Ugh, a stomach ache. It is hard to think about anything else when your stomach is giving you problems.
It’s one of those bodily reactions to a variety of variables that absorbs all of your attention until relief is found. It is also understandable that the equally unenumerable choices of over-the-counter products sought after come with their own undesirable side effects.
In this article, you will find descriptions and details of essential oils dedicated and used for digestive comfort and relief when things are not feeling so great.
Is Constipation Common?
The Journal for American Medical Association (JAMA) has this to say about it, “Chronic constipation accounts for at least 8 million annual visits to health care providers in the United States and is associated with large expenditures for diagnostic testing and prescription and nonprescription laxatives .
According to JAMA, constipation is described as an uncomfortable and inconvenient problem for millions of people — including up to 20 percent of the total American adult population (the number who report regularly suffering from constipation despite making efforts to prevent it). It’s estimated that constipation now accounts for over 2.5 million doctors’ visits every year, often affecting more adult women than men.
In this article, you will find alternative ways using the most recommended essential oils and trusted essential oil manufacturers supplements many people use in finding relief for an upset stomach, bloating, and constipation.
Of course, with all suggested supplements, it is recommended to always check with your doctor first.
Most Effective Essentials Oils in Relieving Constipation
Licorice Like Laxative with Fennel
Across the board in research and essential oil manufacturers, fennel is a top contender in constipation. Just a little drop or two will do it!
According to Healthline, “Fennel oil is a powerful digestive stimulant that can act as a laxative when ingested, effectively treating constipation quickly. Fennel essential oil is most effective as a digestive stimulant when mixed with a small amount of carrier oil and massaged onto the abdomen” .
Fennel is a powerhouse with antispasmodic and antiseptic properties, as well as containing high antioxidant compounds. Fennel has high antimicrobial properties preventing some of the symptoms, including constipation, bloating, and gas, that can come with an overabundance of bacteria and fungi within the gut.
All of which contribute to providing relief for your belly.
Belly Gurgling and Ginger
Ginger is an excellent essential oil for nausea and upset stomach caused by medications, overindulgence, motion sickness, and general gastrointestinal tract disturbances. Ginger has also been shown to provide relief from diarrhea, indigestion, and vomiting.
Ginger is one of the most popular go-to essential oils for pregnant women dealing with morning sickness, cancer patients with chemo, and for people going through drug and alcohol withdrawals.
This moderately potent spice turned oil packs a solid punch in the land of nausea without the side effects that anti-nausea medications like Zofran and Reglan can have. Ginger essential oil is safe to use with people from all walks of life with a myriad of symptoms, but of course, check with your doctor first.
Please read below for further examples on how to use ginger to get relief.
Purposefully Powerful Peppermint
If you have read any of my previous articles, it is probably a safe bet I have mentioned peppermint. It is one of my favorite go to oils for pretty much everything. I do suggest to be mindful in regards to the time of day you use peppermint.
It can be refreshing and stimulating therefore not always the perfect oil to use right before bed.
Peppermint’s top properties are anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, warming, invigorating, cooling and soothing according to The Essential Life Book. All of these properties can be helpful when dealing with pains of the stomach .
How to Use Essential Oils for Constipation, Bloating, and Gas
Carrier oils are oils used to dilute concentrated essential oils to “carry” them to the desired area of the body. Carrier oils also allow larger pieces of real estate on your body to be covered without having to use more of your essential oils than necessary.
Another suggested way to deliver fennel is one drop (fully concentrated, not diluted) directly into the belly button. This is not suggested for peppermint or ginger essential oils as they can cause skin irritations particularly on extra sensitive skin like with children or the elderly.
Ingesting Oils for Aches
Ingesting essential oils is something I do every day. It works for some people but not for others. This part has mostly to do with personal preference and what you can tolerate. Please be sure only to ingest organic essential oils if you choose to.
Fennel tastes like licorice. You are either going to love it or hate it. I, myself, do not particularly care for the smell or the taste, but it works wonders and quite quickly when you take a few drops under the tongue. You can find fennel tea as a digestive aid as well at your local health food store.
Personally, every morning I take two drops of peppermint oil in a sixteen-ounce bottle of cold water as my first drink in the morning. The stimulating effects of the peppermint are a more natural way of waking me up, and it far easier on the belly first thing in the morning as opposed to coffee.
This is a great way to get the digestive system going in the morning without the harsh stimulants of caffeine. Not to mention if I have eaten heavy the night before, this fresh drink of peppermint water gives my belly the immediate relief it needs, especially after being handed a few extra pieces of pizza the night before.
If waking up to something warm is more your cup of tea, you are in luck! Peppermint tea is absolutely a thing and can be found at most grocery stores and health food stores. Again, I would not recommend drinking the peppermint tea at night as the stimulating properties may keep you awake.
Ginger on the Go
Ginger is one of my favorite things to eat and drink. Ginger tea is a fantastic drink to sip on if you have any sort of nausea from the flu, to morning sickness to recovering from a long night out with friends.
It is still along the high potency lines of spice and concentration. For this reason, I do not recommend using ginger solo and undiluted. It is a potent oil, and the sensitive tissues in your mouth may not agree with direct contact.
