Essential Oils to Alleviate Nausea
We’ve all experienced it before… that queasy feeling. When your stomach is uneasy, and you feel nauseous, you just want it to go away. Whether it’s motion sickness, a hangover, side effects from medication, or even morning sickness, you really cannot function until it’s gone.
Thankfully there are ways to help alleviate that feeling naturally with those good friends hiding in your cabinet, essential oils. Simply inhaling certain oils, can help tame that tummy and put you on even ground. Many can even help with other issues that arise like dizziness and vomiting. Here are some useful essential oils that you can utilize when that terrible feeling strikes.
Ginger Oil is definitely a top choice when it comes to controlling nausea. Studies have shown Ginger to be successful in relieving uneasy stomachs, dizziness, fatigue, and vomiting. There have even been some great results when using this incredible oil post surgery to reduce nausea caused from medications. In addition, there are several natural motion sickness pills made entirely from this incredible spice. Inhalation is the ideal way to use Ginger, but applying the oil to your stomach with a carrier can give that extra sense of calm to a troubled tummy.
This minty oil is known to be refreshing in so many ways, including to the digestive tract. It helps fight headaches, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Peppermint oil is antispasmodic for the gastric lining, which keeps the stomach from overreacting. Research has shown it to be effective in dealing with the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Peppermint Oil is also beneficial in reducing vomiting post chemotherapy. Like Ginger, this oil is effective when inhaled, but can also be applied to the stomach with a carrier oil. Alternatively, you can apply the pre-mixed blend to pulse points and inhale as needed.
The uplifting, fresh scent of Lemon Essential Oil is also a fabulous option for nausea. This zesty oil is said to be one of the best for morning sickness. In one major study, Lemon oil proved to decrease queasiness and vomiting by 26.5% the first day. In the days following, the pregnant women reported even better control of their symptoms with an extreme reduction in retch intensity. Lemon oil is also helpful for nausea or upset stomach during labor. In addition, this oil can give you the mental alertness and energy you need to get through childbirth. Besides pregnancy, Lemon is a great supporting oil for any nausea blend you create.
This sweet, soft, apple-like scent is amazing for calming in general. Chamomile’s antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties soothe your mind and body. Chamomile tea has been used for centuries to ease an upset stomach. We can utilize it’s more potent counterpart, Chamomile Essential Oil for the same reasons. Simply mixing two drops of either Roman or German Chamomile oil into a carrier oil and applying topically to affected area can improve the spasms and control vomiting. The gentle scent should also help relax your mind.
This spicy oil is incredible for reducing symptoms that come along with nausea or vomiting. Gas, bloating, heartburn, and digestive issues are common when you are sick to your stomach. Fennel Essential Oil’s therapeutic properties include antispasmodic, stomachic, and laxative. This means that it can aid in reducing abdominal spasms, help bowel movements, and relieve indigestion. Overall, it can help keep the stomach healthy. This is very important when dealing with nausea.
Nix The Nausea Blend
3 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
1 Drop Ginger Essential Oil
This is a base blend that can be used in a diffuser or added to a carrier oil for topical application. This blend is safe for inhalation during pregnancy, but not while nursing. Peppermint Oil can reduce milk supply. If you are breastfeeding, you may switch out Fennel for Peppermint which will actually encourage a greater milk supply.