As most of us have experienced the discomforts of heartburn at one time or another we are well aware of what can trigger simple heartburn.   Heartburn may also become a problem for some women during their second and third trimesters of pregnancy.   While there are many over the counter remedies that may help to relieve simple heartburn, those of us who love essential oils may prefer to turn to them.  Be aware that sometimes there is more going on than just simple heartburn.  Pay attention and if necessary check in with your primary caregiver.

Essential Oils

There are actually a number of essential oils that may help relieve the discomfort brought on by heartburn.  Those most often recommended include cardamom, coriander, sweet fennel, ginger, lemon and peppermint.

Methods of Application

There are a few different ways the blend can be used
Warm Compress. Add 4 drops of your blend to a bowl of hot water and swipe your cloth over it.  Wring out the excess and place across the top of the abdomen where the discomfort is experienced.
Gentle Massage.   Add 12 – 15 drops of your essential oil blend to 30 ml carrier oil (Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Coconut, etc.).  Gently massage this in around the top of the abdomen in clockwise circular motions.
Inhalation.  Add the blend to a personal inhaler to be used as needed.  Alternatively, when heartburn strikes, simply add a couple of drops of the synergy to a tissue or cotton ball and inhale.  Slow, deep breaths are always the most effective.

During Pregnancy

For Heartburn during Pregnancy one can use the same methods of application, however, the choice of essential oils becomes much more restricted.  Additionally, the percentage dilutions used should be much less, generally no more than 1%.   Denise Tiran, in her book Clinical Aromatherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth, suggests:  “Increased acidity in the stomach may respond to the use of lemon, either by recommending that the woman makes a lemon cordial or by gentle back and abdominal massage using the essential oil.”

Essential Oil Blends for Heartburn

Peppermint is often one of my go-to oils for heartburn or indigestion.
One blend I have found to be quite effective is 1 part peppermint essential oil and 2 parts lavender essential oil.  Another is using equal parts of cardamom essential oil and sweet fennel essential oil.

A blend I have found to be effective for quite a number of people during pregnancy is 3 parts lemon essential oil and 1 part ginger essential oil.

If heartburn is just an occasional problem using the warm compress or inhaling can do the trick.  If heartburn occurs more often, depending on the client and their preferences, I will make an inhaler with the appropriate blend to smell as needed; or add their blend to a 10ml rollerball bottle and top up with a carrier oil.   The Inhaler is ready to take deep breaths from whenever needed, while the Rollerball bottle makes it easy to apply the blend topically in a small area without any fuss or bother.

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