Essential oils can assist in the management of various health conditions.  There are many different kinds of essential oils, and each one has its own specific properties that contribute to how it can assist the body.  Essential oils can be used in place of, or alongside, medications and other treatments that don’t seem to work or aren’t working as well as one would hope.  One of the most common uses for essential oils is to therapeutically help a large number of digestive disorders.

Digestive disorders affect the stomach, intestines, bowels and mouth and symptoms can manifest in the form of constipation, diarrhea, diverticulitis, indigestion, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, upset stomachs and nausea.  If you suffer from any of these ailments, you know they can cause great discomfort and you will do just about anything to get rid of them.  Often times, especially with IBS, there is essentially no full cure which is why essential oils are useful in helping to allieviate some of the discomfort of these problems.

When it comes to using essential oils for digestive issues, you can’t use just any kind, best to use the ones that will be most helpful.  Many of the citrus oils are good choices including orange, lemon, ginger, peppermint and lavender.  Their specific properties are explained below:

•    Lemon Oil
This oil helps to stimulate digestion and acts as a natural antibacterial, so it can keep harmful bacteria from growing in the gut.

•    Ginger Oil
Ginger oil is especially good for treating nausea, especially in motion sickness and morning sickness. 

•    Peppermint Oil
This is one of the most common oils used for irritable bowel syndrome and reflux disease.  It relaxes the muscles of the digestive system, contributing to its benefits.  It also improves the flow of bile, helping the body metabolize fats more efficiently.

•    Lavender Oil
This oil is useful for digestion because it increases the mobility of the intestine.  It helps to improve overall digestion, including nausea and gas.

These oils can be combined together or used alone to help with various digestive issues. Always keep in mind that many of these oils have to be diluted before use because they can end up causing irritation. If you're ever unsure of anything regarding essential oils, ask a naturopathic doctor or an aromatherapist.