Treat Tummy Troubles the Natural Way!
When Nausea Comes Knockin'...
The last thing any of us wants to deal with is nausea or any other similar type of tummy trouble. Sadly, sometimes you can’t beat the bug in time, or you end up eating something that doesn’t agree with you and you’re left lurching for the bathroom. No fun!
So, what do you do when you feel that first twinge of an angry belly? Head straight to your medicine cabinet and find a remedy on the double!
While there are plenty of OTC preparations to help with upset stomachs and nausea, those can come with their own side effects as well as a bunch of preservatives that our bodies just don’t need…or want.
Fortunately, there are many natural remedies that work great to get you back on your feet in no time without any extra icky chemicals.
Activated charcoal has been used for hundreds of years to treat all forms of poisoning and illness and has an incredible track record of effectiveness. Activated charcoal is a 100% alkaline compound containing negative ionic charges which literally bind to toxins in your body and pulls them out. In essence, this is one of nature’s most powerful detoxers. Since nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting are often a sign of something in your GI tract that is causing an irritation or imbalance, the activated charcoal absorbs the toxins and helps your body release them effectively and quickly. This is a must-have for food poisoning!
An ever popular remedy for stomach upset is ginger. Used in China to treat and heal intestinal issues for over 2,000 years, it continues to maintain its popularity due to its effectiveness and safety even during pregnancy. One of the best ways to use ginger for nausea and other stomach upsets is to buy fresh ginger root, peel away the rough exterior and blend it into juice, smoothies, or boil it and make a strong tea. In a pinch you can always opt for ginger tea from the health food store or ginger capsules which would be best for use while traveling or any other time when carrying around an actual ginger root is just not possible.
Peppermint is a pleasant tasting and soothing remedy for stomach ailments. As peppermint is a carminative and antispasmodic, it naturally helps to break up and dispel gas, excessive stomach acid, alleviates cramps, and calms nausea. Since it is naturally sweet, peppermint tea is a great remedy for children and can even be given in small doses to infants. Chewing on fresh mint leaves works to calm an upset stomach, but peppermint tea is the easiest and most soothing way to take this beneficial herb. If you can’t stomach the idea of drinking tea, then a few drops of peppermint essential oil in a diffuser or rubbed onto the back of your neck (diluted with a carrier oil) can do the trick as peppermint also is very aromatherapeutic.
Rice water is another great, natural go-to for an angry tummy. Since white rice is higher in starch than brown rice, you want to make sure to use the white variety as starch, when mixed with water, has demulcent properties which can help “soften” your stomach. This is essential when your stomach is constricting from nausea and vomiting. To make rice water, simply boil white rice for 15-20 minutes and strain the rice. Let the water that is left cool and sip it until your stomach calms. Repeat as often as needed.
One of the most beloved herbal remedies for practically all that ails you also happens to be a great and soothing treatment for gastrointestinal issues. Due to its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile works great to relieve gas pressure, calm nausea and diarrhea, and even soothe heartburn. Chamomile is also a mild sedative and can help ease stomach troubles that originate from stress or anxiety. Chamomile is considered one of the safest herbs and can be taken by pregnant and lactating women as well as babies and children.
Feel Better, Naturally!
The next time your stomach starts to act up, turn to one of these wonderful, natural, truly soothing remedies. You’ll feel better in no time, and your body won’t have to deal with processing preservatives, artificial colors and other random ingredients. Let Mother Nature do what she does best and your body will thank you for it!