A few drops of ginger can be placed in hot water and sipped on with a little lemon. Candied ginger is a fantastic option for people suffering from any kind of nausea. Nausea typically creates dry mouth, and a little candied ginger can bring relief not only to the stomach but the mouth as well.
Breathe in the Essential Oil Stomach Relief
According to The Essential Life Book, “Aromatic use of an oil can reduce the influence of nausea-triggering smells” .
If you don’t have a diffuser or are nauseous on the go, don’t worry because we have a solution for that! You can swipe a small, diluted amount under the nose, or you can put a few drops of your favorite anti-nausea, odor-reducing oils into a water bottle and spray on to a handkerchief to keep with you and smell as needed.
When we have a stomach ache or are nauseous, smells can either make or break us.
Diffusing your stomach-soothing oils is always a great place to start and to add to whatever other choices you make with your oils.
You can get creative in diffusing your blends by adding some of the secondary oils that have been noted for their stomach healing properties such as black pepper, frankincense, and wild orange.
Essential Oils for Gas and Bloating
One thing to look at before we start taking things for symptoms is how they started to begin with. Finding the root cause is the first step in prevention and avoiding the symptoms all together.
Things like diet, drink, and medication are often the culprits of gas and bloating. The next most common cause is an illness, either acute or chronic.
Peppermint and ginger are the two industry stand-alone go-to oils for all things related to stomach issues. Roman chamomile, lavender, and tangerine can be combined in a diffuser, combined into a rub or salve with carrier oils or taken as a tea as well.
If you have sipped on tea and are diffusing your oils, but it doesn’t seem to be doing the job, or you want to try something a little more soothing, you have options.
The next option is to create a hot compress. Create a blend of oils of your choice like peppermint, lavender, and lemon, add your favorite carrier oil and apply to your belly. Once applied, take a warm, wet washcloth and place over the stomach and keep there until the washcloth has cooled.
Repeat as often as necessary.
Digestion Issues and Essential Oils
What is DiGize Oil?
DiGize oil is a blend of several different oils used to give relief for digestion issues. Young Living describes DiGize as an essential oil blend that combines tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli oils for a spicy, exotic aromatic blend. It also contains fennel essential oil, which people have used for a broad range of purposes since the ancient Egyptians . You can diffuse DiGize or apply it to your wrists, chest, and abdomen without the need for a carrier oil.
Cassia’s top properties concerning the stomach and digestion are antispasmodic, antifungal, antimicrobial, and carminative. When dealing with an upset stomach, the antispasmodic and antimicrobial properties are helpful in getting the situation under control. Carminative properties are essential here as they relieve gas.
Cassia comes in a capsule form that may prove to provide additional relief to the oils mentioned above and methods.
With your newly created blend, rub the oil in a clockwise motion. This motion is the natural movement of your bowels, therefore providing stimulation and creating movement.
Are Essential Oil Massages Helpful with Constipation and Diarrhea?
In short, yes, massages can be helpful with digestion. Creating digestion rubs with any of the oils mentioned above, combined with a carrier oil to create a rub, is where you want to start.
For constipation, once you have created your blend, put a few drops on to your abdomen, and begin to massage in a clockwise motion. This is the natural flow of your digestive system, and this motion encourages things to get back into the groove if you will.
The Essential Life Book also suggests rubbing the oils on the feet. Start with the slimmest part of your foot, typically around the area right below the arch, is the best place to concentrate on when massaging for digestion .
DIY Home Remedy for Constipation
It suggested to combine these drops into a two-ounce spray bottle and fill half the bottle with your carrier oil of choice. I find that grapeseed oil is the lightest and most comfortable to use as it does not have the potential of solidification like coconut oil can, and it is not as thick and greasy as say olive oil.
Now, if your digestion is swinging the other way towards diarrhea, this can be as equally miserable to experience.
The Essential Life Book has two suggestions for using oils for diarrhea. The first suggestion is to use doTERRA’s digestion blend, placing two to three drops of the digestion blend in a capsule or water three times a day.
Another option is to add melaleuca to the digestion blend, placing one drop under the tongue every thirty minutes until the symptoms of diarrhea have subsided. The book notes that relief typically comes within four doses .
DIY Home Remedy for Diarrhea
The home remedy blend for diarrhea, called Traveler’s Diarrhea from TELB is suggested as follows:
Three drops of oregano
Three drops of thyme
Thee drops of cinnamon
Two drops of wild orange
One drop of rosemary
These drops are to be combined and taken in a capsule, three times a day .
As with everything in life, it is crucial to start from the beginning. If you are experiencing constipation and diarrhea frequently, it would be beneficial to do an inventory of activities, medications, and foods that may be adding to your symptoms.
Making sure we are adequately hydrated, getting enough fiber, and eliminating allergies to foods such as dairy and wheat (all of which are considered inflammatory foods) is a place to start in the area of prevention.
If it’s a medication that is necessary to take every day that seems to be the culprit, be sure to express those side effects with your doctor.
We all experience bouts of belly troubles from time to time with food, travel, and episodes of stress. It is my sincere hope that you find relief in one or a few of the suggestions made here.
And remember, what works for one person may not work for you. Be open to trying different oils through different applications to see what works best for your body.
 The Essential Life Book