5 Best Essential Oils for Nausea, Vomiting, Upset Stomach and Diarrhea

While there are many common chemical medicines available on the market, the best natural way to treat the issue is to use essential oils for nausea. Nausea is usually the state that precedes vomiting. This is not a disease because it is characterized by a non-specific symptom.

The condition leads to upset stomach. Nausea, vomiting, and upset stomach are stressful indicators that can make it difficult for you to go about your daily chores. Queasiness is accompanied by a sensation of upper abdominal discomfort, lightheadedness, salivation, sweating, and flushing. Common signs that you should look for are early satiety, fear of eating, a decreased interest in food, and anorexia. 

Causes of Nausea

  • Early pregnancy
  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Motion sickness
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Inflammation of the abdominal organs
  • Heart attack
  • Physical/ emotional pain
  • Cyclic vomiting syndrome
  • Psychiatric disorders (depression & anxiety)
  • Radiation therapy
  • Kidney failure
  • Hormonal disorders (Addison’s disease, hyperthyroid, & diabetes)
  • Migraine headaches
  • Slow intestinal movement
  • Gastrointestinal tract infections.

You can naturally manage nausea, vomiting, and stomach upset by using essential oils for vomiting, and essential oils for upset stomach. These oils will provide you with quick relief without any side effects.

Best Oils for Nausea

Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

The essential oil of lemon is pale to deep yellow in color. It is an antibacterial, laxative, diuretic, digestive, carminative, astringent, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal essential oil. The oil relieves queasiness, aids the digestive process, detoxifies the liver, soothes indigestion, and improves circulation.It is regarded safe for internal consumption.

Use lemon oil with caution when applying topically, since it is phototoxic, and can cause skin irritation.

Therefore, avoid exposure to direct sunlight for 24 hours after topical application of lemon oil. Add a few drops of the oil to your drinking water, and ingest the mixture.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil for nausea has a very strong scent.It is digestive, anti-carcinogenic, antiviral, antispasmodic, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and analgesic. It relieves revulsion, and any other digestive disorders. Soak a clean handkerchief with a few drops of diluted peppermint oil and sniff the aroma to help you get rid of nausea and its symptoms. Children younger than six years do not tolerate this oil. Moreover, anyone with high blood pressure should avoid ingestion or contact.

Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger Essential Oil

This is one of the best essential oils for nausea. It has a warm, spicy fragrance with pleasant notes of earth and wood. The scent of ginger oil is a powerful weapon in your arsenal against queasiness, vomiting, and upset stomach. It is digestive, laxative, warming, anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, and anesthetic. This is the best natural remedy for revulsion, diarrhea, indigestion, and motion sickness. The oil is uplifting as well as energizing. Its sweet, spicy aroma increases feelings of vitality, and physical well-being.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

This is an ideal essential oil for upset stomach because its benefits are endless. It has a fresh, herbal aroma, which is effective for relieving nausea. It is digestive, vermifuge, vasodilator, antispasmodic, antibacterial, and anticonvulsant. It is considered safe to use. Therefore, it is suitable for internal consumption. Try this aromatherapy for nausea: mix three drops of lavender oil with one drop of peppermint oil, put this into a diffuser and allow it to scent the atmosphere of your room. You can place a cool lavender oil compress on your forehead to ease symptoms of unsettled stomach.

Mandarin Essential Oil

Mandarin Essential Oil

This is one of the best essential oils for indigestion. It has a sweet, citrusy fragrance that is capable of alleviating nausea and its symptoms. It is digestive, laxative, diuretic, lymphatic, carminative, antispasmodic, and antiseptic. Mandarin essential oil eases constipation, stops hiccupping, aids digestion, and relieves fluid retention. You should not use the undiluted version of this natural oil. You have to dilute it with carrier oil to avoid any allergic reactions.

Application methods

  • Ingestion

Some of the oils can be used for direct ingestion to deal with nausea. Best ones for this the would be citrusy oils.

  • Inhalation

Smell is a powerful tool when it comes to affecting our feelings. Aromatherapy is an easy and safe way to use the oils to battle nausea. Besides coping with nausea attacks, it also uplifts the moods, reduces stress and helps us relax.

  • Topical application

Some of the oils can be massages directly to some parts of the body. Massaging itself is a good way to battle certain health issues, including nausea, and doing it with essential oils boosts the overall effect.

Have a look at a few recipes to see what combination of oils are best to use in each of the application methods.

Essential Oils for Nausea Recipes

recipes for nausea with essential oils

Recipe #1: Nausea Remedy Blend


  • 8 drops of jojoba oil
  • 4 drops of ginger essential oil
  • 4 drops of lemon essential oil

Directions: In a clean, dark-colored glass bottle, blend the aromatic oils with jojoba oil. Then add a few drops of the mixture to your aromatherapy diffuser, and mist the atmosphere of your room. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of the blend to a clean handkerchief and inhale directly. When suffering from nausea, natural remedies are the best. Ginger and lemon essential oils are safe to use during pregnancy, and they are very effective.

