Tummy Troubles? The Best Essential Oils for Digestive Problems

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your digestive system except when you’re experiencing a tummy ache or other issues such as gas, constipation, and diarrhea. In this article, we’ll delve into ways to keep your digestion humming along including using essential oils for digestion when things aren’t running smoothly.

Why a Healthy Digestive System Matters

Did you know that not only is your digestive tract important for breaking down food for nourishment, it also plays an important role in immunity, brain health, and cognition!

The Link Between Digestive Health and the Brain

There is an increasing number of scientific studies that have identified a direct link between digestive health and the brain and emotions. Studies consistently show that gut health (or lack thereof) can have an enormous effect on mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and even autism [1-4].

Hippocrates (460-370 BC), known as the Father of Medicine, believed that all disease processes began in the gut. Although the digestive system is often thought to comprise only the stomach and intestines, it is actually much more inclusive than that. In order to function at optimally, the digestive system requires peak performance from the stomach and intestines, as well as the liver, kidneys, and gallbladder.

7 Ways to Improve Gut Health

There are many steps we can take to better care for our digestion. These include:

  1. eating lots of fresh, organic, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables
  2. focusing on the consumption of nutrient-dense foods
  3. taking probiotics
  4. reducing stress (which has an enormous impact on the gut)
  5. getting better sleep
  6. exercising
  7. using essential oils

Millions of American Suffer from Gut Issues

When the digestive tract is compromised, it can make you feel over-tired, suffer from lowered immunity, gain weight, and experience gastrointestinal discomfort.

Sometimes you experience stomach pain or cramping, as well as belching, gas, and bad breath. At other times you may feel bloated, nauseous, or have other issues.

In the United States alone, the National Institutes of Health advise that 60 to 70 million people are affected by digestive diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) [5].

The Problem With Over-the-Counter Medications

For years, people have relied upon over-the-counter medications for digestive complaints. These products often contain bismuth subsalicylate, which comes from the aspirin family and has anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and acid-reducing action.

The potential problem with these sorts of medications is that they are only recommended for use for a couple of days. This means people who have problems that last longer than that (e.g., IBS, chronic heartburn, or acid reflux from GERD) aren’t supposed to use these products for more than two days. It’s also not advisable for children to take them, nor anyone with the flu, because bismuth subsalicylate is contraindicated on the label for anyone with:

Taking this medication increases the risk for the development of Reye’s syndrome, a potentially life-threatening illness.

Are Essential Oils for Digestion a Good Alternative?

Certain essential oils and blends can greatly benefit digestive health due to their anti-inflammatory, calming, anti-spasmodic, and cell-protective benefits.

The next time digestive distress strikes, try any or all of the following four essential oils for digestion and/or create your own blend. The simplest recipe is just to use equal parts of each or try different ratios and see what works best for you.

4 Key Essential Oils for Digestive Problems

  1. Ginger Essential Oil
  2. Peppermint Essential Oil
  3. Lemon Essential Oil
  4. Fennel Essential Oil

1. Ginger Essential Oil

A 2014 meta-analysis [6] of medical studies investigated the efficacy of ginger for early pregnancy nausea and vomiting. Researchers found that at least four days of taking ginger was associated with a five-fold likelihood of improvement in morning sickness symptoms.

A small 2016 study [7] with post-surgical patients found that inhalation of ginger essential oil significantly decreased nausea and vomiting during the first six hours after inhalation of ginger. Ginger has also been found to be beneficial for travel/motion sickness. A small 1988 double-blind randomized placebo trial [8] found ginger to be helpful for vomiting, nausea, cold sweats, and vertigo for Danish naval cadets not accustomed to sailing on heavy seas.

Ginger Essential Oil

Another small 2013 clinical trial [9] of 13 volunteers with a history of motion sickness found that pre-treating with ginger reduced nausea, quieted stomach activity, and prolonged the period between attacks of nausea. A 2005 study [10] investigated how ginger actually works on the digestive tract. Researchers found that ginger helped relieve intestinal spasms, and also had direct effect on the parasympathetic nervous system, which is active during the digestive process. They found that ginger assisted with hyperactive states of the gut as is found with diarrhea and colic.

A 2015 animal study [11] found that ginger essential oil inhibited the formation of gastric ulcers by 85%. Ginger also increased antioxidant enzymes and reduced the erosion, hemorrhaging, and necrosis (untimely cell death) of cells of the stomach wall, thus providing a protective effect. Ginger may also be beneficial in cases of ulcerative colitis, a painful inflammatory condition that can cause rectal bleeding, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramping.

A 2018 animal study [12] found that 6-gingerol, an ingredient in ginger, increased important antioxidants and inhibited the inflammatory pathways that contribute to this disease.

2. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is well known for the assistance it can provide for our tummies. If you have over-indulged in your favorite food, are feeling nauseous with a virus, or suffer with more chronic problems of the digestive tract, peppermint can be incredibly soothing.

It is a beautifully cooling aromatic oil that is also:
• anti-inflammatory
• anti-spasmodic
• analgesic (pain relieving)

There are many studies that reflect the benefits of peppermint oil for the digestive system. For instance, a 2007 study [13] found a 50% reduction in the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in 75% of patients who tried peppermint oil for their symptoms.

