Indigestion is a broad term that covers any number of digestive problems, all of which can ruin a good day. It often pops up unexpectedly and usually at the worst possible moment. There’s a plethora of over-the-counter remedies to deal with digestive issues, but the truth is: They don’t always help. And even worse than that, most of them are full of potentially harmful chemicals that you really shouldn’t mess with, let alone put them in your body.
The good news is that nature has already provided us with some amazing herbs that can help relieve the suffering caused by occasional or chronic indigestion. Here’s a list of some of the best.
Peppermint. Peppermint has long been used to cure stomach illness. It quells nausea. I used to suck on peppermint candy all the time when I was pregnant – because I had morning sickness all the time. It did help, but it also made my horrible heartburn worse. Peppermint is not recommended for those who suffer from acid reflux or GERD.
But it can help soothe other types of indigestion. You can utilize peppermint in a number of ways. Often simply inhaling peppermint oil can help calm an upset stomach. If you have peppermint oil on hand, you can place a drop of oil in a glass of water to help with general stomach upset.
Ginger. Ginger is another common indigestion cure. Simply chewing on a small piece of candied, pickled, or raw ginger can help soothe an upset stomach. You can also add ginger juice to boiling water. Just add a little honey to sweeten it, and drink it down as a simple indigestion tea.
Anise. Anise, which tastes a lot like black licorice, also helps cure indigestion. The most basic preparation requires crushing one to two teaspoons of seeds and steeping them for ten minutes in boiling water. Use a tea ball or bag to avoid having to strain the seeds from the water.
Parsley. I always add parsley into anything I put garlic or onions in to help prevent bad breath. In fact, I think a lot of people do this. I never knew that by doing so I was making it easier for my family and me to avoid indigestion. Try chewing on a few leaves after a meal, or put a bunch of parsley in a blender with a dew cups of water to make a parsley juice to drink.
Cinnamon. Cinnamon has been commonly used to aid digestion. Specifically, it aids in liver function and helps boost metabolism. It also helps indigestion. Instead of taking a teaspoon of dried cinnamon orally, consider taking capsules. A teaspoon of dried cinnamon can be very difficult to consume by itself. It doesn’t taste very good in such large quantities an may actually burn your mouth and/or throat.
Finally, consider drinking a warm glass of water with lemon when you’re suffering from indigestion. Green apples, fennel, dandelion, and chamomile can all be used to cure indigestion too.
Indigestion is a common ailment that often results from eating foods that aren’t good for you. However, healthy foods can cause it too. Instead of running to the pharmacy, consider opening up your refrigerator or spice cabinet. You probably already have a great natural cure right at your fingertips.