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Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Acid Reflux

Essential oils can be used as an alternative treatment for a variety of problems. As we get older (over 35 in fact) there is a decrease in stomach acid production and this can be helped along by stress. This allows ‘bad bacteria’ in the stomach to grow and they in turn produce gas and acid that leads to the discomfort and the ‘sound affects’ associated with reflux. Natural remedies for acid reflux target this by increasing the amount of ‘good bacteria’.
Instead of looking for natural remedies for acid reflux most people turn to the traditional acid-blocking drugs such as Tagamet, Zantac and Prilosec. While these drugs may work quickly on the symptoms, the problem is that they reduce your ability to digest food, make you more susceptible to diseases transmitted through food and increase your risk of food poisoning.

Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux
Prevention includes eating smaller meals, reducing your take of carbohydrates, eliminate fried foods, increase the amount of protein you eat and drink more water – at least eight to ten glasses per day (more if you sweat a lot).
Natural remedies for acid reflux include the following supplements:
·        A high quality probiotic (LIFE 5 from young living) to increase the ‘good bacteria in the stomach’.
·         Digestive enzymes– before each meal – to improve digestion.
·        Other natural remedies for acid reflux include the herbs peppermint, chamomile, spearmint, lemon, marjoram and clove. Essential oils may be applied by massage and peppermint or chamomile tea is very effective – particularly in place of caffeine.
·        Lemon is a fast and easy acid reflux remedy. You can squeeze half a lemon in 8oz. of water and sip it slowly in the morning before breakfast. Or use lemon essential oil for even greater benefits. ("When a guest at my house asks me for an antacid drink or tablet, I make them drink a 8 ounce glass of water with one drop of lemon essential oil in it instead.”) By ingesting lemon juice or essential oil the stomach temporarily reduces the excretion of digestive acids, therefore alleviating heartburn. A very simple acid reflux remedy. Lemon essential oil has antibacterial properties, which may be effective against H.pylori bacteria in the stomach and further down the digestive tract (diarrhea). If you are interested in the alkalinity or acidity of foods you'll be amazed to know that fresh lemons are actually an alkaline food showing up at 9.9 PH on the Ash scale.

GERD is no longer a problem in our family Just to mention briefly that our whole family, especially our son who is now in his 20s, suffers from GERD. This is a condition in which the stomach contents leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus. My son was born with it and was on Reglan syrup the first months of his life. We started using Lemon oil and it has made a BIG difference for all of us. We now use it as a preventive by drinking a glass of water in the morning with a couple of lemon drops of oil and we don't have GERD anymore. If we forget to do this and get GERD in the daytime, we just rub some on our chest and it is taken care of completely!

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  1. I can only agree. Perfect information!

  2. Thanks for the info! New to oils (and LOVING them!) so still learning.

  3. I have other digestive issues with citrus fruit so I don't think lemon juice in water will work for me but I am going to give the lemon oil a try!

    I would also caution against ingesting mint or peppermint for acid reflux as these can relax the LES and lead to more leaking (I even changed out my minty toothpaste).