Peppermint capsules have long been a natural solution to reducing symptoms of IBS. One of the most popular brands of these essential oil capsules is Heather’s Tummy Tamers (HTT). I was taking HTTs at least three times a day and it was getting a bit expensive. So I read a lot and mathed a lot and finally came up with these, which seem to work just as well as the originals. Diluted in organic, cold-pressed avocado oil, the active ingredients are 16.67% mentha piperita (peppermint oil), 1.67% foeniculum vulgar (fennel oil) and 1.67% zingiber officinale (ginger oil). Taken on an empty stomach, these have been shown to have a great effect on symptoms of IBS, including reduced bloating, and less discomfort/pain.
Peppermint helps relieve abdominal pain, diarrhea, and urgency from IBS. It is known to have calming effects on the stomach and intestinal tract.
Fennel helps regulate contractions of the small intestine and aids gas expulsion. Fennel also relaxes the gut, which can relieve spasms of the GI tract. As a result, fennel assists in the dietary management of IBS gas, bloating, and abdominal pain.
Ginger contains powerful digestive enzymes, and is helpful for a wide variety of gastrointestinal ailments.
Essential oils must be diluted in a carrier oil to avoid harming the visceral lining of your esophagus and stomach. Taken in their pure form, they could cause great damage, such as ulcers or esophageal stripping. Think about lemon oil, it is so strong that it is used widely as a cleaning agent! A safe ratio for ingesting essential oils is 20% ee to 80% carrier oil, which is what this recipe is.
The original Heather’s Tummy Tamers have a higher percentage of essential oils; however, they also have an enteric coating which means that they won’t be digested until they reach the intestines. As these are made with vegetable capsules, there is a greater chance that they will be digested in the stomach. A lower percentage of essential oils reduces the chances of heart burn.
Here are directions from helpforibs.com on how to take these capsules:
1) Take the Tummy Tamers on an empty stomach at least one hour before a meal. This gives the capsules plenty of time to reach the intestines before they dissolve. (If you’re not prone to heartburn, you must still take the caps on an empty stomach, but you can take them right before a meal.)
2) Never take Tummy Tamers during or after a meal because the food will delay the capsules from reaching the intestines, and this could cause them to dissolve in the stomach.
3) Drink just enough cool – not hot – liquid to swallow a capsule easily. While the enteric coating makes them resistant to stomach acid, the capsules are water soluble. Limiting the amount of liquid they’ll be floating around in will help them reach their destination without dissolving.
4) Don’t take the Tummy Tamers at the same time as any medication (prescription or over-the-counter) meant to lower your stomach acid. Lowering the stomach acid makes the enteric coating less likely to work (remember, it’s resistant to high acid). For folks who need to take these medications, try taking the Tummy Tamers about an hour before you take the acid lowering/blocking medication, and then have your meal.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. If you make and consume these capsules, you do so of your own volition and at your own risk. I am not responsible for any negative side-effects you may experience. Please do your own research, and perhaps even consult a doctor, before making and consuming these.
Copycat Heather's Tummy Tamers
- 12 size 00 vegetable capsules
- 30 drops organic 100% peppermint oil
- 3 drops organic 100% fennel oil
- 3 drops organic 100% ginger oil
- 144 drops cold-pressed avocado oil
In a small bowl, combine all the oils, then fill capsules with 15 drops each