Acid reflux disease/GERD – Treatment

Herbs: Slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea), Iceland moss (Cetraria islandica)

Remedy 1: Make an infusion with 2 heaping tsp of one of the herbs to 1/2 cup (100 ml) of water. Leave for 15 minutes. Take 1/2 cup (100 ml) up to 4 times a day.
Remedy 2: Make slippery elm “food” by mixing 1 heaping tsp of powder and 3 tsp of cold water. Stir in 1 cup (250 ml) of boiling water. Add a pinch of cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.) or nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) to taste. Take 1 cup (250 ml) 3 times a day.

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Herbs: Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), galbanum (Ferula gummosa), anise (Pimpinella anisum)

Remedy: Make an infusion using 1 heaping tsp of fennel or anise seeds, or galbanum herb, to 3 cups (750 ml) of water. Drink during the day.


Indigestion, Abdominal Pain, Bloating, & Hiccups

Herb: German chamomile (Chamomilla recutita)
Remedy: Make an infusion in a coveredcontainer. Drink up to 3 cups (750 ml) a day.

Acidity with Gastritis
Herb: Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
Remedy:  Make an infusion with the flowering tops. Drink up to 3 cups (750 ml) a day


Cabbage and Carrot Salad with Ginger Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the sliced cabbage and grated carrots.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the grated ginger, apple cider vinegar, honey, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour the dressing over the cabbage and carrot mixture and toss to combine.
  4. Let the salad marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.

This salad is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals from the cabbage and carrots, and the ginger and apple cider vinegar may help alleviate GERD symptoms by reducing inflammation and promoting digestion. Plus, it’s a delicious and refreshing way to incorporate cabbage into your diet.

Here are three different ways to use herbs in a juice, infusion, and decoction to help treat GERD:

  1. Juice: Cabbage and Ginger Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 head of green cabbage
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 apple

Instructions:

  1. Cut the cabbage into small pieces, peel and chop the ginger, and core the apple.
  2. Add all the ingredients into a juicer and juice until smooth.
  3. Drink the juice immediately.

Cabbage contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may help soothe GERD symptoms, while ginger may help reduce inflammation and promote digestion. Lemon and apple add a refreshing flavor to the juice.

  1. Infusion: Chamomile and Marshmallow Root Infusion

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers
  • 1 tablespoon dried marshmallow root
  • 2 cups boiling water

Instructions:

  1. In a teapot or heat-proof pitcher, add the chamomile flowers and marshmallow root.
  2. Pour boiling water over the herbs and let steep for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Strain the infusion and drink it warm or at room temperature.

Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may help alleviate GERD symptoms, while marshmallow root contains mucilage, which can help soothe and protect the digestive tract.

  1. Decoction: Licorice and Slippery Elm Bark Decoction

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon dried licorice root
  • 1 tablespoon dried slippery elm bark
  • 2 cups water

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, add the licorice root and slippery elm bark.
  2. Pour the water over the herbs and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and let the herbs simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Strain the decoction and drink it warm or at room temperature.

Licorice root has anti-inflammatory properties that may help soothe GERD symptoms, while slippery elm bark contains mucilage that can help protect and soothe the digestive tract.

Note: It is important to consult with a healthcare provider before using any herbal remedies, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking any medications. Some herbs may interact with certain medications and may not be safe for everyone.

Urinary Infections

Herbs: Buchu (Barosma betulina), cornsilk (Zea mays), marshmallow (Althaea officinalis)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 5 g of each herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water. Divide into 4 doses and drink throughout the day.

Option: Substitute juniper (Juniperus communis) or goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea) for buchu.


Herb: Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Remedy: Make a decoction of the berries and drink 1 2/3–2 1/3 cups (450–600 ml) a day.
Tip: Cranberry juice may be substituted for bilberry decoction.

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Herbs: Garlic (Allium sativum), echinacea (Echinacea spp.)

Remedy: Take either or both herbs in capsule or tablet form.

Note: Take in addition to other remedies.
Caution: Do not take juniper or buchu during pregnancy.

Neuralgia

General Remedies
Herbs: St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum), lavender (Lavandula officinalis), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)

Remedy: Apply neat St. John’s wort infused oil to painful areas, or add 20 drops each of clove and lavender essential oil to 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of St. John’s wort infused oil and then apply every 2–3 hours as required.

Herb: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Remedy: Make an infusion with 25 g of herb to 3 cups (750 ml) of water and bathe the affected area. Alternatively, dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp (50 ml) of carrier oil and gently massage into the painful area.

Caution: Do not use on children under 5.

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Head Pain
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Mix 1⁄2 tsp of powder with water to make a thick paste and apply to the head.

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Toothache
Herb: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Remedy: Chew a clove or rub 1–2 drops of neat essential oil onto the affected tooth 2–3 times a day for up to 3 days.

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