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Top 10 Herbs to Improve Digestion

It’s your good fortune that some simple digestive herbs and effective natural remedies can put you back in balance.

Home Remedies By Ariba Khaliq / Feb 17, 2014

Wedding Season Plays Havoc on Digestion

With chachi ji stuffing you with laddoos, and maasi ji offering kebabs, the chicken tikka in cocktail party, and aloo poori on sangeet night, we know your hands are full with making, baking, stuffing, and fluffing.  But one really can’t escape the hurt all this food does to your digestive system.  It leaves your bowel movements knackered. It’s your good fortune that some simple digestive herbs and effective natural remedies can put you back in balance. Image courtesy- Getty Images

Cinnamon Sticks

The German Commission E recommends warm cinnamon bark for loss of appetite, dyspeptic complaints, bloating and flatulence. It is a useful remedy for sluggish digestion. Image courtesy- Getty Images


Peppermint is great for improving your digestion. It is no wonder why we find peppermint candy canes everywhere we go during the holidays. It relieves gas and irritable bowels, calms digestive spasms, and can help reduce pain and discomfort. Image courtesy- Getty Images


Cardamom is not just an aromatic spice that lends a peppery, citrusy fragrance to food. Carminative herbs, like it, warm up the digestive tract, speed up and increase the thoroughness of digestion, and reduce gas. Image courtesy- Getty Images


Dandelion is an herbal medicine that helps keep digestion perking along. In one study, 24 patients received a mixture containing dandelion root, St. John's wort, lemon balm, calendula and fennel. Ninety-five percent had relief of colitis symptoms in 15 days. Image courtesy- Getty Images

German chamomile

Chamomile is a very popular herb. It is most popular as a tea and can help prevent or relieve stomach cramps, calms stress and anxiety. It also helps ease gas and bloating and can help soothe heartburn. Image courtesy- Getty Images

Lemon balm

Lemon balm is perfect during the holiday season. It calms the digestive system, also helps with stress and anxiety relief and can help with gas and bloating. It has a wonderful, lemony aroma. Image courtesy- Getty Images


Ginger improves the digestive system by stimulating and helping the absorption of nutrients in the stomach. It helps absorb gases and toxins and helps the skin release toxins from all the fatty foods we will be consuming this holiday season. Image courtesy- Getty Images

Flax Seeds

They contain soluble fibre. This is the type of fibre that helps your digestive processes along. Flax seeds contain oils that contribute to digestive regularity by lubricating your system. Image courtesy- Getty Images

Fennel seeds

Fennel is easy to add to your recipes this holiday season, just a sprinkle onto your bread while your baking or even in your mashed potatoes and you can help everyone with the (not so) fun aftermath of holiday feasting. Fennel seeds also are a digestive aid; it helps with bloating and stomach cramps. Image courtesy- Getty Images

Burdock root

Burdock root stimulates digestion. It is best taken 25-30 minutes before you eat. This herb, however, should not be taken by anyone who suffers from excess stomach acid or irritable bowel, as well as nursing or pregnant. Image courtesy- Getty Images


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