Last week, we dove into the concept of “good bacteria” when we discussed the importance of the microbiome. It’s important to understand that these bacteria are actually our ally in most cases. Without beneficial bacteria, we are susceptible to intestinal damage, illness, mental and emotional stress, and so much more. Good news is that the health and wellness community has seemed to jump on the gut health topic. Which is why today we want to add to the gut health conversation by talking about essential oils to promote gut health.
We Have to Stop the Problem First
But before we dive in, we wanted to discuss one of the sources of our gut issue. At Zock Family Chiropractic, we don’t believe in covering up issues with Band-Aids. A lot of our gut health issues stems from today’s obsession with being “clean”. While there are times and places to be using antibacterial products, we have gone into overdrive banning any and all bacteria that comes our way.
We are interrupting healthy bacterial growth in every phase of life. Babies are increasingly born via C-section, which bypasses the mother’s birth canal and loses valuable transfers of beneficial bacteria from mother to baby. In childhood, children are plastered with antibacterial hand sanitizers, while parents scrub the house with antibacterial wipes. This only kills weaker bacterial strains and allowing the more dominant to resist the component and live on.
We become teenagers and young adults that enjoy too much junk food – which damages beneficial intestinal bacteria. By the time we’ve become older adults, we’ve spent a lifetime damaging and eliminating that helpful bacteria. We then begin to suffer from effects like GERD, leaky gut, IBS, and more!
The Top Five Essential Oil Combinations for Gut Health
Peppermint & Ginger
There’s a reason many of us hide peppermint and ginger candies in our pocket. No – not for fresh breath. Rather, together, they form an easy, effective inhalation treatment for nausea. As a side effect of countless gut and digestive concerns, anti-nausea benefits alone make a winning combination. But peppermint and ginger have even more to offer. Peppermint has been extensively studied for its efficacy against the all too common irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Ginger is considered to be protective against ulcers. If you try any combination – this would be the one to start with!
Thyme and Rose Oil
These oils have been through to help maintain balance in the gut. Thyme is known to help prevent the formation of gas in the stomach and intestines. It also helps remove toxins, salts, and excess water. Rose oil efficiently relieves spasms in the intestines while also soothing stomach inflammation. In a study released earlier this year, researchers found that the primary constituents of thyme and rose oil, “could be effective in suppressing pathogens in the small intestine, with no concern for beneficial commensal colonic bacteria in the distal gut.”
Cardamom and Clove
We tend to think of this pairing during the holidays. But this pairing is that much better when we consider their benefits. Cardamom, part of the ginger family, is a protective digestive wellness oil with anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic actions. Clove is protective in its own right as an antimicrobial that can help to battle problems with Candida. When combined, they have been associated with many digestive health benefits, including gastroprotective effects.
Tea Tree & Oregano
Tea tree and oregano are antimicrobial powerhouses. Think of them as the two super oils most responsible for green cleaning products. Use tea tree and oregano oil in DIY cleaners to help stop the spread of viral illnesses without attempting to bleach away the good with the bad.
Fennel & Tarragon
Both fennel and tarragon are considered to be digestive stimulants when used as a full herb. And they still are great digestive stimulants in their oil form. While they come from different plant families, they share soothing and anti-spasmodic effects. They can also help aid in the relief of gastrointestinal pain.
*It is important to note is that both fennel and tarragon contain estragole. Estragole can be toxic in large amounts. Pregnant or nursing women, children, and individuals with seizure disorders should limit use.
Your Gut Health with Zock Chiropractic
Part of achieving our best physical and emotional health is through chiropractic care and massage therapy. Chiropractic care is focused on allowing our spine and nerves to work to their potential. This results in not only allowing our organs to function but for them to function to their best ability. Dr. Zock would love to discuss your concerns in regard to resetting your health. Her vast knowledge of natural supplementation and body processes make her a great guide in helping you make the best choices for your body. Contact our office in Cranberry today to schedule an introductory chiropractic treatment session. We can discuss your gut health concerns and needs as part of my initial chiropractic workup for you as a new patient to our practice!
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