The pain and hyperacidity of stomach ulcers can be very intense and difficult to soothe. However, natural remedies can be of a lot of help. Thus, a good combination of essential oils for stomach ulcers can soothe the pain. They can kill bacteria too, while protecting the gut flora.
In this article, I’m going to tell you more about:
- The best essential oils that you can use to soothe stomach ulcers and other related problems. You’ll also find the usual pros and cons to help you choose the oil that works best for you.
- Ways to use these aromatic essences safely.
- Blend recipes that soothe, repair and kill bacteria that cause stomach problems.
- More about stomach ulcers. Causes, symptoms and even some tips to help you deal and prevent them in the future.
Best Essential Oils for Stomach Ulcers, with Soothing Blends
The stomach has important and vital tasks to perform each day. It’s where food gets digested and broken down, and turned into energy. It is one of the most important engines of the human body.
Unfortunately, there are many factors that can disturb the well-functioning of the stomach. The food we eat and lifestyle are two main disturbing factors.
Natural remedies are one of the best solutions to treat gastritis, indigestion and ulcers. They’re mild and don’t have as many side effects as drugs do. The latter can actually cause stomach ulcers. I will tell you more about the causes and symptoms of stomach ulcers in the last part of the article.
How Can Essential Oils Help with Stomach Problems?
Essential oils are natural plant extracts. They are extracted through steam distillation from various parts of the plant. They are very concentrated too. To make an idea, a drop of Basil essential oil for instance, can be equal to 300 grams of fresh basil.
- Using essential oils for stomach ulcers can help you soothe the pain and discomfort.
- They can also stimulate the activity of the digestive system by increasing the production of saliva. Aromatic oils have anti-inflammatory effects, which helps with pain.
- They can also kill bacteria and viruses that attack the gut flora.
- The best thing about using oils to get help with ulcers is that they don’t affect the gut flora itself. Antibiotics can destroy all the good bacteria and cause new infections.
- Essential oils for ulcers and other stomach problems are very gentle with the digestive enzymes. This effect prevents and soothes burns and gastritis symptoms.
- They can also speed up the digestion.
- Essential oils for stomach ulcers can also tame the digestive acid. This prevents it from damaging the stomach lining (mucus) and an infection with Helicobacter bacterium. This virus attacks the weakened lining of the stomach causing wounds (ulcers).
All these natural benefits can be obtained from essential oils. Drugs are prescribed for these exact effects. The downside is that drugs can make the symptoms even worse or actually cause ulcers.
Pain killers like aspirin and ibuprofen are one of the main causes for gastritis and ulcers. Now, let’s see which essential oils are the best for stomach problems.
1) Basil Essential Oil
Ocimum basilicum is among the best digestive essential oils. It has many virtues for the skin and mood too. But it is mostly appreciated for the good job that it does on the stomach and the whole digestive system.
- The oil of Basil has antispasmodic effects. It can strongly affect the stomach and the small intestine (duodenum). It is useful in soothing ulcers, nausea, digestive spasms and bloating sensations.
- Basil has strong antibacterial and antifungal properties too. Thus, it can destroy certain staphylococcus and pseudomonas
- Being an anti-inflammatory, it can relieve pain as well.
- The oil can also be used to stimulate kidney function and decongest the veins and bile.
- On top of this, Basil can relieve general fatigue and enhance your mood.
- Avoid using Basil essential oil for stomach ulcers for long periods of time.
- You should use a dose of maximum 20% in 80% carrier oil. For example, in an Oz. carrier oil you can mix up to 6 drops of Basil.
- If you want to diffuse it, the dose should not go above 4 – 5 drops either. Here’s how to diffuse your oils correctly.
Why I like it:
The best thing, besides being useful against ulcers, is that Basil can successfully be used to treat food poisoning too. It can improve bad breath too. It is a great essential oil for indigestion. Basically, living with ulcers can be a lot easier with some Basil oil.
