The digestive system is crucially important for our physical and emotional health. It breaks down food into nutrients, and the body uses those nutrients for growth, cell repair and energy. Using essential oils to support digestion is very beneficial. I have tried them with great success. Here are some essential oils and natural supplements that can help get your digestive system back on track.
- Ginger Essential Oil
This essential oil is extracted from the root of a ginger plant. When applied on the abdomen, ginger can help alleviate occasional constipation and stomach discomfort. It provides relief from nausea. Ginger can be used aromatically, topically, and internally. It is known to be a home remedy for occasional bloating, gas, indigestion, nausea, and vomiting.
- Peppermint Essential Oil
This cooling essential oil can help provide relief from head tension, heat, and cravings, and can be very supportive to our digestive system. It is found to help alleviate vomiting, gas, nausea, and diarrhea. Apply topically to the abdominal area, and massage.
- Cardamom Essential Oil
This essential oil also helps regulate digestion. It helps ensure that the gastric juices in the stomach function healthily. It eases cramping, which is why it’s used to relieve stomach discomfort. It neutralizes bad breath and soothes an irritated digestive tract.
- Coriander Essential Oil
This essential oil provides relief for an upset stomach, abdominal discomfort, spasms, indigestion, and flatulence. Coriander can also balance your emotions, and reduce feelings of stress during the process. It also helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
- Fennel Essential Oil
Fennel essential oil can help alleviate abdominal discomfort, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. When taken internally, Fennel essential oil can help with intestinal threats.
Lemon is invigorating, energizing and cleansing. When diffused it creates a positive and encouraging mood. It can also help with respiratory discomfort and provides digestive and cleansing benefits when taken internally.
- Wild Orange
Wild Orange is purifying and stimulating. It supports the immune system when taken internally and is a natural internal cleanser. You can use it as a surface cleaner as well. It’s energizing and uplifting to the mood when diffused. It’s also great for purifying the air.
Marjoram is not only great for cooking. It has calming properties, and is perfect to use for a soothing massage. When ingested, it aids digestion and relieves digestive discomfort. It supports healthy cardiovascular and immune systems.
- Black Pepper
Black Pepper promotes healthy digestive functions and prevents the buildup of waste in the digestive tract. It is a powerful antioxidant and helps combat seasonal and environmental threats when used internally. It promotes circulation and aids digestion.
- Celery Seed
Celery Seed may soothe digestion, as well as relieve muscle and joint discomfort. It provides a cooling, positive and relaxing effect. It is widely used in Indian Ayurvedic practices today.
Spearmint has been known for its digestive benefits for centuries. It’s refreshing and uplifting and wonderful to diffuse during studying or work. You can also use 1 or 2 drops to water and drink for occasional stomach upset. It is a milder alternative to Peppermint, making it perfect to use with children or people with sensitive skin.
You can take Turmeric daily to support circulation and healthy immune function. It spports the body to fight free radicals. It can also play an important role in digesting food. It can improve digestive efficiency.
- Turmeric Dual Chamber Capsule
Turmeric essential oil encourages the body’s healthy response to inflammation and oxidative stress, and may support healthy cellular function and a healthy gut. Turmeric powder contains curcuminoids that help protect against oxidative damage. Research has shown that bioavailability of curcuminoids is poor, but when combined with turmerones from Turmeric essential oil bioavailability can be increased. The dual chamber capsules combine the powder and essential oil together, which results in better absorption of Turmeric. I take 2 capsules daily in the afternoon as it provides more energy.
DigestZen is a wonderful companion to aid in the digestion of food, soothe occasional upset stomachs, and reduce uncomfortable gas when used internally. It contains Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and indigestion, while Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway aid with digestion and help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract. I use 2-3 drops in some water at night at bedtime with great success.
- DigestZen softgels
Each vegetarian softgel contains 120 mg of DigestZen, and it dissolves easily. DigestZen Softgels are perfect for on-the-go.
DigestTab is a calcium carbonate chewable tablet infused with DigestZen Digestive Blend to support digestion and neutralize acid.
Tamer in a blend of essential oils including Spearmint, which uplifts and improves mood; Japanese Peppermint, with menthol which soothes and cools the skin; and Ginger, with it’s calming aroma, all perfectly blended with Fractionated Coconut Oil. It eases motion sickness and stomach upset when inhaled or applied topically. Although Tamer is part of the doTERRA Kids Collection, it is also ideal for adults.
- Ginger Drops
Ginger Drops are natural lozenges that support digestion and ease occasional stomach discomfort. The sweet and spicy flavor of Ginger is blended with a splash of Lemon essential oil. It is perfect when experiencing occasional moments of nausea associated with motion. It helps settle the stomach, promote healthy digestion and help ease occasional stomach discomfort and indigestion.
