Natural and Herbal Remedies for an Upset Stomach
There are so many ways to avoid an upset stomach in the first place such as eating light, proper food combining, taking digestive enzymes and probiotics, and managing stress levels. However, even with all our best efforts to eat well, there are times that we might find ourselves needing natural and herbal remedies for an upset stomach.
Also, during the holiday season it is so easy to overindulge with all the tempting treats around! So just in case you find yourself with a rumbly tummy, below are my trusted and true natural and herbal remedies for an upset stomach.
Natural and Herbal Remedies for an Upset Stomach
1. Slippery Elm Bark
Slippery elm bark is the inner bark of the slippery elm tree that has a very mucilaginous quality that can be soothing to the stomach when you have indigestion, acid stomach, gastritis, or an ulcer. Slippery elm is also very soothing and protective to the esophagus and vocal cords and is great for acid reflux or a sore throat.
Slippery elm has a sweet mild taste and was traditionally served as a porridge. Slippery elm is a food, and there are no upper limits on how much to take. You do want to make sure you drink a lot of water at the same time that you take it, because slippery elm expands quite a bit in water.
*Please note that slippery elm should not be taken together with any medications as it may interfere with their absorption.
How to Use Slippery Elm
About 1-2 tablespoons of slippery elm powder mixed in a cup of warm water is usually enough to produce noticeable effects. You will want to mix the concoction with a fork or a small whisk and you can also add some honey, stevia, or another sweetener to make it more palatable.
Where to Get Slippery Elm
You can find slippery elm powder at most health food stores in the bulk section, or you can order if from Mountain Rose Herbs * my favorite place to order bulk herbs.
2. Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow root is a herb that is native to Europe and has been used medicinally for over 2000 years. Marshmallow root is a slimy and thick demulcent herb that contains a powerful mucus-like compound known as mucilage which has the ability to swell when mixed with water. The mucilage has the ability to coat and sooth irritated mucous membranes and other bodily surfaces such as the stomach, throat, and even inflamed skin. It can be used as a natural remedy for heartburn, stomach upset/indigestion, ulcerative colitis, Chron’s disease, stomach ulcers, sore throat, and dry cough.
Marshmallow root is a mild tasting herb, affordable, fairly easy to find, and is generally considered safe. However, consulting with your doctor is always recommended especially if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia (marshmallow root may interfere with blood sugar levels), are pregnant or breastfeeding, have cancer, or if you are taking prescription medication (because it coats the stomach, it might slow the absorption rate of prescription drugs).
How to Use Marshmallow Root
The best way to use marshmallow root is to make a tea using the cold infusion method. The ratio is 1 tablespoon marshmallow root to 1 cup (8 ounces) of water. Let the tea sit overnight in a mason jar in the fridge and then strain it through a mesh strainer and make sure to press out all the mucilage you can with the back of a spoon for the most benefit. I sweeten my marshmallow root tea with organic white stevia powder (but you could use honey) and sip it anytime you experience an upset stomach.
Where to Get Marshmallow Root
I get my marshmallow root from Mountain Rose Herbs * which is my absolute favorite place to get organic quality bulk herbs and spices.
3. Iberogast by Medical Futures Inc.
Ironically, I was recommended Iberogast herbal preparation for occasional indigestion/upset stomach from my western medical doctor and I was pleasantly surprised with the results.
Iberogast is a prepared herbal tincture containing 9 different herbs. It contains a blend of clowns mustard tuft, angelica root, German chamomile flowers, caraway fruit, milk thistle fruit, lemon balm leaves, peppermint leaves, celandine aerial part, licorice root, and alcohol.
It has been clinically studied and proven to help relieve: heartburn/acid reflux, indigestion, nausea/vomiting, early satiety, feeling of fullness, epigastric pain, bloating/abdominal cramping, gas, and constipation/diarrhea.
*Iberogast is generally not recommended for nursing or pregnant women.
How to Use Iberogast
It is recommended to follow the directions on the label, but usually the adult dose is twenty drops mixed in water taken three times a day before or with meals. I usually mix it with some warm water and a little bit of honey or stevia and it tastes mild and sweet.
Where to Get Iberogast
4. Acid Block by RX Vitamins
Acid Block is a supplement made to provide relief of intermittent heartburn and indigestion. Its main active ingredients are alginic acid and sodium alginate (derived from seaweed) that react with saliva to create a raft-forming agent that can act as a barrier to acid and food reflux. It also contains the demulcents licorice (DGL) and slippery elm bark that can be soothing to the esophagus and stomach as well.
How to Use Acid Block
It is recommended to follow the directions on the label, but usually it is recommended to chew 1-2 tablets followed with a glass of water after a meals or before going to bed.
Where to Get Acid Block
Rx Vitamins Acid Block can be ordered through a healthcare professional and I have seen it online in a variety of e-commerce supplement websites as well.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This blog post is not meant to substitute or override advice from a health care professional. No guarantee of results is implied as individual results will vary.