2) Peppermint Essential Oil
Mentha piperita is one of those good-for-everything oils. With its refreshing scent and mood enhancement abilities, it’s hard not to use it everywhere. Whether it’s oral health or hair care, the oil has many important benefits.
- Peppermint is a great essential oil for indigestion, ulcers and a slow digestion.
- It has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects. They can relieve digestive spasms and help the wounded stomach to heal.
- It can also protect against infections and parasites.
- The oil promotes a better functioning of the bile and stimulates the liver to produce it. This is extremely helpful for a proper digestion.
- Peppermint can stimulate the vital action of the digestive system as a whole.
- Peppermint has estrogen-like effects. This makes it more dangerous for pregnant women than other oils.
- It is not recommended to epileptic people either. It contains a substance called pulegone that can trigger seizures.
Why I like it:
Using Peppermint oil for stomach ulcers can also remove the bad breath that comes with stomach ulcers. With its fresh scent and so many benefits, Peppermint should make it into everyone’s first aid kit.
3) Angelica Essential Oil
The oil of Angelica archangelica is among the less known oils in Aromatherapy. Nonetheless, it has impressive benefits for the human body, especially the digestive system.
- Angelica essential oil is great for ulcers and gastritis. It has effects on abdominal spasms, colitis and a slow digestion.
- The oil has sedative and anti-anxiety properties too. These are very useful properties as many ulcers can be caused by stress.
- Angelica can stimulate the appetite and the digestion, relieving gas and pain.
- This oil can help you sleep better and relax.
- Angelica essential oil is phototoxic. This means you can’t expose your skin to the sun for at least 24 hours after use.
- This oil is not recommended to people suffering from hemophilia.
- People with kidney problems should also avoid using Angelica.
- Finally, if you’re on anticoagulants or allergic to aspirin, this oil is not for you.
Why I like it:
Angelica is among the best essential oils for stomach ulcers. It is so because of its calming and stimulating effects. On top of that, the oil can also be used to get rid of coughs and prevent blood clots.
Here is a list with other good essential oils for stomach ulcers, gastritis and indigestion:
- Anise (Aniseed)
- Bay Laurel
- Roman Chamomile
Other natural remedies that can help with ulcers are:
- Manuka honey
- Green clay
- White clay
- Baking soda
Caution! The use of clay as natural remedy for ulcers will cancel the effects of other medicines. Make sure you’re not taking anything else if you want to use clay water.
How to Use Essential Oils for Stomach Ulcers
Stomach ulcers need a lot more than a remedy. You should change your eating habits and lifestyle. You should also avoid popping pills for any kind of affection. Most of them are just superficial and will go away on their own.
In exchange, you can definitely use essential oils. Use them to soothe and improve almost any type of health or beauty concern.
The best effective method of enjoying the benefits of these plant essences is through topical application. Simply mix 6 – 20 drops of essential oil per Oz carrier oil. Massage your blend on the stomach area with clockwise movements.
Maintain the area warm for a few minutes so the oils can work faster. You can do this 3 to 6 times a day until the symptoms improve.
Another good method is their diffusion. You can diffuse up to 10 drops of EO per session. This session must not exceed 30 minutes, every 2 hours. The room must also be well-ventilated to avoid saturating the air. That can lead to headaches or nausea.
I don’t recommend the internal use of essential oils without medical consent. The internal dose must be established depending on the age, gender and health of the patient. A specialized doctor should know your medical history to give you the right dosage. The wrong dose could be very toxic.
The French however, are not shy of taking oils internally. But they do suggest talking to a doctor or pharmacist about the best dosage.
If one wants to take them internally, they recommend very small doses. 3 drops of EO in a teaspoon of honey, 3 or 4 times a day is what the French recommend for ulcer treatment.
Essential Oil Blends that Soothe Stomach Problems
The next obvious step is making a blend that soothes all your digestive problems. I prepared a few for you to use as they are, or use as inspiration to make your own. This depends mostly on the oils you have available.
