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PHYTOTHERAPHY: Herbal remedies to cure flatulence and settle the stomach

The primary role of phytotherapy in the treatment of flatulence is to use those plants with the following purposes:

- Carminative plants to facilitate the expulsion of gases and avoid bloating.

- Anti inflammatory plants, able to reduce bowel inflammation that accompanies many gastrointestinal diseases.

- Digestive plants, which will help digest food better.

- Antiseptic plants, which will prevent intestinal putrefaction responsible for the production of gases.

- Sedative and antispasmodic plants, which will promote stress reduction by reducing air swallowing or involuntary spasms caused by a swollen belly.

Among all the plants we could mention the following: (When possible, consult specific study of each plant to see potential toxicity or contraindications)

Internal use medicinal plants for flatulence

- Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) It is digestive, anti inflammatory, hepatoprotective, bile stimulant, antispasmodic and carminative.

Because of his capacity to protect and repairer the gastric membrane, it becomes very suitable in all those conditions in which some organ of the digestive system is affected. It favors difficult digestion and helps expel gas from the digestive system.

It is equally interesting when intestinal spasms are involved. (Infusion of a spoonful of dried flowers per cup of water. Take 2 to 3 cups per day)

- Turmeric (Curcuma longa) Turmeric is carminative, that is, it helps expel intestinal gas, so it is also recommended to relieve flatulent colic, for people with bloating and flatulence (add turmeric powder to your dishes)

- Basil (Ocimum basilicum) It helps digestion and prevents stomach spasms and is very useful in cases of gastritis, of hiatal hernia, of flatus, etc. (Infusion of a handful of fresh leaves, about 15 g. - Per liter of water. Take 3 cups a day after meals)

- Tarragon: (Artemisia dracunculus) Indicated to treat poor digestion, bloating or flatulence treatment, to relieve stomach cramps and colic caused by gas (Use it as a condiment or infusion; 5g. Dried leaves in 250ml of water. Take a glass after every meal for its digestive and carminative properties)

- Caraway: (Carum carvi) Caraway is one of the richest plant in carvone, an aromatic substance present in the essential oil with carminative properties (2 grams of seeds (half a teaspoon) whole or crushed, per cup of water. Take a cup after meals)



- Wild marjoram/oregano (Origanum vulgare) To expel intestinal gases. Thymol and carvacrol, besides being antiespasmodic, are appropiate to ged rid off flatulence (Infusion of a spoonful of flowers in a cup of water. Three cups a day, after the main meals)

- Lavender cotton: (Santolina chamaecyparyssus) Its properties are similar to chamomile, promoting digestion, or in cases where there is heaviness, heartburn, stomach pain, bloating, etc. (Infusion of 7 flower heads per cup of boiling water. Two cups a day).

- Anise (Pimpinella anisum) It is one of the best carminatives, able to force the expulsion of excess of gas accumulated in the intestine in order to prevent bloating) (Infusion for 10 minutes of a half teaspoon of dry seeds per cup of water. Drink a couple of cups a day, by ingesting three or four sips from time to time)

- Lemon verbena (Lippia triphylla) (Infusion of a spoonful of dry leaves for each cup of water. Two cups a day)

Lemon verbena

Lemon verbena

- Guarana: (Paullina cupana) guarana is used to cure bloating

- Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) (Infusion of a spoonful of shredded cinnamon per liter of water. Drink a couple of glasses a day)

- Genciana (Gentiana lutea) he excess of gas, usually caused by poor digestion, can be alleviated by the ingestion of this plant. (maceration of 1.5 gr. of dry powder per cup of water for 4 hours. Take a couple of cups day)

- Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) (Infusion of one to three drops of oil of cloves per glass of hot water - available in pharmacies or herbalists -. Drink three glasses a day) (15 minute infusion of a spoonful of cloves per liter of water. Take three glasses a day after the main meals)

- Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) Besides being a good digestive, it is a useful carminative to expel gases from the digestive tract, preventing flatulence and aerophagia. (To expel flatulence you can prepare at 50% of fennel and coriander - Half a teaspoon per glass of water - Drink a small cup after meals.)



- Pepper (Piper nigrum) Pepper is also a carminative spice, which also helps to promote (Add pepper to your food. Maximimun 5 gr daily)

- Wild celery (Angelica archangelica): Take a cup of angelica tea after meals.

- Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) Helps digestion, contributing to expel flatulence and whetting you appetite (Infusion of 5 gr.of fruits per cup of water. Drink 2 cups a day) (In case of loss of appetite or anorexia have a cup of infusion half and hour before meals)

- Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Ginger has been traditionally used to treat intestinal disorders, especially in regard to digestive problems. It seems that, by stimulating the pancreas, it increases the production of enzymes that promote digestion and prevent the emergence of a number of side effects associated with a poor food absorption.

It is its antibacterial capacity and its tolerance to the required microorganisms of the intestinal flora (Lactobacillus) that allows to increase intestinal flora richness.



Doing so, it can eliminate harmful microorganisms such as Escherichia coli, responsible for most of the diarrhea, especially in children, and many cases of gastroenteritis. By eliminating this bacteria and other harmful parasite microorganisms, it manages to avoid the appearance of intestinal putrefaction responsible for abdominal swelling and bloating.

We should also mention the ability of gingerols contained in this plant to increase intestinal peristalsis, which promotes the removal of excreta. (Infusion of a half teaspoon of dried root per cup of water. Take a couple of cups a day)

- Bay (Laurus nobilis) It enhances secretions and favors peristalsis, thus contributing to promote digestion, helping the stomach,and the liver, preventing acidity, reducing flatulence and intestinal cramps. This capacity is fundamentally exerted by eugenol, with carminative, anti-ulceric and hepatoprotective properties (Infusion of a pair of leaves in a cup of water for 10 minutes. 4 cups per day)

- Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) It has carminative properties that help treat flatulence or gases. (Infusion of 2 teaspoons of flowers and leaves of meadowsweet and some seeds of anise or cumin per cup of water after meals).

