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Acid Reflux (Heart Burn) and Gerd

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Health Description

Acid reflux and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) are closely related.  Food we eat enters the stomach from the esophagus through a valve called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).  This valve, made up of muscles around the esophagus, may not close completely allowing acids (bile) and/or food to move back from the stomach into the esophagus.  With that there may be a bitter taste, the taste of some foods, or a burning sensation in the chest (heartburn).  If this progresses and happens frequently it has become GERD.

Reasons for the lower esophageal sphincter not closing properly may be mechanical.  This can happen with a hiatal hernia (part of the stomach moves above the diaphragm), pregnancy, severe weight gain, overeating, or lying down right after a meal.  

Certain prescription medications including antidepressants, sedatives, high blood pressure, motion sickness, and asthma to mention a few can bring on or worsen acid reflux.  Aspirin and ibuprofen can also contribute.  Your diet can also be a contributing factor.  Items to avoid include alcohol, carbonated drinks, citrus, coffee, chocolate, garlic, onions, tomato, spicy, fatty foods, or tobacco.

Suggested Protocols

Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.

It can help to understand the PH level of your diet. For some people heart burn can be relieved naturally using apple cider vinegar or any other food or drink that can balance your PH.

Essential Oils to Use:  Ginger, Lemon, Peppermint, Sandalwood

Also consider: Basil, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Orange

Suggested protocols:

For adults:

  • Ginger, Peppermint, or Orange in a capsule to strengthen
  • or … Frankincense topically on the throat and chest
  • or … Lemon, 3 -5 drops in the back of the mouth, follow with water

Note: some find Peppermint helpful but others find it makes acid reflux worse.

For infants:

  • An essential oil digestive oil blend diluted rubbed on the feet, stomach, or chest  (protect from the baby touching the area and rubbing their eyes)


Maggie Tisserand, Aromatherapy for Women speaks highly of Sandalwood for heartburn during pregnancy. Her personal use was taking one drop internally. Our recommendation would be to seek professional confirmation of such a self-help procedure.

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