It may be common, but that doesn’t make acid reflux any more pleasant. Calm that heartburn with the following 4 Essential Oils.
Uncomfortable bloating, burping, regurgitating digesting food, stomach aches are all signs of acid reflux, and acid reflux affects a great deal of the United States population.
I have been one of those people several times and have used natural remedies to help get rid of it.
Below I will talk about the 4 best essential oils to help your acid reflux symptoms.
1. Lavender Essential Oil
The Lavender essential oil soothes the mind and calms the stomach.
Thousands of years before the modern medical age, human’s used lavender as a source of cleansing comfort. Hense, its Latin name, Lavare means “To wash” because the Romans commonly used lavender in their baths, beds, clothes, and hair.
The essential oil benefits range from antimicrobial and antioxidant to its mood-lifting and anti-depressant effects.
I’m sure that you are aware of the anxiety connection to acid reflux.
It is often the direct cause, and treating this source of the problem has solved this health issue for many people.
You may not be in Rome, but I’d recommend doing as the Romans do with a few modern modifications.
As stated, they put Lavender on pretty much everything, and if you have acid reflux, you should do the same.
Spray Bottle for Fabrics
Fabrics are a great way to strategically apply a lavender spray. Fabrics absorb smells.
Who knew that could actually be a good thing?
Instead of covering up smells, why not add some lavender, and get a healthy mood-lifting boost.
Some great places are blankets, pillows, and furniture fabrics.
Keeping you anxiety subdued is key, so be creative and apply it locations where you expect stress (Office, Alarm Clocks, Car Seats, Phone, Inside Your Purse…Like I said, get creative).
Clean Spray Bottle
1 oz Water
10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
The ratio doesn’t have to be exact, but I would recommend not straying too far from this.
Essential Oils are potent.
Essential Oils almost always require dilution.
Lavender is a considered safe for direct application to the skin, but you can always have too much of something.
Since it takes 150 pounds of the lavender flower to create one pound of the oil, I prefer to play it safe by mixing it into a lotion.
Don’t worry, it is very easy to make.
1 Cup Shea Butter
1 Cup of Coconut Oil
4 Tablespoons Beeswax
1 Teaspoon of Lavender Oil
How to Make It
Step 1: Add the Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Beeswax to a cooking pot.
Step 2: Turn the heat on low, and stir constantly until melted.
Step 3: When melted, remove from heat source and pour into a mason jar.
Step 4: Partially cool, not until congealed, but just before the process starts.
Step 5: Add the Lavender Essential Oil and stir.
Step 6: Once cooled, it’s ready to be applied as desired.
I don’t really want to dwell on this one because it is obvious enough without instruction.
Oil Diffusers typically have water-fill lines.
Fill with water to that point, and add about somewhere in the ballpark of 10 drops of lavender oil.
2. Ginger Essential Oil
The ginger essential oil is incredibly healthy for your body.
It provides a host of benefits such as helping the body to clean up bad bacteria, it improves the immune system, fights against Diabetes and Cancer and is excellent at preventing Ulcers (Ulcers can form as a result of Acid Reflux).
If you would prefer, you purchase ginger teas.
They can be a good source of ginger too, but make sure to look at the ingredients.
I’ve seen some dissolvable form of teas that have enough sugar to not be worth the health benefits.
I personally prefer the pure source from the essential oil, so that I can eliminate any unwanted additives.
8oz glass of warm water
2-4 drops of Ginger Essential Oil
Rub a couple of drops of oil on the chest and throat area to soothe and relax the muscles.
Alternatively, you can also use the Lavender Lotion recipe and swap out equal parts of the lavender for ginger.
3. Lemon Essential Oil
It takes 3,000 lemons to make one pound of essential oil, so don’t abuse it.
Don’t get me wrong, this is considered safe for ingestion and it will likely help you with your acid reflux.
However, I don’t want you to down a grove-worth of lemon oil because I told you that it could help.
Lemon essential oil is an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory, and an antibacterial.
Most importantly, in the case of acid reflux, it has an alkalizing effect on your stomach acid, it clears out the toxins, encourages the production of mucus that will protect your stomach lining.
I realize the mucus thing sounds a bit gross, but it is one of the keys to preventing stomach ulcers.
Lemon Essential Oil Water
Drink in the morning as well as before each meal.
Drinking right before a meal will help aid in the digestion of that meal.
1 large glass of water
1-2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
4. Orange Essential Oil
If you’d prefer orange over lemon, you can always give this essential oil a try.
4 drops of Wild Orange Essential Oil
2 Teaspoons of Carrier oils (see this list of carrier oils)
Apply the mixture thoroughly to the chest, back, and throat areas.
Once again, if desired you can use the lotion recipe.