Hiccups are terrible. Hiccups are horrendous! I had not had a case of hiccups in years – and then yesterday happened. I had five cases of those dreaded hiccups throughout the day. I don’t know where they came from, but at least I found a quick and easy remedy to share with you that works in a matter of seconds. All five times!
What are hiccups?
A hiccup is an involuntary spasm of the diaphragm, the muscle at the base of the lungs. As with most ailments, modern medicine is not sure what exactly causes them. According to Medical News Today, it is most likely caused by a stomach upset.
Recommended solutions sound like a bunch of old wive’s tales:
- Eat something sweet.
- Eat something sour.
- Drink water while upside down.
- Breathe slowly into a paper bag.
- Get scared.
Medical News Today even recommends five different medications you can take for serious hiccups, which range from muscle relaxants to anti-psychotics! I can only shake my head.
How did I help get rid of hiccups all five times without anti-psychotics, muscle relaxants or drinking water upside down while being scared and eating sugar-salt from a paper bag?
Peppermint Essential Oil!
I love trying oils for things like hiccups because when it works, I know it was the oil assisting my body in returning to balance. In this case, I inhaled the oil right from the bottle a few times in a row with deep, slow breaths. Next, I rubbed a drop on the inside of my wrist, about three finger widths down from where my hand and wrist meet. In acupressure, this point is called the Inner Gate. Within a minute, my hiccups were gone.
Please note that Peppermint Oil is not intended for use on children under the age of six. When using on an older child, dilute accordingly. Peppermint Oil is a “warming’ oil which can easily cause skin irritation, so do a small test patch if you are applying undiluted to an adult. Also, please be sure to use pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, especially when applying neat (undiluted.) Should your essential oils contain toxins, it could very easily have a negative effect when applying topically.
Now we can get back to doing important things, like borrowing the coolest tricycle I have ever seen from a boy we don’t know at the park. That one is definitely going on my wish list!
Nordqvist, Christian. “What are Hiccups? What causes Hiccups?” Medical News Today Online. Original article date: 08 March 2010. Article updated: 12 September 2012.
Wikipedia “Hiccup” 22 May 2014.
Kitchen Cabinet Cures. “9 Quick Cures for Hiccups.” Reader’s Digest Online. 23 May 2014.