The stomach if VITAL in your everyday health. The intestinal tract is where about 70% of your immune system resides. Much of the beneficial bacteria we would normally obtain through fresh fruits and vegetables are removed in modern food preparation processes. Plus diet, stress, travel, and even some medications can encourage the non-beneficial bacteria in your body to flourish. An imbalance of bacteria could lead to a weakened immune system, which means your health is at risk. But if you take care of your body, it will take care of itself.
One of my all-time FAVORITE essential oils is Peppermint!!! For me to remember, it seems to take the power of 3. My mom bought me Peppermint essential oil when I was pregnant with my third. My prior pregnancies, I had been extremely sick for up to 5 months. I would put a drop of Peppermint Essential Oil on my finger and put it on the roof of my mouth. It would stop the nausea for a while. (It is not good for you closer to the end of your pregnancy or during nursing because it can diminish your milk supply) I have since put a drop of Peppermint Essential Oil in a cup of water and drank it down to stop migraines, upset stomach, throwing up, constipation, bloating, or diarrhea. It is awesome for emergency digestive problems. (For children, dilute one drop in a tablespoon of oil and rub on the outside of the stomach)
Peppermint Essential Oil 1 drop in a glass of water = 26 cups of peppermint tea Peppermint is popular in countless forms—from toothpaste to chewing gum. As an essential oil, it is useful to ease breathing and as a digestive aid.*
The anti-inflammatory properties in celery juice can help with acid reflux, bloating, IBS, constipation, acne, eczema, and other inflammation issues in the body. Celery juice is very high in vitamin K which promotes general bone and heart health.
Probiotics…. are healthy bacteria that your body needs to help fight viruses! Yes, your body does already have healthy bacteria, but in our culture with high sugar, high processed foods, high stress, high medicinal use, more people than not have stomach issues.
However, fermented foods and cultured probiotics on the shelves do not stay alive enough to affect your small intestines which is where you most need them. There are a couple of probiotics that can, and I will list them here, but your best bet is organic fruits and veggies: not washed or cooked too much or you will strip off the prebiotics on them.
A couple of other options are Enzymedica – Pro-Bio Probiotic and MaryRuth’s Liquid Probiotic. Make sure that they are plant-based, not milk or animal based.
I am not a doctor. I am a mom who researches natural answers for our family. I hope that it helps you. It is important to remember that all Bodies are different. Please follow the recommended dosages. It’s also important to remember that not ONE herb can heal every person. If you cannot handle the smell of a particular herb, stay AWAY from it. There were many herbs created that heal the same thing. God knew that each of our bodies are different and accommodated for that. It is also important to make sure that we watch our diet and exercise, as well. Research your ailment, medications that may interact, and potential allergies. Essential oils are potent, so use them the way they were intended. Some are only aromatic or topical, and many are able to be ingested. Some you can use without diluting them, others are not for children. Other oils that can help with these ailments include:
Constipation: Rosemary, Lemon, Peppermint, Marjoram, DigestZen, Ginger, Fennel, Orange, Rose, Juniper Berry, Sandalwood
Diarrhea: Peppermint, Ginger, Geranium, DigestZen, Orange, Patchouli, Melalueca, Sandalwood, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus
For children: Geranium, Ginger, Sandalwood
Gas/Flatulence: Lavender, Ginger, Peppermint, Eucalpytus, Bergamot, Myrrh, Juniper Berry, Rosemary, DigestZen softgels
Heartburn: Lemon, Peppermint, DigestZen
Indigestion: Peppermint, Ginger, DigestZen, Lavender, Orange, Lime, Thyme, Myrrh, Grapefruit
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Peppermint, DigestZen
Nasea/Upset Stomach: DigestZen, Ginger, Peppermint, Lavender, ClaryCalm, Clove
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