Here are some details of what helped me when I switched from Prescription Antacids to a natural approach for chronic reflux. Whilst I have a few wellness protocols, this one is solely for digestion. This was something I chose to do as medications weren’t fixing the problem, lessening it yes, but I was still suffering. I decided if the natural approach wasn’t successful, I could just go back on medication, this made it an easy decision for me. This was the first time I had tried essential oils for a medical problem, I was hopeful but skeptical. Read more about my digestion troubles HERE
I stopped taking Prescription AntAcids for a few reasons ….
Whilst they helped, I still had reflux multiple times daily, it didn’t go away
I couldn’t see how I was ever going to get off them, do I have to take them forever?
I was taking 4 everyday and could have taken more. I would have reflux with everything I consumed, including coffee
Researching the side effects of continued use, (not good) I knew I had to find something else. I’d been taking them for over 10 months
Realising the medication was blocking acid production to reduce symptoms, was also impairing my body’s ability to digest food
Long term side effects, like most drugs are not good
I had nothing to lose, if it didn’t work, I would re-start medication.
The Products I Used……
Digestzen Essential Oil Blend- Anise, Peppermint, Ginger, Caraway Seed, Tarragon & Fennel
Digestzen, is well know for its ability to aid in digestion soothe occasional stomach upset and maintain overall digestive health when taken internally. This unique blend contains Ginger, Fennel & Coriander to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and digestion & help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Digestzen is great to have on hand when stomach upset occurs and is safe and effective. Internal use of Digestzen is healthy, natural and a gentle way to sooth an upset stomach or maintain a healthy digestive system.
USES: Add a few drops to water to take internally for stomach upsets, when trying new foods and to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
Rub on stomach before flying or taking a road trip
♦ 1x drop of dōTERRA Digestzen Essential Oil on the bottom inner arch of my foot every time I ate- I did this 4 times per day, really easy but it does sound crazy doesn’t it? It did to me too, I mean how can that work? Application on the inner arch (soft part) of the feet is a really effective way to get essential oils into the body. Digestzen is a blend of 7 different essential oils, all with properties that support healthy digestion – Fennel, Ginger, Caraway Seed, Peppermint, Anise, Tarragon & Coriander.
During this time I also consciously chewed my food more. I realised I wasn’t chewing much at all. Chewing facilitates digestion by starting the metabolic process in your body to release acid, which breaks down food. Chewing is also how nutrients in food are released, ready for you to absorb. You can try putting one drop of Digestzen Essential Oil in a glass of water (stirring) and drinking if you like. I couldn’t tolerate this in the beginning as my system was very sensitive, it was too strong for me. I can do it with no problems now though 🙂 You may prefer this method. If you prefer to take a gel capsule with the oil rather than drink it in water you can purchase digestzen in a capsule Digestzen Gel Capsules but it’s really easy 1-2 drops in a shot glass of water, stir and down the hatch.
Terrazyme Digestive Enzyme Complex– supports healthy digestion & metabolic processes
DigestZen TerraZyme® Digestive Enzyme Complex is a proprietary blend of active whole-food enzymes and supporting cofactors that are often deficient in cooked, processed, and preservative-laden foods. The powerful combination of digestive enzymes found in DigestZen TerraZyme supports the body’s constant production of enzymes critical for healthy biochemical functions, including healthy digestion of food nutrients and cellular metabolism of nutrients to energy.* DigestZen TerraZyme includes a variety of whole-food enzymes that help with the digestion of proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates, sugars, and fiber.
♦ Take 1-3 dōTERRA Terrazyme Digestive Enzymes with every meal. Three months after using Digestzen Essential Oil I became aware of Terrazyme- a digestive enzyme that uses enzymes from whole foods to facilitate the digestion process. This was and still makes a big difference for me. Having additional enzymes to break down the food is very helpful for lots of reasons but particularly helpful with reflux.
I found a great demonstration video of it in action breaking down porridge, it turns it to liquid. Essentially this is what your digestion is doing by its’ self but as my digestion was poor it needed a helping hand. Terrazyme is made from wholefood active enzymes, has no GMO’s, gluten, animal derived products & is in a SLS FREE capsule. Currently Terrazyme is available to order direct from the dōTERRA USA Warehouse. We hope to have it available in Australia very soon.
Watch Terrazyme in Action
Our body uses enzymes through the food we eat to facilitate digestion. How many good enzymes you receive is determined by a few factors like- how many enzyme rich foods do you eat daily? what is the quality of the enzymes in these foods, how the food was cooked (were they destroyed in the cooking process). Poor soils and modern-day farming practises also means the enzymes naturally present in food isn’t as rich as it used to be.
Had I known about Terrazyme, in the beginning, I would have implemented this with the Digeszten Oil & this is my recommendation to you. I still continue to take Terrazyme frequently to support healthy digestion. I know some health conscious people with no digestion issues that still take a Terrazyme every morning on an empty stomach to facilitate digestion of anything left in their stomach from the day before.
I was eating Organic veges ( I suggest you do the same) but as my digestion was so poor, I wasn’t absorbing much of their goodness. Please note- All digestive enzymes are NOT the same- Terrazyme is made from whole foods with no synthetics or pesticides in a SLS free vegetable capsule and are unique in that they have a tummy tamer blend of essential oils in them to also soothe the gut.
DigesTab Chewable Tablets
DigestTab is a calcium carbonate tablet infused with DigestZen Digestive Blend to deliver the benefits of digestion—supportive essential oils as well as the acid—neutralizing benefits of calcium carbonate.* Calcium carbonate, which comes from natural mineral sources, helps maintain stomach acid balance by neutralizing excess acid in the stomach.* This helps relieve the discomfort caused by occasional acidity such as heartburn, indigestion, and flatulence.* This specially designed calcium carbonate is less chalky than many similar products on the market and much easier to chew and swallow & contains the Digestzen essential oil blend.
♦ Digestab by dōTERRA- Chew 1-2 tablets for fast relief if you feel like you’re going to be sick.
These are handy to have on you, they are similar to a quickeze and have 1 drop of the Digestzen Essential Oil Blend in them. Again I hadn’t found these in the beginning but I have them on me now for when I eat something too heavy or if something plays up with me. These work instantly – as fast as my prescription strength antacids but without the synthetics- they are in a bicarb base.
So there you have it, pretty easy ha. In the beginning, I did still have reflux, it took a couple of weeks to improve. The difference is I could manage it, where as prior I had to pop the medication INSTANTLY or I’d be sick. Give it a little time and give your body a chance to let the oils work their magic. The oils chosen in the digestzen blend have been extensively studied and chosen for their proven effects on the Digestive System. Remember the great thing about an Essential Oils is your body recognises the plant compounds and knows what to do with it. Synthetics are foreign to our body and most don’t come without some side effects, some of which you won’t see until years later. My advice is to to be consistent, follow the protocol, cut out foods that you know give you a hard time for a while and see how you go & comment or contact me if you have any questions.
The information on this site is not intended to replace a Medical Practitioner, they are true accounts of what I learnt & implemented in my Health Journey. I worked with my gut instinct & Functional Medical Practitioners throughout this process, including Holistic GP, Chiropractor, Naturopath, Kinesiologist, Nutritionist, Dietician & Holistic Dentist.