see also diarrhea,
An “upset stomach” is a common symptom for a number of
problems. The discomfort can stem from a food source,
possibly a virus, or even a stress or nervous situation.
Addressing the symptom in many situations will relax and
relieve the person enough that they can be comfortable while
the body does its natural work of dealing with the
underlying problem. In the case of a virus, essential oils
are very good antiviral agents and can be used to that end.
During those periods when viral infections are being spread
among school children and the work place it is good to use
the essential oils precautions described under cold and flu,
to limit exposure to the common viruses. If someone has a
viral infection, taking diluted essential oils like Cinnamon
and Oregano in capsule form can be very effective.
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
DigestZenC, FennelE, GingerEC, PeppermintEC
Essential oils based
BasilEC, CorianderEC, CinnamonE, EucalyptusE, FrankincenseEC,
GrapefruitC, LavenderEC, MarjoramEC, MyrrhEC,
Roman ChamomileEC, RosemaryEC,
ThymeC, Wild OrangeC
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Constipation, Diarrhea, Upset Stomach - 1 - 5 drops of DigestZen. Ginger,
Fennel, or Peppermint can be applied in a similar way if
DigestZen is not available. Consider any of the
following application techniques:
internally with water, juice, or a teaspoon of honey or agave.
oil or blend to a capsule,
• Rub on
the abdomen, or for children and those more sensitive rub
on the tummy with a
small infants or very sensitive skin apply to the bottoms of
Repeat as soon as 10 - 15 minutes if
no relief is experienced from the initial application.
Motion Sickness, Nervous Stomach - The same applications are very effective for some
such as travelers who suffer from motion sickness, people who tend
to get a “nervous stomach” before a public presentation, or
other nervous stomach situations. Also consider one of these following
procedures an hour or so before or during the occasion:
3-5 drops of Peppermint and/or Ginger or DigestZen in a tissue cup or inhaler and breathe it occasionally
to help settle the stomach.
Chronic Indigestion - Add Fennel to the
regular use of the TerraZyme supplement for a gentle way to
help indigestion. Simply add 2 - 3 drops of Fennel to a
glass of water and drink daily in addition to the regular
use of TerraZyme.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
See Especially for Kids tab also.
Our thanks to:
Kathryn - I have a friend 'Dani', who has a
lot of intestinal problems which cause her much pain and
discomfort. A couple of months ago I gave her a small vial
of DigestZen and told her to try a drop in water when she
felt she needed it. The next time I saw her she told me it
repeated on her and she wouldn’t take it as she did not like
the taste so I thought well that’s that although I did say
she could try rubbing a drop on her tummy.
I have not spoken to her about this again until today. I was
talking to another friend today about how I used some
DigestZen on my tummy for a 'windy belly' and Dani overheard
me and exclaimed 'isn’t it amazing how it works.’ I turned
to her and asked if she had been using it and she said only
when she is in pain and only one drop, rubbed on her tummy,
and in a short time she could feel and even hear it starting
to work. She loves it!!! She has tried many things with no
success till now. I just love these oils and was so excited
I had to share.
Denise - I travel for a living and get
motion sick every time. So I'm taking Lavender with me to
help me get off Dramamine.
Rob - Ginger is also great for motion
sickness. Internal, behind the ears or topically on the
stomach and cup and inhale.
Pat - You can use Peppermint and/or
DigestZen for nausea.
Editor's comment -
Some comments on stomachaches.
April - My sister-in-law has Celiac
disease so she can't eat wheat products, among other things.
She came and had some crackers and a Peppermint brownie
which of course she knew she was being naughty and she knew
she would later pay the price with a terrible stomach ache.
When she started to feel it, I gave her some DigestZen in a
little water for her to drink. She was grabbing at her
stomach still and in quite a bit of pain, so I gave her some
more (a little stronger this time). Within about 10 minutes
she didn't even have a stomach ache anymore! Now I told her
that does not excuse her from eating like she's supposed to,
but isn't it great that she has something that will make the
pain subside if she accidentally eats something she's not
supposed to eat? Nothing she had ever taken before had
helped her stomachaches, so I know DigestZen is a miracle in
Brooke - Just the other night, I must
have eaten something that my stomach didn't appreciate, I
woke up at 2:30 with the worst cramping in my abdomen ever!
I suffered for 30 minutes trying to figure out what to
do...I wasn't at home, but remembered I had a few oils with
me and I found my purse, and looked through what I had
grabbed from home. I about yelled out loud as soon as I saw
DigestZen! I rubbed it all over my abdomen and put a few
drops under my tongue and it took almost 30 minutes for the
pain to subside (that's how bad it was!) - but it did! And I
slept like a baby the rest of the night! What a blessing!
