ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Herbal Remedies for the Stomach Flu

Updated on February 9, 2009

Believe it or not, but those annoying symptoms of watery diarrhea, persistent vomiting and aching stomach cramps are something that you want to stick to. In a world where we seek instant relief for the smallest of ailments, the stomach flu is one that you want to allow to run its course.

The explanation is rather simple: the virus has entered your body and because your body is a great piece of engineering it will work as hard as it can to expel it out. While those liquid watery squirts of diarrhea and your gagging trips to the toilet are not pretty pictures to imagine, indeed, they are very effective methods of the body's way of healing.

Heading to the nearest pharmacy for anti-diarrheal medication or running to the doctor to have something prescribed are not the most savy choices, unless you are the President of the United States with an important speech to be aired on nationwide television or you are a famous entity that must go to the Emmy Awards. If you are none of the above, then your best bet is to simply call off from work and take a day or two of rest.

However, if you have a minute break in between bathroom trips, you may use some herbsl remedies to sooth your stomach. While these will not cure the stomach flu, they may give some relief and help your stomach slowly recover as nature intended. The advantage of herbal remedies is the fact that they virtually come with little or no side effects and they can br much cheaper than regular medications.

Here are some helpful herbal remedies for the stomach flu:

Ginger

When it comes to nausea and vomiting, ginger can be a great helper. Ginger is often offered to those suffering from motion sickness. Relief may be provided by sipping on a nice ginger tea or from chewing on a piece of ginger. Ginger candy may also help relieve the nausea.

Peppermint

Peppermint tea offers the opportunity in getting those stomach muscles to relax. Stomach muscles will be in turmoil like an ocean in a storm and this tra may help sooth them up a bit.

Chamomile

We often associate this drink with calm evenings when we are unable to sleep. Chamomile however, other than helping people fall asleep, can be a great friend when it comes to taming the stomach flu. A cup of brewed chamomile will help you deal with the tummy troubles in a much better way. Be careful in consuming chamomile if you are allergic to ragweed.

Blueberries

Dried blueberries are high in fiber and offer an ingredient like no other:anthocyanosides, which has been thought to be able to kill the E-coli bacteria. This remedy has been used for many years to treat children's diarrhea.

Lemon Juice

Even though its high acidic contents may appear to do more harm than good, when diluted is some water, lemon juice may kill those harmful pathogens. A few drops can also be added to your favorite tea.

Herbal remedies may be very helpful to those sick with the stomach flu. Unlike medications, they offer support without interefering with the natural healing processes of our bodies. Along with a BRAT diet consisting of Bread, Rice, Applesauce and Toast, they may help sooth your stomach and even ultimately allow you to relax.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      AllaWu - @GotStomachFlu 5 years ago

      Hy dear, I got it for the first time in my life, and I think I haven't experienced similar symptoms in any other sickness since my childhood. I am trying to understand this illness, since I am going to be mother soon, I have even start a diary about it.

      This post with information about herbs I find very good and interesting and will give a chance and test your recommendations, since I have nothing to loose.

      Thank you for your time,my diary is on http://mystomachfludiary.blogspot.com if you have time visit it, and leave me your opinion , I am curious what do you think about it.

      Stay well.

      Alla

    • profile image

      poornima mohan 6 years ago

      i got very interesting informations from this hub thanks a lot

    • profile image

      mighty man 8 years ago

      yep yep. bloody awsome

    • treasuresyw profile image

      treasuresyw 8 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Cool! Thanks for the truth and the tips. Peace

    • Mighty Mom profile image

      Susan Reid 9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Thanks for the helpful tips. I can't imagine downing dried blueberries when I'm nauseous but the teas -- peppermint and ginger, esp -- I feel calmer already!

    • ocbill profile image

      ocbill 9 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      all foods I like...excellent

    • Research Analyst profile image

      Research Analyst 9 years ago

      This is a useful hub, thanks. I gave it a thumbs up.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)