Feeling bloated is never a pleasant feeling. For some of us, it can be easily averted by taking enzymes, probiotics, or simply by avoiding the foods and allergens that cause bloating in the first place. For others, it’s a bit more of an uphill battle.
I take quite a few steps to ensure I don’t suffer the consequences of eating certain foods, but sometimes it just isn’t enough. I end up feeling uncomfortable and embarrassed by my stomach’s loud gurgling, not to mention looking 3 months pregnant when I’m not!
Essential oils have yet again helped tremendously in the digestive department and I wanted to share my experiences so that you can prevent discomfort too. Let’s talk about the best anti-bloat essential oils and how to use them!
Anti-Bloat Essential Oils for All Your Digestive Ills
The oils below have been the most helpful in my journey to preventing, controlling, and eliminating bloating. Most of these I apply topically on my stomach and abdomen (2-3 drops in ½ tsp of carrier oil), diffuse 6-8 drops for 20-30 minutes after meals, or have taken internally in small doses when bloating has been out of control. Keep in mind that food grade essential oils are the only oils that can be taken internally.
My Favorite Anti-Bloat Essential Oils
Cardamom essential oil is a delicious smelling oil that is warming, invigorating, and energizing in nature and has an affinity for digestive support. Use it mixed in carrier oil and apply over the abdomen to relieve gas, bloating, nausea, and cramping.
Chamomile essential oil has some amazing carminative (anti-gas) and analgesic (pain relieving) qualities that make it a well-rounded companion for digestive distress. Applying it mixed in carrier oil will help ease digestive cramping, alleviate gas and bloating, and invigorate sluggish digestion.
This is a blend of oils that contains ginger, fennel, coriander, peppermint, tarragon, anise, and caraway essential oils. The combination of these EOs make the ultimate tummy tamer by easing stomach discomfort like motion sickness, indigestion, nausea, stagnancy, gas, bloating, and upset stomach. This oil is considered food grade and can be taken in capsule form with a carrier oil as well as applied topically to the abdomen for quick relief.
This blend contains peppermint, dill weed, star anise, ginger, citronella, and copaiba essential oils which make it well suited for soothing gas and bloating as well as the sensation of feeling too full after meals. The copaiba essential oil magnifies the other essential oils in this blend making it more potent. Apply it diluted to the stomach and abdomen. You can even apply this to the feet to help with vomiting. DiGiZen also comes as a roll-on which is super convenient for travel!
Fennel essential oil has a sweet licorice-y scent and strong carminative properties making it a wonderful oil for gas and bloating. If you have no other oil, get your hands on some fennel essential oil to soothe stomach ache, vomiting, gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, and indigestion. Apply it to the abdomen and the bottoms of the feet diluted in carrier oil.
Ginger essential oil is a spicy energizing essential oil with warming and anti-spasmodic qualities that soothe the intestinal lining. If you are experiencing indigestion because things are moving too slowly through your digestive system, this oil will help stimulate elimination. It is also a good oil for gas and bloating due to its carminative effects. You can use ginger essential oil by mixing 1-2 drops in ½ tsp of carrier oil and rubbing it over the abdomen.
Peppermint essential oil is perfect for cooling and stimulating the digestive system when things feel stuck, you have heartburn, or your stomach just needs a little soothing. Applying a few drops mixed in carrier oil to the stomach is a great way to help ease cramping and relieving gas.
What have been your favorite essential oils for digestive distress? Please let me know in the comments!
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