Ulcers

woman with stomach ulcer or stomach ache symptomsUlcers are painful sores in the lining of the stomach or first part of the small intestine, refereed to as the duodenum. Peptic ulcer disease can be caused by a bacterial infection called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). It can also be caused by:

The use of painkillers such as aspirin, napoxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn, etc), ibuprofen, (Motrin, Advil, Midol etc), and many others. Safety-coated aspirin and sprain in a powder form can also cause ulcers.

Also too much production of acid from the gastrinomas which is part of the stomach that increases acid output can contribute to an ulcer as well.

Basic Ways to Treat an Ulcer

Ulcers can lead to serious health problems if not treated properly. It is recommended to avoid/limit dairy products in diet to help prevent ulcers. A stress ulcer is slightly different than a peptic ulcer but has similar symptoms. It is recommended to find ways to reduce stress in your daily activities. Stress, dairy, and an acidic diet is said to increase the symptoms of an ulcer however research has shown that the bacteria Helicobacter pylori is primarily responsible for peptic ulcers not acidic diets. The majority of ulcers are actually caused by anti-inflammatory drugs, bacterial infections, and over use of pain medications. Other types of ulcers may exist in the mouth or other parts of the body.

Suggested Oils to Use

Frankincense, Geranium, Lemon, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Ginger, Fennel

Also consider: Basil, Clove, Oregano, Roman Chamomile

Suggested Ways to use

For immediate relief from ulcer symptoms add 2 – 4 drops of peppermint to a small glass of juice or water and drink.

For long term relief mix 4 drops of lemongrass, 4 drops of frankincense, 2 drops of peppermint, and 2 drops of ginger in a vegetable capsule. Take 2 times daily. Also consider adding 1 – 2 drops of Fennel.

The ginger will help calm the digestive system. Ginger is often used for indigestion, diarrhea, gas, morning sickness, and nausea. Peppermint is known for its anti-bacterial properties and is very safe to ingest (make sure your oil brand is therapeutic grade). Peppermint will aid in killing the bacteria that may have caused the ulcer. Peppermint also is soothing and cools the stomach. Peppermint is commonly used for food poisoning, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, gas, bad breath, nausea, motion sickness, infections, gastritis, heartburn, flu and cold, indigestion, and more. Fennel essential oil has also been used to help aid proper digestion.

Also consider rubbing this mixture of oils topically on the tummy: Frankincense, Peppermint, Ginger, Fennel. You can dilute the oils with a carrier oil such as olive oil to help spread the oils topically over the stomach area.

Mouth Ulcers

Some people have had great results with treating mouth ulcers by putting a few drops of Myrhh essential oil on a cotton ball and applying on the ulcer. Repeat as nessesary. Also consider putting 6 drops of Myrhh in a glass of warm water. Gargle for 1 – 2 minutes and rinse mouth out. Myrhh has a bitter taste to it so consider adding a drop of fennel or peppermint. You may consider making a morning mouth wash with Myrhh and Peppermint. We recommend making it fresh each morning.

Precautions: In all cases of an ulcer consider consulting professional help.