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    Herbs for Nausea?

    My stomach has been quite upset lately, despite no change in diet aside from smaller intake. The results are nausea and stomachache (among other less than savory side effects on my digestive process). Any herbs good for upset tummies? Any herbs for digestion?











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    Re: Herbs for Nausea?

    Ginger is the standard go-to, but depending on the cause of the tummy issues, you can also go with fennel. They make an OTC thing called Gripe Water for little kids that's essentially herbs and sweeteners. My kid hated, but it worked great for me.

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    Re: Herbs for Nausea?

    Iirc scopolamine, a drug used as an anti-emetic, is found in several of the nightshade plants. Most of them have some pretty nasty effects iirc, so you possibly wouldn't want to consume them, especially in herbal form, but it can't hurt to start looking in that direction.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scopolamine

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    Re: Herbs for Nausea?

    Ginger is best, but you could also try peppermint (tea) for nausea.
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    Re: Herbs for Nausea?

    Oh, as queen of the indigestion people, you may also want to look at papaya or pineapple enzymes, and/or yogurt in your diet as these issues can be caused by screwed up digestive juices or gut flora. I still have some issues, since I have GERD, but adding yogurt to my diet has helps my digestion a lot. That will take time though, but it does work better than the "probiotic" pills they sell. Those never seemed to help me.

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    Re: Herbs for Nausea?

    Everyone's really on the ball up there ^^

    It's tried, true and GRAS (generally regarded as safe - unless you have ragweed/Compositae allergies) - chamomile! Catnip's also mild and effective. Licorice is good if you don't have high blood pressure or fluid retention issues. Peppermint, spearmint & other mints are good for indigestion and to stimulate appetite, but if your stomach pain is ulcer-related, they can cause extra irritation.

    Fennel, anise, parsley, cilantro and caraway are all 'carminatives' - they help move gas along. Honestly, almost any 'kitchen' herb is carminative.

    Some physical things you can do if your issue is acid reflux and/or heartburn - when you lay down, lay on your left side to use gravity to hold your stomach contents in place, and try not to do any toe-touching type movements before bed. Stretching & gentle belly/lower abdomen massage before meals can ease things like IBS & constipation. Another exercise to try, about 20 minutes before meals, lay on your stomach, grab your ankles w/your hands and rock yourself gently back & forth. Unfortunately, many people with diarrhea find that any kind of stimulating movement can send them running, so if that's the issue at hand you probably wouldn't want to try the exercises, rubbing or stretching immediately before/after meals. Stretching can help move gas & gas cramps, too, though.

    Some people get a lot of nausea relief from plain ol' Coca-Cola (or Cola Syrup, if you can find it).
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    Re: Herbs for Nausea?

    Some aloe vera juice might help. I've taken it before to help with ulcers/acid reflux. It re alkalizes the body, helping out the stomach and intestines.

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    Re: Herbs for Nausea?

    Ginger, peppermint (I have some of this upstairs, yay!), fennel, papaya, pineapple, yogurt, scopolamine, Gripe Water, chamomile, catnip, licorice, anise, parsley, and Coca-Cola.

    You guys rock. I'm gonna make a big batch of peppermint and chamomile tea and see if I can't drum up some anise (for now). Everything else will require a trip to the grocery store.


    EDIT: ALOE VERA JUICE. That sounds awesome. What's it taste like?
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    Re: Herbs for Nausea?

    It's a bit salty and viscus at first. I'd take about a shot glass before bed and chase it with a shot of water. You get used to it after bit though.

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    Re: Herbs for Nausea?

    Granny used to keep old-fashioned peppermint candy canes (the ones that are thick and sorta chalky in texture) for upset stomachs... and, occasionally, for use as candy...
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