Herbal help for stomach problems

For many ailments in the area of ​​the digestive tract, nature offers a lavish selection of suitable remedies in the form of herbal ready-made preparations or tea preparations. Our grandparents already knew proven recipes for gastrointestinal complaints, which are still used today. Some medicinal plants have ingredients that work specifically against disorders in the digestive system. But herbal remedies should also be taken with caution and not in excessive amounts. This also applies to medicinal teas.

Wide field of application

To enhance the healing effects of individual herbal preparations, it may be useful to combine them or resort to ready-made mixtures from the pharmacy. This is particularly beneficial for people with  irritable bowel syndrome  who are plagued by multiple ailments at the same time.

The ingredients of some  medicinal herbs  promote the production of gastric juice and bile and thus stimulate digestion. Others work against cramps and  flatulence  or calm the stomach. Some plants can soothe irritated gastric mucosa thanks to anti-inflammatory substances and mucilage.

Type of preparation is crucial

It is important to stick to the preparation of the medicinal teas. Some require a short brewing time to release the active ingredients into the water, while others may need to steep the  tea  for a quarter of an hour or longer.

Some plants require excessive amounts to make a potent tea or, like the artichoke, are unsuitable for infusion. Therefore, pharmacies offer the herbal remedies as a ready-made solution or concentrated essential oil.

Peppermint soothes

One of the oldest remedies to soothe dam is peppermint. The leaves of the plant in the form of an infusion or tea have proven themselves in spasmodic complaints of the stomach and intestines.

The essential oil from the plant, menthol, brings relief in particular for pain in the upper gastrointestinal tract and irritable bowel syndrome.  A cup of the tea, taken in sips and not too hot, is also good for  nausea and vomiting.

Yarrow for flatulence

With the exception of the root, the whole plant of the yarrow, which is also popularly known as stomachache herb or field sheaf, is effective. Its bitter substance, which stimulates saliva production, its tannins and a resin are good for inflammation, flatulence or cramps.

The azulene in the essential oil of yarrow has a disinfecting, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effect. The high  potassium content  stimulates the activity of the kidneys, which is why the plant is well suited for spring and autumn cures.

Lemon balm relaxes

The aerial parts of lemon balm possess sedative and antispasmodic properties. No fewer than 250 ingredients, of which the essential ones are the most important, contribute to a calming and slightly deflating effect, so that symptoms such as stomach pressure, flatulence,  diarrheaconstipation  or gastrointestinal cramps are alleviated.

In addition, the herbal medicine calms the vegetative nervous system and protects the stomach and intestines from nervous overstimulation. This is especially helpful for people with  an irritable stomach  and irritable bowel. In addition to tea preparations, the herbal active ingredient is available as an alcohol-free solution and as capsules or as a pure essential oil for aromatherapy.

Chamomile anti-inflammatory

Chamomile is one of the best and most effective remedies for acute and chronic inflammation of the mucous membranes in the gastrointestinal tract. High-quality medicinal teas made from chamomile are characterized by the fact that only the dried flower heads are used, without stalks, stalks and leaves. Due to its antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and bloating effect, it quickly relieves the associated symptoms.

To increase the effect of gastric mucosal irritation, the tea is suitable for a rolling cure. You drink three to four large cups of chamomile tea in the morning on an empty stomach, first lie on your back, then on your left side, stomach and right side. Stay in each position for about 5 minutes.

Fennel for bloating

Fennel is almost a classic when it comes to flatulence, a feeling of fullness and cramp-like symptoms. In the Middle Ages, the herb was chewed to suppress stomach noises. The essential oils from the seeds and roots of the plant, such as estragole and anethole, as well as plant pigments such as rutin, are antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory.

When buying fennel tea, you should pay attention to a high proportion of essential oils, which should be around six percent. The bloating effect can be enhanced by mixing it with anise tea, caraway tea or sage tea.

More herbal helpers

Less well known but very effective is  blueberry tea  for diarrhea. A high tannin content calms the intestinal walls. Preparations made from oak bark , which have a high tannin content, have a stronger tissue-contracting, anti-inflammatory and somewhat constipating effect  . This also ensures that not too much water flows into the interior of the intestine. As a sitz bath, an addition of oak bark helps very well with  hemorrhoids .


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