Trust Me, You’re Going to Want Essential Oils in Your Life…

It might seem like a weird concept – rubbing oils into your skin or breathing them in through the air around you – but there’s a reason essential oils are such a big deal. If you’re wondering, “What the heck ARE they?” you’re not alone.

 

An increasing number of people are discovering the benefits of essential oils and joining the millions of others who use them to improve their lives.

 

So, what the heck ARE they?

 

Simply put, essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. They’re extracted from different parts of the plants that produce them. Rose oil, for example, comes from rose petals. Other oils might come from the roots, leaves, stems, bark or flowers.  

 

These all-natural oils pack a powerful punch, so learning the right way to use them is – well – essential. They’re almost 75x more powerful than dried herbs, so you must handle them with care. It’s important to learn how to safely and effectively use any oil you try out or incorporate into your normal routine. But don’t let that fact scare you away! You can quickly and easily get familiar with these life-changing oils and will be reaping the benefits in no time at all!

 

Speaking of benefits, you can use essential oils for many therapeutic and medicinal purposes including boosting and calming your mood, soothing sore and inflamed muscles, clearing congestion, treating skin conditions, alleviating stress and anxiety, calming nausea and vertigo, reversing signs of aging and stimulating your immune system. And just wait until you see what they can do for your gut health (remember, you need a healthy gut to maintain a slim gut!) That’s what we’ll focus on in the pages below.

 

Are you ready to enter the world of essential oils? Here’s a super helpful guide to 8 essential oils that will make your gut happy.   

Thyme

Think thyme is only good for cooking? Thyme oil is a powerful antioxidant that has long been used to support the digestive system. In fact, it’s one of the best oils for soothing and nourishing your gut. In the world of essential oils, it’s basically a superhero. If you suffer from SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), you’ll love thyme oil’s ability to suppress harmful gut pathogens that can be harmful to your gut  lining. Potent cleansing and purifying properties work to support your immune system. And because it’s one of the best oils for balancing your hormones, it helps women alleviate menstrual and menopausal symptoms.

 

Power Combo: Thyme & Rose work together to gently help keep your gut bacteria in balance. This is important for maintaining gut health and avoiding dysbiosis, a serious health condition resulting from a bacterial imbalance.

 

Suggestions for use:

Diffusion: Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser.

Internal Use: Dilute 1 drop in 4fl. ounces of liquid.

Topical Use: Dilute 1-2 drops with Coconut oil and apply to desired area.

Oregano

Oregano offers big benefits both in and out of the kitchen. As with all essential oils, a little oregano goes a long way. A member of the mint family, it supports healthy digestion, which will help you to slim your gut or maintain a healthy weight. Oregano’s two primary compounds, carvacrol and thymol, possess antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. This makes it one of the most potent and powerful essential oils. It can treat several gut conditions including SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), Candida overgrowth, indigestion, nausea, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), dysbiosis, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and fungal infections. This is a powerful (and flavorful) way to a happy, slimmer and healthier gut!     

 

Suggestions for use:

Diffusion: Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser.

Internal Use: Dilute 1 drop in 4fl. ounces of liquid.

Topical Use: Dilute 1-2 drops with fractionated coconut oil and apply to desired area.

Rose

It’s captivating scent makes rose oil perfect for boosting your mood and helping you fall asleep. But it’s also a strong ally to help improve your digestion. It can control acid levels in the stomach and regulate bowel movements without any nasty side effects. You can also use rose oil to help prevent stomach ulcers and reduce gas and bloating. Rose oil will also help you to reduce stress and anxiety, which is extra helpful if you want to slim down or maintain a healthy weight.

 

Power Combo: Rose & Thyme work together to gently help keep your gut bacteria in balance. This is important for maintaining gut health and avoiding dysbiosis, a serious health condition resulting from a bacterial imbalance.

 

Suggestions for use:

Diffusion: Add 1-2 drops to a diffuser.

Internal Use: Not recommended.

Topical Use: Apply 1-2 drops to desired area or combine with a carrier oil (try coconut or jojoba) and massage into skin.

Tarragon

Nicknamed  “the little dragon,” this strong oil with the spicy aroma is a great choice when you need to ease painful muscle spasms related to the digestive system and colon. It’s also known to help with intestinal parasites, circulation and menstrual pain. You can use tarragon oil to calm your nerves, strengthen your spirit and get a restful night’s sleep. It’s a potent option, so short-term use is recommended.