Recipe #2: Stomach Upset Treatment Blend


  • 8 drops of sweet almond oil
  • 1 drop of spearmint essential oil
  • 1 drop of peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops of ginger essential oil

Directions: In a clean, dark-colored glass bottle, mix the essential oils with sweet almond oil. Soak a clean piece of cloth with a few drops of the blend, and inhale directly. With nausea comes vomiting and upset stomach. Ginger oil reduces queasiness and fever, while lavender oil is a strong antiseptic.

Recipe #3: Indigestion Treatment Blend


  • 6 drops of jojoba oil
  • 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • A piece of clean cloth

Directions: In a clean, ceramic bowl, combine the three drops of peppermint oil with six drops of jojoba oil. Then drip 3 drops of the mixture onto the clean piece of cloth. Hold it under your nose, being careful not to allow the blend to contact your skin. Breathe deeply and slowly for approximately three minutes.

Recipe #4: Motion Sickness Treatment Blend


  • 4 drops of sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops of spearmint essential oil

Direction: Mix spearmint oil and sweet almond oil, and use the mixture to massage the mastoid area behind each of your ears. You can place a drop of diluted spearmint on your tongue or you may directly inhale the fragrance of the oil. Spearmint oil offers rapid comfort due to its antispasmodic quality.

More Tips

  1. Avoid Dehydration

This especially concern children, but some adults tend to get dehydrated in the course of their busy lives. The sings are easy to tract: dry mouth, feeling more tired than usual, darker color of urine. Dehydration may be one of the reasons of nausea and vomiting. So, keep track of how much water you drink. If you are a busy person, you can set an alarm for every few hours to remind you to drink a glass of water. Recommend norm is 6-8 glasses.

  1. Fresh air

If you got caught up with nausea on a hot, sunny day, try to get access to fresh air. Take a minute and take a few deep breathes. Lack of oxygen often results in dizziness and nausea, so try to provide yourself with a sufficient amount of fresh air.

  1. Placing hands on a firm surface

This might help when you have nausea due to travelling by any kind of transport. The thing is, in both of the situation, your senses are tricking you, because your eyes and body don’t’ feel the movement, but your internal ear, for that matter, feels it perfectly well. This causes a battle of senses, which makes your brain think you were poisoned, thus, causing an urge to vomit. Try to place your palms on something firm and concentrate your eyes on one point in space.

  1. Acupressure

This trick is not as popular as the other ones mentioned. This is originally a Chinese technique. If you have a wave of nausea, try to place your index finger on the spot between the large tendons on the inner part of your wrist. Wait for a couple of minutes.


In Conclusion

Aromatherapy is recommended for nausea and all the associated symptoms. Essential oils for nausea might be very effective. However, when treating sickness it is important that you find the root of the problem. This will help you choose the most appropriate essential oils. In addition, you should check if the natural oils are safe to use with pregnant women, young children, and people with high blood pressure.

Sources and References

  1. BetterHealth Irritable bowel syndrome
  2. WomensHealth IBS
  3. Health Direct Abdominal pain
  4. MedlinePlus Nausea and Vomiting

  1. A lot of recipes here have peppermint. I’m allergic to it, what oils would you suggest to replace it with?

  2. My cat has been having stomach troubles recently, Do you think I can use oils with her?

    • I’m not sure it is such a great idea. I would take her to the vet, she might be ill or something.

    • It is a good idea to take her to the vet first and make 100 sure what is her condition. Don’t try the oils untill you know for sure what is wrong.

  3. Where do you suggest I can find pure oils? Most of the stuff I come across in the shops has some synthetic contents.

  4. Do you think I can use oils for morning sickness? It’s my first trimester. I did use oils before preganancy, but I’m not sure it is safe.

    • Hello. You should be very cautious if you want to use oils during pregnanacy. Consult your doctor first, they will tell you if it is fine considering your condition.

  5. Thank you so much for the article. I’ve been suffering sickness when being in car or a bus all the time, now I use a cloth with oils and just inhale when I feel i start getting sick! Thanks

  6. I’m sure that essential oils are good for nausea when we speak about adults, but I’m a bit worried about using them for chidlren. I mean, they are rather strong, even dilluted, won’t they prvoke even more stomach irritatioan? Plus the strong smell…

    • Hello, Jasabel!
      The point is, you have to be really caraful when using those with children. Some of the oils are not recommended for them because they are too strong, and they can actually irritate the stomach even more. For small children I would suggest a very mild blend of lavander and almond oil. The smell will be soothing and comforting and it will calm down the upset stomach!

    • I know what you mean, I had the same doubts. I did try it with my children, you see , my younger son always feels sick in a car, so I decied to use an oil blend, cause he won’t take any pills. I used a very mild blend of lavander and the smell actually helped him.

  7. I think it depends on what causes nausea in the first place. If we speak about car skiness, it might be either the smell of gas in the car or the bumpy road. In the first case the oils do help beacuse they have strong smell, but in the other case, ..I’m not sure they are really useful

    • Yeah, I agree. I have the same problem with my kid. It is not the smell that provokes nausea, it is the bumpy road. I am not sure if the oils are of any help here…It is impossible to go on a car trip longer than 10 mins with him…since we live in a suburb it is really inconvinent.

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