Thursday, January 19, 2012

Empowering Benefits of Essential Oils During Heartburn/Acid Reflux

Acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are very closely related.  Food we eat enters the stomach from the esophagus through a valve called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).  This valve, made up of muscles around the esophagus, may not close completely allowing acids (bile) and/or food to move back from the stomach into the esophagus.  With that there may be a bitter taste, the taste of some foods, or a burning sensation in the chest (heart burn).  If this progresses and happens frequently it has become GERD.
The reasons for the lower esophageal sphincter to not close properly may be mechanical.  This can happen with a hiatal hernia (part of the stomach moves above the diaphragm), pregnancy, severe weight gain, over eating, or lying down right after a meal.  Certain prescription medications including sedatives, antidepressants, high blood pressure, motion sickness, and asthma to mention a few can bring on or worsen acid reflux.  Aspirin and ibuprofens can also contribute.  Diet can also be a factor.  Items to avoid include alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, chocolate, garlic, onions, citrus, tomato, spicy, fatty foods, or tobacco.

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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  DigestZen, ginger, lemon, sandalwood, wild orange
Essential oils based products:
Also consider: eucalyptus, peppermint, wild orange
Suggested protocols:
For adults:
 DigestZen taken internally in a capsule, add ginger, peppermint, or wild orange to strengthen.
 or ... frankincense topically on the throat and chest
 or ... lemon, 3 -5 drops in the back of the mouth. Follow with water.
Note: some find peppermint helpful but others find it makes acid reflux worse.
For infants:
  DigestZen rubbed on the feet, stomach, or chest.  (protect from the baby touching the area and rubbing their eyes)
  Maggie Tisserand, Aromatherapy for Women speaks very highly of sandalwood for heartburn during pregnancy. Her personal use was taking one drop internally. Our recommendation would be to seek professional confirmation of such a self-help procedure.

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Testimonials  (shared by Rob James)

Tony - I have suffered from heartburn for years and had been taking 40mg (a high dose) of Nexium per day when I heard Dr. Hill's recommendation to use essential oils.  I began with 10 drops of DigestZen (boy, I can't tell you enough what a perfect name that is for this blend...especially the Zen part!!) with 4 drops of peppermint in capsules twice a day.  I completely stopped the Nexium while doing this.  After 3 weeks of this routine, I began to taper off the amount of both oils and now I am down to 3 drops of DigestZen and 1 drop of Peppermint twice a day and sometimes only once a day.

Mariette - A friend wants to know what oils are good for handling acid reflux?
Pat - DigestZen first, or ginger or peppermint. My experience has been DigestZen, hands down!
Ramona - There are several things that can be done to help with acid reflux.  DigestZen is AWESOME help!  When my 2 month old baby had it so bad they wanted to medicate him, I treated it completely with DigestZen.  I would rub it on his chest after every feeding.
I think diet plays a large role, as well, so make sure they are not drinking caffeine and watching their sugar intake.  I would also put a few drops of DigestZen in water, every day and drink it to help heal the esophagus.

Linray - Does anybody have a good treatment plan for Acid Reflux?
Michelle - My mom has found rubbing frankincense on her throat and chest seems to do the trick almost immediately.  She gave some to a friend who had the same result. Seems to work well for her!
Energy4life - Acid reflux is often caused by the H.Pylori bacteria. There was a study that showed lemongrass essential oil is more effective at killing H.Pylori than the powerful antibiotics currently prescribed for it.  Not only that, the bacteria do not become resistant to lemongrass whereas they do become resistant to antibiotics. GX Assist has powerful oils including lemongrass, so I would suggest doing the cleanse followed by PB Assist.
Lori - I have tried many things for acid reflux.  I have had the most success with lemon essential oil.  It works within 5 minutes.  I just put 3 to 5 drops in the back of my mouth and follow with a glass of water.  I'm so grateful that I found this remedy since I suffered for years with this problem.  I I have also had some limited success with DigestZen and peppermint, but by and far, lemon essential oil works the best.

Samara - What oils would work for GERD?
Rob - Some people have had success taking peppermint in warm water 2-3 times per day and at the onset of symptoms.  I would s put DigestZen over my stomach and chest/throat area at the same time and always drink plenty of water with lemon in it. The later has helped my wife with that choking feeling in the throat that is sometimes a symptom of GERD.
Kathy - I have taken capsules of 3 drops each peppermint and frankincense for GERD and/or acid reflux.  I take them when I feel that burning that I know will lead to an episode.  I have also swallowed a few drops of peppermint in a small shot glass of warm water.
If you have serious on-going issues, you might want to consider a diet change.   Are you eating plenty of raw healthy foods?  Avoiding high fat foods, especially at night?  Drinking plenty of water?

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Protocols folks recommend for children

JCM - I have put DigestZen on the bottom of my infant grandson's feet and it has stopped his acid reflux. Just dilute it 50/50. I also let him suck my finger with it diluted on my hand. Hope this helps. A little goes a long way.

Ramona - There are several things that can be done to help with acid reflux.  DigestZen is AWESOME help!  When my 2 month old baby had it so bad they wanted to medicate him, I treated it completely with DigestZen.  I would rub it on his chest after every feeding.
Lynda – Another oil that seems to help is Wild Orange.  Either on the feet for little ones or directly on the abdomen.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

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