Friday, October 14, 2011

Aromatherapy/Botanicals Tip of the Week


You know that icky feeling in your stomach that you sometimes get after a big meal? Or after eating something that your body just didn't agree with? For most, a stomachache would mean a trip to the medicine cabinet or drug store for some Pepto Bismol. But it turns out, there are plenty of natural herbal remedies out there that work just as well, if not better.

According to Earthy Family, the seeds from herbs such as dill, caraway, fennel, anise, coriander, and cumin all help to relieve gas. This explains why many Indian restaurants offer candied fennel and anise seeds after the meal. Earthy Family recommends placing a spoonful of the seeds in a mug with boiling water and allowing it to steep for five minutes to create a tea. Not only does this sound delicious, but I'm sure it would be a great way to cure an upset tummy.

An article on LiveStrong also recommends drinking chamomile or ginger tea to soothe indigestion and stomach cramps. Peppermint tea can also be especially helpful after a big meal it calms the muscles in your stomach, digestive tract, and intestines.

My favorite suggestion of all is the use of rosemary because that's my all-time favorite herb. According to LiveStrong, you can make a rosemary tea by steeping 2-4 grams of dried rosemary in boiling water, then straining before drinking. This should help with bloating, cramps, and indigestion. Yay, now I have yet another use for rosemary! ;)

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