- Peppermint Beadlets
The Peppermint Beadlets can be used for oral care, respiratory health and digestive comfort. Dissolve one beadlet in mouth to freshen breath. Take after meals to promote oral health and digestion. Great when traveling to ease occasional stomach upset, nausea, and motion sickness.
- Peppermint Softgels
The Peppermint Softgels are enteric coated softgel to provide digestive relief to the lower intestines and improve overall digestive health. Peppermint essential oil is one of the most versatile oils Its high menthol content is known to provide relief from lower intestinal discomfort. It helps ease and relax the gastrointestinal muscles and calm the stomach and intestinal tract. The softgels also help reduce occasional gas, bloating, and other digestive difficulties. The enteric coating allows the active ingredients to pass through the stomach and reach the small intestines where it is most effective. For adults, take up to two doTERRA Peppermint capsules before meals to reduce occasional digestive discomfort. For children eight years and older, take one softgel before meals. For best results, take 30–60 minutes before meals.
TerraZyme blend of active whole-food enzymes and supporting cofactors that are often deficient in cooked, processed, and preservative-laden foods. It supports the production of enzymes critical for healthy digestion and cellular metabolism of nutrients to energy. TerraZyme includes whole-food enzymes that help with the digestion of proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates, sugars, and fiber. Enzymes are proteins that function as catalysts in almost all cellular functions and chemical reactions throughout the body. Enzymes play a critical role in growth, healing, and reproduction. They are also necessary for breathing, thinking, immune function, hormone regulation, detoxification, and thousands of other biochemical functions. Enzymes are also necessary for digesting food nutrients and converting nutrients to energy in cells.
This supplement is essential in my daily routine. I take 2 with each meal, and 2 after waking up.
- PB Assist
PB Assist+ contains pre-biotic fiber and six strains of probiotic microorganisms in a unique double-layer vegetable capsule. It delivers 6 billion CFUs of active probiotic cultures and soluble pre-biotic FOS that encourage friendly bacterial growth. The time-release, double-capsule delivery system is designed to help protect the sensitive probiotic cultures from stomach acid. PB Assist+ offers a unique, safe, and effective way to deliver the digestive and immune system support benefits of probiotics. Take one double-layer capsule three times daily with food for 10 days each month to promote colonization of friendly digestive flora. May also be used more often when traveling to boost digestive immunities, or once a day as an ongoing maintenance program for people with occasional digestive discomfort.
- PB Assist Jr
PB Assist Jr is a powdered probiotic supplement designed for children or adults who have trouble swallowing pills. It includes 5 billion live cells of a unique blend of six different probiotic strains. These probiotics have been blended into a delicious powder that can be poured directly into the mouth. In our gut, we have “good” bacteria and we have “bad” bacteria and it’s always optimal to make sure that the good outnumber the bad. When we do this, the good bacteria can help lower the number of bad bacteria and provide an environment that is conducive for not only digestive health but immune health as well. In order to promote microflora balance, many health experts recommend eating fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kefir but probiotic supplementation can also be very beneficial.
- Consume the contents of one sachet daily. Pour contents of sachet directly into mouth or mix with 4oz of water, juice, or preferred beverage and drink immediately. Do not mix with hot water. It can also be mixed with cold foods such as yogurt, smoothies, breakfast cereal, etc.
- Provides 5 billion live cells of 6 strains of friendly flora with unique stability at room temperature as well as a remarkable ability to survive the harsh extremes of acidity, alkalinity, and digestive enzymes in the digestive system
- Includes prebiotic FOS to help sustain a healthy balance of beneficial friendly flora
- Maintains healthy intestinal microflora balance
- Supports healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems
- Supports the health of the GI tract, particularly the intestines and colon*
- Helps support optimal metabolism and absorption of nutrients
- Probiotic administration during childhood offers a means of promoting healthy microflora balance and favorably supporting immune and gastrointestinal system function
- Probiotic consumption during childhood has established health benefits and may support long-term well-being
- Maintaining a healthy GI tract is also important for healthy brain and nervous system function
- Promotes healthy lung and respiratory tract function
- Contributes to an internal balance and support for the health of the kidneys, bladder, and urinary tract, as well as the female reproductive system
In conclusion, Terrazyme (enzymes), Pb Assist (pre- and probiotics) and essential oils are crucial for healthy digestion and overall well being. That is why I am very passionate about them and strongly support and encourage their daily use.
The link below includes all of the products mentioned in this article. Feel free to choose all or select those you want to try, and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.