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Peppy Plai Belly Rub: Essential Oils to Support Digestion

Peppy Plai Belly Rub Essential Oils To Support Digestion

3 Essential oils that support digestion and a happy belly

If you’ve ever enjoyed a big meal, but later gotten a belly ache and wished you hadn’t gone for that second helping, you’re going to love this essential oils for digestion recipe!

Sometimes your digestion is off not because you’ve eaten too much, but because something you ate didn’t agree with you. Maybe you tried some new food, or weren’t aware of all the ingredients in your meal.

Even feeling stressed and anxious can affect your digestion.

This essential oil blend is useful in all of those cases (and more)! 

First let’s get into the recipe, then I’ll share how these essential oils support digestion.

Peppy Plai Belly Rub Digestion Oil

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 6 drops Plai essential oil (Zingiber cassumunar)
  • 6 drops White Turmeric essential oil (Curcuma zedoaria Roscoe)
  • 5 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha × piperita)

To make this recipe, all you have to do is pour the jojoba into a 1 oz (30 ml) glass bottle.

Add your essential oils, close the bottle, and shake gently to blend.

Peppy Plai Belly Rub Digestion Oil Recipe

Massage this blend into your belly any time your stomach feels upset. You can even use it before eating, if you want to give the essential oils plenty of time to start working. 

And after you rub it into your belly, don’t forget to inhale the scent of the blend from your palms!

Side note: You might sometimes see “jojoba wax” called “jojoba oil.” 

That’s because jojoba is technically a natural liquid wax! 

So while it behaves a lot like an oil, it has the stable shelf life of a wax. (Jojoba can last for over 20 years!) From a chemistry perspective, jojoba wax closely resembles the natural oils produced by your skin (called “sebum”). It doesn’t clog pores and is deeply moisturizing.

Make this recipe along with me in the video!


Here’s why I chose these essential oils for my digestion support blend!

Plai essential oil
(Zingiber cassumunar)

Plai plant

Plai essential oil is popular in Southeast Asia, especially Thailand, but isn’t well known in some other parts of the world.

It’s a member of the Ginger family—Zingiberaceae (what a mouthful to say!) But while it has a characteristic gingery aspect to its aroma, it has a cooling touch. (It’s not warming, like true Ginger oil.) Plai’s overall aroma is exotic, spicy, and fresh. 

Plai’s chemistry, which includes monoterpenes and monoterpenols, makes it especially useful for calming muscle spasms and bloating.

White Turmeric essential oil
(Curcuma zedoaria Roscoe)

White Tumeric plant

White Turmeric is another less well-known essential oil.

Despite its name, White Turmeric has more in common with Plai than with Turmeric! For instance, White Turmeric is also a member of the Ginger family, and is distilled from the roots of the plant (as is Plai). 

And some of White Turmeric’s most potent benefits are for the belly and digestion.

It’s excellent for soothing spasms, easing bloated sensations, and even helping to quiet gas. 

White Turmeric’s aroma is warm and spicy, with top notes that might remind you of Eucalyptus. 

Peppermint essential oil
(Mentha × piperita)


Peppermint essential oil is one of my very favorite essential oils for anything belly-related—including digestion.

Even simply breathing in Peppermint’s crisp, cool, sweet aroma can settle your stomach. In addition to supporting digestion, soothing spasms, and easing bloating, Peppermint oil also helps relax muscles and release tension.

Hooray for your happy belly!

The overall effect of this blend is intensely soothing for your belly, and revitalizing for your emotions. 

If you’ve ever felt sluggish and tired after eating too much, you’ll appreciate the way this recipe refreshes your energy so you feel ready to engage with life again.

And if anxiety affects your digestion, this blend can help you in several ways: Use it to feel more physically comfortable, while also cooling the hot emotions of stress and anxiousness. Releasing worries can go a long way toward soothing your stomach. 

Another way to calm an upset stomach is to take a warm, calming bath with essential oils to support digestion. Here’s a recipe I love for before bed! It’s made with Roman Chamomile and Yuzu oil.

I hope it helps you!

Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils

Karen serves as Co-Director of Education at Aromahead Institute, where she works closely with students and helps them earn aromatherapy certification. Karen’s strong values for healthcare, education, and sustainable practices have guided her entire career, and remain the principles that shape her daily activities at Aromahead. Karen loves sharing her knowledge of essential oils and how they can enhance the beauty of ones’ journey through life and has authored numerous articles and guides on the safe and effective therapeutic uses of essential oils. In Karen’s free time, she can be found hiking amongst nature, reading, and enjoying her family.

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