Diarrhea

Introduction

When diarrhea strikes, it’s essential to have natural remedies at your disposal. In this guide, we delve into effective herbal solutions to alleviate digestive discomfort. Explore the soothing properties of herbal teas, tinctures, and even a special herbal rice water remedy that can help restore balance to your digestive system. With ingredients like chamomile, peppermint, ginger, blackberry leaf, goldenseal, and more, discover how nature’s remedies can provide relief from diarrhea, so you can get back to feeling your best.

Recipes

  1. Herbal Tea:
  • Mix equal parts of chamomile, peppermint, and ginger.
  • Add 1-2 teaspoons of the herb mixture to a cup of boiling water.
  • Let it steep for 10-15 minutes.
  • Strain and drink the tea, 2-3 times a day.

  1. Herbal Tincture:
  • Mix equal parts of blackberry leaf, goldenseal, and ginger root in a glass jar.
  • Pour enough alcohol (such as vodka) to cover the herbs completely.
  • Seal the jar tightly and shake it daily for at least 2 weeks.
  • Strain the tincture using a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer and store it in a dark glass bottle.
  • Take 1-2 teaspoons of the tincture, mixed with a little water, 2-3 times a day.

  1. Herbal Rice Water:
  • Boil 1 cup of white rice in 6 cups of water for 15-20 minutes.
  • Strain the rice and keep the water.
  • Add 1-2 cinnamon sticks, 1-2 cloves, and a small piece of ginger to the rice water.
  • Simmer the mixture for 10-15 minutes.
  • Strain and drink the rice water, 2-3 times a day.

Other potent herbs that can be used to treat diarrhea include:

  • Slippery elm bark
  • Meadowsweet
  • Fennel

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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