Heartburn consists of a painful and uncomfortable burning feeling in the chest and throat
that is commonly suffered by many on a very regular basis. This occurs from acid reflux,
when the liquid (acid) from the stomach is regurgitated up into the esophagus. Acid reflux
has a number of possible causes, from diet, stress, and medications, to conditions such as
diabetes and pregnancy. Essentially, the esophagus is being damaged by the stomach acid,
which is meant to stay in the stomach in order to assist in the breakdown of food. Repeated
exposure of the esophagus to this harsh acid can result in a deterioration of the lining of the
esophagus and can cause further detrimental health concerns. If you experience heartburn
on a regular basis, it is best to consult a medical professional to assist you in getting to the
root of the problem.
For periodic heartburn caused by occasional consumption of spicy foods, pregnancy,
dehydration, medicine, and so forth, lemon essential oil (citrus limonium) is a fantastic
remedy for neutralizing a buildup of stomach acid in the esophagus. Lemon oil has
antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help neutralize the acidity of stomach fluid. It
may surprise you to learn that lemon oil is extremely alkaline and can assist in creating a
balance of acidity within the intestines.
Start your day with 3-5 drops of lemon oil in a glass of water. This helps to regulate any
acidity right from the start and prevent heartburn from occurring in the first place.
At the onset of symptoms, place 3-5 drops of lemon oil in the back of the throat, swish with
saliva, and follow with a small amount of distilled water.
Continue to take 3-5 drops in a glass of water every hour until symptoms subside.
Lemon oil can also be taken in capsule form to help in neutralizing stomach acid at the
source, before it has a chance to travel up the esophagus. Add 5-10 drops to an empty
capsule and take 2-3 times a day. Be careful not to fill capsules more than 2 days in advance,
as the lemon oil will start to soften the capsule shell over time.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.