Filipendula ulmaria Meadowsweet flowers

Meadowsweet flowers still in bloom

- Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) Nervousness in the stomach causes in many cases indigestion, intestinal spasms, stomach cramps, etc. The use of preparations of lavender can help "settle the stomach" eliminating many negative manifestations in this body.

It has also been proved its choleretic properties (it stimulates the production of bile by the liver) and cholagogue properties (stimulates the production of bile by the gallbladder), so it is suitable in case of heavy digestions for lack of secretions.

Similarly, the antiseptic properties of this plant are well suited to inhibit the growth of intestinal bacteria responsible for rots that will produce intestinal gas with the subsequent bloating. (10 minute infusion of a spoonful of dried flowers per cup of water. Take 3 cups a day between meals) (In case of putrefaction and abdominal discomfort, have a cup of this infusion immediately after the main meals)

- Lemon (Citrus limonum) It can help combat flatulence caused by poor digestion (Take small sips of half a lemon juice diluted in a glass of water after meals)

- Apple tree (Malus domestica) The pectin contained in apples is a good regulator of the intestine. Promotes expulsion of stool and prevent waste decomposition responsible for intestinal flatulence. (Eat apples abundantly) The apple cider vinegar helps prevent intestinal gas formation (Mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with two teaspoons of honey in a glass of water. Sip it after meals)

- Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) Its sedative and antispasmodic function it not only limited to the level of musculature of the external members. Internally, the sedative properties of this plant may be useful to calm the spasms of the digestive system by acting on its muscles reducing indigestion, abdominal pains or flatulence. (Infusion of a tablespoon per cup of water for 15 minutes. 3 or 4 glasses a day between meals)

Lemon balm

Lemon balm

- Mango (Mangifera indica)Very suitable for stomach problems caused by nerves in the stomach, such as vomiting, indigestion, flatulence, chronic constipation, cramps, etc.., Ingestion of mango juice helps to soothe the stomach and prevent these reactions.

- Mint (Mentha x piperita, Menta ssp) Its content in carvacrol, thymol and menthol help expel the excessive gas in the bowel, (infusion of 1 tablespoon of dried leaves or 2 tablespoons of fresh leaves in one liter of water. Take a couple of hot cups a day after meals)

- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) flavonoids give it antispasmodic properties very useful in case of "intestinal cramps", whereas the bitter principles confer digestive properties and are suitable for indigestion. (Mixed infusion of half a teaspoon of of this plant and half a teaspoon of chamomile . 3 cups per day)

- Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) The anti-inflammatory capacity of tannins, flavonoids and acids is extremely effective in the treatment of many gastrointestinal problems. Liverwort preparations are capable of solving problems of poor digestion in the presence of flatulence, heartburn, or gastritis. (Infusion of a teaspoon of dried flowers per cup of water. A couple of cups a day.)

- Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) It helps digestion, expels flatulence and opens appetite. Very adequate for intestinal spasms. (Infusion of a teaspoon of seeds per cup of water. 2 cups a day) (In case of inappetence take a cup half an hour before meals)

- Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) Its content of carvacrol, thymol and menthol helps expel the excess gas in the intestine, Most terpenes confer it antispasmodic properties, whereas rosmarinic acid and salicylic acid, together with carvacrol, limonene and cineol give its antispasmodic properties. (See toxicity of pennyroyal)

This makes it very interesting in the treatment of stomach pains caused by indigestion when suffering from stomach cramps or flatulence. The use of this plant helps soothe the body. Pennyroyal has the ability to stimulate the liver to increase bile secretion, which it is used to promote digestion when the liver doesn't work properly.

However, this plant contains pulegone and isopulegone, two highly toxic principles for the liver, so this plant should be taken with caution and one should not exceed the recommended dose and use it only once in a while.

For an usual use it is better to choose other types of mints as effective as pennyroyal but without its toxicity. In this sense, it would be better to use use peppermint as a frequent herb tea. (Infusion of 2 tablespoons of dry leaves or 4 tablespoons of fresh leaves in one liter of water. Take a couple of cups a day. Do not exceed this amount)

- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) it helps to overcome diseases of the liver. Taken as an herbal tea after meals it eases digestion and prevents the onset of symptoms of a bad digestion such as bloating, flatulence, heartburn, etc.

- Sage (Salvia officinalis) It acts against heavy digestions, diarrhea and vomiting. It is a good remedy to take three cups throughout the day of the infusion of 15 g. of dried leaves per liter of water. This infusion helps eliminate acidity or abdominal swelling and its appropriate in cases of gastritis, or hiatal hernia.



- Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) It helps digestion, prevents gastric and intestinal spasms and avoids gas formation and rooting retention in intestines. (Infusion of teaspoon of flower summits per cup of water. Take 3 cups a day after meals) (Maceration of a handful of flowers in a liter of white wine. Drink a little cup after a meal)

- Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) It is an ideal relaxant for the treatment of intestinal spasms. I will assist the patient with abdominal swelling to endure discomfort and sleep better. In internal use, anti-inflammatory and sedative properties are valid for the treatment of diseases such as diverticulitis, Crohn's disease or gluten intolerance in which it helps relax the intestinal muscles and decrease spasms (Infusion of a spoonful of dried herb per cup of water. A couple of cups a day)

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