Irritable Bowel Syndrome
And the Oils to Treat It

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the name given for a group of symptoms which can include abdominal pain or various changes in your pattern of bowel movements. 

IBS can creep up on you over a period of time that may cover months or even years and is a condition you will need to manage long term. 

Symptoms to watch for include abdominal pain, bloating, cramping,  diarrhea, gas and/or constipation. 

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Factors Causing Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Trying to pin point the exact cause of IBS can be difficult as there can be several factors involved:

  • Stress can affect your digestion or nervous system
  • Eating processed foods 
  • Eating foods treated with chemicals and pesticides
  • Consuming alcohol
  • etc.

Essential Oils Can Help

There are many oils that can assist and depending who you talk to, the list may vary.

On this page you will be introduced to a few that we have found work well as part of an overall plan supported by your medical professional. 

Internal Application

Note: For your safety and for optimum results you should always look for Clinical Grade Oils especially when you intend to consume them internally. 

2 or 3 times a day you should take a gelatin capsule filled with 2 drops of each of the following essential oils:

(Make sure they are all clinical grade oils)

Fennel Essential Oil

Fennel Essential Oil is exceptional for IBS bloating and gas. It has anti-spasmodic properties that assist with the expulsion of gas and to stimulate the production of gastric juices.

It also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which relieve the symptoms of:

  • bloating
  • constipation
  • cramps
  • diarrhea
  • gas
  • heartburn
  • indigestion

(Bloating and gas can be the most difficult IBS symptoms to address)

Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger Essential Oil contains gingerol which has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and detoxifying properties.

These properties help intestinal muscles and make Ginger very effective in treatments for irritable bowel syndrome.

It also contains oleoresin which provides antacid, laxative and anti-spasmodic properties.

As discussed under the category "Digestive System" above, it is very effective in the treatment of several digestive disorders/issues such as cramps, diarrhea, indigestion, flatulence and nausea.

Ginger can be inhaled off of a tissue or cotton ball; it can be used in a salad or in your cooking; it can be mixed with a teaspoon of honey or taken in a gelatin capsule with some carrier oil such as fractionated coconut.

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Juniper Essential Oil

Juniper Essential Oil helps with anxiety and nervous tension. It is also helpful for stimulating the liver, pancreas and gallbladder.

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Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram works great on digestive conditions like constipation, dyspepsia, diarrhea, inflammation or infection of the colon and gas.

Marjoram can also be used to ease nervous tension and stress.

Marjoram Essential Oil can be blended (50:50) with a carrier oil and used in an abdominal massage to ease the symptoms of:

  • colic
  • constipation
  • colon infection
  • dyspepsia
  • diarrhea
  • gas
  • Inflamed colon
  • Inflamed intestines

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Nutmeg Essential Oil

Nutmeg Essential Oil works on diarrhea, nausea, intestinal gas, stomach spasms and pain.

Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano oil has anti-spasmodic, anti-convulsant, pain-killing, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties properties which help relieve inflammation in the gut including Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Oregano oil doesn’t kill off the helpful probiotic bacteria that you have in your gut like pharmaceutical antibiotics do. This is especially important to me because every time I was given a dose of antibiotics I would immediately be faced with other issues.

Oregano can be taken by gelatin capsule. Put a couple drops into the capsule then fill the rest with a carrier oil. I prefer fractionated coconut but use whichever one you would like.

For very quick absorption you can try putting a drop under your tongue. Dilute it first with carrier oil because it is very strong and can be unpleasant. "It tastes terrible but it works".

note: Don't take Oregano internally for more than 10 days at a time. I only recommend clinical grade oil if you are taking it internally.

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Oil is one of the most highly recommended natural cures for IBS. Peppermint is well known for it's ability to settle an upset stomach, assist with digestion, and alleviate constipation as well as diarrhea. 

Peppermint is also helpful for relieving stress and anxiety which can be strong factors in causing irritable bowel syndrome. 

Mix 3-4 drops of pure peppermint oil, and two parts almond oil and rub it on the soles of your feet. You can also mix it with a favorite beverage or drink it as a tea with some lemon or ginger.

Peppermint has long been touted as an ingredient that calms upset stomachs by assisting with digestion. It is also a natural appetite suppressant so diffuse it in the air or put a few drops in your palms and inhale deeply. 

In order to promote normal digestive and intestinal functions blend 50:50 with a carrier oil and massage on your abdomen.

The American College of Gastroenterology recommends Peppermint Oil for IBS because it is as effective as prescription antispasmodics.

More on Peppermint Oil

Topical Application

In addition to the internal application, you may find an oil blend massaged over your abdomen (or the soles of your feet) 2 or 3 times a day to be very helpful for irritable bowel syndrome.

Here are 5 oils from the group of 6 listed above that work well for topical application:

My Recommendation?

To make the above 2 applications easy to prepare I suggest the following 2 steps:

  1. Topical - Fill a bottle with the 5 oils listed under the heading "Topical Application". This can be used as directed on your abdomen or the soles of your feet. 
  2. Internal - put 5 drops of the blend from the bottle created in step 1, together with one drop of Nutmeg Essential Oil (so all 6 oils are represented) in "gelatin caps" for internal consumption.

For your convenience I have added a link to Amazon here so you can obtain some "gel caps" at a great price.

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I don't sell oils but here are my
recommended sources.

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If you have any questions/concerns feel free to contact me.

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