Reducing inflammation is very important in preventing and relieving intestinal flare ups caused by digestive disorders like IBS, ulcerative colitis, or colic.
Last night in my Herbal Medicine class, we talked about healing herbs that are especially good for the digestive tract. Many of which are what we call carminatives, meaning these herbs are great at soothing and settling the gut wall, aiding digestion. Carminative herbs are also anti-spasmodic, meaning they prevent or ease spasms or cramps in the muscles.
The use of herbs are endless – as seasoning, spices, and even taken as a food on its own. But of course, we can’t forget the use of herbs in tea!
As a lover of tea and all things warming to the body, I thought why not create a sweet and spicy concoction made up of medicinal properties that calms your gut and reduces abdominal discomfort at the same time.
Immune Boosting Properties in Ginger
Traditionally, ginger is recommended for upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea and intestinal gas, and also as a treatment for colds and other respiratory conditions. Ginger contains volatile oils including compounds like curcumene, farnesene and zingibero that gives ginger its spicy flavor as well as its immune boosting medicinal qualities.3Benefits of Ginger:
- Upset stomach
- Intestinal gas
Curcumin Anti-inflammatory Properties in Turmeric
Known for its beautiful bright orange hue, turmeric contains an active compound called curcumin that is responsible for it highly anti-inflammatory qualities. In fact, a number of studies have proven curcumin’s effect on molecules that induce inflammation.1
Benefits of Turmeric for IBS:
- Stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, speeding the breakdown of dietary fats
- Relieves symptoms of ulcerative colitis, crohn’s and osteoarthritis
Digestive and Carminative Properties of Cinnamon
Studies have shown the various types of flavonoids in cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties, inhibiting the production of nitric oxide and the therapuetic treatment or prevention of inflammation caused diseases.2Benefits of Cinnamon for IBS:
- Treats indigestion
- Reduce flatulence
- Alleviate diarrhea
- Antibacterial properties
- Relieve intestinal spasms
- Calm and smooth upset stomach
- 4 cups water
2 inchslice of fresh, organic ginger 2 inchslice of fresh, organic tumeric
- 1 lemongrass stalk chopped into ½ slices
2 1-inchlong fresh cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon of honey (adjust as needed)
- a spritz of lemon juice
- Chop all ingredients.
- Gently crush ginger, turmeric and lemongrass in mortar and pestle a couple times until they softened and flattened to help release the juices in the water.
- Remove ginger and
tumericfrom mortar and pestle and crush cinnamon stick into small, fine pieces.
- Add water and all ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil for 10 minutes.
- Reduce to medium heat and boil for another 5 minutes to release the medicinal properties of the herbs.
- Pour the tea out with a strainer.
- Add honey and a spritz of lemon juice.
1 Wu N, Chainani. “Safety and Anti-inflammatory Activity of Curcumin: A Component of Tumeric (Curcuma Longa).” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 Feb. 2003. Web. 14 Sept. 2015.
2 Rao, Pasupuleti, and Siew Gan. “Cinnamon: A Multifaceted Medicinal Plant.” Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : ECAM. Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 1 Apr. 2014. Web. 14 Sept. 2015.
3 Marciano, Marisa. “Zingiber Officinalis.” The Naturopathic Herbalist. 10 Sept. 2015. Web. 14 Sept. 2015.