Long before Pepcid®, Alka-Seltzer®, TUMS® or Pepto-Bismol® hit the shelves of your local “apothecary,” people everywhere regularly turned to the plants that were already growing around them to heal their digestive system complaints. Today, many of these same botanical remedies remain in widespread use for common symptoms of digestive system problems. Bouts of nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness, vomiting, heartburn, dyspepsia, bloating, belching, flatulence, or diarrhea, when occasional or mild, can all be self-treated, frequently to good effect.
These herbs soothe, reduce inflammation, and promote healing of the GI lining from top to bottom. They extract best in water and have a slippery feel. This soothes the GI tract when it’s dry, inflamed, irritated, or damaged, and helps create a temporary mucus-like lining. Strongly mucilaginous (mucus-like) herbs include marshmallow root, slippery elm bark, and aloe inner gel. Demulcent yet only slightly mucilaginous herbs include licorice root, plantain leaf, and meadowsweet flower.
Bitter herbs are helpful for indigestion. It is thought that their bitter quality has the effect of stimulating digestive capacity through enhancing production of saliva and helping support both digestive enzymes and stomach acid.
Best to use organic herbs and spices.
Herbal water can help with digestion and hydration. Check out Kami McBride's video on creating herbal water.
Kami McBridge shares her knowledge of using herb infused oils as a simple way to enrich the taste and health factor of your food! Check out how to make her herbal infused olive oil with turmeric, paprika, coriander, cinnamon, mustard, and sea salt.
Growing your own herbs is a simple and inexpensive undertaking that pays off big for your taste buds and your budget. If you can keep a houseplant alive, you can sustain an herb garden.
Learning to grow your own herbs is so much fun, but it can also be a challenge! Not only does it allow you to have access to fresh herbs whenever you need them, but you can control the growing environment, harvesting, and storage of your herbs in order to have the highest quality herbs possible.