The other night I woke up in the middle of the night with a stomach ache. I got out of bed and began looking for the different stomach remedies I have around the house.
If you ever eat a bad mixture of foods (my problem that night). If you eat a heavy, rich meal that isn’t sitting well. Or you just have a generalized queasy, nauseated, upset stomach, one of these three things always works for me.
1. Bitters- Shake a couple drops of liquid bitters into a glass of water and drink.
I always keep a bottle of bitters in the house because a couple drops almost immediately settles an upset, queasy stomach. A German physician first compounded Angostura Bitters in Venezuela in 1824. The bitters are primarily derived from gentian, a bitter herb. The gentian is dissolved in alcohol or glycerin for a bittersweet flavor with medicinal properties.
Bitters were created to soothe stomach maladies and nausea. If you think a stomach remedy from the 1800’s sounds weird, the most common place to purchase Angostura Aromatic Bitterstoday is in American liquor stores. Yep, bitters are still around but they are mostly used to flavor cocktails and mixed drinks. Nevertheless, using bitters as they were originally intended (to settle an upset stomach) works wonders.
2.Peppermint Oil- For centuries Essential Oil, 100% Pure – Peppermint, 0.5 oz has been used to soothe digestive difficulties, freshen breath, relieve colic, gas, heartburn and indigestion.
Sprinkle a couple drops in your palm and then rub directly on your stomach, abdomen, intestine area. Your skin will feel cool and it will tingle. You can put a drop of peppermint directly on your tongue and let it absorb into your mouth as well. It’s simple, and it works quickly!
3. Arsenicum- A homeopathic remedy available in any health food store or on-line.
I love using homeopathy for things like acute muscle aches, stomach aches and anxiety. This is what my Practical Homeopathybook says about Arsenicum. “One of the most important remedies for cases of intestinal flu and food poisoning. The Arsenicum patient will be nauseous. They will not be able to bear either the sight of food, and they will be made worse by eating. This is the remedy to consider in cases of diarrhea and also cases of vomiting, but most especially in cases where the two are combined.”
When I woke up feeling sick the first thing I tried was the bitters and peppermint oil, but my stomach was still upset. This is unusual for me because one or the other usually works. I then took four Arsenicum pellets and let them dissolve under my tongue. I waited 30 minutes and I took four more. The Arsenicum worked! My queasy, nauseated stomach totally disappeared. I went back to sleep and woke up feeling back to normal the next morning.