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Herbs to help Stomach Issues

The world stops with stomach issues!

What to do with stomach flus and diarrhea? Here’s some recipes that worked for me to help soothe the discomfort. 

I make a tea with blackberry root and just drinking a quarter cup per hour seems to help during  the nightmarish conditions of throwing up and diarrhea. To add more soothing effect, you can add in comfrey and slippery elm as suggested by Rosemary Gladstar, but I usually forget the last two in midst of the mayhem. 

To be proactive, make this simple effective tea ahead of time for the sudden onsets. 

By Rosemary Gladstar:

3 parts Blackberry Root

2 part Slippery Elm (or I prefer marshmallow root as it is not endangered)

1 part Comfrey

Simmer for 20 minutes: 1 teaspoon of  herb mixture per cup of water .  Strain into a mason jar and adults can drink 1/4 – 1/2 cup per hour. For children, they can drink 2-4 Tablespoons of tea.

Sometimes, I upped the ratio to 1 Tablespoon of herbs to cup of water to ensure potency and quicker recovery for my system. I drank 1/4 cup every hour and by hour 3, I am usually back to recovering to normal self…even eating comes quicker when I use the tea. I do continue drinking a few cups per day for a couple days to fully recover. 

I have also added ginger root to the mix at times. About 1-2 parts depending on your love of ginger. The ginger adds extra bacterial clearing properties with a nice warming effect. Sometimes I drink catnip and or chamomile tea in between the above root tea. The catnip and chamomile, being nervines, help relax the tense tummy. If you are having nasea, peppermint should be added.

The above recipe with ginger is nice in honey infusion but I would devour the honey before the need arose to use it.  Winnie the Pooh and I are soul mates when it comes to honey obsession.  Warm a cup of honey with 2 Tablespoons or more of herbs. Simmer very low temp for 15-30 minutes. Strain herbs while warm and set it aside to cool. A teaspoon will do it in your favorite tea or eat it straight.

If the illness is painful or lasts longer than a day, you should check in with your doctor. Super bugs are stronger sometimes and may require more assistance, especially if dehydration is coming into play. If you jump a little and you have pain, you should immediately call the doctor as it could be a more urgent situation.

The teas worked for me many times for stomach flus preventively as well. When the flu is spreading amongst friends, I start drinking it to avoid the infection. So far, the tea has helped me  in these ways and hope it works for you too. 

 If you have your own recipe, add it into the comments to share.