Essential oils for acid reflux
Acid Reflux

Essential oils for acid reflux

Reece Mander MSc Clinical Nutrition

Reece Mander

3 min

Acid reflux is a condition where stomach acid comes back up into the esophagus. It affects millions of people worldwide. The more obvious symptoms of acid reflux are a burning sensation in the esophagus and throat, but you can also have what is called silent reflux where the symptoms are less pronounced, such as post-nasal drip, chronic cough or damage to your voicebox or vocal chords. While there are medications available to treat the symptoms of acid reflux, some people prefer to use natural remedies such as PyloPurge or even essential oils.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that are known for their many therapeutic health benefits. Often, they are used in aromatherapy and other natural health practices to promote relaxation, stress reduction and alleviate certain health conditions. Some essential oils may also be effective in reducing the symptoms of acid reflux.

Several studies have investigated the use of essential oils for acid reflux, with promising results. One study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that a blend of essential oils, including peppermint, ginger, and cardamom, was effective in reducing the severity and frequency of acid reflux symptoms in patients with Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.

Another study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that inhaling the aroma of essential oils, including peppermint and lemon, helped to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux in healthy volunteers.

So how do essential oils work to reduce acid reflux symptoms?

One theory is that the aroma of certain essential oils, such as peppermint and ginger, can help to relax the lower esophagus valvue that controls the opening and closing of the esophagus, allowing food and stomach acid to pass through more easily. Essential oils may also help to reduce inflammation in the esophagus, which can contribute to acid reflux symptoms.

If you are interested in trying essential oils for acid reflux, there are several ways to use them.

One popular method is to inhale the aroma of essential oils using a diffuser or by adding a few drops to a bowl of hot water and inhaling the steam. You can also apply diluted essential oils topically to the chest and throat area, or add them to a warm bath for a relaxing soak. It is important to note that essential oils are highly concentrated and should be used with caution and often need to be diluted.

Some essential oils, such as peppermint and citrus oils, can be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes, and may cause allergic reactions in some people. It is essential you talk to your doctor before using essential oils, especially if you have a medical condition or are taking any medication.

Summary

In conclusion, essential oils may be a safe and effective natural remedy for people suffering from painful acid reflux. However,  more research is needed to fully understand their mechanisms of action, several studies have shown that certain essential oils, such as peppermint, ginger, and lemon, can help to reduce the severity and frequency of acid reflux symptoms.

As with any natural remedy or medication, it is important to talk to your doctor before using essential oils for acid reflux.

References:

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Reece Mander MSc Clinical Nutrition

Reece Mander

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