Peppermint has excellent antispasmodic actions, calming and soothing the entire length of the digestive tract. Peppermint has been found to relieve intestinal colic and flatulence by its relaxing effect on smooth muscle. Due to its antimicrobial activity, peppermint may also help fight off infections such as the common cold and influenza. The volatile oil in peppermint acts as a mild anaesthetic to the stomach wall which may help with feelings of nausea during travel.
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Known as the “peacemaker herb” (or “guiding herb” in TCM) Licorice root is said to balance and enhance the actions and flavours of herbs with which it is combined. This sweet root can provide valuable support in any situation where the adrenal glands have been subject to long term stress. It also makes an effective tonic in aiding recovery from illness and chronic exhaustion.
Additionally, liquorice has an undeniably effective soothing demulcent action that can relieve inflammation or irritation of the throat, stomach and gastrointestinal tract.
Sweet Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Fennel is one of the most effective carminatives, which helps to relieve digestive cramps and spasms. It relaxes the smooth muscles of the intestines which may relieve griping and flatulence. Fennel is also an effective anti-inflammatory herb, helping the function of the digestive system furthermore. Fennel has been found to have a beautiful effect on infant colic for breastfeeding mothers.
Drinking fennel tea is an established practice in traditional medicine throughout the world. Fennel seed is an effective aid to digestion. It helps smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal system relax and reduce gas, bloating, stomach cramps, and constipation.
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