12 Powerful Essential Oils For Digestion and Constipation

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We’ve all suffered at some point from stomach problems such as indigestion, constipation, upset stomach, nausea (like motion sickness) some other digestive problems at some point.

It’s no fun and can make you feel awful.

While there are plenty of chemicals, man-made cures, and treatments available, sometimes nature is the best way to treat your digestive distress.

Gut dysfunction can be linked to almost every other disease so by finding natural solutions to your stomach issues you may be solving some other health issues along the way.

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Essential Oils That Can Provide Quick Relief For Stomach Problems

Let’s look at 11 essential oils that can deliver quick relief from multiple digestive and stomach problems.

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These aren’t the only oils that can provide relief but it’s a good place to start.

If you wish to do additional research specifically on the benefits of essential oils for your gut buy Heal Your Gut with Essential Oils by Dr. Zielinski.

That book and his The Healing Power of Essential Oils have become my go-to book for all things essential oils.

They are easy to read and aren’t as overwhelming as other books I’ve read.

Peppermint Uses and Benefits.

1. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is an invigorating antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic.

Essential oil from peppermint fights bacterial infections, which cause digestive problems. It can be used for combating constipation, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and gastritis.

We always carry a bottle of peppermint essential oil with us in the car because it helps soothe car sickness, fast.

My girls take a whiff of it straight from the bottle to feel better.

Be cautious when using peppermint oil; you should keep it away from your eyes!

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2. Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot Essential Oil helps to relax and calm the stomach.

You can add a few drops to a carrier oil and massage on your stomach.

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Also, Bergamot Oil is great for your gut when you drink it in tea.

Anti-aging and weight control are added benefits. 

I drink at least 2 cups a day of Stash Brand because I can easily get it on Amazon for a good price.

3. Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger root essential oil delivers many health benefits and is extremely effective for motion sickness, indigestion, and vomiting.

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4. Clove Essential Oil

Clove oil relaxes the smooth muscle lining of the digestive tract to prevent intestinal spasms, bloating, and gas.

Clove oil also has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties that help rid the body of digesting upsetting pathogens.

It’s so powerful that if you use clove oil to ease the toothache pain.

Just dab a few drops of food-grade oil and your painful tooth.

Don’t be alarmed if you begin to feel that tingly sensation of your lips going numb as this oil quickly takes action.

Note: If you are looking for a probiotic for gut health go here.

Ginger for motion sickness

5. Thyme Essential Oil

Thymes constituents make it an antispasmodic help with stomach spasms as well as relieve gas and bloating.

6. Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano oil has powerful antifungal, anti-parasitic, anti-spasmodic, and antibacterial properties.

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It is very potent so be sure to always dilute it before using it on your skin.

It can be used orally for nausea, morning sickness, stomach viruses, and flu.

According to Webmd.com 200mg of oregano 3x daily for 6 weeks may help with intestinal parasites.

I’ve been making my own capsules but it can be a little messy and I hate the way my hands smell after.

I would recommend purchasing an organic soft gel (get it here)if you plan to take it daily for intestinal parasites.

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7. Tarragon Essential Oil

Tarragon essential oil, nicknamed “Little Dragon,” speeds up the digestion of food, preventing gastrointestinal problems before they develop.

Quick recipe: Mix Tarragon and Lavender oil with a carrier oil to rub on your stomach.

8. Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Orange helps your body remove excess gas in the intestines and move it downward for relief.

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9. Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oil has been used in Europe for centuries to treat a long list of gastrointestinal problems, especially those associated with bloating and constipation.

Also, use rosemary oil to soothe cramping muscles, migraines, and headaches.

Rosemary oil is noted as being one of the strongest essential oils, which is why pregnant women, as well as individuals with high blood pressure or epilepsy, should avoid using it.

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10. Aniseed Essential Oil

This oil was commonly used as a medicinal tea for anything from digestive issues to colic in infants.

It’s especially helpful for hot flashes, gas, and nausea.