Debbie - That's a great testimonial
Brooke. Reminds me of when I was once doubled over
literally in stomach pain and grabbed the Oregano. Put only
one drop in my mouth. Of course I felt it all the way down
but literally the cramps were gone as fast as I swallowed
the drop. Last night I had stomach cramps off and on but
this time I just put a bunch of Oregano, Melaleuca and Lemon
in a capsule! Woke up feeling fine. What's amazing is that
so many different oils can work for the same problems. I
really do feel that these oils just somehow do what they
need to do!
folks recommend for children
Mara - I have a (just barely) 1 year old
who has just started showing serious sensitivity to dairy
products. She started having serious diarrhea and bad
rashes. She tested a 10 for goats milk, which made her
severely constipated for a week, then we switched to soy,
and now she is back with the diarrhea. I tried DigestZen in
bottles of Pedialite for her, but still the symptoms
persist. What other oils can help the diarrhea to stop, so
that we can begin again at ground zero to find what works
Wendy - I would not have an infant drink
DigestZen. I would use a carrier and put it directly on her
abdomen, rubbing clockwise. You could also put it on her
feet... right on the arch. Also apply Frankincense on both
places. There are many underlying problems that might be
the problem, and it may take some trial and error of not
only foods but essential oils.
Jan - These symptoms are consistent with
Candida and/or inadequate digestive enzymes. For adults, we
know the Oregano, Melaleuca, and Lemon capsules are
fantastic in dealing with Candida. Obviously capsules
wouldn't work in this case. Perhaps a drop of that blend on
the bottom of the baby's feet a few times a day would be
helpful. Even with application to the soles of the feet, I
would use a coconut oil carrier. I would also put socks or
shoes on after application to prevent transfer of the oils
to the eyes. Lifelong Wellness VM contains digestive
enzymes. If it were my child, I would mix part or all of the
contents of a capsule in food and include foods high in
Kathy - I am a big proponent of Organic
Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO). Do a little online research of
VCO and babies milk, you'll be surprised how many recipes,
studies, and testimonials there are about how VCO can help a
babies diet. I would not hesitate to add VCO to a baby's
diet. I have seen it help diarrhea, constipation, thrush,
Candida, and other rashes. Probably the majority of rashes
are not contact rashes, but have an internal cause. With
the digestive problem you baby is having, I would guess that
her rash problems could be more internal.
If you feel comfortable trying VCO. That is what I would
do. The oils mentioned above are good and can be a powerful
help for an infant also. If things don't get better take
her to a good pediatrician.
Editor's note -
Another experience with a stomachache.
Ramona - I just have to share a quick
story that happened last night. I was awakened at about 4 am
by my 8-year-old daughter who was sick to her stomach and
soon after threw up. I don't know about the rest of
you, but for me, this is probably one of the most unpleasant
things to be awakened to, especially with 6 kids and the
thought of a bug passing through everyone. And
personally, I hate throwing up!
As soon as I was lucid enough, I grabbed my DigestZen and
rubbed it onto her tummy, her hands, etc. Within
seconds, she stopped throwing up and said she felt a bit
better. We sent her back to bed, and just for my own
peace of mind, I rubbed DigestZen all over my hands and
About 10 minutes later she was back, feeling sick again,
we rubbed some more on her, set up the diffuser next to her
bed and put DigestZen in it. We didn't hear from her
again. Not only that, but this morning, she woke up
feeling perfectly fine. She ate a normal breakfast and
headed off to school. I am completely amazed, yet
again, by the power of these oils!
Ron, Dean and Michael were on a trip to a convention in
San Diego. Dean and Michael were both from the same
city and used essential oils, but they were not ‘big” users.
Their wives were much more into them than they were.
Ron on the other hand was as much into the oils as his wife,
and he carried them with him wherever he went.
After a long day of meetings, Ron, Dean and Michael
decided to get a late dinner. San Diego had a great
choice of cuisine, and it didn’t take long for them to find
what was obviously a popular Mexican grill restaurant.
Soon the table was filled with chili rellenos,
enchiladas, fajitas, chimichangas, tacos and chips.
The plates were cleaned off just in time for sopapillas,
fried ice cream, and tres leshes.
The three made their way back to the car and found their
seats with moans and groans. The suffering continued
in the hotel room. They all found spots on the beds,
and laid on their backs, rubbed their bloated stomachs,
grunting and moaning.
“I can’t believe we ate the whole thing!” Ron
moaned. Dave chucked but it made him think about
Pepto-Bismol and indigestion.
Ron finally rolled off the bed and grabbed his oils bag
from his brief case. He pulled out his DigestZen and
Peppermint oils. He grabbed three glass cups from near
the sink and filled them with about a 1/2 inch of water.
“Ok guys! It’s time to prove our wives right or
wrong,” Ron announced.
