Peppermint Oil: Using peppermint oil for indigestion May 07 2014
Indigestion is a medical condition characterized by chronic or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen, upper abdominal bloating, and a premature sense of feeling full while eating. It occurs when the digestive juices in the stomach are not secreted properly and as a result interferes with digestion and causes discomfort. Additional symptoms include belching, nausea, heartburn, and vomiting.
Indigestion is fairly common and is frequently accepted as a “normal” digestive rebellion that comes and goes. While some people do experience mild bouts of indigestion, for others, it becomes very disruptive and can disrupt sleep and other daily activities. Many acid-reducing/regulating medications on the market today are noted as the standard solution for indigestion, but these medications carry a host of potential side effects, including a disruption of healthy intestinal bacteria, impaired nutrient absorption from food, and increased risk of cancer and other diseases. Peppermint oil (Mentha arvensis) also has digestive soothing and regulating properties that can be beneficial in balancing digestive health and treating indigestion.
How to use peppermint oil to treat indigestion:
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 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 indigestion, peppermint oil can also be taken in capsule form to help in regulating 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 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 additional 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.
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