Stress, and bad eating habits, even if those are temporary can create havoc on our digestive system. Anxiety often leads to stomach cramps, pains, and other ailments, that can make us even more miserable.
Thankfully, Mother Nature has given us a wide variety of herbs that can aid in these times of digestive troubles.
Growing up with herbs, my family relied on alternative medicine to aid our needs. Thankfully, I was handed down some of this information, and am happy to share it with you today!
5 Herbs To Aid Indigestion And Stomach Ailments:
- Chamomile tea is a gentle aid to relax and sooth upset stomach caused by indigestion. Especially useful when these upsets are caused by spicy or highly-acid containing foods.
- While I would not suggest to use peppermint for the same reasons than chamomile, as it can actually worsen acid reflux in some people, peppermint aids in stomach cramps, and nausea.
- If you feel bloated, or have light stomach cramps, but need to stay away from peppermint due to acid reflux, then fennel is the herb for you. Mild enough that many doctors in Germany suggest Fennel tea for young children, in cases of stomach upsets.
- Yarrow: According to the Reseda Pharmacy yarrow assist the person who is suffering from mild stomach cramps, nausea, and loss of appetite.
- Wormwood: The same pharmacy also suggests the use of wormwood in teas for bloating and light stomach cramping.
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Tea Mix Recipes:
Mix equal parts of anise seeds, fennel seeds, and caraway seeds well. Place one teaspoon of the mix into a tea infuser or directly into your cup. Fill the cup with boiling hot water, and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain seeds with a small mesh strainer. Sweeten with honey, if desired.
Tea Mix # 2 – Anti-Cramping
For those who can tolerate peppermint tea ( not for anyone suffering acid reflux!), mix equal parts of dried chamomile leaves, dried peppermint leaves, and caraway seeds. Mix well. Use one teaspoon of the mix per cup of water. Allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes, either via a tea infuser or directly in the cup. Strain through a small mesh strainer. Sweeten with honey.
Where To Get Your Herbs:
If you are lucky enough to live in Germany or are visiting the country, Pharmacies there stock herbs, and herbal tea mixes for the use of alternative medicine.
In the US, however, I suggest that you use trusted online retailers such as Amazon, and always look for products that are organic in nature.
I suggest that you use honey as a sweetener, as it contains its own stomach soothing properties. Only use raw honey from trusted sources. High-quality commercially produced honey will do just fine in these recipes.
(Disclaimer: This article is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and not meant to treat, or diagnose an illness. Always consult your medical professional when using herbal medication and supplements, and disclose any medication you are using)