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How to Fix Your Gut with Essential Oils

By Jodi Cohen

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Changing your diet to remove inflammatory foods like gluten and dairy often is not enough to fix a leaky gut.  You need to repair the mucosal lining, the innermost layer of the gastrointestinal tract comprised of thick mucus. The intestinal mucosa comes in direct contact with digested food (chyme) and is the first line of defense against a leaky gut and the part of your digestive system  where nutrients are absorbed in the body. You can fix your gut with Essential Oils by following the steps below.


Fix Your Gut with Essential Oils

In his book, the Autoimmune Fix, Tom O’Bryan talks about how the epithelial cells lining the gut are the fastest growing cells in the body and are designed to create a completely new lining every 3 to 7 days. But at a certain point, the body can become overwhelmed by external toxins and lose its ability to repair and heal.  This severe intestinal permeability is often the precursor to auto immunity.

If this mucosal lining is damaged and unable to heal itself, two things happen:

  1. Nutrients are not properly absorbed, depriving the body of the building blocks it needs to heal
  2. Pathogens can enter the body, triggering an ongoing immune response and inflammation that further damage the gut lining.


How Do You Know Your Gut Needs Healing?


The following symptoms can be often associated with intestinal permeability:

  • Bloating, belching, burning, flatulence after meals
  • A sense of fullness after eating
  • Indigestion, loose stool, diarrhea, constipation, or a combination
  • Carbohydrate intolerance, particularly after eating fiber and/or beans
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Brain fog, anxiety, or depression
  • Nausea or diarrhea after taking supplements
  • Rectal itching
  • Weak, ridged or cracked finger nails
  • Sinus congestion
  • Skin irritations such as acne, rosacea,  dilated capillaries on the cheeks or nose
  • Nutrient deficiency, like low levels of iron, zinc, or vitamin D
  • Undigested food in the stool or greasy stools
  • Skin that’s easily bruised


How to Heal the Gut

To repair and heal the gut, you need to address the underlying source of the problem.  This can include:

  • Stress which can change the pH level (the acid/alkaline balance) in your intestines
  • Poor Diet (sugar, processed foods, eating foods you’re intolerant toward) that can contribute to food allergies or sensitivities
  • Use of antibiotics
  • Dysbiosis, or an imbalance gut flora that results in an overgrowth of bugs, bacteria, mold, fungus, yeast and/or parasites. This imbalance causes food to ferment in the intestines instead of being digested, creating gas and bloating.
  • Inflammation

While food plays an important role in healing, research suggests that small intestine mucosal recovery 2 years after following a gluten-free diet was only 34% in Celiac patients.


Why Is Diet Alone Not Enough to Fix the Gut?

It has to do with two things:

  1. When the gut is compromised, healing nutrients are not fully assimilated.  This is where smelling or topically applying plant nutrients from essential oils can provide a powerful point of entry.
  2. You need to repair damage to the intestinal lining, restore gut integrity and close the tight junctions. Certain supplements and essential oils can be used to activate and repair the mucosal lining of the small intestine.


How to Repair the Mucosal Lining

In addition to removing inflammatory foods, like gluten and dairy, it is important to layer in foods rich in specific nutrients known to heal the epithelial cells that make up the intestinal mucosal lining.  One example is Glutamine found in bone broth, which serves as the principal metabolic fuel for the epithelium cells.

Butyrate or butyric acid, which is the bi-product of good bacteria feeding on vegetable fiber, fuels the reproduction of cells.  “If you are not eating enough vegetables or don’t have enough good bacteria, you won’t  make enough Butyrate.  This is one of the important reasons to eat a variety of vegetables, to supply the starches needed for our good bacteria to feed off and make butyrate,” according to O’Brien.  It also explains the benefit of prebiotics and probiotics to help ensure optimal balance in the gut flora.  Finally, Zinc Carnosine, Vitamin D and essential fatty acids (assuming you can digest, absorb and assimilate fat.  If not, click here to read more) all help to support the regeneration and repair of the intestinal lining.  Assuming they can be assimilated and absorbed.


What If Nutrients Are Not Being Absorbed Through The Digestive Track?

This is a common problem with leaky gut and one of the reasons that essential oils are ideal tools to help deliver nutrients into the body through topical application and olfactory stimulation.  To read more about that click here.

Intestinal Mucosa™ blend is designed to gently permeate through the skin to regenerate and heal the mucosal lining of the small intestine to increase optimal nutrient absorption and support the healing of food intolerances and Leaky Gut conditions.  Just smell or rub 2- 3 drops in a clockwise circle around the belly button before or after meals.  It can be used in combination with Anti-Inflammatory™ blend to both anti-inflame and heal gut lining.



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About The Author

Jodi Cohen

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils. An author, speaker, nutritional therapist, and a leading international authority on essential oils, Jodi has helped over 50,000 individuals support their health with essential oils.