For many ailments in the digestive tract, nature offers a rich selection of suitable remedies in the form of herbal preparations or tea preparations. Even our grandparents knew proven recipes for gastrointestinal complaints that are still used today. Some medicinal plants have ingredients that specifically target disorders in the digestive system. But also herbal remedies should be taken with caution and not in excessive amounts. This also applies to the healing teas.
Wide field of application
In order to enhance the healing effects of individual plant preparations, it may be useful to combine them or to resort to ready mixes from the pharmacy. This is especially beneficial for people with an irritable bowel who are plagued by several ailments simultaneously.
The ingredients of some medicinal herbs promote the production of gastric juice and bile and thus stimulate digestion. Others work against cramps and flatulence or soothe the stomach. Some plants can calm the irritated gastric mucosa thanks to anti-inflammatory substances and mucilage.
Type of preparation crucial
It is important to adhere to the preparation of the healing teas. Some may require a short brewing time to release the active ingredients into the water, while others may require the tea to be drawn for a quarter of an hour or more.
Some plants require excessive amounts to produce an effective tea or, like the artichoke, they are not suitable for making tea. Therefore, pharmacies offer the herbal remedies as a ready solution or concentrated essential oil.
Peppermint calms down
One of the oldest ways to calm the dam is peppermint. The leaves of the plant in the form of infusion or tea have been proven in spasmodic complaints of the stomach and intestines.
The essential oil from the plant, the menthol, brings relief especially for pain in the upper gastrointestinal tract and irritable bowel syndrome. Also in case of nausea and nausea, a cup of tea makes good use of drank and not too hot drunk.
Yarrow on flatulence
Of the yarrow, which is also popularly called Bauchwehkraut or field yarrow acts with the exception of the root of the whole plant. Its bitterness, which stimulates the production of saliva, its tannins and a resin are good for inflammation, flatulence or cramps.
The azulene in the essential oil of the yarrow has a disinfecting, anticonvulsant and anti-inflammatory. The high content of potassium stimulates the activity of the kidneys, which is why the plant is well suited for spring and autumn cures.
The above-ground parts of melissa have soothing and antispasmodic properties. No fewer than 250 ingredients, the most important of which are essential, contribute to a calming and slightly deflating effect that relieves symptoms such as gastric pressure, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation or gastrointestinal spasms.
In addition, the plant medicine calms the autonomic nervous system and protects the stomach and intestines from nervous overstimulation. This is especially helpful for people with irritable and irritable bowel syndrome. In addition to tea preparations, there are the herbal active ingredient as a non-alcoholic solution and as capsules or for aromatherapy as a pure essential oil.
Chamomile against inflammation
Among the best and most effective remedies for acute and chronic inflammation of the mucous membranes in the gastrointestinal tract is chamomile. High-quality chamomile teas are characterized by the fact that only the dried flower heads are used, without stems, stems and leaves. Due to its anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and deflating effect it quickly relieves the corresponding symptoms.
To increase the effect of gastric irritation, the tea is suitable for a Rollkur. In the morning you drink three to four large cups of chamomile tea on an empty stomach. First lie on your back, then on the left side, the stomach and on the right side. Stay in each position for about 5 minutes.
Fennel at fullness
Almost a classic for flatulence, bloating and spasmodic discomfort is fennel. In the Middle Ages, the herb was chewed to suppress stomach sounds. The essential oils of seeds and roots of the plant such as estragol and anethole and plant dyes such as rutin are anticonvulsant and anti-inflammatory.
When buying fennel tea, you should pay attention to a high proportion of essential oils, which should be about six percent. The deflating effect can be enhanced by mixing with aniseed and caraway tea or sage tea.
Other herbal helpers
Less known but very effective is blueberry tea in case of diarrhea. A high tannin content ensures calming of the intestinal walls. Stronger tissue-tightening, anti-inflammatory and somewhat stuffing are preparations made of oak bark, which have a high tannin content. This also causes that not too much water flows into the intestinal interior. As a sitz bath, an addition of oak bark helps very well with hemorrhoids.