Essential oils have been used for many years to treat a wide variety of conditions, and recent evidence has found that certain essential oils - namely lavender, ginger and peppermint - could be effective in relieving acid reflux, as well.
Acid reflux can be a painful experience for sufferers, and occurs due to stomach acid traveling up into the esophagus, causing irritation. Acid reflux occurs most commonly in relation to food and drink; common triggers include spicy foods, highly acidic foods, caffeine, and foods high in fat. The position of the body while eating or immediately after can make acid reflux more likely, too. It often causes a sore throat, tight chest, cramps and heartburn.
Put simply, essential oils are the oil extracts from different plants and flowers, containing the very ‘essence’ of the plant itself, including scent and sometimes taste. Essential oils are usually pure – naturally cold-pressed and contain no other added ingredients.
Tests have revealed that some of these ever-popular natural compounds may be helpful to sufferers of acid reflux, speeding up symptom relief. Some oils thought to be useful to acid reflux sufferers are:
Extracted from the leaves and flowers of peppermint plants, peppermint oil has become one of the most popular essential oils for medical use. It’s often applied to the skin to relieve joint pain, muscle pain, itching and headaches, but has also been found to relieve upset stomach and nausea associated with acid reflux when used in aromatherapy.
Collected from the rhizome of a ginger plant, research has found this particular oil to have anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s most often used during aromatherapy, with it’s warm, spicy scent said to relieve nausea, heartburn, and other gastrointestinal problems.
Distilled from the flowers of lavender plants, this oil has long been one of the most popular. It’s thought to be one of the most effective oils in relieving stress, either through aromatherapy or direct application onto the skin, and is often used to treat anxiety, insomnia and even menstrual cramps. Stress can often trigger symptoms of acid reflux, so giving lavender essential oil may be worth a try.
If you wish to put essential oils to the test during an acid reflux episode, the best way to do it is to inhale the scents of the oils – either from a diffuser or simply directly out of the bottle. A few drops in a diffuser should be enough for you to notice a considerable difference after a little while. You may also rub it directly on your chest and stomach, just be sure to dilute it first with water to be safe.
Remember not to try out too many methods of reducing acid reflux simultaneously, as this could make it worse. If your symptoms don’t improve with natural remedies, the next course of action is to speak with a doctor.
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