Dave looked over. “That can’t help us because we
ate too much.”
”My wife say’s that DigestZen and Peppermint will help
with digestion,” Ron said as he put three drops of
DigestZen in each cup.
He then put 2 drops of Peppermint with the DigestZen.
He was only doing it because he had seen his wife do the
same thing. She had also seen her use DigestZen and
Peppermint alone and separate.
Ron handed the cups to Michael and Dave. Dave drank
the serum down quickly.
“NO WAY!” Michael said after a whiff of the
cocktail. “I can’t get that down.” Ron
threw the bottle of DigestZen toward Michael.
“Rub some drops on your stomach then.” Ron
Michael murmured as he placed a few drops on his stomach.
“Rub the drops clockwise from your belly button.”
Michael began rubbing in a circle around the center of
his belly button, gradually working into bigger circles.
Ron also drank down his oils. He then turned on the
television and the room grew quiet except for the TV.
It was about 5 or 10 minutes later that Ron realized that
bloating, stuffed almost achy feeling in his stomach was
much better. He grabbed Michael’s unused glass and
“Dave… how are you feeling?” Dave put his hand over
his stomach and looked toward the wall next to him.;
“hmmm… that’s weird. I think I feel better.
Ron looked over toward Michael. He was sound
After 10 more minutes, the stuffed feelings Ron had been
feeling were completely gone. He put the oil
bottles back in his bag, with a little thankful smile, and
crawled into bed.
(based on an actual experience with 3 guys)
Diet and Nutritional
complements to essential oils
What Science & Research are saying
Should nursing take aromatherapy more
British Journal of Nursing, 16, (2), 116-120. Buckle, J.
This article discusses the expansion of aromatherapy
within the U.S. and follows 10 years of developing protocol
and policies that led to pilot studies on radiation burns,
chemo-induced nausea, slow-healing wounds, Alzheimers and
end-of-life agitation. This article outlines pilot studies,
carried out in the U.S. by nurses, that subsequently led to
the integration of aromatherapy in hospitals.
Benefit of dietary integrators for
treating functional dyspepsia: a prospective pilot study.
Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol. 2009 Sep;55(3):227-35.
Pellicano R, Strona S, Simondi D, Reggiani S, Pallavicino F,
Sguazzini C, Bonagura AG, Rizzetto M, Astegiano M.
University Department of Gastro-Hepathology, Molinette
Hospital, Turin, Italy.
Because of the multifactorial pathogenesis of functional
dyspepsia, strategies alternative to antacid therapy are
being sought for treating the disorder. This prospective
study evaluated the benefit of treatment with a dietary
integrator composed of sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate,
bromelin and essential oils.
The study population included 53 consecutive patients (22
males, 31 females; mean age, 54+/-2.5 years) with functional
dyspepsia and negative for Helicobacter pylori infection.
The patients were categorized into four subgroups according
to predominant symptom: ulcer-like dyspepsia, motility-like
dyspepsia, reflux-like dyspepsia, and nonspecific dyspepsia.
All received TUBES gastro (0.80 g oral tablets bid) for a
minimum of 3 months (range, 3-11). Treatment efficacy was
measured by means of a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS).
Two patients were lost to follow-up; of the remaining 51
patients who completed the study, 35 (68%) showed an
improvement in VAS score. The difference in scores between
the initial and the final visit was -1.9+/-2.1 cm (range, -6
to +3), or 23.8+/-40.8% (range, -150% to 100%) compared to
the scores at the baseline visit (P=0.0001).
The study results indicate that in the short term TUBES
gastro can significantly improve dyspeptic symptoms
in dyspeptic patients negative for H. pylori infection
through the synergistic action of its components:
alginate buffers gastric acid; bicarbonate helps to
eliminate gas and rebalance pH; essential oils
regulate motility; and bromelin stimulates
Herbal remedies for dyspepsia:
Peppermint seems effective.
Prescrire Int. 2008 Jun;17(95):121-3. [No authors listed]
(1) Functional dyspepsia is extremely common, yet few if
any treatments have been shown to be effective. This review
examines the potential benefits and risks of using herbal
products in treating symptoms of dyspepsia. (2) About forty
plants have been approved in France in the composition of
products traditionally used for dyspepsia. (3) The clinical
efficacy of most of these plants has not been assessed. Some
essential oils can cause severe adverse effects, including
seizures. Herbal teas appear to be safe when used
appropriately. (4) A few randomised controlled clinical
trials suggest that Peppermint essential oil is
effective in reducing abdominal pain, flatulence and
diarrhea in patients with "irritable bowel syndrome".
Peppermint tea, containing essential oil, has no known
adverse effects. (5) There is no sound reason to discourage
patients from using herbal teas made from plants
such as Lemon balm, German Chamomile or star anise.