Some herbal Help for "IBS"

Stormy Stewart


Many are sold as teas, some as herbs, three are fruit or fruit extracts put in pill form.

The blueberry, blackberry and raspberry are all leaves that you brew into a tea

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aloe vera
blueberry, blackberry and raspberry leaves
fennel seed
amalaki fruit
triphala fruit
peppermint tea and peppermint oil

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Peppermint oil is effective in reducing abdominal pain. Peppermint oil relaxes the muscles of the gut, thus reducing the muscle spasms that contribute to abdominal pain. Peppermint oil can be put into anything like ice tea, or cookies.

Peppermint tea - drink as tea -releaves same as above
Fennel Tea
Fennel tea is made from the seeds of the fennel plant. With a licorice flavor, antispasmodic qualities, to increase intestinal motility, and to have mild laxative effects.
Slippery elm- coats the lining of your intestines. can be done in lozences, tea, or herb tabs
Note warning on this set of fruits

The fruit of the Amalaki tree, is effect on overall digestion, as well as serving as a laxative.
Triphala, translated as “three fruits,” is an herbal preparation that combines the fruit of the bibhataki and haritaki trees, along with that of the amalaki tree. In addition to its laxative effect, triphala is thought to reduce abdominal pain and bloating.
Herbal Stimulant Laxatives
Certain herbs, those containing substances called anthraquinones, are used as stimulant laxatives. Examples of these herbs include senna, cascara, rhubarb and frangula.

Due to concerns about their safety, it is not recommended that these herbs be used on a regular basis, but rather limited to being taken for no longer than seven days for the treatment of acute constipation.
The following have been associated with a quieting of diarrhea symptoms:

Berry Leaf Teas
Many herbalists swear by teas made from blueberry, blackberry and raspberry leaves. These leaves contain substances called tannins, whose effect on reducing inflammation and decreasing secretion of fluid may account for the anti-diarrhea reputations of these teas.

Anise tea provides the benefits of soothing stomach aches and relieving the symptoms of gas and bloating. Anise is also considered to have antispasmodic effects, but because it may act as a laxative, anise tea should be avoided by those suffering from diarrhea-predominant IBS (IBS-D). The tea is prepared by steeping ground anise seeds in boiling water

Chamomile tea is brewed from the flowers of the chamomile plant. Animal research has indicated that chamomile has the following effects:
Reduces inflammation
Reduces anxiety
People who suffer allergic reactions to plants in the daisy family should not drink chamomile tea.
Triggers affect some people, not others
For reasons that still aren't clear, if you have IBS you probably react strongly to stimuli that don't bother other people. Triggers for IBS can range from gas or pressure on your intestines to certain foods, medications or emotions. For example:

Foods. Many people find that their signs and symptoms worsen when they eat certain foods. For instance, chocolate, milk and alcohol might cause constipation or diarrhea. Carbonated beverages and some fruits and vegetables may lead to bloating and discomfort in some people with IBS. The role of food allergy or intolerance in irritable bowel syndrome has yet to be clearly understood.

If you experience cramping and bloating mainly after eating dairy products, food with caffeine, or sugar-free gum or candies, the problem may not be irritable bowel syndrome. Instead, your body may not be able to tolerate the sugar (lactose) in dairy products, caffeine or the artificial sweetener sorbitol.

Stress. If you're like most people with IBS, you probably find that your signs and symptoms are worse or more frequent during stressful events, such as a change in your daily routine. But while stress may aggravate symptoms, it doesn't cause them.
Hormones. Because women are more likely to have IBS, researchers believe that hormonal changes play a role in this condition. Many women find that signs and symptoms are worse during or around their menstrual periods.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy
Hashtag: #IBS