Those looking for a natural way to ease certain kinds of pain can turn to essential oils for relief. Using essential oils for stomach aches is an all-natural approach to managing mild pain.
Always consult a doctor for persisting and/or intense stomach pains. The following are not cures for digestive ailments.
There are quite a few ways to use peppermint oil for easing a stomach ache. Those experiencing stomach pain can either consume the oil or use it in aromatherapy.
Peppermint oil can be consumed in small amounts to ease stomach discomfort. One method is to place just a few drops on the tongue, then chase with water. Symptoms should subside quickly. If this approach is too intense, try placing 1 drop of essential oil into 12 oz or more of water or 1-2 drops into hot tea and drink.
If the stomach pain is accompanied by nausea it may be difficult to consume anything. Utilizing aromatherapy with peppermint oil is a good approach. In a cold diffuser drop in 4-5 drops of peppermint oil along with your diffuser’s required amount of water. No cold diffuser? Simply add 10-15 drops of peppermint oil into 1/4 cup carrier oil (like almond oil or jojoba oil) into a diffuser and relax nearby, inhaling slowly.
**In using peppermint oil be sure to avoid contact with eyes, mucus membranes, sensitive skin, or fresh wounds.**
Ginger oil is best used to ease any pain in stomach through aromatherapy. Place 4-5 drops of ginger oil into your cold diffuser along with the requisite amount of water. For a reed diffuser, add 10-15 drops of ginger oil with 1/4 cup carrier oil.
Another method is to take an essential oil infused shower! Before stepping in, place 8-10 drops of ginger oil onto a washcloth and set on the shower floor. Take you shower and as the hot water warms the washcloth you will begin inhaling the essential oil vapor, which will ease the stomach pain.
Essential Oil Massage?
Many essential oil advocates across the web recommend massaging essential oils onto the skin, claiming that the oil is absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream. I personally am not of the opinion that this is true, given my research. From my experience, however, a gentle massage with oil can help, as massaging encourages digestion and relaxes the muscles, thereby easing the pain. Massage can be especially comforting to children when they experience abdominal pain, and the scents of the essential oil can calm them. Again, just my opinion.
I hope these recipes work for easing your stomach pain. Let me know in the comments below how you use essential oils for stomach aches.
**DO NOT apply essential oils on infants younger than 18 months of age. DO NOT allow children under 6 years old to ingest these oils. Consult a doctor first.**