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Essential Oils and gastro


Essential Oils can soothe all the unpleasant symptoms of a viral, bacterial or nervous gastro (stomach pains, nausea, vomiting…)

What is gastroenteritis: causes and symptoms?

Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the intestinal and stomach mucous due to an infection of the digestive tube which can be of a viral or bacterial origin.

When travelling you may catch what is called the “turista”, or traveller’s diarrhoea which is more often caused by bacteria.

It shows its presence by these  brutal symptoms:

  • Liquid and abundant stools
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Excessive tiredness

Epidemics of gastroenteritis are most common in autumn and winter and are extremely contagious. Transmission of the disease happens through direct contact with a person who has the disease or with contact with contaminated food (direct food intoxication).

Persons at risk and principal dangers of gastro-enteritis:

  • Children under the age of 5
  • Elderly people
  • Deficient people and those having had a renal transplant
  • Patients treated with immune-suppressors or corticoids



  • In the case of a very high fever, if there is blood in the stool or uninterrupted diarrhoea, it is paramount to seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
  • Repeated vomiting and diarrhoea can lead to dehydration (especially with infants and elderly people).


Evaluate if your baby is dehydrated: disinfect your finger and put it in the baby’s mouth. The baby will be dehydrated if the tongue and the internal sides of the mouth are dry or hardly humid.

As a prevention, drink plenty of fluids at regular intervals and in small sips or purchase specific products for oral rehydration from your pharmacist (especially for infants and young children)

Essential oils and gastro: Relieve the symptoms with aromatherapy

(The EO marked with a * are suitable for children)

Non-exhaustive list

The magical EO to treat or prevent gastro-enteritis



If you only had to have one to treat your gastro-enteritis: Compact oregano EO



to be usedProperties:

-powerful anti-infectious action of a broad spectrum
-immuno-stimulant (it will strengthen the natural defences that have been weakened)

It is the most antiseptic of all the EO and shows to be very efficacious in treating several infections of a digestive, respiratory or urinary origin.


One drop diluted in a teaspoon of olive oil or honey, taken orally 3 times a day for a maximum of 2 days. This recipe can be very useful for both a curative action or a preventive one when travelling in countries that necessitate such action.


Do not use with children under the age of 12 or with women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding.

Dermo-caustic: do not use it undiluted on the skin.

Hepato-toxic in high doses.

Do not use it orally without the advice of a health professional.



To rebalance / fight infection

Tea Tree EO *(Melaleuca alternifolia)


to be usedProperties:
Stimulant of the immune system, it acts against viruses and bacteria.

This EO is not advised for pregnant or breastfeeding women or children under the age of 8.


Chinese cinnamon EO (Cinnamomum cassia)from 12 onwards very diluted

to be usedProperties:

Antibacterial with a very large spectrum of reach.

Antiviral, immuno-stimulant, anti-fermentative and antiparasitic


Do not use with children under the age of 12 or with women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not apply to the skin, therefore, it could irritate.

No prolonged use orally without advice from a health professional.


Lemon essence (Citrus limon): *

to be usedProperties: 

Antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral.

Digestive stimulant.

This essential oil is very effective against nausea.

This essential oil is photo-sensitive.

Dermo-caustic, so it needs to be diluted before applying it to the skin.


Ravintsara EO (Cinnamomum camphora)* As pain relief

Roman Chamomile EO (Chamaemelum nobile) * (anti-spasms, soothing)

Essence of mandarin or orange * (digestive, appeasing)


Against vomiting and nausea


Exotic Basil EO (Ocinum basilicum):

to be usedProperties:
Antibacterial, antiviral and antispasmodic (it is recommended if having intestinal spasms).



    • Very irritating EO. If applied to the skin, it must be diluted in a VO.

Should not be used with epileptic people, pregnant or breastfeeding women and children under the age of 8.

No prolonged use orally without the advice of a health professional.

Ginger EO (Zingiber officinalis)(also a digestive tonic and antispasm)

How to use this EO?
Local application: directly on the belly (tolerance test should be carried out beforehand).