Mint Essential Oil and fresh mint leaves

Indeed, a 2019 review [14] of a dozen randomized trials including over 800 patients using peppermint oil for IBS symptoms found that peppermint oil was safe and effective.

2013 research [15] found that both peppermint and spearmint reduced the intensity and frequency of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

An older 2008 study [16] investigated the use of peppermint for dyspepsia (pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen, also known as indigestion). Researchers found that peppermint oil was safe and effective for dyspepsia, and also for reducing the abdominal pain, flatulence, and diarrhea for those with IBS.

Studies have found that peppermint oil is good for children, too. In a 2014 review [17] of 14 clinical trials involving nearly 2,000 children, peppermint oil was found to reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of abdominal pain. [Caution: only use essential oil with children under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner.]

3. Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon (Citrus limon) has an uplifting fresh citrus aroma. Lemons have a long history of use by traditional Ayurvedic doctors as an aid for many ailments, including digestion. Modern research is starting to catch up, and it shows that lemon oil relieves nausea and vomiting and is:
• anti-inflammatory
• antimicrobial
• anti-parasitic
• anti-fungal

Natural Lemon Oil

A 2014 clinical trial [18] found that inhaling lemon oil significantly relieved nausea and vomiting in 100 pregnant women. A 2020 study [19] investigated the phytochemicals in lemons with regard to their potential therapeutic benefits.

Researchers found that lemons had anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, and anti-cancer benefits. All of these properties combined have benefits for overall digestive health.

A difficult-to-eradicate yeast known as Candida albicans can cause major trouble for the digestive tract. When C. albicans invades the digestive tract, it can cause oral thrush (a burning sensation in the gut after eating certain foods), recurring genital and urinary tract infections, even ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.

Candida overgrowth is especially rampant among immunocompromised people, the elderly, those on broad-spectrum antibiotics, overstressed people with a high intake of sugar, carbs, and alcohol, and individuals hospitalized in intensive care units.

A 2019 study [20] found that lemon oil (among other essential oils tested) had strong anti-Candida activity against several lines of Candida species.

4. Fennel Essential Oil

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) has a long history of use as a medicine and especially for digestive difficulties. Studies [14] indicate fennel is:

• antioxidative
• anti-inflammatory
• anti-ulcer
• anti-viral
• anti-spasmodic
• antimicrobial
• DNA protective
• has blood-sugar-lowering and cholesterol-lowering properties


A 2018 animal study [22] found that administering fennel oil significantly improved antioxidative status, reduced inflammation, and reduced blood sugar levels in rats with dyslipidemia (an abnormal amount of fats such as triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood).

A 2011 study [23] investigated the effects of the phytochemicals in fennel on rats with gastric ulcers. Researchers found fennel to have significant anti-ulcer activity and may help to prevent ulcers.

3 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Digestive Problems

Editor’s Note: Organixx used to carry an essential blend called Digest that was a blend of ginger, peppermint, lemon, and fennel essential oils. If you have any Organixx Digest Essential Oil, these are some ways you can use it.

#1. Apply a few drops of oil across the abdomen and/or low back, massaging it in gently but thoroughly. To improve absorption, place a warm compress across the belly and/or low back after applying. Dilute first with an organic carrier oil such as almond, coconut, hemp, or avocado oil. Try using 3-5 drops of essential oil(s) per teaspoon of carrier oil.

#2. Place a couple drops of oils into your palms, rub them together, and tent hands over your nose and mouth, being cautious to avoid eyes. Breathe the oils in deeply for a few moments, holding the essential oil vapor in your lungs for 5-10 seconds (or for as long as you can). This helps get the essential oils into your lungs and bloodstream and working quickly to relieve digestive difficulties.


#3. If you are suffering from nausea or motion sickness, using the oils on an acupressure point known as “Heavenly Appearance” (aka SI 17) can be quite beneficial. To locate this acupressure point, place a fingertip on the outside of the face, just below the earlobe in the indentation between the earlobe and the upper tip of the jawbone (on both sides of the face). Place a drop or two of diluted oil on your fingertips and gently massage this point. It can be tender, so go gently.

Considerations When Using Essential Oils for Digestive Problems

While the four essential oils listed above are all derived from plants that are also foods/spices, essential oils are highly concentrated and should only be ingested under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider. For any persistent pain or digestive difficulties, be sure to consult your doctor.

Essential oils should not be used as replacements for medicine but to support overall health.

Never apply essential oils anywhere near eyes, the inside of the ears, or to other sensitive regions of the body. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children should always seek their doctor’s advice prior to using essential oils.

Be aware that essential oil products vary greatly between makers in purity, strength, and quality. Only purchase pure, organic essential oils from companies you trust.

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Lemon Oil Uses: A Citrus Delight with a Powerful Bite

Who doesn’t enjoy a nice cold glass of fresh lemonade on a hot summer day? Or perhaps a pleasant stroll through a lush lemon grove during peak bloom season? All around the world, the beloved citrus fruit known as the lemon is cherished for its gustatory and olfactory delights, adding a uniquely sweet-and-sour zest to our lives.

