Essential Oils for IBS
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be tough to live with and treat. If you have it, you know this all too well. Sometimes, doctors will prescribe medications for bloating, cramping, gas, stomach pain, constipation, and diarrhea, but pharmacological drugs come with side effects.
There are natural solutions that may work just as well as conventional medication, perhaps even better. Essential oils are an option for getting IBS symptoms under control —a natural solution without the side effects.
Here are seven essential oils for IBS that may help ease your symptoms:
Among the many essential oils for IBS symptoms is ginger. Fresh ginger root has been used in Asian medicine for thousands of years. Ginger may be effective in improving nausea, vomiting, and gastric hypomotility (ingestion and digestion).
One 2014 study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine showed 53.3 percent of study participants found relief using 1 or 2 grams of ginger to manage nausea and digestive function for a period of 28 days. The researchers noted that while participants tolerated ginger well, larger trials were needed to make a definitive conclusion about ginger’s effectiveness in treating IBS symptoms.
You can find ginger oil on your online retailer or at your local health food store. For IBS symptom relief, you can add it to tea, water, or while cooking.
Ginger is safe for most people but high doses can result in nausea, diarrhea, and cramping.