The +: create a synergy by mixing EO with different virtues so as to act at the same time on all symptoms of problems caused by gastro

One pain relief EO

One anti-nausea EO

One rebalancing (this one will stimulate the immune system and fight against the virus, the bacteria, … )


Dosage for a local application

adultFor an adult: 5 drops of EO in 5 ml or one teaspoon of VO

kids+6For a child between the age of 3 and 10: 3 drops of EO in 5 ml or one teaspoon of VO


>Frequency of application

If the crisis and the pain are moderate: Apply this mixture 4 to 5 times a day

If you have terribly bad gastro: within the first hour following the diarrhoea crisis, apply this mixture 4 to 5 times. Diminish the number of applications in the following hours to 3 times then twice. Finally, reduce little by little the frequency of application as the days go by.



To look after gastro-enteritis

15 drops of exotic basil EO

10 drops of noble laurel EO

5 drops of Chinese cinnamon EO

3 ml of sweet almond VO

This synergy is allergenic and dermo-caustic

Do not use the internal path.

Do not use this recipe with epileptic people, children under the age of 12 and pregnant or breastfeeding women.


Pour 5 drops of this synergy on the belly and massage gently. Apply the mixture 3 times a day for a maximum of 5 days.


kids+6For children :

Lemon EO (detoxifies, anti-infectious, anti-nausea and febrifuge)

Tea Tree EO (antibacterial with a large action spectrum) or ravintsara (powerful antiviral)

  • Noble Chamomile (anti-spasmodic, soothing) or mandarin (digestive, appeasing)



Usage of lemon essence on its own: 4 drops of EO in 2 ml of VO. Then, massage on the stomach area and the liver area.

Another possible usage: 6 drops in aerial diffusion to fight nausea



Basil essential oil

Usage of basil EO on its own:

2 drops of exotic basil EO in 1 tablespoon of VO and then massage slowly on the belly and the lower back morning and evening.



To fight gastro-enteritis nausea

This duo of EO is very effective to fight against both nausea and vomiting which can occur when a bout of gastro-enteritis comes about.

Place the drops directly in the EO diffuser:
10 drops of lemon essence

7 drops of ginger EO


Diffuse in the room for 15 minutes per hour and repeat as often as desired throughout the day.



    • Lemon essence is not advised if the patient is already taking an anticoagulant medication.

Do not use with pregnant or breastfeeding women or with children under the age of 8.

These synergies must not be used with pregnant women (for the full length of the pregnancy), breastfeeding, or with children under the age of 8.


This information is general!

Take all the necessary precautions before embarking on an EO treatment.

Therefore, their properties and ways of using them do not constitute medical advice.

For therapeutic usage consult a medical practitioner.

The natural assets to treat gastro efficiently

One can also use:

Vegetable coal: for its capability of absorbing toxic gas and toxic molecules, likewise, it is a universal detox remedy.



Usage:  3 to 6 capsules per day outside meal times and not at the same time as other medication. It is recommended to abstain from vegetable coal if taking hormonal contraceptives.


Green clay: sanitizes the organism, detoxifies and also assists digestion.

green-clayUsage: In the case of diarrhoea unrelated to the taking of medication, take one teaspoon of green clay and dissolve it in a glass of water. Then, Mix and leave to rest for a few hours. After that, when the clay has fallen to the bottom of the glass, drink the water and leave the wet clay at the bottom of the glass. Repeat this after each soft or liquid stool.



Some added advice:

Avoid eating as long as the vomiting persists (no sugar, milk products or oily substances)

Drink a lot of water (no sugary juices, lemon water, rosemary herbal tea, ginger herbal tea, …)

General advice to avoid gastro, in conclusion:

  • Avoid direct contact with people already affected and wash your hands often is soapy water or with a disinfectant hand gel
  • Diffuse or vaporize antiviral/antibacterial EO in the WC (such as ravintsara, lemon or tea tree…)
  • Cook meats thoroughly and wash all fruit and vegetables with care
  • Avoid breaking the cold chain: freeze, defreeze, refreeze.
  • When travelling, avoid drinking tap water and using ice cubes.
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All yogurts (animal or plant-based) can be flavored with essential oils. In an unsweetened yogurt, add a spoonful of honey in which you’ll dilute the essential oil of your choice. For a classic flavor, add two drops of citrus essential oils. For an exotic yogurt, add a drop of Ylang Ylang essential oil. This also works for whipped cream!


