Heartburn, also known as acid reflux, is an extremely common digestive condition that
can come on without warning and drastically affect how you go about your daily activities.
We’ve already explored how lemon oil can ease symptoms of this uncomfortable and
aggravating condition. Peppermint oil (mentha arvensis) also has similar digestive-soothing
properties that can be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of heartburn.
Heartburn occurs when gastric acids back up in the esophagus, and are often then
regurgitated further into the esophagus and even into the mouth. Many people have
specific foods that trigger heartburn, but it can also be the result of simply eating too
much food. Mints are a common after-dinner treat, particularly at restaurants, because by
soothing your stomach with a minty concoction, customers are less likely to experience
uncomfortable indigestion and therefore, associate their culinary experience with this
unpleasant feeling. Peppermint oil is a much more natural way of soothing the stomach
after a particularly large or irritating meal, and can be utilized in a few different ways.
Prior to eating, place 1-2 drops of peppermint oil in a small (8 oz.) glass of water. Drink
slowly, and follow with a glass of plain water. This helps the digestive system prepare for
the work ahead.
At the onset of any heartburn symptoms, place 2-3 drops of peppermint 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.
For more frequent heartburn, peppermint 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.
It’s important to note that if you experience regular or severe heartburn symptoms, it is
a good idea to seek the advice and/or treatment of a medical professional. Over time, the
exposure of the esophagus to stomach acid can cause much more serious problems, so
further treatment may be necessary.
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.