Between the cookies, the chocolate, the rich, cream-filled side dishes, and all.the.alcohol, almost everyone has a bout of indigestion due to overindulgence this time of year.
Ulcerative colitis, several ulcers, and former bowel surgery keeps me battling various tummy troubles throughout the year, so I’m somewhat of an expert in natural remedies for indigestion. Trust me, I have tried every natural and pharmaceutical “cure” for every kind of stomach trouble known to man (and woman). The following are items I personally stock in my medicine cabinet all the time. In fact, I lost my DigestZen essential oil blend 2 months ago. It’s rather expensive but I was about to replace it, when it fell out of the cabinet one day. It was like the Hallelujah Chorus was playing.
UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, I have added Nature’s Way Charcoal Activated to the list of supplements to always have on hand. It’s good to take at the first sign of food poisoning. You can read more about how it works here.
These are my must-have, absolutely essential natural remedies that I keep on hand constantly, and they can help you, too. Whether suffering from a stomach bug, morning sickness, or just plain old sour stomach, give these a try.
Natural Remedies for Indigestion:
doTERRA DigestZen or Young Living Di-Gize – both are essential oil blends containing a blend of peppermint, anise, and other oils. DigestZen quite literally saved my summer vacation after I fell ill the first night. It’s wonderful for indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and trapped gas. It covers a LOT of bases. I have this on hand always. Take it like a gut-healing shot: 1 drop of oil in 1 oz of water.
Peppermint Essential Oil — Peppermint is one of the most popular essential oils for good reason. Rub a few drops on the abdomen for cramping and pain. Massage it on the collarbone or behind the ears to relieve or prevent gagging. Peppermint is also wonderful for migraines – a few drops on the temples does the trick. Pure undiluted oil can be taken internally, but do this with caution and only 1 drop at a time.
Nux Vomica Digestive Remedy – This is a very effective homeopathic remedy for that over-full, bloated feeling after eating too much. 5 tiny pellets do the trick. I recently tried this after being given a free sample, but have since purchased it for myself after seeing how well it works.
Ginger Tea – A must for every household “medicine” cabinet. One strong cup after meals helps aid digestion. If the taste is too strong, it can be sweetened with raw honey. Ginger tea, perhaps with a drop of pure lemon juice, is also a great relief for colds and flu. It’s easy to make raw ginger tea, but if you prefer the convenience of tea bags, I really like either Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger Aid or Yogi Stomach Ease Tea. To make raw ginger tea, peel 1″ of ginger root. Slice it up and add it to 1 1/2 cup boiling water. Let steep five minutes, strain the ginger out, and drink.
Heather’s Tummy Tamers Peppermint Oil Capsules — Heather’s Tummy Tamers are an old standby. They are a blend of enteric-coated peppermint, ginger, and fennel oils. Together, these capsules contain strong antispasmodics which help sooth the GI tract. Sometimes peppermint oil can lead to heartburn, so the enteric-coated capsules are a good solution. The capsules don’t open until they are past the stomach, preventing heartburn.
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Listen, my degree is in English Education. I’m not a doctor. This advice is not meant to replace your doctor’s expertise, but just a list of remedies that I have personally used and recommend. Always ask your physician before beginning any health remedy.Pin It