Flavor your olive oil: for 1 liter of edible oil, add 15 drops of rosemary or basil essential oil (or 8 drops of each) to one liter of cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. Shake well to mix the different oils and let it rest for about a day before using it to season salads, pasta, vegetables, fish fillets, and more.


Add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil to half a spoonful of honey, agave syrup, or mashed fruit, mix it into an ice cube tray, cover with water, and freeze!

Here are some quick ideas to get started


  • In the case of a cake, chocolate mousse, or pancakes: add essential oils directly to the batter, which is sweet and rich in fats.
  • For syrup to drizzle over your cakes after baking, or for your ice creams: mix 250g of sugar syrup with about 4 drops of citrus essence (4 drops of one citrus or 1 drop of 4 different citruses, for example).
  • Jams, marmalades, or honey: add a few drops of essential oils (e.g., lavender, thyme, or citrus essences).
  • Season a pasta dish: add 4 drops of Clary Sage essential oil to a 400g pasta dish.
  • Flavor rice: add one drop of Lemongrass essential oil to 400g of rice.
  • Enhance an apple crumble with cinnamon essential oil

The essential oils most commonly used in cooking:







Le+ santé




Allium sativum

Odeur forte difficile à utiliser

.aïoli or garlic butter

. enhance the flavor of your sauces (tomato, dressing)


natural antibiotic

helps lower bad cholesterol and reduce blood sugar levels 

Difficult to digest




Anethum graveolens

Slightly  anised and fresh 

cream-based sauces to season fish, especially salmon

vegetables (potato, zucchini)

salads (cucumber)


Stimulates digestive secretions and the gallbladder

Risk of nephrotoxicity after prolonged and high dose ingestion



Ocimum basilicum

The essential oil of Basil has a stronger taste than the aromatic herb we know:

fruit desserts

poultry (chicken)

fish (calamari)

sauces (tomato, garlic)

pasta (garlic-olive oil, tomato)

vegetables (tomato, zucchini, coco beans)

olive oils


Relieves all intestinal and gastric problems Recommended for flatulence, bloating, and abdominal pain



Java citronella

Cymbopogon winterianus

Acidic and lemony flavour


Indian or Asian-inspired dishes

marinades, sauces (coconut milk)





Coriander (seeds)

Coriandrum sativum

Earthy and slightly camphorated fragrance

savory dishes (such as hummus)

Asian and Mexican cuisine

soups (pumpkin, carrot)

sauces (tomato, béchamel, coconut milk)



Aid for various digestive issues, bloating, and stomach-aches




Artemesia dracunculus

Light note

gratins, seasoning oils, and sauces (béarnaise, sour cream)

vegetable dips

meats (rabbit, beef)


Effective against colitis and intestinal spasms

Not recommended for use with anticoagulant treatments or coagulation disorders


Sweet Fennel

Fresh taste


gaspacho, tomato tart, fougasse, salads

Against flatulences and indigestions



Bay Laurel

Laurus nobilis

Sweet, bitter and fresh flavor


vegetables or fresh cheese

meats (game, pork, pâté, terrine)

fish (tuna, sardine)

sauces (béchamel, tomato)

vegetables (potato, tomato)



Pairs well with thyme



Origanum majorana


Sunny vegetables: tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers… In savory tarts or pizzas

Recommended for hypertensive individuals

Closely related to oregano with a finer flavor



Mentha arvensis

Milder flavor than Peppermint


Hepato-digestive stimulant

Very potent taste; a single drop is sufficient to season your dishes and drinks


Mentha piperita


Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks

Facilitate digestion



Mentha spicata

An even milder flavor than Peppermint or Field Mint


Moroccan tea


If you like the scent and taste of fresh mint, we recommend using this essential oil in your dishes instead.

