10 Herbs For The Stomach
Doctors of naturopathy know that peppermint isn’t just a breath freshener. Evidence also suggests peppermint essential oil, which contains menthol, has antispasmodic effects on digestive muscles. Its smell likewise soothes nerves, including a nervous stomach. This makes peppermint popular among those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome which affects some 5 million Americans. A study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology showed that patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome who consumed peppermint oil capsules experienced relief from abdominal pain by 40% and reduction in bloating and flatulence by 50%. Another German study in 1996 validates peppermint’s ability to reduce abdominal pain caused by gas. Some doctors of osteopathy recommend regular intake of peppermint tea for smooth functioning of the gastrointestinal system, although this should not be used by those suffering from heartburn. 
Linalool and linalyl acetate are the principal constituents of lavender that contribute to the herb’s gastroprotective properties, as one study has shown. When orally ingested or inhaled, lavender essential oil was found to protect the stomach against gastric ulcers. Use of this oil in aromatherapy has also been revealed to have analgesic effects.  Lavender is likewise known to aid diarrhea and relieve menstrual cramps. 
Considered to be one of the gentlest and therefore safest herbs, chamomile possesses antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and carminative qualities that combat common gastrointestinal issues. Research shows its natural sedative properties can soothe the mucous membrane of the digestive tract to relieve flatulence, heartburn and digestive discomfort caused by stress or anxiety.  Scientific research has shown orally administered aqueous extracts of chamomile exhibited gastroprotective effects against gastric ulcers among treated subjects compared to those not treated. 
What makes ginger unique among herbal remedies for the stomach is its ability to treat nausea and vomiting. Because of this, herbalists agree fresh grated ginger is best for preventing motion and morning sickness without causing drowsiness like other drugs. Aside from nausea and vomiting, ginger tea may also be used for gas-related bloating and pain.  Furthermore, a recent study conducted in 2014 found that ginger has impressive anti-ulcer properties. 
Fennel has a positive effect on upper abdominal pain whether it is in tea or essential oil form.  When scientists examined the anti-ulcerogenic and antioxidant effects of fennel extracts in 2007, they found that fennel can significantly reduce gastric damage like gastric mucosal lesions. These protective characteristics were attributed to the herb’s ability to reduce lipid peroxidation and increase anti-oxidant activities. 
A powerhouse of valuable health nutrients, dandelion is a wonderful herb that contains riboflavin, ascorbic acid, zinc, iron, manganese, protein, phosphorus, carotene, calcium, B-vitamins, sterols and flavonoids. Known for its diuretic, blood purifying and liver cleansing effects, dandelion is also thought to be effective in cleansing the lymphatic system of the body as well as in promoting better digestion. Furthermore, this herb is known for aiding those suffering from diarrhea. 
Dandelion leaves are commonly used to increase the level of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and prevent the occurrence of tummy aches. In addition to its ability to promote better and stronger digestion, dandelion can also be used to strengthen the functioning of the liver, gall bladder and stomach.  Dandelion also aids intestinal gas and upset stomachs. Dandelion makes a wonderful digestive tonic and natural laxative that promotes regular bowel movements. 
Also beneficial for the stomach, thyme is a delicate herb that helps to relieve intestinal gas or flatulence, upset stomachs, parasitic worm infections and stomach pains or gastritis. This herb also makes an excellent aid for better digestion. When taken regularly, thyme may help reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and colic which is triggered by intestinal spasms.
Thyme also works by relaxing the muscles of the stomach which helps relieve gastrointestinal conditions like indigestion, loss of appetite and chronic gastritis. As a good source of antioxidants, thyme also contains nutrients like Vitamin K, fiber, chromium, manganese, calcium, iron and bioflavonoids which are beneficial to the body. 
Cardamom is a popular spice in Asia and is often found in Indian food such as red lentil Dal. With its antispasmodic and analgesic properties, cardamom makes an effective remedy for many conditions affecting the digestive system of the body. It contains volatile oil components that are considered to be beneficial for soothing the intestines and the stomach. Cardamom is also known to relieve upset stomachs, dysentery, indigestion, flatulence, constipation and other digestive problems. 
This fragrant shrub is thought to be very good for the stomach and digestion in general. It promotes better and stronger digestion by detoxifying the liver and stimulating bile production. Aside from its ability to enhance appetite, rosemary also helps to relieve dyspepsia, bloating, constipation and stomach cramps. It also relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract thereby relieving stomach discomfort. 
