Herbs To Support Digestive System

German Chamomile

Anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, antispasmodic, anti-ulcer, bitter, carminative, digestive anxiolytics nerving, sedative, vulnerary, diaphoretic anti-microbial

Used in this system as A soothing, cooling, anti-spasmodic healing herb with an affinity for conditions of the digestive system that are triggered or worsened by stress. It has been used for digestive upsets, infections of the digestive system, IBS, wind and colic, indigestion and heartburn, nausea and vomiting, and ulcerations. Also helps with headaches, calms the nervous system, and helps with respiratory infections.

Dose: Two teaspoons of the dried herb per cup of boiled water for an infusion, to be taken up to 3 times a day. 1-4 ml of a 1:5 tincture up to three times a day.

Meadowsweet

Analgesic, antacid, antiemetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, astringent, carminative, stomachic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, anti-rheumatic, urinary antiseptic, diuretic, and calming.

Used in this system as a balancing antacid which I’ll normalcies acid picturing in the stomach. It calms and soothes the digestive tract, easing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. A gentle remedy for children’s digestive issues. It has been shown to promote the healing of ulcers and other damage to the digestive mucus. Addressing joint conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism where can ease pain and swelling and promote the healing of connective tissue. It can be used in minor urinalysis tract infections to soothe, heal, disinfect, and flush out the bladder. It’s an appreciable painkiller for many courses of pain including musculoskeletal pain, uterine pain, and headache. Some consider it calming to the nervous system and therefore can be used in the same way as German Chamomile.

Dose: one to two tsp of the dried herb per cup of boiling water for an infusion, taken up to three times a day. 2-4 ml of the 1:5 tincture taken up to 3 times a day.

DO NOT USE IN THOSE WITH A SENSITIVITY TO ASPRIN. MAY INTERACT WITH ANTICOAGULANTS

Dandelion Root 

Gentle laxative, digestive, cholagogue, hepatic, bitter tonic, depurative, antirheumatic anti-inflammatory

Used in this system as: 

A gentle laxative for short-term and especially chronic constipation, which works by stimulating the production and flow of bile. it is bitter and therefore primes the digestive system, promoting the release of digestive secretions and aiding a weak digestive process. It may help with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and when caused by poor fat digestion or overindulgence. It helps the liver and, therefore supports elimination and detoxification.  Helping the body deal with hormones following pregnancy. Used as a bitter tonic on skin conditions including acne and boils. To help conditions such as rheumatism by supporting the eliminatory organs of the body and by reducing inflammation.

Dose: 2-3 tsp of dried root per cup, boiled to make a decoration and taken up to 3 times a day. Up to 5ml of a 1:5 tincture taken up to three times a day.

DO NOT USE IN CASES OF OBSTRUCTED GALLBLADDER OR BILE DUCTS.

Yellow or Curly Dock

Laxative, diuretic, astringent, bitter, cholagogue, hepatic, alterative, depurative, tonic

Used in this system as a stimulation laxative for short-term and chronic constipation, with a more balanced action than other potent anthraquinone laxative herbs. Such is its balanced action it can even be used to manage diarrhea. Its bitters can stimulate sluggish digestion and its hepatic actions mean herbalists use it to support the liver when it is struggling or diseased. Conditions where the body benefits from an increased removal of toxins via the eliminators organs- hence its use in headache, skin conditions arthritis, and rheumatism. Herbalists may use it in cases of anemia, not just for its iron content but because its bitterness promotes good digestion and absorption, thus helping the body obtain and use dietary iron.

Dose: 1-2 tsp of the dried root per cup of water to be boiled for decoration which may be taken up to 3 times a day. 1-2 ml of the 1:5 tincture taken up to 3 times a day.

FRESH ROOT MAY CAUSE VOMITING. THE PLANT CAUSES DERATITIS IN SOME. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE AS THIS CAN UPSET THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM.

Agrimony: 

Astringent, digestive, cholagogue, hepatic, carminative, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, vulnerary, and calming

Used in this system as an aromatic bitter remedy that soothes the gut and relives pain, wind, and spasms, whilst also promoting optimal digestion through its bitterness. A tonic for the digestive system, helping it to recover from inflammation or infection. A superb remedy for childhood diarrhea and stomach bugs, whilst in adulthood it can be very useful for IBS nervous indigestion and stress-related digestive issues. Sapaoci coughs in the respiratory system and spasmodic pain and cramping in the genitourinary system.

Dose: 1-2 tsp of the dried herb per cup of boiled water to make an infusion up to 3 times a day. 1-4 ml of the 1:5 ml tincture up to 3 times a day.

MAY INTERACT WITH BLOOD THINNER, DIABETIC MEDICATION, AND MEDICATION USED TO LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE

Peppermint: 

Antiemetic, antispasmodic, digestive, carminative, anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, decongestant, antimicrobial, circulatory stimulant, analgesic, and nerving.

Used in this system as a superb agent for easing spasms in conditions like IBS and other spasmodic continents of the gut. it eases pain and bloating in conditions like indigestion, heartburn, colic, flatulence, and constipation. It helps ease nausea and vomiting from various sources. It helps protect, soothe, and encourage the repair of the digestive system thanks to its tannins and anti-inflammatory actions. Its nerving actions make it applicable for digestive issues with a link to tension, stress, or anxiety. Also used for colds, flu, and a multitude of other viral infections where it helps to manage fevers, ease pain, and alleviate congestion, nausea, and vomiting. The diluted essential oil of the plant is also used by herbalists and makes a useful application for headaches, and musculoskeletal and uterine issues where there is tension, spasm, and pain. Its penetrating aromatic nature helps to focus the mind and clear “brain fog” when people are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, thus improving focus.

