Use herbs and spices to reduce stomach bloating

Herbs and Spices for Bloated Stomach

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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

ClovesThis common cooking spice is one of the best spice that gets rid of bloating.

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.

CorianderCoriander helps accelerate digestion, breaking down food faster to decrease bloating

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.

CinnamonThis carminative spice can reduce pressure on the abdomen by encouraging the expulsion of gas, relieving bloated stomach

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.

CardamomThis sweet and slightly spicy spice has digestive properties and promotes the elimination of gases

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.

CarawayCaraway seeds help soothe the muscle tissues of the digestive tract, stimulating expulsion of gas, giving instant relief from stomach bloating

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.

PeppermintThis aromatic and refreshing herb is one of the best remedies for gas and bloating

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.

Note:

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.

To find out more About Mint Leaves, click here.

In brief

Here you have it, the common cooking herbs and spices that help reduce stomach bloating and gassiness. Just remember 5 Cs and 1 P.

Use these to reduce stomach bloating

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.

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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.

Behaviour and Food Choices that can Lead to Gas and How to Avoid Bloating

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While on my quest to learn all about herbs and spices and their uses, I am sharing my knowledge and experience here. Hoping to help you in using them wisely and effectively. On a separate note, I learned how to build this website at Wealthy Affiliate University. If you have a passionate topic and want to share it too, click here to learn how to share what you love – on your own website! Thereupon, turn your passion into profit. It is FREE to join. Get started now!

28 Replies to “Herbs and Spices for Bloated Stomach

  1. Oh, if I could have found this post around Thanksgiving time. We went to two different friends homes for the holiday, and I really thought I was going to explode from all the food. And I see that drinking out of a straw can cause stomach problems. You might just have saved the day. My son ALWAYS has stomach problems, but he also drinks everything out of straws. I mean everything. We might have just solved something!

    1. I am glad that this article is of help to you and your son. Well, late better than never finding out.

      Wish you well and your son too!

  2. I suffer from a bloated feeling stomach regularly and I’m sure it has much to do with my diet. It’s a very uncomfortable feeling.

    I had no idea these herbs and spices can relieve a bloated stomach. I particularly like the sound of cinnamon. I love this. I’ll definitely try a few out and see how I go. Thanks.

    1. Hi Darren,

      I like cinnamon, particularly the aroma. A simple way of consuming it is to sprinkle a pinch of ground cinnamon onto your cup of coffee or tea or over your bowl of oat in the morning.

      Hope you will feel better soon.

      Sharon

  3. My mom is 50 year old and she has a really bloated stomach. The rest of her body is slim and only her belly is bloated. What would you recommend her among all the options that you have mentioned here.
    I think the clove tea would help her and it would be easy to make. How long will it take for us to see some difference and how often should she drink the tea?

    1. Hi Shrey,

      Thanks for visiting my site. Honestly, I am not a certified herbalist. Based on my own experience, I consume either clove tea or peppermint tea (depending of which I have in my pantry) for my bloated stomach. It does soothe my stomach within the hour. I will not say that the gas is totally gone but I definitely feels better.

      Please be advised that peppermint is NOT recommended for people with heartburn or GERD because it relaxes the muscle in the esophagus and stomach, thus worsen the acid re-flux.

      If your mom has continuous stomach bloatedness, I would suggest that she visits a medical practitioner.

      Take care!

      Sharon

  4. Sharon,
    Appreciate the knowledge. I deal with bloated stomach issues quite often. My general go to solution is to make myself burp a thousand times. My wife hates this and she will be glad to have me trying something different. Plan on giving the coriander a try and go from there.

    1. Glad to be of help. Let me know how it goes.

      Personally, I love the cloves and peppermint. You may try these too. 

  5. Bloating sucks big time and yes while you found some good remedies and reasons why you may be bloated I would like to go in a bit deeper.
    Bloating can be caused naturally in woman before their menses it is one sign of the bowels moving faster. If you are not expecting Aunt Flow to visit though and still having bloating issues. You should check the foods you are eating together. Some foods when eaten together will create a chemical reaction in your stomach and create gas. A great look deeper into this is a book by Jethro Kloss Back to eden he has an extensive list of foods that should not be mixed. Another resource is the Persian foods classification and mixes. In Persian culture all foods are considered hot or cold and meals should be balanced with hot and cold. I’m not talking temps here either. Based on the hot or cold of a food some mixes cause bloating for instance or even dis-ease.
    Another big reason for bloating is the grains, nuts, and seeds MUST be soaked in water and acid like vinegar for 24hours before consumption! This in itself protects the body from mineral loss and other issues with bloating being one of the issues. For further information on this I suggest you look into DR. Weston Price and his worldwide studies and journals of his reports.
    Also Cumin removes bloating fast. An extract of cumin with a few drops to an ounce of water works within ten minutes!
    Good luck to you!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us here. Appreciate it. 

      It is very interesting to know the hot and cold food balance. Will check it out.

      Cheers!

  6. I think this article is really informative since I have been suffering from bloating since a very long time nad honestly it does make you feel and look fat even when you are not!

