Acidity and Indigestion

Introduction

Are you seeking natural relief from the discomfort of acidity and indigestion? Look no further. In this comprehensive guide, we explore the healing power of herbs like slippery elm, arrowroot, Iceland moss, fennel, galbanum, anise, German chamomile, and meadowsweet. Discover how these herbal remedies can soothe your stomach and promote digestive well-being. Say goodbye to the burn and bloat with these time-tested solutions for a happier, healthier tummy.

Recipes

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.

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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

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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