Digestive System

The digestive system is comprised of the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract and is a series of connected organs along a 30 foot pathway responsible for chewing food, digesting and absorbing nutrients, and expelling waste. The organs involved in the digestive process are the mouth (chewing), the esophagus (swallowing), the stomach (mixing food with digestive juices), small intestine (mixing food with digestive juices of the pancreas, liver/gallbladder, and intestine, and pushing food forward for further digestion), large intestine (absorbing water and nutrients, changing waste into stool), and the rectum (storing and expelling stool from the body).

The digestive tract works closely with the immune system to protect the body from pathogens and invaders. The GI tract is exposed to high quantities of outside substances including bacteria and viruses and can almost be considered to be an exterior body surface. Without the immune system (lymphoid tissue in the GI produces about 60% of the total immunoglobulin produced daily), the long, dark, moist GI tract would be ideal for pathogenic colonization In return, the digestive system assists the immune system in protecting the rest of the body by breaking down bacteria and pathogens at various stages, starting with lysozyme in the saliva.

There are over 100 Million neurons embedded in the gut, which is more than exist in the spinal column or peripheral nervous system. This mesh-like network of neurons known as the enteric nervous system (sometimes called the “Second Brain”) works together with the Central Nervous System to oversee every aspect of digestion. It follows then, that brain-gut interactions are highly connected to emotional health; there is a proven correlation between stress, anxiety, and gut disorders.

How Essential Oils Work with the Digestive System

Natural solutions offer ample opportunity for balance and support of the digestive system. Start with good nutrition, clear the primary pathways of elimination so waste and toxins can be eliminated , use essential oils specifically targeted to help balance flora in the gut, take a good prebiotic to help encourage growth of beneficial bacteria, and ingest a probiotic to repopulate the gut with live strains of helpful bacteria. Restablishing health and balance in the gut can literally be a life-changing experience!

Essential Oils for Digestive Health

Single Oils

Stomachblack pepper, fennel, ginger, spearmint, wild orange

Stomach / intestinal lininggrapefruit, peppermint

Intestinesbasil, cardamom, ginger, marjoram, peppermint, sandalwood

Liverbasil, cilantro, geranium, grapefruit, helichrysum, lemon, rosemary

Gallbladdergeranium, grapefruit

Pancreasdill, fennel, geranium, ginger, thyme

Blends

DigestZen Digestive blend — supports digestion and elimination

Slim & Sassy Metabolic blend — supports stomach, intestines, pancreas, liver, galbladder, fat digestion and satiation

AromaTouch Massage blend — supports peristalsis and bowel tone

Zendocrine Detoxification blend — supports gallbladder, liver and pancreas

Supplements

Bone Nutrient Lifetime Complex ™
Zendocrine ® Detoxification blend softgels
Zendocrine ® Detoxification Complex
DDR Prime ® Cellular Complex
TerraZyme ® Digestive Enzyme Complex
GX Assist ® GI Cleansing Formula
PB Assist ® Probiotic Defense Formula
Microplex MVp ® foot nutrient Complex
xEOmega ® Essential Oil Omega Complex
doTERRA A2Z chewable ™
doTERRA IQmega ®

 Usage Tips

For supporting the digestive system and intestinal activity, consider:

Topical — Apply oils topically on abdomen and/or soles of feet.

Aromatic — Diffuse 5-10 drops of oils of choice, inhale from product bottle or self-made blend, apply a few drops to clothing, or any other method tat supports inhalation for oils, especially for feelings of stress.

Internal — Place 1-5 drops in water to drink, take drops in a capsule, lick off back of hand, or place drop(s) under tongue to support internal activities that benefit digestion and intestinal activity.

Caution

Do no use essential oils internally unless they are labeled for dietary use. Look for the Supplement Facts box on the label. Avoid oils labeled “for external use only”, “for aromatic use only”, “not for internal use,” or “do not ingest.”