Try this diffuser blend for relief and a quick pick-me-up.

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11. Fennel Essential Oil

Fennel essential oil is a powerful antiseptic and has anti-spasmodic properties.

It eases pain from bloating, cramps, and gas, and can relieve nausea.

Women suffering from menstrual cramps may find it very helpful.

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12. Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon oil kills intestinal parasites, which can lead to multiple gastrointestinal problems.

It may not surprise you that lemon oil is one of the most popular essential oils on the market, considering the clean smell this fruit is known for.

Aside from aiding in digestion it also helps improves concentration and eases the symptoms of arthritis and acne.

On top of that, it is also a natural immunity booster.

Always use carrier oils when applying oils to your skin.

How To Use Essential Oils To Alleviate Stomach Pain 

The best method to alleviate stomach pain is in massage oil form, BUT be sure to blend the essential oils with a carrier oil before using them.

Some essential oils can burn your skin when undiluted so it’s always better to be safe and use a carrier oil especially if it is an oil you haven’t used before.

Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Castor Oil, or Jojoba oil are common carrier oils that will work.

The easiest way to use your oil blend is in a roller bottle.Essential Oil ToolsEssential Oil ToolsEssential Oil Tools

Add  5-10 drops of essential oil and carrier oil to a roller bottle and apply as needed.

Get this kit on Amazon so you have all the bottles and carrier oil for your oil blends.

There is nothing worse than needing a home remedy and you don’t have the proper bottles so you can whip it up.

The bottle opener in this kit is really helpful!

Peppermint Oil for stomach aches

DIY Stomach Soother Massage Oil

Mix up this blend by Red & Honey to have on hand the next time you have stomach pain.


  • 2 tbsp castor oil
  • 12 drops Fennel essential oil 
  • 10 drops Chamomile essential oil
  • 8 drops Peppermint essential oil 


  1. Measure castor oil into a suitable container, tinted glass is the best option. You can use a small bottle or reduce the recipe by about one-third to keep it in a roll-on bottle.
  2. Add in drops of fennel, chamomile, and peppermint essential oils.
  3. Store the Stomach Soother in a cool, dry place away from direct light such as a bathroom cabinet or drawer.


DIY Massage oil for stomach issues

A Note About Ingesting Essential Oils

Only ingest essential oils that are specifically labeled as safe for ingestion.

Just because one brand of oil is safe doesn’t mean another brand is.

There are different opinions about ingesting essential oils and you need to check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

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Diffuse Essential Oils For Digestion Help

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Diffusing essential oils can also help with digestion issues.

They may not work this way as fast but they can help speed up the healing process, especially if used along with topical use.

Some oils recommended for diffusing are anise, caraway, fennel, ginger, lemon, and tarragon.

Grab this diffuser if you see it under $20. It’s one of our favorites.

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Digestion Support Roller Bottle Blend

Put the essential oils in a roller bottle and keep it in your purse for when you need it.

Essential Oil Blend For Digestion Support

Essential Oil Blend For Car Sickness

Put the essential oils in a roller bottle and keep it in your purse for when you need it.

Essential oil roller blend for carsickness. Use ginger essential oil, lavender essential oil, and peppermint in a roller bottle.

Use Aniseed for digestive upset and nausea. Try this diffuser blend for quick pick me up.

Inhaller blend for motion sickness

Premade Essential Oil Blends That Work

You can also try a combination of oils when you are working to resolve a health issue.

If you plan ahead you can purchase oil blends that have the perfect combo of oils already put together for you.

Take a look at these 3 different blends:

Each blend has a different combination of oils that make them unique from the others.

As with all oils you have to find what works best for you and sometimes it takes a little experimenting.

  1. Simply Earth Digest Help (read more here)
  2. Plant Therapy Poop Ease (read more here). This one is especially helpful for kids.

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What Essential Oils Will You Use Next?

Let me know. I would love to hear about your experiences using essential oils for digestion.

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