Herbs for Digestion

By | June 25, 2014

Herbs for digestion are a natural way to relieve the discomfort and pain associated with the symptoms of digestive problems. The symptoms of a bad digestion include that bloated “too full” feeling, gas, constipation or even diarrhea.

A trip to the doctor will result in a prescription of acid inhibiting or acid reducing drugs, which may relieve the pain and discomfort for some time, but in the long term, these drugs can be very bad for your body. Stomach problems result from a large number of factors, the most common being over-eating, obesity, smoking and drinking.

In the past – even as far back as thousands of years ago – certain roots and herbs chosen for their particular properties. They aided digestion and left the body in a healthier state than what we have decided it is acceptable now. A long-term lifestyle change that incorporates herbs will result in a far healthier and happier body.

The best herbs for digestion are the following:

  • Aloe – this herb should be used daily as it contain all the vitamins and minerals necessary for healing and calms the stomach in a matter of minutes.
  • Bilberry – treats menstrual cramps, soothes the pain caused by ulcers, and treats all digestive issues
  • Fennel – it treats, cure and prevent stomach problems – particularly diarrhea. It is particularly soothing when used by those undergoing chemotherapy.
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  • Gentian – discovered hundreds of years ago, it has properties that alleviate pain and indigestion. The root of the plant is the most effective part and is used to assist with digestive functions.
  • Ginger – a common cooking ingredient that is famous for the way it assists digestion. A difference between ginger and other herbs is that it encourages blood flow to your stomach.
  • Peppermint – relieves pain and discomfort associated with cramps, diarrhea, constipation and nausea. The herb is taken on its own or included in cooking.
  • Turmeric – famous for its inclusion in Indian dishes, it relieves irritable bowel syndrome and the detoxification of the liver – which is a big part of the digestive process.
  • Wormwood – is a very powerful herb. It can be consumed in the form of a tea (which is considered rather unpleasant by some) and due to its strength is not recommended for consumption for more than four weeks.

All of these Herbs for digestion, used in conjunction with lifestyle changes where necessary, can play a major role in improving quality of life.

*For a full selection of herbs, we recommend Mountain Rose Herbs.