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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Ulcers in the digestive tract are open sores that may cause bleeding and pain.  Peptic ulcers may be in the stomach (gastric ulcers) or the first part (duodenum) of the small intestines (duodenal ulcers).  They may also occur in the esophagus (esophageal ulcers).  There are three factors that individually or collectively cause problems.

·  Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), an infectious bacteria, is the primary cause of peptic ulcers.  A layer of mucous lines the walls of the stomach as a protection.  The H. pylori bacteria is able to penetrate this mucous layer and thrive in stomach environment.

·  The painkillers that are identified as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can also cause ulcers and be especially damaging if the H. pylori has already thinned or penetrated the mucous membrane.  NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Midol, Motrin, Nuprin), naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn), or piroxicam (Feldene) and many other prescription drugs.  Coated aspirin and other medications can also be harmful.

·  Finally lifestyle and excess acid production in the stomach itself can be sufficient to breach the mucous protective layer.

Spicy foods or stress have been ruled out as factors for peptic ulcers.

Symptoms of ulcers range from none at all to bloating, heartburn, nausea.  In extreme cases there can be abdominal pain, loss of energy, weight loss, vomiting, or dark stools (bleeding ulcer).  Pain is felt in abdominal region and is most severe a few hours after meals as the stomach becomes empty.

see the link above on Science & Research for interesting scientific studies.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Digestive Blend, FrankincenseC, GeraniumEC, LemonEC, Lemongrass, PeppermintC

Essential oils based products: Probiotic Defense Formula

Also consider: BasilC, CloveC, OreganoC, Roman ChamomileC

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

For immediate relief add 2 - 4 drops of Peppermint to a small amount of water or juice and drink.

For long term healing add to a 00 capsule:

·   4 drops Digestive Blend

·   4 drops Lemongrass

·   4 drops Frankincense

Take 2 times per day.

For children:  Rub the above blend on their tummy 2 times per day.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Energy4life - I have an older friend that has a bleeding ulcer. He is now on medication for the ulcer. I have read that Lemongrass is known to be toxic to H. Pylori (the bacteria that causes ulcers). Would putting Lemongrass in his drinking water be a good delivery mechanism? Are there any other oils that would be helpful in this situation?

Cassandra - I have a friend who has H. Pylori and loves the simple Digestive Blend protocol.

Natali - My 11 year old daughter had a horrible battle with H. Pylori and stomach ulcers last year.  We had used the traditional Triple Therapy, which was antibiotics and acid blockers for months and we ended up with no relief.  I really felt like the heavy antibiotics that they put her on were making her worse.  I started studying H. Pylori and I read that you only have a 50% chance that the triple therapy pack will actually work on H. Pylori bacteria because of the way that it attaches itself into the lining of your stomach.  After reading that, I decided to think outside the box, I called my neighbors, because I knew they used these crazy little essential oils that they swore they would work on my daughter.  They brought me over a bottle of Digestive Blend and to my surprise...it worked!  I just rubbed it on her stomach twice a day and she felt better within a week.  My suggestion now would be to take 6 drops of Digestive Blend and 6 drops of Peppermint twice daily to begin with and once a day when things calm down.  This blend works wonders in controlling my daughter’s acid.  She has not had a problem with her stomach in over a year!  The probiotics Probiotic Defense Formula are a must with anyone that has a digestive disorder.   Good Luck!


Chris - My son was just diagnosed with 5 small ulcers in his stomach lining, probably due to too much acid in his stomach. What should I suggest for him?

Pat - When my grand daughter was 8 she was also diagnosed with ulcers. We used Digestive Blend! We rubbed it on her tummy where it hurt and she drank it in a little water or juice. We usually gave her two drops at a time along with rubbing it on her tummy. It will usually help to relief the pain. After using it for about 6 months her ulcers were gone.

Energy4life - Stomach ulcers are often caused by a bacterium called H. Pylori. I would suggest Lemongrass as well as Digestive Blend.


Holly - Anyone know the best thing to calm an ulcer flare up?

Pat - Yes, the Digestive Blend works great!

Rob - We have a friend that has had success with 4 drops Digestive Blend and 2 drops Frankincense in a 00 capsule. Twice daily.  With lots of water.


Wendy - I know someone that has been diagnosed by a doctor with ulcers in her esophagus.  As you can imagine she is miserable and along with it some serious heartburn and digestive issues.  She is in desperate mode and will try anything.   My first thought is obviously Digest Zen.  Does anyone have any other suggestions?  Thanks!