But there’s a whole lot more to the simple lemon fruit than just its invigorating smell and pungent taste. For at least 1,000 years, lemon (Citrus limon) has been recognized as a powerful healing food with vast therapeutic potential. Its concentrated lemon oil is especially noteworthy, bearing an abundance of terpenes and other bioactive constituents that lend to lemon oil’s uses in a variety of applications.

From helping to boost the immune system to supporting healthy digestion to elevating mood and energy levels, the essential oil of lemon is, as some would say, worth its weight in gold… and then some!

D-limonene: The Key to Lemon Oil’s Effectiveness

Spanning many systems of medicine both past and present, lemon oil uses and reported health benefits are many. In describing these benefits using action verbs, one might include words like purify, cleanse, hydrate, nourish, soothe, invigorate, and regenerate.

Simply put, lemon oil is powerfully enhancing to the body, as evidenced in at least 716 scientific studies cited in PubMed, the research database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health [1].
Inhaling scent of lemon zest which contains lemon essential oil

Lemon oil, it’s important to note, doesn’t refer to anything that comes from the inner fruit of a lemon that most people are used to eating or juicing.

We’re talking about the volatile oil that’s extracted by cold-pressing the peel of a lemon − this is where a bulk of the fruit’s fat-soluble phytonutrients are found. It’s also where you’ll find lemon oil’s most effective and abundant weapon: d-limonene.

Lemon oil contains upwards of 70 percent d-limonene, a citrus terpene also found in the peels of oranges, mandarins, limes, and grapefruits that research shows possesses both anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

In vitro laboratory studies suggest that d-limonene can alter the signaling pathways within cancer cells in such a way as to stop them from multiplying. The compound has also demonstrated an ability to induce apoptosis, or cancer cell suicide.

Animal models have produced similar results, suggesting that d-limonene may help to slow the growth of pancreatic, stomach, colon, skin, and liver cancers. According to research cited by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, d-limonene “slowed formation of tumors and their progression in animals exposed to cancer-causing substances [2].”

For people who suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), heartburn, or some other form of chronic digestive disease, research out of Texas found that d-limonene may provide extended relief. Patients who took a purified form of the nutrient for as few as 14 days experienced a complete resolve of their symptoms that lasted six months or even longer. And not a single participant reported any adverse effects from taking this nutrient [3].

“I recommend one 1000-mg capsule, every other day, for 20 days, or a total of 10 doses,” says Dr. Roger C. Willette, MD, an internal medicine specialist from Houston, Texas, who co-authored this study.

“Of all the over-the-counter medications available to patients, d-limonene is certainly number one on my list. It gives the patients quicker, longer-lasting relief than most anything else, and it is extremely safe [4].”

Other areas of interest for d-limonene include its use in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support. Studies suggest that d-limonene can aid in flushing bad cholesterol out of the bloodstream while also protecting the gallbladder against gallstone formation. The liver can also benefit from d-limonene, which reportedly assists in enzyme production and detoxification.

D-limonene may further assist in the following areas of human health [5]:

Other Beneficial Compounds Found in Lemon Oil

D-limonene is just one of many components that make up lemon oil, of course. You’ll also find l-limonene (d-limonene’s terpenoid counterpart), phellandrene, pinene, and sesquiterpene − all of which contribute to the synergistic power of lemon oil.D-limonene: The Key to Lemon Oil’s Effectiveness

In other words, as great as d-limonene is on its own, you’re better off taking advantage of its other constituent friends by consuming, applying, and inhaling full-spectrum lemon oil.

Lemon and Diabetic Neuropathy

Evidence of this has been seen with diabetic neuropathy, which one 2014 study found is targeted by another constituent of lemon oil known as geraniol (GE).

Diabetic rats with diabetic neuropathy (DN) that were fed geraniol saw significant improvements in cellular function, with marked reductions in both oxidative stress and inflammation. This research was published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research and the authors concluded:

“From our data, we hypothesize that GE may be a promising therapeutic candidate in the management of DN in humans. Further understanding of the molecular mechanisms of its neuromodulatory effects is essential in order to exploit its therapeutic efficacy [6].”

Lemon Oil Is a Mood Booster

The mood-lifting benefits of lemon oil represent another area of efficacy that’s worth noting, particularly with regards to the central nervous system. Science has shown that lemon oil can help to bring depleted dopamine stores back to normal levels, in turn helping folks to feel happier and more alive. Individuals who suffer from lethargy, anxiety, depression, and other feelings of malaise can benefit most from this, as simply breathing in the vapor of lemon essential oil on a regular basis can bring about emotional revitalization.

Chinese researchers put it well in a 2013 review published in the journal Current Drug Targets [7]:

“Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as…lemon…can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine) thereby further regulating mood.”

