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Best Essential Oils For Bloating And Other Digestive Issues
We've all eaten that heavy meal at grandma's that fills us up so much that dessert seems excessive. Bloating occurs when your stomach swells after eating. Excess gas production or disruptions in the movement of the digestive system's muscles are the most common causes.
Bloating can result in pain, discomfort, and a sense of being “stuffed.” It can also give the appearance of a larger stomach.
Table of Contents
- What are the symptoms of bloating?
- What causes bloating?
- How do essential oils help relieve bloating?
- 3 essential oils for your bloating problems
- Are essential oils safe to use for bloating problems?
What are the symptoms of bloating?
When the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is loaded with air or gas, abdominal bloating ensues. Bloating is commonly described as a sense of being full, tight, or swollen in the abdomen. Your abdomen may be bloated and stiff, causing severe pain and an uncomfortable sensation. Bloating is frequently accompanied by the following symptoms:
- Belly rumbling or gurgles;
- Frequently burping or belching.
What causes bloating?
Bloating and abdominal distension can be caused by delayed stomach emptying (slow gas transit) as well as a buildup of gas. Causes of bloating may be attributed to medical issues such as Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis, or Crohn's disease.
Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs), indigestion, sensitivity to certain foods, gaining weight, a hormonal shift (especially in women) may also play a significant role. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa can also contribute to the unwanted accumulation of air. Stress, anxiety, sadness, and other mental health issues, as well as certain medications, also make it to the list of causes.
These are the most common causes of gas and bloating:
- Gas buildup due to bacterial overgrowth in the GI tract;
- Normal gas production hampering due to a change in intestinal motility;
- Hypersensitivity of the viscera (feeling of bloating as a result of small or even normal body changes);
- Constipation caused by certain foods and carbohydrate malabsorption.
How do essential oils help relieve bloating?
Essential oils are known for their ability to help people relax (and smell great). Still, many believe that they can also be used for a variety of other purposes, such as improving memory, boosting energy and inducing sleep. But there's one remedy that's getting a lot of attention lately that you've probably never heard of: using essential oils to aid with bloating and gas. People are applying oils to their stomachs and adding them to their food to help them relieve bloating and other digestive issues (just to make things clear, I do not recommend ingesting essential oils, as they are far too concentrated and the risks outweigh the benefits!). Some scientists say that certain essential oils may aid with bloating and digestive disorders when combined with other therapies, such as probiotics; however, there is still little research to support this.
Nevertheless, there are a few essential oils that you can use to reduce pain associated with bloating and help your body eliminate that excess gas.
3 essential oils for your bloating problems
#1 Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil, when mixed with a carrier oil, can aid with various types of pain, including pain caused by bloating. Peppermint helps relax stomach muscles and relieves cramping pain. It also aids in the removal of gas from the intestines. To assist in alleviating these symptoms, can use peppermint essential oil (properly diluted in a carrier oil) to massage your abdomen in a circular motion.
#2 Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass essential oil can also help with pain by relaxing the muscles. It has a fresh, citrus aroma that is both energizing and relaxing. As with the peppermint oil, dilute it in a carrier oil and use it to massage your belly and help it expel that trapped gas.
#3 Ginger Essential Oil
Ginger essential oil can also be used to calm the stomach and reduce nausea. Rubbing it on your stomach for bloating relief and cramps (after it was previously properly diluted in a carrier oil) can also be beneficial.
Are essential oils safe to use for bloating problems?
Yes, if you use them carefully – never ingest them and always dilute them properly for topical applications.
Also, before applying any essential oil topically, do a skin patch test first to make sure you’re not allergic to it.