteria, it improves the immune system, fights against Diabetes and Cancer and is great at preventing Ulcers (Ulcers can form as a result of Acid Reflux).

  • Drink: Mix 2-4 drops in an 8oz glass of warm water. Ginger tea can be used as a substitute.
  • Massage: Rub a couple drops of oil on the chest and throat area to soothe and relax the muscles.

Peppermint

  • 2 teaspoons of carrier oil such as Almond or Hazelnut
  • 4 drops of Eucalyptus Oil
  • 4 drops of Fennel Oil
  • 2 drops of Peppermint Oil

Mix together and rub on the back, chest and throat. Do not drink. This mixture should help relax the body and muscles. (Women who are pregnant, nursing and those with epilepsy should not use this remedy).

Orange

  • 4 drops of Wild Orange Essential Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons of Carrier oils (see this list of carrier oils

Massage throughly to the chest, back and throat areas.

Lemon

  • 1 large glass of water
  • 1-2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

Drink in the morning as well as before each meal. Lemon is a natural detoxifier and helps to clean the stomach of damaging bacteria.

Other Natural Remedies to Try

Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) has been used for centuries to cure all sorts of ailments due to the healthy acids and natural enzymes that it contains. ACV will help you to maintain a healthy gut and will aid the body in food digestion. ACV i really quite remarkable and regardless if you suffer from heartburn or acid reflux should look into the many benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.

Drink: 1 Tablespoon with 8oz glass of water daily (Mix with a small amount of honey to help reduce the vinegary taste).

The below video by Doctor Axe does a great job of explaining why ACV works wonders to eliminate Acid Reflux. 

 

Fasting

Sometimes giving the body a rest is all one needs to allows the body to reset properly. There are all types of fasting that can provide ample rest for the body and its digestive system. These are the most common forms of fasting.

  • Intermittent Fasting – Fast for 14-16 hours per day drinking only water and tea. Another type of intermittent fasting involves not eating 1-2 days per week either together or separate.
  • Juice Fasting
  • Bone Broth Fasting – Nothing but Bone Broth is consumed for 1-7 days. Bone brother contains many vitamins and nutrients that can aid the body in digestion.
  • Extended Fast – This is certainly the most extreme form of fasting. It involves drinking nothing but water for 3, 7, 14 or even 21 days.

Baking Soda

The primary active ingredient in Baking Soda is Sodium Bicarbonate which is the also the primary ingredient in most over-the- counter antacids without the harmful additives. Baking Soda can help to subdue the symptoms and effects that the stomach acid is causing.

  • 1/2 Teaspoon and large glass of water – Mix well and drink.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile can help neutralize agitated mucus membranes and reduce the overall symptoms.

  • Drink several times a day (It’s important that you choose a high quality organic tea that does not include any harmful chemicals that can only exacerbate the symptoms).

Bone Broth

The Glycine in Bone Broth can feel very soothing to the throat and body. It has a lot of minerals that the body needs and it helps to protect against the creation of ulcers. In addition to these benefits Glycine acts as a protector against infection by a bacteria called H.Pylori which is a nasty form of bacteria that attacks the body’s stomach lining.

Drinking water with High pH(8.8)

Don’t reach for that glass of H2O just yet because not any water is going to do the trick. The damage to the esophagus caused by Gerd and Acid reflux are due to activated pepsin. This study concluded that drinking water with high pH 0f 8.8 helped to neutralize the Pepsin which positively affected those dealing with the symptoms of Acid Reflux.

Aloe Vera Juice

Most know Aloe Vera as a natural treatment for scrapes and burns, but it also contains a great amount of vitamins and minerals that can act as an inflammatory. In an controlled trial a group of 79 subjects were given aloe vera multiple times per day. At the end of the 4 week trial all reported feeling a decrease in the symptoms with zero reported side affects.

Do not drink Aloe Vera Juice if you are pregnant or have diabetes

Sugarless Gum

Stick a piece of gum in your mouth and chew away, only just make sure that your choice of gum does not contain any mint since this could have the opposite of the intended affect. Chewing gum helps to increase the amount of saliva that your body produces which will help to dilute the stomach acid. The additional swallowing that happens when you chew the gum will also keep the stomach acid from climbing up the Esophagus.

Sleep Upright

The forces of gravity are obviously against you on this one. Sleeping flat on your back or stomach will naturally cause the stomach acid to travel up towards the esophagus. Try using a pillow to prop yourself up at night in order to deter this.

 

Sources:

https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb44.jsp

http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/triggers

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22844861

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26742306