Lemon Helps with Digestion

Ingesting lemon oil can also help improve digestive function. The citric acid content found in lemon oil has been shown to directly counteract acidity and ulcers through the production of carbonates and bicarbonates of both potassium and calcium [8]. Lemon oil also supports a healthy immune system by enhancing the body’s production of white corpuscles or leukocytes, which are immune cells that protect against infectious disease [9].

Can Lemon Help with Pain Relief?

For pregnant women in the early stages of labor pain, a double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial in Iran found that lemon oil can aid in pain relief. This same study concluded that “lemon oil can be effective in reducing nausea and vomiting of pregnancy [10].”

Popular Lemon Oil Uses at Home

With this in mind, diffusing lemon oil at home is a great way to support a healthy nervous system, as well as boost emotional stability. And since high quality lemon oil is safe to ingest (after all, lemon oil is one of the most common essential oils used in food manufacturing), there’s also the option of adding lemon oil to food or beverages for an even greater biological impact.

Adding just a drop or two of lemon oil to water every day is great for detoxification of the liver and can help jumpstart metabolism, thus aiding in healthy weight maintenance.

Lemon oil can also be used as a replacement for recipes that call for lemon zest. Many cooks go by the rule of thumb of 1/4 teaspoon of lemon oil to replace 1 Tablespoon of zest.

Lemon oil is further beneficial for skin when mixed with a quality carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil, helping to nourish and moisturize it without chemicals. It also functions as an astringent, helping to tighten skin while giving it that little extra “glow.” Always test for sensitivity before using any essential oils on your skin and dilute heavily with a carrier oil until you know how your skin reacts.lemon oil use: safe cleaners around pets

Last but not least, real lemon oil is a wonderful way to give your home a “lemony clean scent” without the use of toxic chemicals found in many commercial cleaners.

Simply combine two parts lemon oil with one part tea tree oil and mix it with water and/or vinegar in a spray bottle.

This recipe will produce an all-natural, non-toxic cleaning spray and disinfectant that you can use all around your house without having to worry about it negatively impacting your health [11].
An important note: When using any essential oils to support your health, use only quality essential oils and always consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner who can help you address your particular health needs.

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Lavender Oil Uses: From Holy Anointing to Modern Healing

The lavender plant is truly an amazing sight to see with its petite purple flowers that cap slender stalks jutting forth in every direction from its bushy center. But the dazzling display of beauty it bestows to its beholders is only the tip of the iceberg as to the true essence of this beloved botanical.

With a calming, sweet-smelling aroma and an extensive history of therapeutic lavender oil uses, it’s no wonder that lavender still ranks among the most popular medicinal herbs in the world.

For more than 2,500 years, in fact, people have been using lavender both medicinally and religiously to make everything from perfumes to holy anointing oils, to healing salves and ointments.

In ancient Egypt, lavender oil was commonly used to embalm the dead. In ancient Rome, it was used to freshen the air and scent bath water, as well as to liven up food. Many biblical scholars even suggest that Saint Mary used it to anoint Christ with her hair – lavender likely being the costly perfume referenced in John 12:3 as nard, or spikenard.

All throughout the ages, lavender has held a special place in the collective heart of mankind. It possesses an almost sacred nature, after all, being set apart from most other plants in terms of the many unique ways in which it interacts with the senses. Beyond just its pleasant bouquet, lavender is said to impact the body on many different levels – not only physically, but also emotionally and even spiritually.

The Harmonious Balancing Properties of Lavender Oil

Your being isn’t just your physical body, after all. It’s also your mind and your soul. And if you examine the historical accounts, lavender seems to touch all three pieces of this complex human puzzle. It helps to quiet what goes on inside the head while balancing everything else.

You might just say that lavender is powerfully holistic, with lavender oil being one of the most coveted distillates on the planet for imparting full-spectrum health support.

Lavender essential oil has been studied for its positive effects on a wide range of mood and sleep-related conditions including:

Lavender Essential Oil for Stress & Anxiety

The use of lavender essential oil to help mitigate feelings of stress and anxiety is well-established both empirically and scientifically. A paper published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice found that individuals who took daily capsules filled with 80 milligrams of lavender essential oil experienced pronounced relief from these and many other symptoms, including depression.

Lavender has repeatedly been shown to help improve mood and sleep quality while causing no negative side effects [1].

The reported balancing effects of lavender oil extend even further, as demonstrated with another paper published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggesting powerful efficacy with regards to the nervous system.

In evaluating a cohort of both animal and human trials where it was thoroughly tested as a potential treatment, researchers from Europe and the Middle East concluded that lavender oil exhibits strong anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing), mood-stabilizing, sedative, analgesic, anti-convulsive, and neuroprotective properties ][2].

Many individuals who suffer from depression and anxiety symptoms find relief when using lavender oil as aromatherapy. High-risk postpartum women, one study found, tend to respond well to the use of lavender oil, which can help minimize or eliminate symptoms in as little as four weeks [3].

Can Lavender Assist with PTSD?

Lavender oil can provide similar benefits for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as evidenced in another study looking at its effects specifically on mood. Researchers found that taking just 80 mg of lavender oil per day resulted in a 32.7% reduction in depression symptoms, as well as dramatic improvements in both mood and sleep quality [4].

couple having good night's sleepSleep Better with Lavender

The findings of a similar study published in the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine support this as well, having found that individuals with insomnia slept 60% better when they started using lavender oil [5].

