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Top Five Essential Oils for Heartburn Relief

If you've ever experienced heartburn, then you know how bad it can feel. In addition to over the counter medicines, many individuals are turning to essential oils to supplement their heartburn remedies. Experience a natural solution to discomfort using MONQ's Relieve. The top five essential oils for heartburn relief are highlighted below. [post-carousel /]

Causes for Heartburn

Heartburn is not actually a condition in itself, as it is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease. There are many risk factors that can lead to heartburn. For example, there are certain foods and drinks that can cause heartburn. Some of the most common culprits of heartburn are caffeine, alcohol, and carbonated drinks. Medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen have also been shown to cause heartburn. Additionally, chocolate, grapefruit, pineapple, and orange juice can cause heartburn due to their acid content. Smoking is also a leading cause of heartburn, as is consuming foods that are high in fat.1

How Essentials Oil Can Help

Essential oils are oils are derived from plants or trees. These oils are natural and offer many benefits for those who use them, one of them being heartburn relief. The way these oils help really depends on the type of oil being used. Generally speaking, many essential oils contain powerful natural properties that are beneficial to the body. As for how long it takes to feel relief from heartburn, this depends on the oil you choose to use. Some oils may cause symptoms to subside quickly, while others may take a bit longer to work.2

Lavender Essential Oil

lavender fieldThis oil is derived from a shrub called lavender, which is found in many regions around the world, especially in Northern Africa and mountainous areas throughout the Mediterranean. Lavender has been popular throughout history, and the ancient Romans, Persians and Greeks all used lavender flowers in baths and to clean their skin. Lavender essential oil is known for promoting relaxation. These calming effects can help individuals who struggle with burning sensations, reflux, and other symptoms associated with heartburn.3 Because a lot of individuals struggle to fall asleep when they experience heartburn, lavender is a great essential oil choice because its calming effects can induce sleep. If you struggle to sleep and suffer from acid reflux at night, then a dose of lavender might be a good choice. There are a number of ways to use lavender essential oil to soothe heartburn symptoms, such as rubbing a little bit onto the stomach or chest after diluting it with a carrier oil. This can provide relief from bloating as well as reflux.

lemons and oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemons come from lemon trees, which are native to Asia. The Romans used lemons to remedy a range of health issues. Eventually, lemons were introduced to Europe before being brought over to America. Lemons have been used in ancient medicine for hundreds of years. When you fast forward to today, people around the world still use lemon oil. One of the reasons lemon oil works so well for heartburn is because it contains properties that can neutralize the acid in the stomach. Lemon is naturally alkaline, but it also has antibacterial properties that can kill off harmful bacteria found in the digestive system. Because of this, many people use lemon oil to detoxify their system.4 Using lemon oil not only has the potential to balance the acid in the stomach but it can flush toxins from the body. To use lemon essential oil for heartburn relief, add a drop or two of the oil into a glass of water, preferably warm water. After you do this, sip on it for at least 20 to 30 minutes prior to eating. This will prepare the body to digest whatever meal you're going to eat.

peppermint leafPeppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is derived from an herb called Mentha piperita, which is native to the Mediterranean but also widely grown in countries like the United Kingdom, Japan, and the United States. This oil is considered one of the most used oils in the world due to its versatility. It has been used in herbal medicine for thousands of years. In fact, peppermint essential oil is perhaps the most popular oil for heartburn relief. Peppermint has a pleasant smell, but it is also known for its ability to relieve acid reflux, heartburn, and indigestion. This is primarily because it effectively alleviates the pain of a heartburn. The best way to use peppermint essential oil is to add it to your drink, preferably a cup of herbal tea or warm water. Another way to take it is by adding it to a spoonful of Manuka honey, some warm water, and about a half a spoonful of apple cider vinegar. Alternatively, inhale the scent of peppermint oil. Simply add a few drops to a room diffuser and inhale the aroma. For an on-the-go option, try peppermint essential oil in a portable aromatherapy diffuser like Vibrant, Forest, Mountain, or Ocean MONQ. Breathe MONQ gently into your mouth and out through your nose without inhaling it into your lungs. 

fresh ginger

Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger essential oil is derived from the ginger root, and it is one of the most popular essential oils. The root of ginger has been used in ancient medicine to treat a range of conditions, such as nausea, colds, fevers, and inflammation. Today, ginger essential oil is used in place of the root, by millions of people around the world. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. This is why it is an effective remedy for heartburn. Ginger essential oil can prevent the stomach from over-producing acid and can block a type of bacteria that play a role in triggering ulcers, H. pylori. Additionally, ginger essential oil can offer you relief from other symptoms associated with heartburn like cramps or bloating. Using ginger essential oil is easy. The best way to add ginger essential oil into your routine is by adding a few drops to a cup of herbal tea. Drink the tea for about 30 to 40 minutes before a meal. If you suffer from bloating in addition to heartburn, rub a bit of the oil onto your stomach and chest after diluting it with a carrier oil.

fresh orangesOrange Essential Oil

As the name implies, orange essential oil is derived from oranges, one of the oldest fruits in the world. Some people believe that oranges and citrus fruits, in general, contain properties that offered health benefits. So, it didn’t take long for oranges to gain popularity. Orange essential oil can be used to help with acid reflux because it can prevent muscle spasms.5 One of the benefits of orange essential oil is that it can be used in many ways, whether it's internally, topically, or aromatically.


In conclusion, each of the essential oils mentioned above contains its own unique set of health benefits for heartburn. They are all easy to use and have been shown to provide a range of health benefits, in addition to heartburn relief. Photo credits:  margouillatphoto/, 9dreamstudio/, Fortyforks/, ChamilleWhite/

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