Essential Oils for Nausea and Vomiting
- Chemotherapy treatments
- Eating too much
- Food poisoning
- Migraine headaches
- Morning sickness associated with pregnancy
- Motion sickness
- Overconsumption of alcohol
- Viral infections
There are various ways to treat the unpleasantness associated with nausea and vomiting. Essential Oils can be effective for addressing both. It is recommended that you look for high quality oils that are therapeutic or food grade if you are going to ingest the oils or use them topically. Let’s take a look at some of the essential used to treat these conditions and how to use them effectively.
Cinnamon Bark Oil
Cinnamon has antibacterial and anti-viral properties. It is useful in treating the flu and sore throat. It can also calm the associated nausea that accompanies the flu. You can add a drop of cinnamon bark essential oil to your tea to help combat infections, nausea, and vomiting. Or, you can diffuse the oil for its calming effects and assistance in clearing the air of infectious microbes. If you don’t have a misting diffuser, you can simmer a pot of water with a few drops of cinnamon oil in it. The scent alone will calm you down.
Cinnamon oil can be used to flavor food. Adding cinnamon to foods and beverages you can minimize indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and gas. It also combats diarrhea and reduces the effects of morning sickness.
In some cultures, fennel seeds are often eaten after a large meal to settle the stomach and improve digestion. Fennel essential oil can be a very effective digestive support by promoting secretions of digestive acids and bile. It also protects the stomach from ulcers and parasites, both of which can cause nausea and vomiting.
A little goes a long way with fennel. You can add a couple of drops to flavor and enhance a healing soup or add a single drop to a soothing tea, such as chamomile.
It is fairly common knowledge that warm, spicy ginger tea and ginger ale are traditional home remedies for an upset stomach. However, sometimes you really don’t want to drink anything when you are feeling nauseas and wanting to vomit. You can make a lotion of jojoba oil with a couple of drops of ginger essential oil in it and rub it on the soles of your feet to help with that sick feeling.
Lavender essential oil is likely one of the most diverse in terms of its uses. This is a great essential oil for an upset stomach because it is antibacterial and extremely soothing. It has a healing, relaxing, floral aroma. Lavender is a natural antispasmodic and anticonvulsant. It is a flowering plant that is safe for consumption in moderation. It also works really well in aromatherapy recipes.
You can place a drop or two of lavender essential oil on your pillow to help you sleep when feeling unwell. Or, you can put a few drops into a warm bath to soak in and relax you.
Mandarin essential oil has citrus and sweet notes. It is reported to be one of the best essential oils for indigestion and the symptoms of nausea. This essential oil is often used to relieve acid reflux and other digestive conditions related to irritable bowel syndrome. Citrus oils in general have antiseptic properties. Caution should be used with these stronger oils. You can clean with them, diffuse them, or use sparingly in a carrier oil, such as sweet almond or jojoba, as an abdominal rub.
Melissa essential oil is antispasmodic. Spasms can occur within the digestive systems and can lead to cramping, abdominal pains, and vomiting. This essential oil is an effective sedative that can give fast relief from spasms in all parts of the body.
Melissa is also a natural stomach toner and strengthener. It can help to heal ulcers and protect from infections, such as gastroenteritis that causes vomiting and diarrhea.
Peppermint is often recommended for calming a queasy stomach and healing a leaky gut. An easy way to use peppermint quickly is to open the essential oil bottle and simply inhale a bit. You can repeat this as needed. For troublesome nausea, add 1 drop of peppermint oil to a 16 ounce bottle of water and sip on it throughout the day. This works especially well if you are traveling by car or on a boat and experience motion sickness.
Essential Oil Remedies and Recipes
Aromatherapy is a great way to benefit from essential oils when dealing with anything that is causing nausea and vomiting. By diffusing essential oils you are purifying the air as well as providing aromas that can be very soothing.
There are many types of diffusers. The inexpensive ones use a tea candle to heat water and disperse the oil. There are small electric ball diffusers that plug directly into a wall outlet to keep the oil warm. Then, there are the misting and nebulizer types of diffusers that really disperse the oil well through moisture. These cost more, but are very good for purifying the atmosphere.
If you don’t have a diffuser, bring a small pot of water to a boil. Place 4 drops each of peppermint and lavender essential oils in the water and allow the mixture to slow simmer while it disperses the essential oils into the space.
Inhalation is convenient when you are traveling. You can inhale directly from your individual essential oil bottles. Peppermint, ginger, and lavender essential oils are all excellent for some quick relief when inhaled. Remember, you can also place a drop or 2 on your pillow.
Ingesting essential oils can be very helpful at getting right to the heart of the problem. As mentioned previously, you can add a drop of peppermint essential oil to your water bottle. You can also add a drop of cinnamon bark, fennel, or ginger essential oil into your tea or to flavor your food. This works very well when you are eating a bland diet until the nausea and vomiting subside.
Abdominal Massage oil is quite effective for quieting an upset stomach and any associated cramping. You just need a few drops to massage gently into the affected area. Take a 2 ounce dark amber or blue glass bottle and add to it:
- 2 ounces of jojoba oil
- 4 drops ginger essential oil
- 4 drops mandarin essential oil
- 4 drops melissa essential oil
Foot Massage is also very effective in treating nausea and vomiting. You can place a drop of ginger or lavender oil directly on the soles of your feet for fairly quick relief. Or, you can mix the essential oils together in a sweet almond oil similar to the recipe above and massage your feet.
Bathing in warm water with essential oils is an excellent way to relax stomach muscles and the rest of your body. You will also benefit from the aromatherapy if the water is steamy. Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It will absorb the beneficial essential oils. Here is a relaxing bath recipe.
Fill your tub with hot water and add:
- 1 cup of Epsom Salts
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops mandarin essential oil
Soak for up to 20 minutes. Then crawl into bed or on to the couch wrapped in a warm blanket.
Quality of Oils
Essential oils are extracted from plants using different methods. There is a steam distillation process, a hydro distillation process, and a cold pressed method. These processing methods result in highly concentrated plant essences. Some essential oils are processed solely for use in aromatherapy and fragrances. Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are processed differently, making them acceptable for internal use in small doses.
Organic essential oils are those extracted from plants that are cultivated on certified organic farms. Since essential oils are highly concentrated distillations and extractions of significant amounts of plant material, it is believed that non-organic and GMO oils might have high concentrations of pesticide residues in them. For this reason, many people now prefer organic oils for ingestion and topical use.
You will pay more for therapeutic grade and organic essential oils. Keep in mind that essential oils are highly concentrated and will last a long time.
Essential oils are a very effective and natural treatment for nausea and vomiting. Generally speaking, essential oils are very safe to use. Look for high quality essential oils for aromatherapy use. It is best to use pure, therapeutic, food grade oils when ingesting or using topically. Consider purchasing organic essential oils if possible.
It is best to dilute essential oils when ingested, and mix with a carrier oil when used topically. Some essential oils can irritate the skin, so test before applying. Children and pets should be given very small doses. Expectant mothers need to be mindful of the power of these oils and practice caution.
As with any medical condition, please consult with your health care professional. Always seek help for a serious illness. A holistic approach to nausea and vomiting includes a healing diet, adequate rest, and exercise, in addition to essential oils.