Rosemary Cineole or Verbenon

Rosemarinus officinalis


Meats, fish, soups Poultry (chicken, turkey) Vegetables (zucchini, garlic) Sauces

Verbenon variety: detoxifying and liver protection

Pairs well with Bay Laurel and Thyme


Savory (Winter)

Satureja montana

Spicy, phenolic flavour

Pizzas, saucy dishes, mefrenats

Stimulates natural defenses



Clary Sage

Clary sage


pasta, broths and soups


Pairs well with Rosemary or Bay laurel


Thyme Linalol

Thyumus vulgaris

Very strong taste, best used in cooked dishes

Marinades, sauces (tomato), vinaigrettes, and vegetable preparations




Thyme  Thujanol

Lighter taste than Thyme Linalool

meat, fish, sauces





Flowers– Fruits 





The  +



Citrus bergamis

Tangy and sweet flavour


Poultry (chicken breast)

Fish (carpaccio, en papillote)


Sauces (olive oil)

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine)

Fruit salads (citrus, banana)

Infusion (iced tea)


Aids digestion, prevents constipation and intestinal infections Appetite stimulant



Citrus limonum


Desserts or beverages

Fish sauces

Cake or sorbet preparation

Flavoring plain yogurt

Meat (veal)

Poultry (hen, chicken breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Braised dishes (tagine)

Marinades (alone or with thyme, basil, cloves)


Cleanses and stimulates the liver. It also eases digestion and helps reduce gas and bloating

Pairs well with mint / peppermint essential oil

Geranium Rosat

Pelargonium graveolens

Floral flavour



Red fruit desserts (crumbles, panna cotta, muffins, strawberries…)

Creams (crème brûlée, ice cream)

Fruit salads (kiwi), pairs well with red fruits, nectarines (peach)


Appetite suppressant to regulate blood sugar



Lavandula angustifolia

Floral, herbal scent


Candy, shortbread, sorbets

In savory dishes, in flavored olive oil for salads

Jams (apricot)

Pastries (crème brûlée, ice cream)




Green Mandarin

Citrus reticulata


Sweet and tangy flavour


Juices or cocktails

Pumpkin soups

Poultry (poultry breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Fish (monkfish, whiting)



Digestive tonic, against aerophagia Anti-inflammatory for the intestines Useful for heartburn, acidity


Orange (Sweet)

Citrus sinensis

Sweet and fruity


Chocolate desserts

Meat (beef, pork)

Poultry (duck, guinea fowl)

Fish (white fish)

Soups (carrot)

Sauces (olive oil, mayonnaise)

Pastries (cake, madeleine, cheesecake)

Creams (crème brûlée)

Fruit salads (with cinnamon)


Bitter tonic, against stomach spasms

Pairs well with  Cardamom or cinnamon

Petit Grain Bigarade 

Citrus aurantium

Fruity, with a flavor close to orange blossom

Fruity preparations (crumble, jam).

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine, crepe)

Creams (custard, crème brûlée, flan caramel)

Fruit salads


Pairs well with citrus fruits (orange), honey, nectarines (peach)


Difficult digestion, bloating, digestive spasms, stomachaches


in eggnog for better sleep:

1 drop with 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of honey and 25 ml milk to drink at bedtime



Citrus paradisi

Tangy and sweet

Avocado salads and desserts galore: tarts, syrups, shortbread, or sorbets


Suppresses appetite Difficult digestion


Lemon Verbena 

Lippia citriodora

Lemon scented


Dairy products, pies, fruit salads, smoothies, or infusions

Fish (monkfish, sea bass)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruit compote (peach, pear)

Desserts (ice cream, parfait, panna cotta, custard, crème brûlée)

Pastries (madeleine, shortbread, cake)



Internal worms


Ylang Ylang Complete


Pronounced floral scent

Chocolate and apples









The +


Cinnamon (bark)

Cinnamomum verum

Warm and sweet flavor

All desserts: fruits in all forms, cakes, compotes…

Braised dishes (tagine, curry)


vermifuge and helps combat digestive disorders, gastric pain, urinary or intestinal infections.