Lavender Can Help Soothe Headaches

Lavender oil is also incredibly soothing against headaches, according to another study published in the European Journal of Neurology – headaches, and especially migraines, being a common cause of sleep disruption for many people [6].

What’s in Lavender Essential Oil?

The primary active constituents in lavender oil, which include linalool, linalyl acetate, 1,8-cineole B-ocimene, terpinen-4-ol, and camphor, lend to all of this pronounced biological activity. These compounds vary in amount and ratio, of course, depending on the type of lavender oil used.

There happen to be more than 30 different species of lavender that we currently know of, with many dozen more subspecies and hundreds of hybrids and selected cultivars.

While all lavender may have benefits, the type of lavender that has been most researched and is regarded as the most therapeutic type of lavender is Lavandula angustifolia.

Lavender Essential Oil for Skin Support

Many of the lavender oil uses mentioned above tend to be aromatherapeutic in nature. But this precious substance can also be applied topically to support other areas of the body, not the least of which include the skin.

With pronounced antimicrobial properties that are highlighted in nearly 100 scientific studies, lavender oil is often used to help accelerate the healing of abrasions, burns, cuts, and other skin wounds.

This common way of using lavender oil is perhaps the biggest reason why essential oils in general are even on the natural medicine radar today. It was French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé’s use of lavender oil back in 1928 to heal a burn on his hand that propelled the idea of using essential oils therapeutically into the modern age.

This event is believed to be the primary reason why essential oils are growing in popularity today.

Lavender Fights Bacteria & Viruses

With that in mind, consider that we now know from further scientific inquiry since the time of Gattefossé that lavender oil may also help to prevent infections stemming from bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Especially when combined with other antimicrobial essential oils such as clove oil, cinnamon, and tea tree, studies show that lavender oil has the pronounced ability to combat even hard-to-fight infections such as Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans [7].

When mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut, olive, or jojoba, lavender oil can also help to soothe dry, chapped, or sunburned skin. Some people say that it also helps minimize the appearance of sunspots and aging. Lavender oil is also commonly used to help stop allergic reactions from occurring on the skin, such as those stemming from exposure to poison ivy or stinging nettle.

Better Than Vitamin C? The Antioxidant Power of Lavender Oil

Many people don’t know this, but lavender oil is also a powerful antioxidant. With an antioxidant potential that’s stronger than even vitamin C, lavender can be considered an antioxidant “super hero” and is actually one of the most powerful antioxidants in existence.

Lavender’s constituents help the body to produce more antioxidant enzymes like glutathione (aka the “master antioxidant”), catalase, and superoxide dismutase (SOD), which it needs to prevent free radicals from causing oxidative damage within its many complex parts.

In an animal study published in the journal Phytomedicine, Romanian Essential oil diffuserscientists discovered that vaporizing lavender oil for just one hour every day for seven days can help protect cells against free radical damage.

In this same rat study, researchers reported that inhaling the vapor of lavender oil every day for just 60 minutes helped to prevent the type of oxidative stress associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia [8].

Chinese researchers came to another fascinating conclusion in an unrelated but similar mouse study, determining that the antioxidant potential of lavender’s constituents are evident in the body after just 22 hours of the oil’s use [9].

There’s even animal research findings emerging to suggest that lavender oil could be beneficial in addressing the various blood sugar issues associated with diabetes [10].

Safely Using Lavender Oil to Support Your Health

The lavender oil uses shared with you here are just a few of the many ways this fragrant herb supports a balanced, healthy body. If you are not experienced with essential oils, your safest bet is to work with a qualified health practitioner to determine how best to use lavender oil to support your personal health goals.

It should go without saying that in order to receive the most health-boosting benefits, use only high quality organic essential oils that contain no chemicals or fillers.

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The Top 5 Essential Oils for Energy Support

Do you wake up in the morning craving a few more Zs? Do you sometimes suffer from the “late afternoon blahs?” There are so many reasons why our energy sometimes tends to lag at key moments in the day: adrenal fatigue, lack of quality sleep, stress, or aspects of a more serious condition can all play a part. Instead of downing that second (or third) cup of coffee, however, why not get energized with essential oils instead? Here is a rundown of our “Top 5” essential oils for energy!

5 of the Best Essential Oils for Energy and Focus

Feeling sluggish? Try a drop or 2 of one of these essential oils!

#1. Peppermint

Peppermint (as well as spearmint) has the ability to uplift as well as energize. This is a perfect essential oil to use if you are suffering from mid-afternoon “brain fog” or are just feeling a little blah. It contains high levels of menthol and has been shown to fight chronic fatigue as well as improve concentration. It can also help with the fatigue caused by slow digestion or overeating.
Rub a few diluted drops of peppermint oil directly on your temples

Try this: Rub a few drops of peppermint oil diluted in a carrier oil directly on your temples for instant refreshment! Be careful to keep it away from the eye area.

