6 Herbs for IBS

16-Feb-2013 Contributed by: *Guest Contributor Lauryn Jean Bertie
By Lauryn Jean Bertie

Digestion can be an uncomfortable thing for some. I was recently asked for Herbal
Advice on
www.Herbipedia.org

Question:

IBS Sufferer: I have been diagnosed with IBS and a gluten sensitivity.
My doctor told me to take Imodium daily, which really helped for the most
part. I just don't feel right about taking meds that often. Is there a herb I
can take on a daily basis that can help control pain and diarrhea?

Herbipedia Answer:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common umbrella term used in the medical
industry to cover a whole range of digestive system issues Suffers can have a
range of varied symptoms form Bloating, cramping , constipation, diarrhea and
flatulence.

 

 

I have written this article to give some basic information on what can be used in
digestive health. This article is not intended to be your sole reference please use this

information as a talking point for you and your medical professionals.

I would like to introduce 6 common culinary herbs to add to your daily life to help deal
with the IBS symptoms.

Anise (aniseed)
For flatulence:

Anise has that distinctive liquorices flavor, which is the volatile oils that allows anise to
be a powerful weapon on gas formation in our digestive tract.

What form should I take it?

Tea infusion: To prepare your anise you will need 2 seeds. Crush them with the
back of the spoon, place in cup then add boiling water. Now, place saucer over cup
to trap volatile oils that are a vital medicinal part of anise. Then leave to infuse for 5
minutes. After 5 minute drink, must be still warm.

When to take: Before a meal so that you inhibit gas formation, caused by green
foods, legumes and carbohydrates.

Cardamom

For bloating:

The peppery, almost bitter, essential oils in cardamom works to help your body create
more digestive enzymes. This dispels the bloating.

What form should I take it?

Herbal syrup: Take one green cardamom pod and smash with back of a spoon to
reveal seeds. Then ground the seeds into a powder with a spoon and wooden board.

Once you have a powder, mix 1 tsp of honey and 1 tsp of hot water then take whole
mix as 1 shot.

When to take: After a meal or when bloating becomes uncomfortable.

Cinnamon

For Diarrhea:

Cinnamons warming action soothes the cramping because of its eugenol (chemical)
content, which is a mild painkiller. Diarrhea is a great expelling of waste from your
digestive system, which can be coupled with extreme cramping. The Eugenol helps
to stop the pain and movement of the colon to control diarrhea. If mixed with sugar
and salt solution it will help with the dehydration caused by diarrhea.

What form should I take it?

Powder formulation: 1 tsp cinnamon powder, 1 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp of salt in
250mls (1 cup) of warm water.

When to take: Sip slowly throughout the day. Take up to three times daily.

Fennel

For Constipation:
Fennel has calmative action to help create a soothing mucus for the stool
impaction to move through your colon.

What form should I take it?

Fennel Vinegar: Take 1tsp of fennel seeds and ground with back of a spoon.
Warm ½ cup of cider vinegar. Place crushed fennel seeds in vinegar. Now, place
saucer over cup to trap volatile oils that are a vital medicinal part of fennel leave to
cool.

Once cool drain seeds from vinegar and place in jar.

When to take: 1Tbsp in warm water, up to three threes daily.

Vinegar will keep for 1 year.

Note : cider vinegar contains significant amounts of pectin, which is a water soluble
fiber which coupled with depurative substance Fenchone form then fennel work
together to move stool.

Ginger

For Cramping:

Ginger’s  warming volatile oils including zingiberine, zingiberole, signal to the colon to
stop cramping movement. Cramping is the colon squeezing and release its content to
push out waste that is unwanted.

What form should I take it?

Ginger Decoction : 2cm of fresh ginger root , smash with a pot to start to break
up fibers in root , then place 750mls of cold water in a pot with ginger. Bring up
to gently simmer for 30mins and reduce water down to 500mls .

When to take: This decoction makes three doses and should be stored in the fridge
For one dose take 1/2cup of decoction sweeten with 1Tbsp of honey and sip slowly.

Mints (peppermint, spearmint)

For all digestive issue:
Mints all have cooling menthol which can works well to treat  Bloating, cramping,
constipation, diarrhea and flatulence.

I find the cooling action on the digestive tract works in conjunction with warming
remedies to speed up their action .

What form should I take it?


Tea infusion: To prepare your mint you will need 2 leaves. Tear, Then place
in cup then add boiling water. Now, place saucer over cup to trap volatile oils of
Menthol. Then leave to infuse for 5 minutes. After 5 minute drink, must be still warm

When to take: In conjunction with warming remedies to speed up their action .

Good luck, if you want more information or herbs please comment below .


Lauryn Jean Bertie A.K.A Herbipedia is an Esthetician, International Massage Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Educator And Writer. She has spent the last 10 years collecting her knowledge in all things holistic, with a mission to create an educational brand, “Herbipedia”, the one stop shop for herbal home healing by empowering people to take charge of their body.


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