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Herbal Stomach Soothers

I am one of those people who’s stomach gets upset at the mere thought of consuming certain foods.  Before I was in on the whole “secret” that you can treat most minor ailments with herbs and natural remedies, I used to pop Tums and antacids all the time. I’m really sorry that I did that, especially knowing that those types of products are actually bad for your digestion.

There are a number of herbs that you can use to help soothe an upset stomach, and the first one I’m going to talk about is actually one that I just had to rip a bunch out of my garden because it had literally taken over the whole thing.

This herb is peppermint. Peppermint plants are a wonderful plant to have around, or of course you can also buy fresh mint at the store, but you can grow it much cheaper, just be sure to block the area it grows in so it doesn’t take over everything.

Peppermint contains a substance called menthol, which gives it the minty/cool feeling in your mouth.  Peppermint is very soothing to the digestive tract when upset, and it is most likely due to the menthol contained within it.  Peppermint oil also may be used, and this can be found in most natural foods stores. Peppermint oil has actually been found in studies to relieve the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease as well.

Another common herb to soothe upset stomachs is one we all know well because we grew up with the advice to drink ginger ale when we had an upset stomach. What we did not know is that most commercial ginger ale hardly contains any actual ginger at all, which is the ingredient in ginger ale that gives it the stomach soothing quality.

Ground ginger root is easily purchased at natural foods stores and lots of grocery stores though, and you can add this to your water for a crisp, spicy refreshing drink, as well as a soothing tonic for your belly.

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