Top IBS Herbal Remedies: Herbal Medicine History
I’m a huge fan of herbal remedies, they’re natural, effective and have minimal side effects. IBS herbal remedies come in a wide variety of options! Seriously, what’s not to love? Besides the fact that we have IBS to begin with…
Herbal plants hold many medicinal properties and herbal medicine dates back to prehistoric times. So let’s face it, herbs are the way to go!
The University of Virginia states that “The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Babylonians, and Native Americans were all herbalists. The oldest known list of medicinal herbs is Shen Nung’s Pen Ts’ao or Shennong Ben Cao Jing (c. 3000 B.C.)”.
That’s quite a history, and plenty of trial and error. I trust herbs over other treatments such as over the counter and prescription medications easily.
Fennel is Great for IBS
Fennel is a great herb to use in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Fennel works quickly and effectively in treating symptoms like cramping and bloating.
herbwisdom.com explains to us that “Rich in phytoestrogens, Fennel is often used for colic, wind, irritable bowel, kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, suppressing appetite, breast enlargement, promoting menstruation, improving digestive system, milk flow and increasing urine flow.”
Fennel can come in the form of seeds, leaves, tea or powder.
For years, I’ve been drinking Heather’s Tummy Care Fennel Tea, it’s really helpful in reducing cramps from IBS and it’s very relaxing.
Fennel herbal tea is soothing and a great way to stay hydrated. I’m always sure to keep Fennel tea on hand for those really bad IBS flare ups.
Fennel capsules are perfect for on the go. These are also a great option if you don’t prefer the taste of Fennel or don’t have time for tea.
Fennel has a distinct flavor that reminds me of licorice and it can also be used to flavor dishes.
The Best Fennel Products For IBS
My top favorite product with fennel is Heather’s Tummy Tea Organic Fennel, shown below, simply amazing for IBS relief!
But if tea isn’t for you, you can take capsules or use fennel seeds in various ways, fennel is one of the best IBS herbal remedies I’ve tried.
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, making this herb amazing for a multitude of ailments. Turmeric makes a great natural laxative while also treating inflammation caused by Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Turmeric is also a popular herb for flavoring dishes. What a great way to eat some delicious meals while helping your IBS symptoms!
I love having turmeric on hand because it’s very versatile and will often come in handy.
Turmeric can be taken in capsules with a glass of water or you can use turmeric powder in recipes/beverages.
Be sure to start your turmeric intake at a low dose and gradually increase as needed. Too much of a good thing can be a very bad thing!
High Quality Turmeric
The V Tea Turmeric Spice Anti-Inflammatory tea shown above is a huge favorite because it’s great for IBS and many other ailments while tasting amazing and smelling heavenly at the same time!
This is a rooibos tea, which is natural herbal tea and it’s caffeine-free. You can enjoy about 16 servings per package.
I’ve also provided you with some awesome turmeric capsules and turmeric powder above, if tea is not your forte.
I LOVE the power of peppermint! It’s refreshing and provides major relief to cramps, bloating and an upset stomach.
Peppermint has a cooling sensation that can provide relief to IBS symptoms. Using a hot water bottle along with the cooling effect of peppermint gives me the greatest relief.
Peppermint is my usual go-to herbal remedy because it works quickly and gives me instant relief from pain of general abdominal discomfort. (people also love when I smell like a peppermint, it’s refreshing!).
Many people grow their own peppermint in their gardens, but it can also be found in teas and essential oils.
Some people don’t particularly like the taste of peppermint, I totally get it!
If that’s the case, or if you don’t have time for tea, I recommend the now peppermint gels!
Ginger is a widely-known herb used for nausea, stomach upset and abdominal pain, making it one of the best IBS herbal remedies you can use.
Ginger is a great herb to keep in your cabinet, one that you will be thanking yourself for when it is needed. Tummy troubles are no fun and can be agonizing without proper relief.
Ginger tea is a great option and ginger pairs well with lemon, it’s my favorite combination!
Very Effective Ginger Products
All I can say is that the tummydrops ginger drops are brilliant!
Instead of swallowing a pill or drinking a tea, the drops are taken like a cough drop, but they help with tummy issues like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Why didn’t I think of that? Such a simple concept, but an amazing remedy!
Behold, my absolute favorite of all IBS herbal remedies!!
Chamomile is well know for its ability to promote relaxation and sleep.
Chamomile has a pleasant taste and it provides me with great relief. This herb is my all-time favorite go-to IBS remedy.
I’ve enjoyed chamomile tea long before I experienced IBS symptoms for its relaxing properties.
I hope you’ll give this one a good try, but as for any IBS treatment, it’s not a one size fits all kind of deal.
My All-Time Favorite Chamomile Tea
Out of all the IBS herbal remedies, I bring to you my personal favorite!
This Cozy Chamomile tea is my absolute favorite herbal tea. The taste is wonderful (not too overpowering or too weak). The taste is much different than other teas.
You can simply drink this tea plain, or add sugar, sweetener, milk or cream. If you must use these, I recommend a natural sweetener such as Stevia. Artificial sweeteners as well as refined sugars can be detrimental to our gut.
Cozy Chamomile helps me wind down for the night and it has also significantly helped me out with IBS flare ups and cramps.
One Size Does Not Fit All
Just like medicines, makeup and tons of other products, one herbal remedy might work great for you, but not so much on the next person.
It’s best to try out each option until finding the one that works best.
Some herbs, or herbs in very high doses can potentially make IBS symptoms worse.
I recommend trying a small amount of an herbal product and you can always work your way up.