 

Power Combo: Tarragon & Fennel stimulate digestion and provide soothing and anti-spasmodic effects.

 

Suggestions for use:

Diffusion: Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser.

Internal Use: Do not consume internally as it can prove highly toxic.

Topical Use: Dilute with a carrier oil or unscented lotion and apply to abdomen to reduce spasms.

Peppermint

You’re already familiar with peppermint’s role in oral hygiene (toothpaste, chewing gum, etc.), but its benefits extend to your gut health. It’s another of the best oils for soothing and nourishing your gut. Peppermint oil helps to alleviate stomach upset, balance gut bacteria and prevent SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). It’s also helpful if you suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Need a natural fever-reducer, pain reliever or mood booster? Add peppermint oil to your routine!

 

I love dōTERRA’s Slim & Sassy metabolic blend. Containing peppermint, grapefruit, lemon, ginger and cinnamon, it’s a great natural product to use as part of a weight management plan built around regular exercise and healthy eating.  

 

Suggestions for use:

Diffusion: Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser.

Internal Use: Dilute one drop in 4fl. ounces of liquid.

Topical Use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Cardamom

This expensive cooking spice is a strong ally in improving your gut health. Again, remember, you need a healthy gut to get a slim gut! Another of the best oils for soothing and nourishing your gut, cardamom can soothe an upset stomach, calm abdominal cramps and spasms and clear your bowels. You can also use this powerful essential oil to boost your mood, relieve toothaches and treat insect bites.

 

Power Combo: Cardamom & Clove is one of the best scent pairings you’ll find! They create a warm, spicy aroma that is especially comforting during the cold weather months. They work together to protect your digestive wellness with anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. They’re also a great natural way to battle Candida issues.

 

Suggestions for use:

Diffusion: Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser.

Internal Use: Dilute 1 drop in 4fl. ounces of liquid.

Topical Use: Apply 1-2 drops to the desired area. Dilute with fractionated coconut oil to minimize skin sensitivity.

Clove

With its warm, woody aroma, clove will energize your mood! And when you’re ready for a slimmer, healthier gut, take advantage of clove’s powerful antioxidant properties to reduce gut inflammation and prevent Candida. When taken internally, it’s a strong ally for those who struggle with indigestion, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and nausea.

 

Power Combo: Clove & Cardamom is one of the best scent pairings you’ll find! They create a warm, spicy aroma that is especially comforting during the cold weather months. They work together to protect your digestive wellness with anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. They’re also a great natural way to battle Candida issues.

 

Suggestions for use:

Diffusion: Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser.

Internal Use: Dilute 1 drop in 4fl. ounces of liquid

Topical Use: Dilute 1-2 drops with fractionalized coconut oil and apply to desired area.

Fennel

Fennel is another great option if you’re looking to lose weight because it promotes healthy metabolism and can help you fight those junk food cravings. But a slim gut only happens when you consistently make healthy choices that lead to a happy gut. Known for its distinct licorice taste and aroma, fennel can improve digestion and relieve constipation and stomach aches. When diffused and inhaled, it’s highly effective as a natural way to cure an upset or achy stomach.

 

Power Combo: Fennel & Tarragon stimulate digestion and provide soothing and anti-spasmodic effects.

 

Suggestions for use:

Diffusion: Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser.

Internal Use: Dilute 1 drop in 4fl. ounces of liquid.

Topical Use: Apply 1-2 drops to desired area. Dilute with fractionalized coconut oil to minimize skin sensitivity.

 

About Dr. Partha Nandi

Dr. Partha Nandi, M.D., FACP, is a practicing gastroenterologist, holistic health practitioner, author, speaker, passionate patient advocate and creator and host of the medical lifestyle show, The Dr. Nandi Show.

 

Born in Calcutta, India, Dr. Nandi survived rheumatic heart disease as a child and made an everlasting commitment to patient care. Through his health challenges grew the compassion, intrigue and drive to become one of the leading patient advocates in the United States. He has never forgotten his beginnings, and continues to teach and inspire millions to adopt healthy lifestyle habits that lead to living more joyful and fulfilling lives.

 

Combining the best healing techniques from both Eastern and Western medicine, Dr, Nandi strives to help the sick and healthy alike find the most effective ways to solve and prevent various ailments and diseases.  

 

Suggestions for essential oil use come from dōTERRA.

Disclaimer: If pregnant, consult your healthcare provider before using.