Every special occasion (whether it’s your or someone’s birthday, or a special event, or winter holidays, etc) brings a certain degree of joy in our lives and can become an unfavorable time, to eat and drink uncontrollably and excessively.
Indigestion (dyspepsia) is a side effect of fast eating (or eating on the run, implying fast foods), stress, emotional eating, erratic daily meals, coffee and tobaco excessive consumption. The known indigestion symptoms are bloating, heartburn, nausea, belching, stomach pain.
Natural medicine is always a reliable support when it comes to physical relaxation. Such is the case with indigestion.
Regarding indigestion, plants with the best effect on digestive problems are anise, angelica, balm, fennel, bluebottle, artichokes, orange.
Anise (aniseed) is a good pancreatic stimulant, with great antispasmodic, carminative and expectorant benefits, due to the enriched volatile oil seeds. Anise tea is used to treat bronchitis, but the most important benefit of anise is in relation with the digestive and nervous system. The aniseed tea treats gastric pain and discomfort, difficult digestion, intestinal spasms, bloating, intestinal colitis in children, pancreatic and intestinal problems, eating disorders (such as anorexia or bulimia).
Preparing an anise tea isn’t complicated at all. You boil the aniseed seeds for a couple of minutes, one tablespoon of seeds into a cup of water.
This anise treatment will take up to two weeks, to relieve digestive problems, and it consists of daily intakes of 3 anise tea. If you decide to use an aniseed infusion, you should know that the preparation process is the same, with a small difference: the seeds will be grounded, then dropped in the boiling water, for 15-20 minutes. The infusion will be consumed 30 minutes before any meal, half cup.
Angelica is a special flowering plant, with a sweet and intense aroma. Angelica tea is used to alleviate stomach related problems, to stimulate appetite. Angelica oil is recommended as a treatment for anorexia, indigestion, flatulence.
Angelica root decoction is prepared easily.Drop a tablespoon of powdered root in a cup of tea, and let it boil for about 2-4 minutes. Let it cool for at least 15-20 minutes. Filter the decoction content and reheat it when you want to drink it.
It is recommended that you don’t drink more than two cups of angelica tea daily. And this tea is not indicated for pregnant women.
Artichoke is a plant with great health benefits. It helps control the biliary secretions, it lowers blood sugar levels, it increases the bile dry residue, it stimulates pancreatic and intestinal secretions. Artichoke is also a great expectorant, diuretic, carminative (anti flatulence effects).
The artichoke tea is recommended against bronchitis, anorexia, abdominal bloating, intestinal and pancreatic failure, even against intestinal worms and parasites.
To prepare an artichoke infusion, all you have to do is boil a teaspoon of artichoke herb in 300ml of water, filter it after 20 minutes. Drink the infusion before each meal, one cup, for a period of time, if problems persist. Don’t drink too much artichoke tea, because anethole (an essential oil found in artichoke) is highly toxic in high quantity.
Bluebottle has various health benefits. It is a powerful astringent (shrinks or constricts body tissues), it increases diuresis (urine production). It also has calming actions in cases that involve diarrhea or other intestinal or bowel problems. It is used to counter stomach problems, indigestion, diarrhea, bladder and kidney problems, and it soothes the stomach.
Preparing a bluebottle infusion takes 30 minutes. Boil 300ml of water that contains a teaspoon and a half of bluebottle flowers. Drink the warm tea at least half an hour before meals.
Fennel is known for its various capabilities to increase diuresis, to treat diabetes. It is a powerful renal and digestive tract antiseptic, carminative, sedative, depurative.
The fennel decoction is used especially against abdominal bloating. Drop three spoons of chopped fennel sheats into 750 ml of water, boil it for 20 minutes. It is recommended for consumption, three times a day, before meals, and sugar-free.
The melissa plant has multiple benefits, sporting excellent bacteriostatic, antispasmodic, choleretic, antiseptic features. It increases gastric secretions and removes gases. The volatile oil from its leaves and other substances found in this plant (such as Citronellol, citrol, geraniol, linalool, caffeic acid) have multiple treatment uses.
Preparing a melissa tea is easy: boil 200ml of water with a teaspoon of melissa leaves, for 10-20min. Serve two cups of melissa tea, in the morning and in the evening.
It is up to you
If you don’t have any frequent gastrointestinal problems, but still suffer from indigestion or heartburn “spikes”, you should take a second look at your nutrition and drinking habits.
Use natural “catalysts” to keep your digestive system healthy and stimulated.