Aromatherapy: How to Use Essential Oils for Heartburn Remedy
If you are looking for a natural way to relieve your heartburn or acid reflux you might want to consider using the alternative therapy of aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is a treatment based on the use of concentrated essential oils that are extracted from various herbs, plants and spices. These oils have different therapeutic properties and our bodies obtain the beneficial effects of the essential oils through inhalation and by absorption through the skin.
Just because aromatherapy uses natural products it does not mean that aromatherapy is totally safe, essential oils can produce allergic reactions or interfere with prescription medication and if taken orally they could damage your internal organs. Some oils should not be used if pregnant or nursing children and others should not be taken in suffering with certain medical conditions. Because of this you should always consult your doctor or medical professional before beginning any treatment.
Essential Oils for Treating Heartburn
There are quite a few essential oils that are considered to be beneficial in the treatment of heartburn and acid reflux.
- Anise (aka Aniseed or Sweet Cumin)
- Black Pepper
- Carrot Seed
- Chamomile Roman
- Chamomile German
- Coriander Seed
How to Use Essential Oils for Heartburn Remedy
Make a massage oil
You do this by diluting the essential oils in a neutral carrier oil such as almond oil and then rub the oil into your stomach area, chest and throat. By this method the oil will be absorb through the skin and by inhalation. If it would not be practical to rub the oil over your body you could just rub the oil into your hands and breathe in the aroma.
Before using any oil on your skin for the first time you should carry out a skin patch test on a small area of skin to check for any adverse reaction.
Use a diffuser
There are several different types of diffusers which diffuse the essential oil into the air for your to breathe in. There are those which use a nightlight (a small type of candle) to evaporate the water containing the essential oils in a small bowl above the nightlight. Probably the cheapest method is to use a ceramic ring which is placed on an electric light bulb. You place a few drops of the essential oil in the ring and the oil is evaporated by the heat from the light bulb.
There are also plug in diffusers where you place a few drops of essential oil on a disposable pad and plug it in. You can spend a lot of money on an electric freestanding diffuser many of which come with added features such as calming lighting effects or ionizers.
By direct inhalation
You sprinkle a couple of drops of oil onto a handkerchief and inhale or you could make your own aromatherapy inhaler by putting a teaspoon of salt into a tiny dark glass or PET plastic bottle and adding a few drops of the essential oil to the salt. All you then have to do is take the top of the bottle and breathe in the vapor.
Using a foot bath or hand bath
You fill a large bowl with warm water and add a couple of drops of your oil and put your hands or feet in the water. The warm water causes the blood vessels to dilate and the oil is absorbed via the skin. You may also be able to inhale the oil.
A small towel can be soaked in a bowl of warm water to which a few drops of oil have been added. You squeeze the excess water out of the towel and place it on the stomach until it cools and you can repeat if needed.