#2. Lemon

Lemon oil is right up there with peppermint as one of the most uplifting essential oils for focus and energy. In fact, all citrus oils, including grapefruit and orange, can make this claim. They are often used together as a super-charger in diffusers or applied topically (dilution is recommended) to boost energy and focus.

Citrus oils can elevate the mood and lift the spirits. All citrus oils, and especially lemon oil, contains healing antioxidant terpenes such as limonene. Lemon has also been associated with decreased blood pressure and can help to support a healthy liver − leading to less toxicity and more overall energy for you!

Try this: You probably know that a tall glass of lemon water first thing in the morning can help hydrate and alkalize your body. But did you also know that you can replace that lemon slice with 1-2 drops of high-quality food grade lemon essential oil and have the same effect? In fact, using lemon essential oil in your morning water can not only give you a lift for your day but can protect your teeth from enamel damage associated with the acid in lemon juice. Bottoms up!

#3. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil is typically associated with help with respiratory healing but it can also stimulate the brain and improve energy levels. Eucalyptus contains cineole, a substance with documented healing qualities and over 1,000 research studies to its name! Eucalyptus has been shown to support the body when healing from many chronic diseases, including neurological conditions that can affect mood as well as energy levels.

Try this: Eucalyptus oil should never be used internally, but it can make a great diffuser oil if used in small amounts. Simply put a few drops on your diffuser filter and allow the refreshing menthol molecules in eucalyptus to uplift you and anyone who walks in the door.
Rosemary essential oil

#4. Rosemary

First of all, rosemary is not just a super-antioxidant; it is a super super-antioxidant. According to the USDA, its ORAC antioxidant capacity is comparitable to goji berries!

That fact alone makes it a super anti-inflammatory as well. Like eucalyptus, the effect it can have in supporting a healthy immune response can have profound effects on energy levels.

Studies such as those conducted at the University of Calgary have found direct biological and neurological connections between inflammatory diseases and fatigue responses. Rosemary has also been shown to help improve memory, balance hormone levels, and improve alertness as well.

Try this: Rosemary essential oil is an ideal oil to add to food, especially meats such as grass-fed chicken, for an extra savory experience. Just be sure it is top quality and food grade rosemary essential oil. Always look for the “supplement information” label on any essential oil to know that it can be ingested.

#5. Frankincense

Frankincense is often called the “Holy Grail” of essential oils. Indeed, it was thought to be a holy substance in Biblical times. Today, the ways in which it can help you create balance and vitality in your life are too many to name here! Frankincense’s gift when it comes to lifting energy is in the way it can gently balance the nervous system. Its effect is not as instantly noticeable as peppermint or citrus, but it can be subtly long-lasting.

If you suffer from the lethargy and low energy that often comes with hormonal imbalance or depression, or if you sometimes have bouts of anxiety, then frankincense may just become your “go to” essential oil. Studies have shown that the oil “massages” the limbic system and this can have an effect on soothing the nervous system overall.

Try this: Remember that a little goes a long way when it comes to frankincense. Rub it in diluted form on lymph node areas or use it in a diffuser for gentle invigoration. If you use a food grade frankincense oil internally, one or two drops under the tongue should do the trick to soothe, balance, and uplift your mood. It’s interesting to note that frankincense is also one of the best essential oils for meditation and prayer.

How to Use Essential Oils

How to Use Essential OilsOne of the amazing things about using essential oils for health and well-being is the diversity of options for using oils.

Whether you breathe in an oil through a diffuser or in a facial steam bath, apply it topically, or ingest a food-grade essential oil (which all Organixx Essential Oils are), the beauty of these oils is that their aromatic essence can enter into your system quickly.

Essential oils are comprised of very small particles that are able to break the blood-brain barrier, which is why people have found them so supportive for mental clarity and emotional well-being for centuries.

As a rule, less is more when it comes to how much to use, especially if you are using top quality essential oils. Just 2-3 drops in a diffuser, on key areas of the body (mixed with a carrier oil), or under the tongue can do the trick. Also, try Organixx Essential Oils mixed with jojoba or another gentle massage oil for the ultimate in relaxation and invigoration!

The powerhouse trio of herbs in Magi-Complexx Essential Oil provides the strongest, most synergistic healing effect, helping sufferers of arthritis pain, constant muscle aches and pains, neuropathy, systemic inflammation, slowed wound healing, circulatory challenges, as well as skin irritations like eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

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6 of the Best Essential Oils for Pain

Pain is big business. In a 2016 interview with CNBC, a senior analyst at Mizuho Securities USA was quoted as saying, “There [were] about 300 million pain prescriptions written in 2015.” She went on to explain that this equates to over $24 billion in sales, just in the United States − making pain relievers second only to cancer medications in pharmaceutical sales.

There’s a reason for this. Back in 1931, French physician Dr. Albert Schweitzer stated, “Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.” It’s true, pain − and especially chronic pain from conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis − is debilitating. Nobody wants it and it can feel impossible to deal with.

Sadly, pain is more rampant these days than diabetes, heart disease, or cancer combined. It’s the most commonly given reason for accessing the American health care system, with approximately 1 in 4 people suffering pain lasting longer than 24 hours, and millions more dealing with severe pain.

