Simple Herbs: The Indigestion Cure

An upset stomach might seem like a small complaint in the grand scheme of health problems, but it can really affect your quality of life. In other words, it’s a total bummer. Luckily there are some very easy, quick and completely drug-free ways to get relief. Herbs to the rescue!

Indigestion, also known as upset stomach or dyspepsia, is a painful or burning feeling in the upper abdomen, often, often accompanied by nausea, abdominal bloating, belching, and sometimes vomiting.

Indigestion might be caused by a disease, but for most people it results from eating too much, eating too quickly, eating high-fat foods, or eating during stressful situations.

The traditional simple, or tea made from a single fresh remedy, is best for correcting indigestion. Use an herb that has a taste and aroma you like. Ideally, choose a plant you can easily cultivate, thus providing a steady supply of fresh leaves.

Indigestion Simple
Chamomile, lemon balm, or peppermint
Make an infusion and drink a cup either just before or after meals; experiment to see which time produces the best effect.

Using the indigestion tea (above) and tincture formula (below) in conjunction will provide:

  • Anti-inflammatories (chamomile, lemon balm, peppermint)
  • Bitters to promote digestive secretions (chamomile, gentian)
  • Carminatives to reduce localized inflammation and muscular spasm (chamomile, lemon balm, peppermint
  • Nervines to help ease stress, anxiety, and tension (chamomile, valerian)

Combination Indigestion Tincture
Chamomile tincture
Gentian tincture
Peppermint tincturev
Valerian tincture

Combine equal parts of the tinctures, up to teaspoon (2.5ml) total, and take 10 minutes before each meal.

Caution
Persistent indigestion calls for skilled medical diagnosis. Therapies from chiropractic adjustment to rolfing to psychological counseling often help. Diet is fundamental.

Because indigestion can be a sign of, or mimic, a more serious disease, consult a doctor if you experience:

  • Vomiting, weight loss, or appetite loss.
  • Black, tarry stools or bloody vomit.
  • Severe pain in the upper right abdomen.
  • Discomfort unrelated to eating.
  • Shortness of breath, sweating, or pain radiating to the jaw, neck, or one of the arms. 

    Adapted from Healthy Digestion, by David Hoffman, B.Sc., F.N.I.M.H. (Storey Books, 2000).

38 comments

Alicia N.
Alicia N.3 years ago

noted with thanks

Penny C.
penny C.3 years ago

Thank you for this.

Elizabeth Aldam
Elizabeth Aldam3 years ago

these teas were my Grandma`s remedies...

Ruth R.
Ruth R.3 years ago

Chamomile, Gentian, Peppermint, Valerian -- good to grow or buy! Thank You.

Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay Kemp3 years ago

I have discovered peppermint and liquorice tea. It's delicious and very soothing. I drink it when I have either a slight headache or a slightly uncomfortable feeling in my stomach. It's not a cure, but it does help a lot.

Ram Reddy
Care member3 years ago

Thanks for the article Annie

Ann B.
Ann B.3 years ago

thank you for the great info - herbs are so wonderful

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Malgorzata Zmuda
Malgorzata Zmuda3 years ago

Mnie pomaga mięta i siemię lniane.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

I'm sorry, I meant to say: thank you Annie, for Sharing this!