For centuries mankind has been using herbs. Long before there were factories and man made chemicals, people had sickness and upsets that had to be treated and healed. During the ongoing search for medical aids, people desperately tried about anything. I guess when you’re sick and dieing, death is better than living in constant pain and agony and therefor risks seemed reasonable. People drink, ate and applied all sorts of stuff, from rubbing leaves on their skin to drinking infusions made of boiling water and roots. A lot of it was poison. Hence the common saying, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Indeed.
Today I’m going to discuss the treatment of stomach complaints with herbs. If you think your tummy makes you nuts, can you imagine the stomach of men who ate raw elk and washed it down with taro water? How about burnt dog meat and dirty dandelion wine? This was the diet of people who wandered, begged, fought and died just trying to settle down under a blanket. Our forefathers were brave and imaginative, the founders of our present world of comfort and safety. And they built in on their broken backs, brick by heavy brick. And along the way, they found some wonderful things; gifts given to them by their God.
So your stomach is on fire after an evening of Tacos, Salsa and Margaritas. Imagine that! And so what do you do? Chow down some Tums and cross your fingers. Maybe you’re on Prilosec or Zantac. You could even be on long term therapy.. indeed are likely to be.. because once food starts to kick your butt, it doesn’t stop. So why not take the wheel into your own hands and take control over your tummy? Let me show you how to do that… how to make the best meds you can imagine from natural resources, most of which are free or at the most, super cheap. Accessible. And effective.
You will make all of thes recipes with regular equipment, nothing fancy is required. You can use the pots, pans and spoons you already have. And if you have a garden or live in a rural area, you can probably just wander around outside and find most of what you need. I have included pictures of the herbs in each recipe for easy identification.
Slippery Elm Infusion
Boil the water and pour over the Allspice Berries in a saucepan. Leave to infuse over very low heat for 10 minutes. Strain out the berries. Mix the Slippery Elm with a tsp of water until it becomes a paste. Add the Allspice infusion to the paste, stirring until it makes a smooth liquid. Add Lemon Juice to taste. Take a full “wineglassful” up to 3 times a day. This will soothe the digestive tract and calm an upset stomach. This will also improve the appetite.
Slippery Elm Paste
1 tbsp of powdered Slippery Elm Bark
Water as needed
Stir water into powder until it forms a paste. Stir this paste into a cup of hot Milk or Water and sweeten with Honey if desired. Drink when stomach is very upset or painful and you cannot eat. This recipe makes up a single dose. Do not drink more than one dose at a time.
NOTE: SAFE FOR CHILDREN OVER 12 MONTHS OF AGE. DO NOT USE ON INFANTS.
Chamomile and Marshmallow
Put flowers and herb into a coffeemaker basket with filter. Pour 1 cup of water into a coffeemaker and turn it on. Allow water to strain through herbs and make one dose of “tea”. Leave tea in decanter on burner while cleaning out basket. Strain tea through another coffee filter into a mug or cup. This makes one dose. Drink immediately.
Bring water to a boil in a saucepan or teapot over medium heat. Once boiling, toss in petals. Allow to boil for 5 minutes and then reduce heat to low. Toss in Marshmallow Root. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain through a coffee filter or cheesecloth, making sure to remove all the root strands from the “tea”. When the tea runs clear, pour it into a mug or cup of your choice and drink immediately. Make fresh or store larger amounts for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Drink 1 dose at a time when heartburn is a problem.
Licorice Root (for ulcers)
Either chew one dried root or take 1 tsp of powdered root as desired when heartburn is a problem. Do not take more than 1 tsp or 1 root at a time. It can have a strong laxative effect.
Fenugreek Seed Infusion
1 tsp ground Fenugreek Seed
1 cup Water
Bring water to a boil over medium heat in a small saucepan. Once boiling, toss in the seeds. Allow to boil for a full 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and allow to infuse for 5 more minutes. Strain out the seeds through a coffee filter or paper towel and pour clear tea into a mug. Drink as needed.
NOTE: This recipe makes one dose.
Gentian and Peppermint
Bring the Gentian and the water slowly to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. When the liquid has reduced down to about 2- 2-1/2 cups. Reduce the heat. Add the Peppermint, cover and leave to infuse for a few more minutes. Strain through a tight seive or a coffee filter and add Honeyto taste. Take 1 or 2 teaspoonfuls about 30 minutes before a meal.
Combine these herbs and store the mixture in a glass jar away from heat and light.
3-6 tbsp Tea Blend
3-6 cups of Boiling Water
Add the herbs to a teapot, pour boiling water (as many cups as tablespoons of tea) and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain into a jar or vacuum-bottle. The unused tea can be refrigerated and kept for up to 3 days. After 3 days, discard and make new.
There is no danger in making and trying these remedies. I think, if you dare, you will discover one recipe that works really well on you. If you do make these remedies and try them, feel free to post your review on the blog. Other readers would really appreciate it.