Essential Oils for Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is an uncomfortable condition where stomach acid flows in reverse up into the oesophagus as a result of your lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) remaining open after food has passed through into your stomach. This causes a burning sensation in your chest and, over time, can result in severe damage to your oesophagus, throat and mouth.  

While most, if not all, people will experience acid reflux at some point in their life, if you are among the percentage of the population that experience acid reflux more than twice per week, it is likely that you have acid reflux disease. In the instance of acid reflux disease, it is always best to seek medical care for diagnosis and treating this illness.

There are also a number of ways you can treat heartburn, acid reflux, GERD and indigestion naturally with essential oils. These do not replace medical attention and advice, however they can augment what is prescribed by your doctor.

How to Treat Acid Reflux, Heartburn and Indigestion Naturally With Essential Oils

Causes of Acid Reflux

There are a number of things that have been linked to causing acid reflux including:

  • Eating a large meal and laying down soon afterward

  • Being obese or overweight

  • Eating shortly before you go to bed for the evening

  • Drinking alcoholic beverages, sodas, coffee or tea

  • Smoking

  • Being under a lot of stress or suffering from anxiety

  • Pregnancy

  • Medications such as Aspirin

All of these have been shown to increase the instances of acid reflux symptoms which include a sore throat with difficulty swallowing, coughing or wheezing, chest pain that worsens when lying down, discomfort following eating a meal and excessive salivation.

Treating Acid Reflux and Heartburn Naturally

There are a number of ways that you can treat acid reflux naturally. A lifestyle change is a good place to start.  

Try avoiding foods that trigger an acid reflux and heartburn flair-up. Eat smaller meals and avoid over-eating. Quit smoking and avoid alcohol. Try eating earlier and avoid laying down directly after eating. Avoid wearing clothing that is tight around your mid section.  

In addition to these lifestyle changes, it is a good idea to start a regular exercise routine. If you suffer from a great deal of stress or anxiety, there are a number of natural coping strategies which can help you manage stress.  Drinking more water and avoiding soft drinks is also a good idea for preventing acid reflux.

Essential Oils for Treating Acid Reflux, Heartburn and Indigestion

Lemon essential oil

Place 1 - 2 drops of lemon essential oil on your tongue and swish the oil around with saliva. Because lemon essential oil is alkaline in your body, it will help to communicate to your stomach that is doesn't need to produce so much stomach acid. You can also add 3 - 4 drops of lemon essential oil to a glass of water and drink it before each meal to prepare your digestive system.

If you don’t enjoy the taste of lemon essential oil, it might be a good idea to add 3 - 4 drops of the oil to your favourite smoothy. We’ve curated some delicious smoothy recipes here.

Peppermint essential oil

Add 3 - 4 drops of peppermint essential oils to one teaspoon of honey or agave sweetener and add the mixture to some herbal tea. Drink this mixture at the start of each day.

Essential oil recipes for acid reflux and heartburn

Blend the following essential oils into a dark-coloured glass bottle. In the evenings, rub 4 - 5 drops of this blend into the arch of both your feet and in clock-wise circles over your abdomen.

  • 15 drops - coriander essential oil

  • 15 drops - grapefruit essential oil

  • 10 drops - cypress essential oil

  • 10 drops - lemon essential oil

  • 10 drops - peppermint essential oil

When applying peppermint essential oil topically, be aware that it can create a cooling feel on your skin that might irritate sensitive skin.

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