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Top 5 Essential Oil Pairs for Gut Health

The path to a man’s heart may lead through the stomach, but the path to anyone’s wellness moves through the gut.
Immune, cognitive, emotional, and (of course) digestive issues all stem from the condition of the gut. Therefore, the essential oils that protect and heal the digestive tract can be viewed as partners for whole-body wellness, from the inside out.

A Healthy Gut is the Key to Wellness

Evidenced by our overuse of antibiotics (we’ll get to that in a little bit), the idea that bacteria isn’t all, or even mostly bad is a major paradigm shift for this generation. Who among us doesn’t expect a commercial disinfectant or hand sanitizer to kill 99.9% of bacteria?

All the while, our bodies have been carrying, partnering with, and generally functioning well because of bacteria. Within this symbiotic relationship, bacteria form a core component of our body’s basic functions – including digestion and immune responses.

This understanding should always be a precursor to wellness formulations, because a remedy, medication, or even diet and lifestyle function should always prioritize the bacterial balance in the gut above all else.

When it comes to digestive health, essential oils can function as symptom relief, prevention, protection, and healing. And much like our mutually beneficial relationship with bacteria, pairs and blends of oils work well together to enhance their respective actions.

Top 5 Essential Oil Pairs for Gut Health

Thyme & Rose

An imbalance in gut bacteria – termed dysbiosis when it becomes prominent – is a serious health concern. Not only does the overgrowth need to be curbed, but one must accomplish this without damaging beneficial bacteria. Thyme and rose essential oils, as sources of thymol and geraniol, have this kind of gentle yet effective action that is so important to maintain.

Cardamom & Clove

Different yet complementary, we think of cardamom and clove when creating spice blends, especially in the winter season. Their excellent scent pairing is that much better when we consider their benefits. Cardamom, as part of the ginger family, is a protective digestive wellness oil with anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic actions. Clove is protective in its own right as an antimicrobial that can help to battle problems with Candida. We aren’t the only ones with our eyes on clove – preparations are underway for an over-the-counter antifungal treatment centered around clove oil.

Peppermint & Ginger

No digestive wellness or gut health “stash” is complete without these two oils. Together, they form an easy, effective inhalation treatment for nausea. As a side effect of countless gut and digestive concerns, anti-nausea benefits alone make a winning combination. But peppermint and ginger have even more to offer. Peppermint has been extensively studied for its efficacy against the all too common irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Ginger is considered to be protective against ulcers. If you can only get one pair of essential oils for gut health, start with a good peppermint essential oil and ginger.

Tea Tree & Oregano

Again, we’ll tackle the antibiotic/antibacterial monster in a moment, but tea tree and oregano must be mentioned for their antimicrobial powerhouse benefits. Harsh, toxic, and typically synthetic antibacterial lab concoctions are a threat to our health. But used properly, natural antimicrobials offer a solution. Any household, workplace, or play-place knows that illness can spread like wildfire with just a cough or sneeze here and there. Tea tree and oregano essential oils are potent antimicrobials, especially antibacterial, that can maximize your DIY cleaning solutions without risking your family’s health. When we spot the connection between bleach-laden lives and weakened gut bacteria, using natural cleaners to improve gut health doesn’t seem so far fetched.

Fennel & Tarragon

Both fennel and tarragon are considered to be digestive stimulants when used as a full herb. When used as essential oils for digestive health, they retain the reputation. From different plant families, the shared soothing and anti-spasmodic effects likely have shared estragole to thank.While we quickly associate these oils with their culinary herbal parent plants, it’s important to note that estragole has some controversial, potentially toxic effects when taken internally. Dosage is extremely important, to the point that inhalation and limited topical use is preferred.

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Pedagogy Education also offers an accredited course, Essential Oils for Health, that helps educate nurses and healthcare staff about uses of essential oils and how they can be used as a complementary treatment for many medical conditions. 

We also have a printable resource poster that goes along with the couse that lists several common essential oils, their healing properties, cautions for their use, and different uses. Click here to view the resource poster. 

Essential Oils for Health is one of the 5 courses offered in our Holistic Continuing Education Course Package, which offers 5 of holistic healing courses at a 10% discount off their regular course price. Click here to learn more about the course package. 

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