John - I have an ulcer that flairs up once in a while.  Digest Zen helps some, although I experience an increase in burn before relief comes. I discovered, by accident that a 5 or so drops of Lemon added to about a 20oz bottle of water and sipped over time, brings me the most comfort. 

Au - Make a tea with Lavender and Lemon.  Stir a lot and sip slow.

Protocols folks recommend for children



Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils


What Science & Research are saying

From PubMed.com

Antimicrobial activity of essential oils against Helicobacter pylori. 

Ohno T, Kita M, Yamaoka Y, Imamura S, Yamamoto T, Mitsufuji S, Kodama T, Kashima K, Imanishi J.   Third Department of Internal Medicine, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto, 602-8566, Japan.


BACKGROUND: Helicobacter pylori is an important pathogen responsible for gastroduodenal diseases in humans. Although the eradication of H. pylori using antibiotics often improves gastroduodenal diseases, resistance to the antibiotics is emerging.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The antimicrobial effect of essential oils and the development of resistance to the essential oils were evaluated in vitro and in vivo.

RESULTS: Thirteen essential oils used in this study completely inhibited the growth of H. pylori in vitro at a concentration of 0.1% (v/v). Cymbopogon citratus (Lemongrass) and Lippia citriodora (Lemon verbena) were bactericidal against H. pylori at 0.01% at pH 4.0 and 5.0. Resistance to Lemongrass did not develop even after 10 sequential passages, whereas resistance to clarithromycin developed under the same conditions. In in vivo studies, the density of H. pylori in the stomach of mice treated with Lemongrass was significantly reduced compared with untreated mice.

CONCLUSIONS: These results demonstrate that the essential oils are bactericidal against H. pylori without the development of acquired resistance, suggesting that essential oils may have potential as new and safe agents for inclusion in anti-H. pylori regimens.


From PubMed.com

8 Dec 2010

Gastroprotective activity of essential oil of the Syzygium aromaticum (Clove) and its major component eugenol in different animal models.

Santin JR, Lemos M, Klein-Júnior LC, Machado ID, Costa P, de Oliveira AP, Tilia C, de Souza JP, de Sousa JP, Bastos JK, de Andrade SF.

Programa de Mestrado em Ciências Farmacêuticas, Núcleo de Investigações Químico-Farmacêuticas (NIQFAR), Universidade do Vale do Itajaí-UNIVALI, Rua Uruguai, 458, Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil.



Syzygium aromaticum, a medicinal plant commonly known as Clove, is used to treat toothache, respiratory disorders, inflammation, and gastrointestinal disorders. From the flower buds of S. aromaticum, it is possible to obtain an essential oil comprised of a mixture of aliphatic and cyclic volatile terpenes and phenylpropanoids, being eugenol as the main component. The aims of this study were: (1) to extract the essential oil of the flower buds of S. aromaticum, (2) to identify and quantify the main component of the essential oil, and (3) to evaluate its antiulcer activity using different animal models. Assays were performed using the following protocols in rats: indomethacin-induced and ethanol/HCl-induced ulcer model. Both essential oils from S. aromaticum and eugenol displayed antiulcer activities in the rat models of indomethacin- and ethanol-induced ulcer. Studies focusing on the possible mechanisms of gastroprotection were also undertaken using the following experiments: evaluation of gastric secretion by the pylorus-ligated model, determination of mucus in gastric content, participation of nitric oxide (NO) and endogenous sulfhydryl in gastric protection. The results show that there was no significant effect on the volume of gastric juice and total acidity. However, the quantification of free gastric mucus showed that the Clove oil and eugenol were capable of significantly enhancing mucus production. With regard to the NO and endogenous sulfhydryls, the results demonstrated that the gastroprotection induced by Clove oil and eugenol are not related to the activities of the nitric oxide and endogenous sulfhydryls. No sign of toxicity was observed in the acute toxicity study. In conclusion, the results of this study show that essential oil of S. aromaticum, as well as its main component (eugenol), possesses antiulcer activity. The data suggest that the effectiveness of the essential oil and eugenol is based on its ability to stimulate the synthesis of mucus, an important gastroprotective factor. However, further pharmacological and toxicological investigations are required to enable its use for the treatment of gastric ulcer.


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