Upset stomachs can occur for a variety of reasons including diet, stress, or an illness. The next time a stomach ache or indigestion strikes, instead of reaching for a medicine bottle in the cabinet, try a few healthier and more soothing remedies – tea, warm compress and yogurt.
Drinking tea is relaxing and more natural than using over-the-counter medication for an upset stomach. It has many health benefits and it’s a remedy that grandma would likely approve. There are several types of teas that will help and these can either be made from scratch or bought as tea bags in grocery or health food stores.
Basil tea is especially good for soothing muscle cramps. It’s usually not the first tea most people think about reaching for but it offers a lot health benefits overall.
Chamomile tea is great for soothing the stomach and often recommended for relieving menstrual cramps. It has a very mild and fruity flavor so it’s perfect for already upset stomachs.
The properties in clove tea help to naturally “kill” bad bacteria. Many pregnant women drink the tea to reduce feelings of nausea. However, it’s also a very strong tea and unless the body is already used to drinking clove tea, this may not be the first remedy to try.
There’s good reason mom used to give you a little ginger ale when your stomach was feeling a bit queasy? Ginger is an easy to find and inexpensive plant. To calm an upset stomach make ginger tea which is widely available in neighborhood grocery stores today.
This is another tea that is very easy to find in local grocery stores. It’s very “warming” and has a familiar aroma so it’s also one that kids with an upset stomach may enjoy drinking the most.
In conjunction with drinking tea, using a warm compress on the stomach will help to alleviate pain of a stomach ache. Grab what is already available – a towel – and run it under warm water. For a little more heat, the wet towel can then be put in the microwave for a few seconds. Then squeeze any excess water out of the towel and either place it in a bag first or lay it directly on the stomach.
Despite what we may have been taught, bacteria can be good for you. Eating yogurt, milk, soy products and some juices that contain probiotics, live and active cultures that are considered good bacteria, will help make and keep the digestive system strong. Regularly eating foods with probiotics helps protect against the “bad bacteria”, according to one Mayo Clinc nutritionist. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/probiotics/an00389.