There are a ton of options when your stomach is a little bit upset-whether it’s from the additional stress and overwhelm, or whether it’s from a meal (or less than ideal food) you over-indulged in.
I wanted to give you the low down on some really common herbs that you may already have at home and how and why you may use each one of them to help your upset stomach feel a little better.
Keep in mind that this is definitely not for someone with an undiagnosed gastrointestinal issue…come see me in practice or check in with your family doctor if you fit this category so we can make sure you are treated properly and appropriately. Also make sure you don’t have any allergies to any of the herbs we talk about below, and avoid them if this is the case and check in with your ND if you’re taking any supplements or medications that may interact.
Chamomile is such a lovely herb, and if you have any area to garden, I’d DEFINITELY suggest you try your hand at growing it next year! We grew it for the first time this year and it was incredibly beautiful in our yard, but also so wonderful to be able to go out and pick medicine right outside our doorstep!
Chamomile has got a lovely and gentle flavor that’s really easy to drink in a tea and is nice for kids too. It’s calming and soothing for an upset stomach and is also good when you’re feeling a little stressed out and overwhelmed. It’ll help soothe your stomach and your whole body.
Steep 1 tablespoon of dried chamomile in a cup of water for about 10 minutes and enjoy.
Ginger is such a great herb for this time of year, as we come into chillier weather, because it’s constitutionally so warming.
If you struggle with stomach ulcers or drink too much, you will want to proceed with caution around ginger and not overdo it. It’s very powerful and in high doses sometimes the “heat” it comes with can be too much.
Particularly helpful for gas and nausea, powdered ginger tea is a more gentle way to go if you feel like your stomach is a little upset and you’re cold, but you could also slice and boil ginger pieces…just go gently, as it can get pretty powerful, pretty quickly!
Peppermint is such a common flavor in things like gums, soaps and toothpastes, but is also such a lovely tea to drink! Peppermint (and many other mint varieties) can be nice and soothing on an upset stomach. It’ll help calm any cramping and gently support digestion.
Mint varieties are also really great to grow in your yard! Just make sure that you plant them in pots or somewhere that’s really contained, as they’ll go wild and fill your entire garden plot if you’re not careful!
Steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried peppermint in a cup of water for about 10 minutes and enjoy!
Need More Help?
As I mentioned above, if your issue seems like it’s a bit more (or a lot more!) than an upset stomach or you’ve got more questions, I’d be happy to help! Book in for an appointment today and we’ll get you sorted and on your way to wellness again.