There are a herbs and spices that contain phytochemicals (plant-based compounds) with healing properties that help decrease inflammation, stimulate the immune system, fight viruses and bacteria – and soothe the stomach.
1. Slippery Elm:
Ulmus rubra, more commonly known as Slippery Elm, is a species of elm native to eastern North America, the sweet-smelling bark of which is used, most often in powdered form, to soothe the mucus membranes of the body, including the throat, esophagus, gastro-intestinal tract, and vagina. Slippery elm stimulates nerve endings that increase mucous production in the gastrointestinal tract, which offers protection against excessive acid production. Slippery elm contains tannins, which control irritation and fluid movement, making it beneficial for diarrhea and for irritable bowel syndrome.
2. Chili Pepper:
This contain a chemical called capsaisin, which stimulates the nervous system and causes body temperatures to rise. In turn, your body works hard to cool down and the sweat you start creating will quickly cool your body. Even if at first you feel warm, the peppers will sweat the heat away and make it seem as if your body temperature has gone down.
This ancient spice can improve sluggish digestion and reduce gas. But its real claim to fame is its ability to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting caused by pregnancy, motion sickness, chemotherapy or surgery. You can try adding slices of fresh ginger to gas-producing dishes – like black bean soup or a veggie-rich stew – or simply grating it into the pot while you’re cooking.
I’m sure all of you have come to realize that mint toothpaste rapidly cools down your mouth, but mint doesn’t have to be restricted to toothpaste and gum. Mint contains a compound called menthol that will stimulate cold sensitive receptors in your skin, so adding mint to water, tea, or foods will naturally help cool you down. Mint’s cooling power can also be found in different soaps and shampoos.
This powerful spice is what gives mustard its bright yellow color and it has been used for centuries in curries across the world. Turmeric warms the intestinal cells, creating the same effect as chili pepper has on the body. This warming effect can also reduce inflammation in the intestine, minimizing gut discomfort and gas.
6. Fennel Seeds:
This cooling spice has been used to aid digestion for years. In number of places, fennel seeds are commonly consumed after meals to help break down the food and ease stress on the intestine. This herb, when brewed with tea, can help regulate the menstrual cycle and decrease period pains. Russian researchers have confirmed that it does in fact decrease the intensity of colic when compared to a placebo.
This unique spice can help cool you down in the summer and warm you up in the winter. An iced cinnamon tea can help reduce inflammation, lower your cholesterol and increase brain power. Cinnamon can also help curve your desire for sweet foods and can help regulate blood sugar!
Typically, this herb is used in cuisine of the warmer climates and when you think of cilantro you’re most likely thinking of Mexican food. However, cilantro is the most commonly used herb in cuisine today and this strong flavored leaf has been used medicinally to cool down during the summer for centuries. It is important to eat cilantro raw, because when cooked, it wilts and loses it’s powerful flavor. On the other hand, the seeds of cilantro, known more commonly as coriander, may be cooked and they have the same cooling effects as cilantro!
Stimulates digestion and appetite, soothes the stomach and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is good for digestion due to presence of multiple medicinal compounds and an anti-convulsant. It stimulates digestion. It is suggested that one should make a mix of water (1 litre) and saffron (1g) for strengthening the function of stomach. Saffron is also beneficial when the liver and spleen get enlarged.
Amalaki (emblica officinalis), commonly known as Indian gooseberry or amla, is considered one of the best rejuvenating herbs in Ayurveda. It has traditionally been used to treat skin diseases, lung conditions, diabetes, and indigestion. Amalaki is a strong natural antioxidant containing high levels of vitamin C.
Try adding these herbs for a better digestion and cool stomach.