describes any occurrence where the lining of a body cavity
become compromised and the contents protrude out through the
lining of the cavity. The most common types of hernia are
abdominal hernias. When there is a weakness in the muscle
wall of the abdominal cavity you may notice a lump that may
go away if pressed or you lie down. There may be pain with
heavy exertion or strain, possible even with coughing.
Hernias are categorized by the area of the body in which
they occur. Common types of hernias are:
Inguinal hernia. Three out of four
hernias are this type also known as a groin hernia. It is
much more common to men than women (25:1). They typically
occur at the intersection of the thigh with the torso in
what is know as the inguinal crease. There are two different
mechanisms that may result in this type of hernia know as
Indirect Inguinal Hernia and the Direct Inguinal Hernia.
Indirect. During the
development of the fetus the testicles descend from the
abdomen into the scrotum and the pathway normally closes
before birth. If this pathway does not close properly a
hernia may develop with some cases the protrusion being
exterior where others may go into the scrotum. This hernia
may occur at any age in life.
Direct. In this case the
abdominal wall is naturally thinner more towards the center
of the body in the inguinal crease and with age this area
can weaken and a hernia develop.
Femoral hernia. This type occurs in
women more than men and the resulting bulge is just below
the inguinal crease in the mid-thigh area. They develop
because the femoral canal, the path for the femoral artery,
becomes enlarged to the point that intestine or other
contents can move into the canal.
Umbilical hernia. Another common hernia
that is usually noticed at birth when the navel does not
naturally close just before birth and it protrudes. Small
protrusions usually close by themselves by age 2. This may
also be a weak area in the abdominal wall and with the
stress of pregnancy and childbirth a hernia may develop.
Incisional hernia. Surgery in the
abdominal area can weaken the abdominal wall and in a small
percentage (2-10%) a hernia may develop.
Another weak area of the abdominal wall is the between the
navel and the lower rib cage. If a hernia develops in this
area the protrusion is usually not intestine but rather
Hiatal hernia. This is not a hernia of
the abdominal wall but rather an enlargement of the opening
between the abdomen and the chest cavity that carries the
esophagus to the stomach. This opening through the diaphragm
is known as the hiatus. In the most common type of hiatal
hernia the stomach bulges up the opening forcing the
esophagus up and out of the opening. This is known as a
sliding hiatal hernia. Less common is the paraesophageal
hiatal hernia wherein the esophagus remains in place and the
stomach protrudes through the opening next to the esophagus.
Some with hiatal hernias will experience heartburn others
may have no symptoms at all.
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Essential oils can be of help prior to surgery to help
manage the pain and after surgery to both manage the
pain and to help speed up the healing process.
Essential oils also will be helpful to reduce scarring if
that is an issue. The essential oil blend Soothing Blend is
good for deep muscle pain and therefore will be helpful for
most types of hernia pain as well as after surgery.
Others report Frankincense and/or Peppermint helpful as
well. Helichrysum, Frankincense, and Lavender all
promote healing and can speed this part of the process.
Additionally they will help reduce scarring. All may
be applied topically directly in the area of interest.
Oils, blends & products
Essential oils will speed the process as the body
heals minor hernias but to repair most abdominal
hernias surgery is required. Essential oils can be
of help prior to surgery to help manage the pain and
after surgery to both manage the pain and to help
speed up the healing process. Essential oils
also will be helpful to reduce scarring if that is
an issue. For hiatal hernias where acid reflux
is a problem essential oils can be of great help.
Oils & Blends:
Repair tissue: HelichrysumC,
Frankincense, Anti-Aging BlendC, LemongrassC
Massage Blend, Soothing Blend, Frankincense,
Acid reflux (hiatal hernia): Digestive Blend,
Scar reduction: HelichrysumC,
Essential oils based
Abdominal: BasilC, GeraniumC.
Hiatal: FennelC, GingerC
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Abdominal hernias: Apply Anti-Aging Blend with a carrier (makes
it easier to apply) over the area 2 to 4 times a day. If
Anti-Aging Blend is not available use 2 drops each Helichrysum and
Frankincense. For pain topical application of Soothing Blend or
Soothing Blend Rub to the area.