    I have had the stomach bloating issue all my life and hoping that these remedies would work out positively. Wonderful tips, thanks.

    1. I understand what you mean when you said, “…look fat even when you are not” 😉

      These remedies worked for me and I loved the clove tea. At times, I will have it after dinner even though my stomach isn’t bloated. 

      Do try it. 

      Thanks for visiting and have a beautiful day!

  7. Thanks for remedy tips. Well, I hope that your suggested teas and do and not to do tips works for men too. Yes, I suffer from gases, and I’m used to it, but I live not alone. How about the wife and sometimes colleagues at work. Your list what leads to gases is affordable and doable although a couple of points as beans and juices I find it difficult to execute. I know that beer is not good even non-alcoholic. Question, one bottle a day is it really bad? Thanks.

    1. Each person’s body chemistry is different. So it is a bit difficult to tell if a bottle of beer per day is bad. Perhaps you may want to try NOT having any beer for a few days to see the difference.

      The suggested herbs and spices for bloated stomach do work for men too but as I have mentioned above, everyone reacts differently. Cloves work for me but may not for you vice versa. We just have to try them. Do let me know if I can be of any other help.

      I hope all goes well for you! Take care.

  8. Thanks for this, Sharon! I know I like the flavors of cinnamon and peppermint, so I think those will be the ones I’ll try first.
    I always feel like I have a bloated stomach during the days before my cycle starts. Do you know if these herbs/spices would help for a cycle-related bloating, as opposed to a food-related bloating, if you know what I mean?
    Also, can I just use the herbal tea bags that I can buy in a grocery store as a substitute for those days when I don’t have a fresh supply handy, or when I’m just being lazy too?
    Cheers!

    1. Hi Marlaine,

      I have tried those herbal tea bags but they just don’t have that aroma compared to using fresh herbs and spices. The fresh scent itself helps me to relax. I have not studied the herbal content of the tea bags therefore I can ‘t comment much on it. But I am pretty sure its nutrient contents are no way more than its fresh counterpart.

      Menstrual bloating is caused by hormonal fluctuations which can lead to digestive issues such as excess gas and constipation. Thus, I will say that it is not the same as food bloating. But then again, regardless of which, it is best to avoid food that can lead to gas. 

      Personally, I have tried drinking clove tea when menstruating. It was a big mistake because it causes heavier flow. But peppermint tea was alright. 

      You have just given me an idea on what to write next. Let me study this further for my next article sharing. Thank you and stay tune!

      Good day!

  9. These are all great herb recommendations. One that you might want to think about adding is oregano. It is a natural antibiotic and is really good about killing some unwanted bacteria in the gut! The best I have found is to use it in an essential oil form. This is really great for fast absorption into the body.

    1. Thanks for sharing, JD.

      I’ll study more about oregano and share with all the readers. 

      Have a great day!

      Sharon

  10. Hello Sharon, what a great article And everyone wants to know this information! I did not know that about cloves and coriander. I will come back and explore your posts. They really help!
    In peace and gratitude, ariel

    1. I love the clove tea. You should give it a try and let me know how it goes for you.

      Thanks for dropping by again, Ariel.

      Sharon

  11. Sharon,
    I am very interested in herbs and spices, some of which I grow at home and in the greenhouse. They are not only flavourful, but they can take you to another level spiritually. I always try to taste these flavours mindfully to reveal hidden accents.

    1. Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your comments, Tracy. Am glad we share the same interest.

      Loving herbs and spices,
      Sharon

  12. I really appreciate your post. I suffer from huge food allergies and digestive track upset which has led me to a very strict diet. I am excited to add clove tea to my arsenal. I currently drink ginger tea and will try to combine the two as a pre- meal drink. Your warning advice on peppermint tea gave me details as to why it made me so uncomfortable when I tried to incorporate it into my nutritional plan.

    1. Hi Stacy,

      I am glad this article has given you useful information. Please note that each individual’s body reacts differently, therefore remember to start with a small amount and be aware of any reaction should there be.

      Take care,
      Sharon

  13. Bloating indeed sucks, and very uncomfortable. The awkward moments when people think you have a potbelly but you are really not at ease due to bloated gasses. It’s awful.
    I use mint tea with ginger and turmeric with a hint of lemon and honey. Tastes really good and does the job and plus the additional benefits that combination brings.
    Thank you this post as i now have alternatives to try as well.
    Cheers,
    Sir Dantes.

    1. Oh, I must try your remedy! Sounds really good indeed. Thanks for sharing. I know what you mean about the potbelly. For me, seems like a pregnant lady.

      Am glad you drop by and thank you.
      Sharon

  14. Sharon great post and very informative. This gives me the knowledge to get the right herbs so I don’t have to look them up thanks for that it’s really helpful. I like that you gave a recipe for how to use each herb and what they do. That’s a big help thanks.

    1. Hello Fred,

      I am delighted to be of help. Now, don’t let that bloated stomach disrupt your working hours. I know how uneasy it can be.

      You have a great day!
      Sharon

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