The Alarming Risks of Pain Medication

Taking pain medications to treat pain is not without risk, especially in the long term. In 2011 the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released an analysis of pain medication statistics for the years 1999 to 2008. Here is just some of what they reported:

Opiate Addiction & Side Effects

The number of people addicted to opiates is alarming, to say the least. The American Society of Addiction Medicine reported 1.9 million Americans addicted to prescription medications in 2016.

However, it’s not only the addictive potential that makes these common pain relievers harmful. There are side effects to consider. Opiate side effects can include:

It’s true that the statistics and side effects listed above are representative of the more potent pain medications (opiates) such as codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, meperidine, methadone, oxycodone, naxolone, and vicodin. But the over-the-counter pain meds that so many people take for various types of pain also come with a laundry list of potential pitfalls.

The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Drugs

Over-the-Counter DangersStatistics show that, in just seven months in 2014, Americans spent $1.65 billion on over-the-counter medications such as Advil, Tylenol, and Aspirin. If you do the quick math, that means another $1.18 billion was likely spent for the rest of 2014, taking the total to at least $2.83 billion.

Tylenol (generic name acetaminophen) has long been considered one of the safest nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), even above Aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil).

Most people are even likely under the assumption that regularly tossing back a few Tylenol to manage pain is harmless. However, long-term use of this relatively “gentle” drug has been coming under question.

While side effects from correct usage of Tylenol are somewhat rare, the extreme end of potential Tylenol damage includes jaundice, lip ulcers, yellow eyes, and liver damage (more on that below). Less worrying, but also possible effects, include: diarrhea, cramps, and sweating.

In 2015, the University of Leeds reported on the work of Professor Philip Conaghan of their School of Medicine. He and his team did a review of current research into Tylenol (known as paracetamol in many parts of the world), concluding:

“We think this study shows that the adverse health risks of taking paracetamol on a long-term basis are underestimated, particularly in relation to increased risk of heart, gastrointestinal and kidney problems.”

Tylenol Use Linked to Liver Damage and Even Liver Failure

There have also been a number of news reports about the link between Tylenol usage and severe liver damage.

For instance, in 2013 The Huffington Post reported that:

“Acetaminophen overdose sends as many as 78,000 Americans to the emergency room annually and results in 33,000 hospitalizations a year, federal data shows.

Acetaminophen is also the nation’s leading cause of acute liver failure, according to data from an ongoing study funded by the National Institutes for Health.”

Canadians have also been warned of the dangers of acetaminophen (Tylenol), with many doctors calling on Health Canada for better labeling and warnings of the dangers the drug presents. In September 2016, Dr. Michael Rieder, a pediatric clinical pharmacologist at Western University in Canada stated in a CBC news report that acetaminophen “is the most common cause of liver injury. Period. Full stop.”

One of the issues is that multiple products contain acetaminophen, which means it is very easy to exceed safe dosage levels − especially when taking multiple products to fight a cold or flu. Doctors have warned that it is especially critical to be cautious if you become dehydrated through vomiting or diarrhea and take acetaminophen, as even normally safe levels of the drug can become toxic in these situations.

Safety Issues with Ibuprofen (Advil)

Advil (ibuprofen), is another over-the-counter drug that many assume is safe. However, it’s prudent to be aware of the following warnings as listed on Drug.com:

“Ibuprofen can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Do not use this medicine just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).

Ibuprofen may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. These conditions can occur without warning while you are using ibuprofen, especially in older adults.

Do not take more than your recommended dose. An ibuprofen overdose can damage your stomach or intestines. Use only the smallest amount of medication needed to get relief from your pain, swelling, or fever.”

Are There Risks Associated with Aspirin Use?

Even aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) has some possible side effects that may come as a surprise, including:

A 2014 review of current studies found that long term aspirin use “increased the risk of peptic ulcer by 30-60%.”

But what about the use of aspirin for those with heart issues, and avoiding heart attacks?

In 2014, a consumer update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reported in Medical News Today, stated that “while daily low-dose aspirin use can prevent heart attack or stroke for those who have already had one, there is insufficient evidence to support its use for prevention of first-time heart attack or stroke.”

So with all of these issues with common pain relievers, is there anything that can support the body naturally?

Essential Oils for Pain

Essential Oils for PainEssential oils are not drugs, and according to FDA rules cannot be promoted as remedies or treatments for pain relief or of having analgesic properties.

However, they can be used to support good health and improved well-being, which may naturally lead to a reduced need for pain relievers in the first place.

What are essential oils? They are the extracts of plants, containing many chemicals and compounds that have been studied extensively for their health and healing benefits.

There are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of scientific studies available on the numerous benefits of essential oils and their components for human health.

And while it can’t be said that essential oils are without any side effects, they are far more rare and usually more in the realm of a skin rash or sneezing. That being said, it is always best to seek guidance from a qualified practitioner when using essential oils − especially if you have any health considerations.

