Bad eating habits, drugs, stress, and emotional upsets can all trigger a wide range of symptoms, so maintaining the digestive system in healthy is important for our well-being and is the basis of good health. If any symptoms get worse or don’t go away, consult a doctor, as they may mask a more severe underlying complaint. This list of herbs to aid digestion isn’t comprehensive, nevertheless it does include the most important ones.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare): A mild digestive stimulant suitable for sensitive stomachs. Chew a few seeds or make an infusion to dispel colic, griping pains, and gas.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita): A versatile herb for easing various digestive complaints. Drink as an infusion for symptoms of flatulence, indigestion, colic, travel sickness, vomiting, and nausea. Essential oil capsules are used to treat IBS.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita): A mild herb that relieves digestive problems. Drink an infusion or use the tincture to ease gastrointestinal spasm, indigestion, and “nervous” stomach. This herb is the most popular remedy for babies and children.
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria): A natural antacid that will ease the symptoms of various gastrointestinal problems connected to hyperacidity or flatulence. Drink an infusion to treat reflux, gas, peptic ulcers, gastritis, or mild diarrhea.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis): An amazingly soothing and mild herb for an overwrought digestive system in adults as well as children. Drink an infusion to ease flatulence, stomach cramps, colic, and any stress-related digestive symptoms.
Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): Soothing to the digestive tract and gently laxative. Mix with meadowsweet and chamomile and take as an infusion for symptoms of acidity, indigestion, and gastritis, or mix with senna to alleviate constipation.
Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis): Soothes inflammation of your entire digestive tract. Mix with chamomile and drink as an infusion to alleviate symptoms of discomfort or acidity or irritation of the mouth, stomach, or duodenum.
Slippery elm (Ulmus rubra): Brings a protective and healing coating to the digestive tract. COmbine the herb with a little water and drink the resulting paste to alleviate symptoms of reflux, diarrhea, acidity, gastroenteritis, and gastritis.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Acts as an anti-emetic and antispasmodic: use to alleviate symptoms of colic, hiccups, nausea, flatulence, irritable bowel, and vomiting. It’s also anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, so is useful for gastrointestinal infections.
Senna (Senna alexandrina): A stimulant laxative that will ease occasional constipation. Make an infusion to drink before going to sleep to stimulate a bowel motion the following morning. Stirring in a little liquorice or ginger powder will help prevent any griping pain.