Dose: 1 tsp of the dried herb per cup of boiled water to make an infusion, which can be taken up 3 times a day. 1-2 ml of the 1:5 tincture up to 3 times a day.

CONTRAINDICATED FOR BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN (ESSENTIAL OIL AND HERB). CONSULT WITH THE DOCTOR BEFORE USING IN PREGNANCY.

Dill:

Carminative, digestive, galactagogue, antispasmodic

Used in this system as a very useful aromatic carminative to ease wind, pain, spasm, and colic in infants, children, and adults alike. Often the first herb a herbalist will turn to in such cases as it is so effective. The digestive benefits can be passed on to a breastfeeding infant through a mother’s milk – so she can drink an infusion to treat her baby.

Also used for encouraging the flow of milk in breastfeeding mothers. It can soothe and moisten a rly, spasmodic cough. Some herbalists find that it has a similar effect on the nervous system to German chamomile, helping to calm and soothe fretful infants and children and encouraging sleep.

Dose:  1-2 tsp of the dried seed, crushed, per cup of boiled water to make an infusion, taken up to 3 times a day. 2-4 ml of 1:5 tincture taken up to 3 times a day.

SOME PEOPLE HAVE PHOTOPIC REACTION AFTER HANDLING THE FRESH PLANT

Ginger: 

Anti-emetic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, diaphoretic, circulatory stimulant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, expectorant, immune system tonic, antimicrobial, emmenagogue

Used in this system as a warming, aromatic digestive which calms the system, easing pain, nausea, vomiting, groping, wind, and bloating. It can, therefore, be used in cases of diarrhea, and IBS, during and after upset stomach and stomach bugs. It promotes appetite and encourages normal digestion. It is one of our best-known herbal antiemetics, showing itself beneficial in nausea and vomiting used to motion sickness, morning sickness, and postoperative nausea and vomiting too. Also used for stimulating the circulatory system, helping those with poor circulation and issues such as chilblains and Raynaud’s. It’s a wonderful warming aromatic for use during coughs and colds, helping the body to bring up music while easing spasms (this is why we use it in our Cough and Congestion Tincture). Very good for managing a fever when you can’t move past the “chilled phase (why we use it in our Fever, Cold, and Flu Tincture). Its impressive antimicrobial nature makes it applicable to a variety of infections. It’s an effective anti-inflammatory and can be used for inflammation across the body, including in the joints. It can help promote men’s traction when this is delayed or scanty and its warming, analgesic nature makes it useful both internally and externally for period pains.

Dose: 1-2 tsp of fresh ginger, or one dried per cup of boiled water to make an infusion, taken up to 3 times a day. 1-3 ml of a 1:5 tincture taken up to 3 times a day.

CONTRAINDICATIONS ALONGSIDE ANTICOAGULANTS. AVOID WHEN THERE IS ULCERATION IN THE DIGESTIVE TRACT AND IF GALLSTONES ARE PRESENT. SOME FIND GINGER VERY STIMULATIONS AND MAY REQUIRE LOWER DOSAGE

Oak 

Astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory

Used in this system as a powerful astringent for diarrhea, used with a very light touch and for serve cases of diarrhea only. Here it can be very effective. Also used for soothing inflammation in cases of tonsillitis, pharyngitis laryngitis, and mouth or gum infections.

Dose: 1 tsp of the dried bark boiled in one cup of water and this can be gargled, or, for diarrhea, this can be drunk a few mouthfuls at a time, taking no more than three capfuls worth a day. 1 ml of the 1:5 tincture up to three times a day

A VERY POWERFUL ASTRINGENT THAT SHOULD THEREFORE NOT BE TAKEN SHORTLY BEFORE PRESCRIBED MEDICATION. TOO HIGH A DOSE MAY LEAVE PEOPLE FEELING NAUSEOUS AND PROLONGED USE WILL CONSTIPATE

Milk Thistle 

Hepatoprotective, hepatic, anti-inflammatory, cholagogue, bitter tonic, digestive, astringent, demulcent, galactagogue, diuretic, diaphoretic

Used in this system as an extraordinary agent for protecting the liver from disease, the damaging effects of alcohol and drugs, toxins, and poisoning, working by making liver cells more resilient. It then stimulates the repair of hepatocytes. It’s also used in gallbladder issues. Traditionally it has been used as a liver tonic, helping to support the digestive system as a whole. It’s an excellent herb to use when someone has difficulties digesting fats. Also used for encouraging milk production and flow in breastfeeding mothers. Thanks to the liver’s role in detoxification, this herb is employed for skin conditions where a “toxic” element was traditionally implicated eg acne, boils, and psoriasis. It’s a good anti-inflammatory and can be used for inflammation across the body. It’s used by some herbalists to manage candida because they consider it a beneficial agent for the gut flora.

Dose: this is one of the herbs where it’s wise to use a standardized extract to ensure a good therapeutic dose of the liver-active active sensitive to. A dose of 600 mg per day of an extract standardized to 80 percent silymarin can be used therapeutically to address the sort of issue mentioned above. For long-term, liver protection action, a dose of 175 mg is suggested. If you wish to use the dried seed instead you’re required around 15 grams of the seed per day to achieve the therapeutic dose of silymarin

Alyssa Esparza

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