6 Essential Oils that May Help Reduce the Need for Pain Meds

1. Frankincense

Known as Boswellia serrata in the plant world, frankincense is most famous for being mentioned in the Bible as a gift to the infant Jesus from the three Magi. The reason: it was considered a precious substance − perhaps due to its healing qualities.

In modern times, frankincense oil has been studied in relation to pain. For example, a 2008, double-blind, randomized trial reported in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy looked into the effects of a frankincense extract called 5-Loxin® on joint pain in the knee from osteoarthritis. The researchers reported subjects experienced “significant” reduction in pain, and improvement in knee joint functions, in some cases in just 7 days.

Most pain is a result of inflammation. Research published in 2011 in the Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences states that “Gum-resin extracts of Boswellia serrata have been traditionally used in folk medicine for centuries to treat various chronic inflammatory diseases.”

The researchers go on to say that boswellia serrata contains a number of compounds, including acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid. Out of four boswellic acids, this is “the most potent inhibitor of 5-lipoxygenase, an enzyme responsible for inflammation.”

In addition to its studied anti-inflammatory properties with people suffering from inflammation and pain, frankincense essential oil has traditionally been used to support:

2. Lavender

So much can be said about lavender essential oil. It has a wide variety of uses, with lavender oil most famously being effective for sleep and relaxation.

Lavender oil contains the phytochemicals perillyl alcohol and linalool. These powerful plant chemicals continue to be studied, but research has already shown them to support healing − even with serious conditions.

Studies also have provided evidence that Lavandula angustifolia (true lavender) may support the body in such as way that there is less need for pain medication.

One 2007 study published in Obesity Surgery reported on a group of patients getting lavender inhalation therapy after having laparoscopic gastric band therapy. Researchers noted that just 46% needed pain medication, compared to 82% of those getting the placebo who required medication. Also of note, the 46% required less medication than the other group of patients.

Even more recently, a 2016 study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice found lavender essential oil effective in helping to relieve pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

3. Myrrh

Another Biblical plant and healing oil that has resurfaced from medicinal obscurity in recent years is myrrh.

Myrrh is known for its ability to support the immune system to help ward off disease, as well as support hormone balance. It has also gained attention for helping to reduce inflammation.

A 2014 study on rats reported that Commiphora molmol extract [myrrh] “has significant analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-hyperlipidemic effects, and reduces body weight gain and improves blood lipids profile.”

The researchers stated in their conclusion that: “These results affirm the traditional use of C. molmol [myrrh] for the treatment of pain, inflammations, and hyperlipidemia.”

4. Clove Oil

You may know the distinct smell of cloves best from cooking a holiday ham, or from a warming cup of cider in winter. However, there’s much more to these tiny buds than just their spicy aroma.

Of clove essential oil’s many reported healing properties, its pain relieving capacity has been known for centuries. Historically it has been used to assist with cold sores and abscesses, ear ache, dental pain, and even as a pain reliever for corneal pain. In a 2015 study, researchers found clove oil reduced pain in the rats being studied by up to 87%.

Clove oil is also a well known antifungal and antibacterial, often used in dental rinses and mouthwashes.

5. Peppermint Oil

5 Peppermint OilOh, spicy peppermint! While you must avoid your eyes or pay the price, rubbing a drop or two of peppermint oil on your brow or neck when you have a headache can be delightfully effective. The tingle and smell will be invigorating, too.

Proof of this powerful plant’s long medicinal history as a pain reliever comes from the many studies available. Of note, in 2016 German researchers reported that: “Peppermint oil targets headache pathophysiology in multiple ways. The efficacy is comparable to that of acetylsalicylic acid [aspirin] or paracetamol [Tylenol].”

Peppermint is also famous for helping digestive issues. Perhaps this is why Iranian researchers observed decreased nausea, as well as pain, when migraine patients applied peppermint oil to their forehead and temples.

Worked out too much and have sore muscles? Peppermint essential oil makes a lovely addition to massage oil when applied to aching muscles and joints.

Due to its strength, it’s highly recommended to use a carrier oil when applying peppermint oil topically to painful areas. Mix a few drops with a cold-pressed oil such as avocado, coconut, or jojoba oil.

6. Eucalyptus

A 2013 human study published in  the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine confirmed what ancient medicine already knew − eucalyptus essential oil helps relieve pain.

In this randomized trial, patients with total knee replacement (TKR) surgery were given eucalyptus oil to inhale. Researchers reported “pain scores were significantly lower in the eucalyptus oil group” after 3 days, whereas the control group (those receiving the placebo) had increased pain levels.

Eucalyptus has also been indicated in the pain relief (and as an antifungal and antimicrobial) for dentistry. It’s also been found to be a powerful antioxidant.

Once again, essential oils are not drugs and do not replace the role played by pharmaceutical pain relievers. But used appropriately, quality essential oils may help to support a healthy, functioning, pain-free body.

The powerhouse trio of herbs in Magi-Complexx Essential Oil provides the strongest, most synergistic healing effect, helping sufferers of arthritis pain, constant muscle aches and pains, neuropathy, systemic inflammation, slowed wound healing, circulatory challenges, as well as skin irritations like eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

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