Natural home remedies: Recipes to soothe your stomach

Soothing Tea for Heartburn

Licorice, ginger, and chamomile are traditional, easy-to-make, and inexpensive digestive tract soothers that still work wonders for occasional flare-ups of heartburn.

• 1 cup water
• 1 teaspoon grated licorice root
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
• 1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers

1. In a small pan, bring the water to a boil. Add the licorice and ginger. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add chamomile. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
2. Strain into a teacup and drink.


Stomach-Calming Tea

If you have indigestion, this therapeutic infusion will likely tame your outraged stomach as well as any patent medicine you can buy.

• 1 cup boiling water
• 1 teaspoon dried peppermint
• 1 teaspoon dried chamomile

1. In a small pot, pour boiling water over the dried peppermint and chamomile. Cover and steep for 10 minutes, then strain into a teacup.
2. Drink up to three cups a day to help ease intestinal cramps.


A quick antacid from your spice shelf

Some common kitchen spice seeds contain oils that soothe spasms in your stomach and relieve nausea—without costing too pretty a penny. Just chew one teaspoon of aniseed, dill, or caraway seeds for a minute, then spit them out without swallowing any. Repeat three times a day.

Lemon Settler for Motion Sickness

While over-the-counter motion-sickness remedies can make you sleepy, ours just take away the sick feeling. This is a tummy-soothing drink.

• Juice of 1 lemon
• 1 cup boiling water
• 1 teaspoon honey
• 1 crushed sprig spearmint or peppermint

1. In a large cup, combine lemon juice, boiling water, and honey. Stir to mix and add spearmint or peppermint.
2. Sip as needed. Keep warm in a thermos when traveling.



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