Hiatal Hernias: For heartburn take Digestive Blend internally
(capsule or directly), usually 2 - 3 drops will help settle
heartburn for most folks. Some apply Frankincense topically
to the throat and esophagal area to relieve hiatal hernia
Experiences and Testimonials of others
see also Especially for Kids tabs above.
Julia - What can I apply or take for a hernia on a
c-section scar? I'm waiting for my doctors appointment to
see when I can get into surgery. Meanwhile, this hurts and I
really don't want to take Tylenol if I can avoid it. So far
I have been taking Protective Blend, Oregano, Frankincense 3 times a
Debbie - Peppermint and Soothing Blend would be good for the
pain. Also, I would add Helichrysum if you have
Tamalu - I used Frankincense, Lavender and Peppermint for
my muscle issue last winter. Those would also be exceptional
for reducing that scar. They assisted with pain and tissue
repair, and have helped several friends with similar
problems. I have also used Massage Blend for pain.
Lacy - Any oils to help with hiatal hernia? How to
use the oils on it too?
Michelle - My mother found that if she rubbed
Frankincense on her throat and chest area it took the
burning and pain away almost immediately. When in
doubt, use Frankincense!
Brenda - Has anyone
had success using oils with a hernia. I found the
suggestions of lemongrass and lavender. Anyone had success?
What did you use, how often, where, etc., Thanks so much.
LF - My husband has an outie
bellybutton. After crawling around under the house and
working on the truck, he told me his bellybutton was swollen
and hurting. This was five days ago. He has been
applying Frankincense three times a day, daily.
Swelling has gone down, with no pain.
Pat - Apply topically in the hernia
area, it will also depend on how severe it is. Sometimes it
becomes necessary to have it taken care of surgically and
use the oils to heal properly.
Sylvia - My auntie
has been diagnosed with cancer and I just got an email from
a friend that states that lemon is known for its combating
effects towards cancer. I shared this with my auntie
but she claims she can't take anything acidic because she
has a Hiatal Hernia. Would she have the same problem if she
used (...) Lemon Essential Oil?
Pat - The acid in lemon is from the
juice, our lemon oil is pressed from the rind so this would
not affect her hernia.
Nicole - I also have a hiatal hernia.
Digestive Blend has been life changing for me in eliminating the
reflux associated with it. i drink the lemon oil in my
water daily and have no problems with anything. Good luck!
Barb - My mom had a
colostomy 20 years ago, and has a hernia on her stoma, which
the doctors have told her is inoperable and will continue to
grow. Are there any essential oils that can help shrink
this type of hernia? It doesn't cause her pain, but it's
huge. Any help is greatly appreciated!
Carol - I had been dealing with an
incisional hernia, at the site of a now- reversed colostomy.
Hoping to avoid surgery, Dr. Hill had suggested Anti-Aging Blend
and FCO several times a day plus occasional lemongrass. I
believe it was healing, really, but decided to go ahead and
have the surgery while it was small and manageable. Now
(1week post-op) I am using the same oils on the incision to
assure real permanent healing of the tissue so I don't have
to go thru it again.
Anti-Aging Blend has the combination of oils (frankincense,
helichrysum, etc) which was being suggested individually. I
apply it to the entire affected area, with FCO (fractionated
coconut oil, which also dilutes it) it is easy to take a few
drops and mix with the FCO to cover the whole area.
folks recommend for children
Dani - My 13 month old just got out of surgery today for
a hernia repair and they also repaired an undescended
testicle. He has a 1 inch incision on his lower
abdomen/groin area and another small incision (1cm.) on his
testicle. They have him take Tylenol with codeine for
the pain. What oils would be best to help in his
recovery and to get him off the pain relievers? Would
you rub any oils on the incisions themselves or will that
complicate them? Thanks for your imput!
Kendra - Frankincense and Helichrysum would be very good
to use. I know that they are probably the most
expensive essential oils to use, but please do not use
anything but the very best, on my grandson.
Jan - My grandson had the same surgery at 4 months and 5
and a half months. And each hernia developed a hydroceil.
Very painful. Poor little guy. I put Lavender right on the
incision after the sturry strips came off, and put it
directly on the bottom of his feet with Wild Orange and
Frankincense while he was still in the hospital. Every other
time I put oil on his feet I used a different oil. He never
fussed and became quite sleepy. We only used the Tylenol for
about two days, and that only because my daughter said she
had to do what the doctor said.