As we begin the holiday season, with all day and all night holiday celebrations, that may include rich, flavorful dishes and too many drinks, remember to be kind to your stomach by paying attention to your body's signals and have on hand a few herbs soothe your tummy.
The holiday season can wreak havoc on your digestive system. Traveling in itself, with a change in time zones, airport stress and other stresses associated with getting to you destination, not to mention fatigue, can cause heartburn, indigestion, constipation and diarrhea. Overeating or not eating on our regular schedules can cause further, indigestion, bloating, heartburn, flatulence and a host of other digestive ailments. But with a little advance planning, you can avoid these problems and enjoy the celebrations without interruption.
Here is a list of my top herbs to turn to during the holiday season:
Motion sickness - Ginger
Constipation- Triphala (an Ayurvedic blend of herbs, that works wonders)
Diarrhea - Agrimony and Red Raspberry
Bitters(before-meal tonics to help increase the flow of digestive juices and assist with the breaking down of food.) - Gentian, Fennel and Cardamom
Heartburn and Indigestion - Peppermint and Chamomile
Heartburn and Indigestion that interrupts sleep - Peppermint, Chamomile and Hops
Gas and bloating - Chamomile, Peppermint and Ginger
As an easy option you can pick up Sacred's amazing Digestion Tea blend that works wonders and contain many of these herbs. You can obtain any of the above herbs at our Herbal Apothecary at 376 Argyle Road in Brooklyn.
Remember to take care to drink plenty of water, get adequate rest, and eat a little less chocolate this year than last. Happy Thanksgiving to all!