Common causes of indigestion are overeating and eating fatty or spicy foods. Usually, all these symptoms occur during the good holiday seasons when there is an abundance of food in front us, and we somehow forget what we are supposed to eat and what foods we are meant to avoid.
Have a look at what these herbs have to offer in the realm of soothing digestive upset!
Fennel Seed – Foeniculum vulgare, fam. Apiaceae
- Fennel seeds are incredibly popular as an aid for digestion and have been used for this purpose for thousands of years. Modern scientific studies on the properties of fennel seeds are showing that their rich volatile oil content is primarily responsible for these digestive benefits and ability to clear intestinal gas so effectively.
- Compounds like anethole, fenchone and estragole appear to have anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that relax contracted intestinal muscles and allow trapped gas to dissipate.
- Fennel seeds are also believed to stimulate bile for better digestion, thus preventing these problems from happening in the first place. A great tasting fennel tea is a simple way to prevent many digestive problems like gas, bloating and cramps.
- Fennel seeds have even proven effective for many people with more serious digestive disorders.
- It is a powerful natural carminative, thus helping to eliminate the gas from your intestinal tract and aid in better digestion.
- These seeds are rich in minerals like iron, manganese, potassium, selenium, vitamins C, E and B, and magnesium, which aid in a smooth functioning of the intestinal tract by relaxing the contracted intestinal muscles.
- It has excellent sources of antioxidants which helps to protect the body from free radicals and ease in better digestion, increasing free movement in the small intestines.
Marshmallow Root – Althaea officinalis, fam. Malvaceae
- Digestive uses for marshmallow root include reducing heartburn, stomach ulcer symptoms, diarrhea and constipation. It coats the inside of the stomach and digestive tract with a soothing mucilage which helps prevent acid from causing discomfort and “burning.”
- By soothing the gastrointestinal tract with mucilage, regular consumption of marshmallow can help with the pain of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s, and prevent stomach ulcers from perforation.
- The flavanoids are able to reduce inflammation while the mucilage holds them in place and prevents further damage. The mucilage remains unaltered until it reaches the colon, which is why marshmallow works well on most inflammatory digestive disorders.
Chamomile – Matricaria chamomilla, fam. Asteraceae
- Chamomile, considered to be one of the safest medicinal herbs, is frequently recommended as a gentle treatment for common gastrointestinal problems.
- In Germany, where herbalism has long been considered conventional, tradition holds chamomile to be so useful that it has been – dubbed “alles zutraut”, or “capable of anything.” Indeed, for gastrointestinal ailments, it’s somewhat of a superherb.
- Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and carminative, chamomile can act upon the digestive system in a number of healing ways by helping to relieve flatulence and heartburn through mildly sedating and soothing the mucous membrane of the digestive tract. Its natural sedative properties can also relax the entire body, which may help if your digestive discomfort is caused by stress or worry.
Calendula – Calendula officinalis, fam. Asteraceae
- Calendula contains anti-spasmodic properties which help it to sooth disorders of the nervous system and cramping associated with indigestion. This may be due to the flavonoids that are present in this herbal tea which can ease the occurrence of cramps.
*All information presented here is for educational purposes only and should not be taken as fact. No statements have been approved by any accredited health organizations such as the USDA or Health Canada. Consult your healthcare professional with regards to your specific health situations, your medication and these herbs. The information is all stuff we have found useful in our lives. The information will be changed over time as we learn new things and want to present it more clearly for those who may find this information of use. Do your own research and come to your own conclusions; here are some things we’ve found useful for ourselves… Enjoy!