Friday, November 26, 2010

Herbal Remedies For Upset Digestion

G'morning all....still full from yesterday? Well belly up to the computer as I have some herbal help!


Healing Remedies For Upset Digestion

An upset digestive system can be caused by a number of things. Stomach bugs spread quickly and lay you low even after the bug itself has left your system. Poor dietary habits, too much rich or spicy food, a buffet of alcohol, stress or anxiety and bad hygiene contribute to digestive problems.

If you experience upsets regularly, it might help to find out if you have food allergies as these can make you feel bloated and sore. Analyse your diet;do you eat a lot of spicy foods? Is your diet balanced? If this is not the problem, take a look at stress and see whether you can reduce this somehow. Herbs can alleviate digestive problems, but their cause must be dealt with as well.

Choosing The Right Cure

Digestive problems that are caused by stress factors need to be treated differently from those that are caused by problems with your diet or stomach bugs.

For stress-related digestive upsets, try using herbs that can help you to relax, such as chamomile, as they help you treat the root of the problem at the same time as aiding your recovery.

Stomach bugs on the other hand,can be eased with the use of herbs such as peppermint, which will ease the pain and also cleanse your stomach. You should fast during the time you are unwell, because this can help defeat the bug and prevents your stomach from becoming irritated.

After you feel better, or if you can't sustain a fast during your illness, eat very light foods such as natural yogurt, which helps to increase the friendly bacteria in your gut. Remember that you need to drink plenty of water, or herbal infusions and teas, to rehydrate yourself and flush the bug out of your system.

Herbs For Digestive Upsets

Chamomile~This versatile herb relieves anxiety and insomnia, preventing some stress-related stomach conditions. Its effects are antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, tonic and antiseptic. You can drink chamomile tea whether your problems are caused by stress, indigestion or a tummy bug. Buy the tea from a store make your own using 4 tbsp of flowers in a quart of water.

Peppermint~Peppermint's anti-inflammatory, sedative and cooling properties make it ideal for stomach upsets. It relieves flatulence, eases indigestion and helps soothe away tummy bugs and colic. If you feel nauseous, drink peppermint tea or buy oil of peppermint from your chemist or natural food store. Using the fresh leaves in your cooking , on potatoes or in yogurt, helps balance your digestive system.

St. Johns Wort~This herb has been found effective in treating anxiety and depression as prescribed drugs, without the side effects of synthetic chemicals. It is also useful for stomach upsets due to anxiety. Drink two or there cups of the tea daily; if you have trouble sleeping while you are ill, put some leaves inside your pillow.

Dill~Dill is aromatic, stomach and anti-inflammatory. It is very useful for stomach problems and, as it helps to increase your appetite, it helps in your recovery. Soak a handful of seeds and flowers in a pint of water overnight, then drink it cold or warm it as a tea.

Parsley~This herb is an excellent remedy for flatulence and has a beneficial action on the heart and womb as well as the digestion It can also help relieve stomach cramps. Use it i salads, soups and sandwiches, or buy tablets form a health store.

Lettuce~Ensure you wash lettuce well to get rid of chemicals that it may have come in contact with. Lettuce is useful for coughs, digestive problems, the kidneys and liver, and for asthma. Eat plenty of salads and if you wish to use it as a tea, dry the leaves then boil 2 tsp in a cup of hot water.

Healing Digestive Salad

  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Green Olives
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Fresh Dill Leaves
  • Almonds, whole
  • Mint Leaves
  • Natural Yogurt

  1. Mix together in a bowl, the lettuce chopped parsley and dill leaves, olives and cucumber
  2. Roast a handful of almonds under the broiler for 2 minutes
  3. Make a dressing by chopping mint leaves and stirring them into natural yogurt. Garnish with think slices of tomato.
  4. Enjoy!

MMM that's a yummy salad...and sooo good for you too..
Have a wonderful day and don't forget to eat your greens!

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