Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Essential Oils Can Help!

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Iirritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition of the digestive system with no known organic cause. Unfortunately it is very common, or at least the diagnosis is common. It has been called colitis, spastic colon or spastic bowel and is diagnosed based on symptoms. IBS seems to be more common after an infection, personal life trauma or even advancing years. It is also very important to note that IBS is not a disease but a collection of symptoms. Using essential oils will help ease the discomfort.

Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome 

  • Bloating
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea (sometimes alternating with constipation)
  • Constipation
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea 

If you have these symptoms check with a doctor as other health issues can easily mimic these symptoms.

Gastrointestinal System - IBS

IBS seems to affect twice as many women as men and more frequently appears in people under 45 years old. However, these figures may be misleading as men are less likely to report many health issues to doctors.

The causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be varied and confusing.  Stress or emotional upsets can aggravate the situation, and there may be genetic factors involved. IBS could be caused by a dysfunction in the communication between the brain and the gut. A variation in the motility in the gut can impact on whether you have diarrhea or constipation. Food sensitivity can also affect how your gut behaves.

Causes of IBS

  • Cancer
  • Diverticular disease
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Diabetes
  • Excess consumption of aggravating foods like coffee, carbonated drinks, sugar
  • Celiac disease
  • Small intestine bacterial overgrowth
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases


To help relieve this uncomfortable syndrome try this:

  • Increasing fiber in the diet,
  • Reducing stress,
  • Increasing water consumption and
  • Eliminating food allergies  
  • Getting a good night's sleep

Essential Oils for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Healing remedies made from essential oils may be of benefit:

Chamomile is excellent for calming and is an anti-inflammatory.

Marjoram is a warming essential oil and good for calming the digestive system.

Peppermint is a remedy for upset digestive systems.

Recipe One


  • 3 drops Chamomile,
  • 3 drops Peppermint,
  • 2 drops Marjoram 
  • 3 tablespoons of Sweet Almond oil 


Make a mixture of the above ingredients and rub it gently over the stomach and abdominal area.

Chamomile for irritable bowel

Recipe Two


  • 5 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 5 mls carrier oil


Mix these together and rub over the stomach.  This should relieve symptoms quite quickly.

Recipe Three


  • 3 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops Chamomile essential oil
  • 3 tablespoons Sweet Almond oil


Mix together and massage over the stomach.