Coriander (aka cilantro in the USA) is a wonderful herb that is from the parsley family and is thought to have profound effects on the digestive system by treating various sorts of disorders. When made into tea, coriander is believed to relieve nausea, bloating, gas, heartburn, upset stomachs as well as promote better bowel movements. In Germany, coriander is widely accepted as a treatment for flatulence, dyspeptic complaints and mild gastrointestinal pains. 
Herbs For Stomach – References:
 Antinociceptive and gastroprotective effects of inhaled and orally administered Lavandulahybrida Reverchon “Grosso” essential oil. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15519366
 Gastroprotective effects of aqueous extract of Chamomilla recutita against ethanol-induced gastric ulcers. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21063650
 Beneficial effects of Foeniculum vulgare on ethanol-induced acute gastric mucosal injury in rats. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17278229
 Mohamed A. Kamel et al., “Anti-Ulcer and Gastro Protective Effects of Fenugreek, Ginger and Peppermint Oils in Experimentally Induced Gastric Ulcer in Rats,” Journal of Chemical & Pharmaceutical Research 6, no. 2 (February 2014): 451–68. http://www.publications.zu.edu.eg/Pages/PubShow.aspx?ID=12923&pubID=18
 Dandelion, Annals of Psychotherapy & Integrative Health 16, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 48–48
Article researched and created by Cathy Ongking and Elfe Cabanas, © herbs-info
2. Use a “Hot” Pack
I put hot in quotations because you don’t truly want it hot-just very warm, but comfortably so. You can also use a hot water bottle for this as well. Heat helps to loosen and relax muscles, so if you find yourself cramping up, some warmth can go a long ways for relieving you of the dreadful discomfort.
You will need…
-A hot pack, hot water bottle, or something similar
-A cozy place to lie down
Find a place to lie down, and rest the hot pack on your belly. It should be a comfortable temperature, but definitely warm. Do this for at least 15 minutes, or as long as you need to, reheating as necessary.
3. Rice Water
Rice water is exactly what it sounds like-the water left-over after you cook rice. It acts a demulcent, meaning a substance that relieves inflammation by forming a sort of soothing barrier over a membrane, in this case, the lining of your stomach.
You will need…
-1/2 cup of white rice
-2 cups of water
Cook your rice with twice the amount of water you normally would for your chosen amount. In this case I am using plain old long-grain white rice. Put your rice in a pot on the stove and add the water, cooking over medium-low heat. As the rice starts to become tender, remove it from the heat and let it soak for 3 minutes with the lid on the pan. Drain and drink the water warm, adding a smidge of honey if needed. Save the rice for a bland meal later.
4. Enjoy Some Mint
Fresh peppermint tea (or just peppermint tea in general) can help relax stomach muscles. It also helps improve the flow of bile, which helps you digest properly. This is especially useful if suffering from indigestion or gas/bloating.
You will need…
-A handful of fresh peppermint leaves OR 1-2 teaspoons dried
-1 cup water
Cover the peppermint with 1 cup of boiling water, cover, and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Sip slowly while it’s still toasty warm. If using the fresh peppermint leaves, you can chew on them as well to ease stomach pains. You can also just use a pre-made teabag if you find that more desirable.
5. Warm Lemon Water
Lemon water, if your issue is indigestion, helps a stomachache. The high acidity level stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid, which breaks down our food. By upping the amount of HCL being produced, you help move digestion along at healthy pace. You get the added bonus of the hydration too, which keeps the system flushed and running smoothly.
6. Ginger Root Tea
Ginger contains naturally occurring chemicals called gingerols and shogaols. These chemicals can help relax smooth muscle, such as the muscle that lines the intestinal track, and therefore relieve stomach cramps or a colicky stomach ache. Ginger root is also great for relieving nausea, which may accompany a stomachache. Sipping on some warm tea can prove very useful as a home remedy for stomach aches and is, in my opinion, more effective than ginger ale.
You will need…
-1 ginger root, 1-2 inches
-A sharp knife or peeler
-1-2 cups of water
Wash, peel, and then grate or finely chop 1-2 inches of fresh ginger root. Bring 1-2 cups of fresh water to a boil (use less water and more ginger if you want a more concentrated drink) and add your ginger. Boil for 3 minutes and then simmer for 2 more. Remove from heat, strain, and add honey to taste. Sip slowly and relax.
7. Chew Fennel Seeds
Let’s say your stomach ache is being caused by indigestion. In this case, chewing fennel seeds will help as they contain anethole, a volatile oil that can stimulate the secretion of digestive juices to help move things along. It can also help tame inflammation, and reduce the pain caused by it. If you are suffering from gastritis, inflammation of the stomach, this may provide some relief from the discomfort.
You will need…
-1/2-1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
After a meal, chew ½-1 teaspoon of fennel seeds thoroughly. If you are pregnant, avoid fennel.