Your digestive system plays an important role in the body's functioning, but not many have a clear understanding of the way digestion works.
With higher amounts of junk food and stress seen in today’s society, our digestive systems can sometimes suffer. Foods with high fat and sugar content, unhealthy foods affect the system; not to mention it takes longer to digest. And when the digestive system isn’t functioning properly, the body is lethargic and less efficient, that is open to a host of potential health problems.
Keeping your digestive system in good condition is very important. It is responsible for absorbing the nutrition from the food you eat, as well as keeping your immune system in good shape and ready to fight bacteria.
So how do you do that? Good bacteria help break foods down in the digestive tract, as well as help to produce some B vitamins and fight off harmful bacteria.
And can essential oils help? Some essential oils have been used to treat gut problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, and bacterial overgrowth. Here are a few essential oils that can help your digestive system.
Peppermint oil has been prescribed for people with IBS, an intestinal disorder marked by stomach pain, gas, diarrhea, and constipation, and it can help with regular digestion.
You could combine this potent oil with coriander and lemon balm to give your immune system an added boost.
Lemon oil is high in d-Limonene, a natural agent that is helpful in the body’s elimination of toxins. Basically, lemon oil makes the process of waste elimination run more smoothly.
Lemon oil also helps to stimulate the release of gastric digestive juices, so from first bite to final exit, food digestion occurs at the most efficient level. It is most effective when incorporated into a daily routine, but can certainly be used for unpleasant digestive ailments.
In the Bible, Frankincense is mentioned as one of the gifts that the three wise men presented to Jesus. The fact that it is depicted as a gift fit for the king should tell you all you need to know about this oil's heritage. Frankincense oil helps with the functioning of the immune system by boosting digestive performance. When ingested in small amounts, frankincense oil speeds up the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach, and aids with the movement of food through the gut by stimulating the muscles of the intestines. Frankincense can help to detox the body.
Thyme essential oil is an evergreen herb famous for its various applications in cooking. Thyme is a natural antimicrobial and is effective in managing your gut's bacteria. It has been used to treat thymol, and geraniol, common digestive diseases. Thyme suppresses pathogens in the small intestine, thus combating symptoms of these diseases.