DIY stomach relief with essential oils

In our house, this is called “tummy rub.” It sits in a little jar right under the sink so that it is easy to grab, right in front of the band-aids and other first aid supplies. My son asks for it whenever his tummy hurts because he knows now that it helps him feel better! It is easy to make and use by anyone for stomach aches, nausea, or indigestion from overeating. You can even eat a spoonful for quicker results.

2 ounces Coconut oil
6 drops Peppermint essential oil
6 drops Fennel or Anise essential oil
6 drops Ginger Essential oil

You will also need a small mason or jelly jar, preferably glass. Essential oils eventually break down plastic, so glass is always the best for storing them. For the base, we used the type of coconut oil that is solid at room temperature.  You should be able to find this at most grocery stores with the cooking oils or in the skin care aisle.

For the essential oils, use a high quality brand that you can ingest. Look for a brand that is organic or says it is for therapeutic use. Most essential oils are fragrance grade and contain synthetic oils. Essential oil quality is a big topic, so I will probably do a post just about how to choose a good one. Some brands that I trust are doTERRA, Snow Lotus, and Kismet Potions. Remember, you get what you pay for, so if an oil is much cheaper than others, it probably is not the real deal.

The general rule for mixing essential oils with a carrier or base oil, is 10-20 drops of essential oil per ounce. The oils we are using for this are stronger, so we are diluting them so they do not irritate the skin.

Melt 2 ounces of coconut oil on low over the stove. As soon as it is melted, take it off the heat and let cool for a few minutes so it is not as hot but is still liquid. Then drop in your oils: 6 drops peppermint, 6 drops fennel or anise, and 6 drops ginger. You can use more essential oil if you want, it does not have to be exact, and you can also use more of one or less of another if you don’t like one of the oils. Some people do not like the licorice taste of fennel, so you can just use peppermint and ginger in that case, about 12 drops of each. Stir a few times and pour in your jar. It will become solid once it is room temperature or you can put it in the fridge to speed up the cooling process.

To use, apply a finger full (about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon) to the abdomen where the discomfort is, usually above the belly button or around it. If you also want to take some, you can swallow about 1/2 teaspoon or more if you like the taste of it.

I hope this brings you as much comfort as it does us!