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Essential Oils for Digestive Upset

by Jodi Cohen

Have you ever been hit with the stomach bug while traveling?

Our family got hit hard this past weekend.  I was first and it was awful.  Thankfully, it was after dinner, so the children were asleep, but I was fairly concerned, especially since I knew I would have to endure a 3 – 6 hour drive home depending upon traffic the next day, so I was pretty intent on using my oils for digestion upset to help nip the experience in the bud.

So intent, that I did what I often tell clients not to do which is try several oils at the same time.  It worked, but slightly impedes my ability to tell you actually which oil did the trick.


Oils for Digestion

The Essential Oils that I applied are listed below.

Digest™:  The go-to blend for all digestive issues because it contains a blend of oils known to calm the digestive track, including Anise, Fennel, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper and Tarragon.  Rub clockwise around the belly button as needed.


Parasympathetic™:  The parasympathetic rest and digest response puts the body in alignment for optimal healing.  In addition, this powerful blend offers many pain reducing qualities and can be used to calm headache and digestive pain.  I have noticed with children that it can be especially calming as flu or any discord in the body can feel quite unfamiliar and frightening.  Apply behind the earlobe on the mastoid bone.


Gall Bladder™:   Nausea is often associated with the gall bladder and often when you calm the gall bladder, you can calm the nausea.   Apply over the gall bladder (right side of body under ribs).


Lavender™:  Lavender is by far my favorite blends because it seems to work for everything from calming sunburn pain to stomach pain.   The act of being physically ill is very stressful and stimulatory and it was hard for me to calm down and return to sleep.  So I placed a few drops of lavender  on the pillowcase and was quickly able to return to calm and sleep.


By morning, I was feeling well enough to endure the long drive home and keep fluids down.  Hours after we returned home, my son was hit with the same bug.  I was more thoughtful in how I applied oils to him and allowed him to choose those that smelled best to him.  He picked Parasympathetic™ which seemed to calm his stomach pain, along with Orange™ because he loves the way it smells.

Interestingly, the Orange™ really seemed to help calm and soothe him enough to fall asleep and stay asleep for most of the night.  I recently heard that citrus oils can be especially calming for children and often help provide relief beyond what is typically associated with the particular oil.

My son, who is 9, declared, “The orange oil smelled so good, it just made me feel all safe and cozy and that made me feel better.”  I might not ever know exactly what it worked, but I am most grateful to know that it did work.

When I shared our experience with some of the other families we had vacationed with, I learned that they were still fighting the same bug days later.  This gave me a much greater appreciation for the oils and their ability to help us move throw illness and return to balance more quickly.

If you or your family are traveling this summer and concerned about potential stomach upset, please consider bringing some of these oils with you for faster relief.


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About The Author

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.

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