I have always loved Thanksgiving. Mostly because I get to spend time with family but also the food. As much as I love any excuse to eat all my favorite (ahem… high calorie) foods, it’s really easy to overeat on Thanksgiving. I’m sure most of us have been there. We go back for seconds (or thirds) with a plate that could feed at least 4 people.
It seems like a great idea at the time, until a few hours later when we can barely move and then our stomach feels like it might actually explode. Then we wonder why did we ever do that to ourselves? Good thing this holiday is only once a year. Unless you’re like me and married to a Canadian, then it’s twice a year.
Here is a list of essential oils perfect for calming your stomach if you’ve indulged a little too much this past weekend (or if you’re still working on those leftovers).
Peppermint is perfect for an upset stomach and nausea. Try 3 drops of Peppermint and 3 drops of Ginger Root CO2 with teaspoons of your favorite carrier oil. Massage in a clockwise motion on the abdomen. To ease symptoms of nausea use Peppermint in an inhaler or a diffuser. This oil is not safe for kids.
Spearmint is a sweet mint that can help with digestion and bloating. This oil is kid-friendly and they may prefer the sweeter smell over Peppermint oil. To relieve an upset stomach or bloating, add 2 drops of Spearmint to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage in a clockwise motion on the abdomen.
Dill Weed may not be the first thing that comes to mind to relieve an upset stomach, but it works like a charm. Dill Weed has a gentle, soothing, herbaceous scent. Add 6 drops of Dill Weed to 2 teaspoons of a carrier oil and massage in a clockwise motion on the abdomen.
It’s no surprise Ginger is on this list. Skip the ginger ale next time you’re feeling queasy – it’s loaded with sugar and salt that might make you feel worse. Ginger Root is a warm, spicy oil that stimulates blood flow and relieves an upset stomach. Add 1 drop of Ginger Root CO2 to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage in a clockwise motion on the abdomen. This oil is not safe for kids.
Finger Root is part of the ginger family making it an excellent choice for stomach upsets. It works especially well when inhaled. Try adding 10 drops to an aromatherapy inhaler to help with motion sickness during travel.
Tummy All Better is one of Plant Therapy’s blends. It is safe for kids and smells amazing. It’s great for motion sickness, nausea and feelings of queasiness. It has chamomile in it which also gives it a calming effect. Try 6 drops in 2 teaspoons of carrier oil and massage in a clockwise motion on the abdomen.
What are some of your go-to essential oils for a stomachache? What are some other methods you use?
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