An upset stomach can occur any time, and when you’re at home you can just grab any number of medications to sooth your tummy. However, when you’re out hiking or on a trek in nature, and you can’t get to your medications, what do you do? And worse yet, what if a natural disaster occurred, or some other catastrophic event, that prevented you from being able to pop into the pharmacy to get what you need?
That’s where knowing how to naturally soothe an upset stomach comes in. Look for these plants and herbs in your surroundings. Nature has all the medicine that you need, right at your fingertips, you just need to know what these plants look like and where to find them.
Here are the top plants and herbs that you can find in nature to help soothe an upset stomach, among other ailments.
Everyone loves chamomille tea for its calming qualities, and we all know to take it at night for a good night’s sleep, but did you know it can also calm your tummy? You most likely haven’t noticed, but chamomille is abundant in nature and you might have just walked right past it. It looks like white daisies and smells like pineapple when you crush it. Yum! The good part is that it can help you to feel better when your stomach is rumbling and you’re feeling queazy.
Very prolific in nature, dandelion can be a pain to homeowners, but when you’re stuck in the wilderness and need something for your stomach pain, dandelion is your friend. Containing beta carotene, vitamins A & C, iron, copper, and potassium, it’s like taking a pill in plant form. Brew a tea using both the roots and the leaves, then drink warm.
- Upset stomach
- Kidney problems
St. John’s Wort
Many are aware of St. John’s Wort for it’s help in treating anxiety and depression, but it also helps with stomach issues. Growing wild in the United States, it is shaped like a pear and grows in bunches of yellow flowers with five petals each. As pretty as they are effective, they are not popular in pill form for no reason. They have many medicinal properties, but St. John’s Wort can interfere with other prescription medication’s absorption, so use with caution.
- Mild Nausea
- Upset Stomach
Fennel is a well known herb found in many recipes, but this Mediterranean plant is medicinal as well. Found on river banks and sea coasts, as well as in dry areas. The star shaped flowers, that grow in bunches, are highly aromatic.
- Bad Breath
- Purifies Kidneys
- Stomach cramps
Many don’t like yarrow as a weed, but it is well tolerated for soothing stomach problems. Feathery in appearance, the plant looks a lot like Queen Anne’s Lace. It is great when you find it in a time of need.
- Upset Stomach
- Kidney Problems
Grown around the world, mint is typically easy to find. With aromatic oils, mint soothes stomaches and helps you to feel better quickly. And, it tastes so good!
- Upset Stomach
- Eases Digestion
Who doesn’t love blackberries? Well, it’s not the berries themselves that are helpful in soothing an upset stomach, it is the leaves.
When in nature, always be sure of what plants you are eating. It is best to keep some type of book with you to safely identify plants. Some can be highly toxic and you don’t want to eat those. However, these natural remedies often work better than the medicine you find in the pharmacy and with less side effects.
You might want to try these methods as herbal teas when you are at home, versus medications. Not only do they help with stomach problems, they also have many other benefits to the body.
If you have an upset stomach and are quite aways from civilization, you may have to treat it on your own. Nothing feels worse than trekking along a path when your stomach is giving you problems. Whether you feel nauseous, crampy, have diarrhea, or are suffering from constipation, the plants you find along your way can help you feel better quickly. Make sure you know what these plants look like to avoid eating something that might be toxic and make you feel worse, or even kill you.
Nature is a wonderful and abundant place, and when you realize what is out there you will realize that you can live off of nature. It’s been done in the past and can be done again. You never know what can happen in the world today. Be safe, stock pile your goods, and learn about plant life. It can save your own life someday.