6 Pure Essential Oils to Support Gut Health
When it comes to your wellbeing and longevity, 'gut health' is EVERYTHING!
This was a brilliant ancient wisdom that is thankfully coming back to today's health-conscious world.
So besides a clean, plant-based diet that includes fermented foods, what else can you do to support a healthy gut?
Well, in this article I share with you 6 pure essential oils that do just that.
No. They're not a substitute for a healthy, plant-based, wholefood-rich diet, but they definitely should be a part of your regular Self Care routine.
First, a quick recap...
It was Hippocrates (the famous ancient Greek physician) who first recognised the importance of gut health by teaching and proclaiming that, 'ALL dis-ease begins in the gut'.
But sadly today, most people (and their Doctors) fail to relate sickness and/or diseases to what's happening internally inside the digestive tract.
It's such a simple principle and yet it's hardly spoken about in the medical world in favour of symptom-suppressing potions and drugs!
A journey, not a destination
Maintaining gut health is about embracing an ongoing lifestyle where you pay attention to your daily habits, rather than rely on a magic pill when you get sick.
If you simply wait for something to go wrong, you run the risk of causing any number of ailments and even serious diseases down the road within your body.
Signs that you have chaos occurring in your gut are symptoms like these:
- Digestive problems
- Brain fog
- Problems sleeping
- Skin conditions such as itching, rashes and nail fungus
All of these are typically caused by constant stress on the digestive tract as a result of eating too much meat, processed foods, refined sugar and alcohol.
So how can plant essential oils help?
Essential oils are highly concentrated, pure extracts from plants that are 50-70 times more potent than herbs.
They are a safe, natural, alternative to synthetic medicine and a powerful defence mechanism for your cells. In the gut, they work by killing bad bacteria and healing and protecting the stomach wall, so I recommend that you incorporate one or two of these pure oils into your daily health routine:
1. Lemon Oil
Lemon oil is one of the most versatile and readily available essential oils. It is naturally fragrant, purifying and anti-bacterial, making it effective for soothing and restoring the digestive system.
2. Cardamom Oil
Cardamom is a soothing oil that originates from the seeds of spices related to the ginger family, which offers fantastic gastrointestinal protection as a result of its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.
In addition to its ability to prevent bacteria from growing it is also effective at preventing stomach ulcers.
3. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint is a sweet strong-smelling oil that is a great all-rounder in terms of both respiratory and digestive health and wellness. In regards to gut health, it can assist with indigestion as well as stimulate digestion processes.
4. Clove Oil
Clove oil from the flower buds of an evergreen tree is widely known for its oral health and hygiene properties and is a great remedy for toothache and bad breath.
By the same token its powerful antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-parasitic characteristics are powerful for the gut as well. Additionally, it's proven to reduce intestinal tract inflammation, relieve stomach upsets and contains the compound ‘eugenol’ to fight yeast infections like candida!
5. Fennel Oil
With its strong liquorice flavour, Fennel is a potent root plant essential oil that is a wonder for maintaining and supporting optimal gut health. Full of antioxidants and antimicrobial agents it also prevents spasms, relieves gas and constipation and treats digestive issues like IBS. As an added bonus, it can also boost your metabolism and assist with losing weight!
6. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil from this popular cooking herb is also one of the most powerful in terms of killing off any unwanted bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites that may be living in your gut!
It’s especially effective in times of digestive stress when you really need to get your digestion back to a normal healthy level of homeostasis.
A Blend of the Best
If you're looking for a kind of 'all-in-one' blend that contains a combination of the best essential oils for supporting gut health, the dōTERRA DigestZen Digestive Blend is an ideal product, or simply experiment with one or a few of the oils from my top 6 list.
How do you take essential oils internally?
If you are going to use any of the essential oils listed above to support your gut health, it’s essential that you ONLY ingest food-grade pure essential oils that have been produced using natural methods without chemicals or additives.
We use and recommend dōTERRA because of the purity, potency and efficacy associated with these oils.
The oils are each harvested in their own natural habitat and extracted using a distillation process to produce a finished product that is Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade - which basically means the highest quality essential oils available and verified safe for all ages and uses.
Always remember that with essential oils a little goes a long way.
When ingesting, use only a drop or two and dilute with a cup of water and/or a teaspoon of raw honey (which is also great for promoting healthy bacteria in the gut). For milder oils like Lemon Oil, you can place a drop underneath your tongue and swallow for quick access to your bloodstream.
Whatever you do, be sure to make pure essential oils a part of your everyday self-care, not only for a healthy gut but also for your overall wellbeing and as protection for your long-term health.
Tolman Self Care Team.