Stomach Soothing and Repairing Blend Recipe
- Peppermint essential oil: 5 drops
- Basil essential oil: 15 drops
- Olive oil: 1 Oz (30 ml)
Give these oils a good stir and shake the blend really well each time before use. That’ll activate the oil molecules faster. Massage a moderate amount on your stomach and use clockwise movements.
This essential oil blend is great for ulcers, heartburn, gastritis and even hernias.
Soothing and Antibiotic Natural Blend
- Angelica EO: 5 drops
- Peppermint EO: 5 drops
- Oregano EO: 10 drops
- Basil EO: 10 drops
- Nigella sativa oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Apply a moderate amount of this blend and massage it well into the skin. It can be used 3 times a day, 1 hour before eating or 2 hours after. Continue for 5 days a week, for 3 months. This blend can be used to treat Helicobacter pylori infection.
Stomach Ulcer Diffuser Recipe
- Chamomile EO: 5 drops
- Basil EO: 3 drops
- Fennel EO: 2 drops
Add these oils to the water recipient of your diffuser and let it on for 30 minutes. Repeat 3 – 4 times a day, every 2 hours in a well-ventilated room. The oil molecules will be inhaled and they will reach the stomach in a matter of minutes.
Stomach Ulcers: Causes, Symptoms and Tips to Prevent Them
What helps the food be digested is the digestive acid. This acid can sometimes be too much for the mucus lining of the stomach. That’s when people usually develop ulcers. The acid destroys the mucus in certain areas and attacks the tissue. This causes a lot of pain and discomfort.
Eating small meals more often can help take away some of that pain. They will act like a buffer. Other factors that cause stomach ulcer or Peptic Ulcer are:
- Certain pain relievers that are used on a regular basis. They can be aspirin, NSAIDs, ibuprofen, etc.
- A combination of other drugs and NSAIDs.
- The Helicobacter pylori bacterium.
- Older age.
- Spicy foods.
Stomach ulcers can be seen in blood tests and other such medical investigations. Nonetheless, the first symptoms are usually an acute pain and burning sensation in the stomach. It can be felt in between meals, on an empty stomach or late at night.
You might also feel bloated or have a diminished appetite. Nausea, heartburn and vomiting can also be symptoms of ulcers. Burning stomach can lead to ulcer, so make sure you do everything to prevent it. Complications may arise and you don’t want that.
The term ulcer can be used to describe canker sores too. Canker sores are also known as mouth ulcers. They are not the same as stomach ulcers, even though in a way they might be similar.
Mouth ulcers are tissue lesions in the mouth or gums. They are painful too but can clear up on their own in up to 2 weeks.
Some of the best essential oils for mouth ulcers are:
- Immortelle (Helichrysum)
- And citrus oils.
These oils can speed up the tissue healing and protect against further infections.
Back to stomach ulcers, the gut flora of the stomach may be disrupted quite easily. Any of the above causes can do it. To prevent this from happening, you can consume more fermented foods. They contain good bacteria that maintain the balance of the stomach flora.
Luckily, as you’ve seen, some essential oils for stomach ulcers can also maintain the gut flora in check.
Tips to Prevent Stomach Ulcers
- Try eating small meals and chew the food really well. Saliva starts the digestion process.
- Avoid eating before bed.
- Use as many anti-stress remedies and techniques as possible. Stress can make all the symptoms worse and cause more pain.
- Avoid refined sugars and junk food in your diet.
- Avoid food excesses like too much spicy or fat food, or using too much vinegar, which is acidic.
- While treating stomach ulcers with essential oils limit or give up alcohol, coffee, chocolate and tobacco.
- Take fewer medications that can cause more heartburn and digestive acid.
- Diffuse and inhale essential oils to relax and sleep better.
Stomach ulcers can cause a lot of discomfort and can lead to more serious problems. Addressed early, they can be treated with natural remedies. Some of the best (and efficient too) are essential oils.
In moderate dosages, essential oils for stomach ulcers can relieve the pain and calm the stomach spasms. They can also kill the H. pylori bacterium and speed up tissue regeneration.
Have you ever tried using any of the mentioned essential oils? Do you have a good blend for that? Let me know in the comments section.