The unpleasant feeling caused by a bloated and gassy stomach can get us down. It feels like a balloon expanding or a storm building up in your midsection. This bloated feeling can be common, particularly after eating a heavy meal or drinking too much. Flatulence and indigestion usually come with stomach bloatedness. Here I have for you, a quick solution to reduce stomach bloating and gassiness. The ingredients are readily available in your kitchen.
Look into your kitchen cabinet and take out the herbs and spices. Use them to reduce your stomach bloating. Besides, there are many health benefits to using them.
Let’s find out which are the ones…
Reduce Stomach Bloating Using Common Cooking Herbs and Spices
This common cooking spice is one of the best spice that gets rid of bloating. Cloves can stimulate the release of digestive juices that help move food along the digestive tract. It increases digestive motility, thus curbing the production of excess gasses that contribute to stomach bloating.
A cup of clove tea before meals can stimulate blood flow and improve saliva production for better food digestion.
Add 1 teaspoon of freshly grind whole cloves to 1 cup boiled water. Steep for 10 minutes. Add 1 teabag and steep for another 10 minutes. Strain, add honey to taste and drink it warm or cold.
The lemon citrusy seeds of the cilantro herb are amazing for the stomach. Coriander helps accelerate digestion, breaking down food faster to decrease bloating. These seeds are a good source of insoluble fibre. Taken on a regular basis can help maintain bowel regularity and avoid constipation.
Drinking coriander tea soothes the digestive tract.
Add 1 teaspoon of coriander to 1 cup boiled water. Steep for 10 minutes. Add honey if desired. Strain and drink.
This carminative spice can reduce pressure on the abdomen by encouraging the expulsion of gas. Thus, relieve bloated stomach. Cinnamon also promotes proper digestion.
Drink warm cinnamon tea to relax the digestive system.
Break a cinnamon stick into pieces or use cinnamon powder and put in a cup of boiled water. Steep for 10 minutes. Strain, add a tea bag and steep for a couple of minutes more. Add honey if desired.
Click here to find out What are the Health Benefits of Cinnamon.
This sweet and slightly spicy spice has digestive properties and promotes the elimination of gases. It helps food pass faster through the digestive tract by stimulating the release of digestive juices and help beat bloating.
Chew on four to five pods of cardamom after meals to get rid of stomach bloating or brew a cup of cardamom tea. Steep these cardamoms in 2 cups hot water for 10 minutes. Strain, add lemon water and drink.
More about cardamom here.
Two compounds, carvol and carvene found in caraway seeds help soothe the muscle tissues of the digestive tract. This stimulates expulsion of gas, giving instant relief from stomach bloating.
Drink a cup of caraway tea after a meal.
Put 2 teaspoons of crushed caraway seeds into hot water and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink.
Alternatively, just munch on a handful of caraway seed.
This aromatic and refreshing herb is one of the best remedies for gas and bloating. Peppermint contains menthol which can relax the muscle. It calms muscle spasms in the stomach and intestines, making it easier for gas to pass through the digestive tract. It also helps release digestive juices to break down food quickly through intestines.
This amazing herb can help relieve stress too.
Peppermint tea can be brewed by adding a few sprigs of peppermint to two cups of hot water. Steep for 5 – 10 minutes. Alternatively, add a few peppermint leaves.
Peppermint is NOT recommended for people with heartburn or GERD because it relaxes the muscle in the oesophagus and stomach, thus worsen the acid reflux.
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Here you have it, the common cooking herbs and spices that help reduce stomach bloating and gassiness. Just remember 5 Cs and 1 P.
I have tried clove tea. I didn’t have time (in another word, lazy) to take out my pestle and mortar to grind the cloves. So, I just pinched the flower buds between my fingers to release the oil before steeping in hot water.
I wouldn’t say it worked like magic to reduce the bloating but it definitely soothes my tummy.
Now, if you do not have the mentioned herbs and spices, no worries.
Before signing off, I would like to leave you with some information on bloating. As we always say, “Prevention is Better Than Cure”.
So, here is a list of behaviour and food choices that can lead to gas. You may want to avoid these in order to evade bloated stomach. Also, some suggestions on how to avoid bloating.
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