Increases appetite.

Very potent oil that should not be used undiluted


Elettaria cardamomum

Spicy favour

Savory dishes or fruity desserts (orange, peach).

Ideal in coffee or black tea

Carrot salad

Basmati rice


Aids in the prevention of aerophagia


Clove bud

Syzygium aromaticum


Curry dishes

Apple desserts

Breath freshener



Curcuma longa

Savory and discreet flavo


Mayonnaise, rice, potatoes, or fish



Bloating, colitis, difficult digestion



Zingiber officinale

Spicy and lemony flavor

Soups, gingerbread, shortbread, rhubarb pies


Useful in case of constipation, nausea


Black Pepper 

Piper nigrum

Spicy, hot, woody


for seasoning meats, poultry, sauces, and vegetables (mashed potatoes, mushrooms)

Bloating, hepatic-pancreatic insufficiency, difficult digestion, lack of appetite.



Pink Pepper

Schinus molle

Peppery, hot, spicy


Meats (beef carpaccio)

Poultry (duck)

Fish (salmon)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruits (apple)”

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Digestive disorders, intoxication, intestinal infections


Digestive and Purifying Essential Oils:

  • Dill, Celery, Cumin, Fennel, Basil, Lemon, Tarragon, Mint


Tonic and Antibacterial Essential Oils:

  • Ceylon Cinnamon (bark), Ginger, Mint, Thyme (linalool chemotype), Lemongrass, Turmeric, Clove, Savory


Soothing and Mild Essential Oils:

  • Cardamom, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Lemon Verbena, Lemon, Mandarin, Bitter Orange Petitgrain, Vanilla (resinoid), Ylang-Ylang



Precautions When Using Essential Oils

First and foremost, several essential oils are toxic and should not be ingested. While essential oils like lemon or coriander can be used, it’s essential to steer clear of curly parsley oil, which is highly toxic.

Therefore, it is crucial to research each oil before adding them to your recipes. Ingesting toxic essential oils can lead to symptoms ranging from mild irritation of the mouth’s mucous membranes to nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Some essential oils can even cause seizures or respiratory problems.


At-Risk Individuals

  • Prohibited for pregnant women in the first 3 months of pregnancy, as well as infants under 3 months.
  • Pregnant women beyond 3 months and those who are breastfeeding should exercise caution in both aromatic cooking and aromatherapy. Some oils are contraindicated for them.
  • Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.


Essential oils can trigger allergic reactions.




  • Only use 100% pure, 100% natural, and chemotyped essential oils, preferably certified as organic. This ensures a high-quality product with a known chemical composition and free from pesticides.


  • Avoid using essential oils in baby food (up to 3 years old): firstly, some essential oils may be contraindicated for young children, and secondly, babies already have a wide range of flavors to discover!


  • For children under 6 years old, their palates are still developing a taste for “classic” flavors. They may not appreciate the unique aromas of aromatic cooking. It’s better to introduce them gradually starting from the age of 6, beginning with familiar flavors like citrus, for example.


  • Never swallow essential oils undiluted or even on a sugar cube because they are highly concentrated.


  • Always dilute essential oils in a fatty and/or sweet substance: honey, oil, cereal syrup, cake batter, etc. Water, broth, or milk is not sufficient; a syrupy or fatty substance is required. Dosage must be precise to the drop!


Sometimes, one drop too many can render the preparation inedible. So, respect some basic rules:

  • Never incorporate the oil directly into the dish with the dropper, as an accidental drop can easily happen.
  • Always dilute the drop(s) in a spoonful of fatty or syrupy substance before adding it to the preparation.
  • Follow the number of drops indicated in the recipe or, if in doubt, stick to 1 drop per dish.

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