It has been a while since I have shared some of my ideas and tools as a keeper of our family’s health. Since starting a family I have found it of the utmost importance to have a tool kit to draw from when someone falls ill.
Previously in this series you will find:
- Wives and Mothers as Keepers of the Health
- Healing Animals with Homemade Enzymes
- Medicinal Uses of Common Culinary Herbs
- Treating a Toddler’s Cold
Stomach aches can be a common occurrence amongst both children and adults. Although I have found that healing our gut and addressing proper digestion with plenty of beneficial bacteria has dropped the occurrence of tummy issues to very rarely.
So when one comes down with a sour tummy, or even a stomach flu I have learned to implement a few tools. When treating any problem there are two routes: 1). treating the core problem and 2). treating the symptoms. I believe the most important thing to do is to address the root cause of the problem and then treat the symptoms in order to make one more comfortable.
My first line of defense when a stomach problem comes on is to feed them fermented foods such as:
Kombucha (or water kefir) is invariably the first thing I reach for. The carbonation aids in settling the stomach, the probiotics address a systemic problem, and the enzymes seem to break down any food-related problem. Fermented dairy and vegetables are also helpful in adding probiotics and enzymes to the equation.
We generally keep a good quality probiotic on hand (see sources) for a myriad of reasons. It is useful not only to treat a simple stomach ache, but also if a family member suddenly needs to be on antibiotics. Probiotics can help to repopulate the gut with friendly bacteria in order to avoid candida, which can come on after antibiotic use.
Keep in mind that the fermented foods above are real food probiotics. The health benefits of the addition of these food to ones diet on a daily basis can not be overstated.
Herbs and Teas
Once the core issues have been addressed I like to soothe the tummy with some additional herbs and teas. My three go-to herbs for tummy aches are:
All three have soothing and settling properties for the stomach. To make a tea: combine two or three of the above and use 1-2 teaspoons (dried) per cup of boiling water. It is a good idea to use ginger sparingly, in a 1:2 ratio with the others, as it is quite spicy.
If you prefer to take herbs in supplement form Kroeger Herb’s Healthy Gut, as seen in my sidebar, is a great combination of herbs and roots that promote healing and soothe the stomach.
Disclaimer: These are just a few tools that I use to help my family. I am not a medical professional. I would recommend that you see a medical professional in the case of a serious illness.
How do you treat a loved one’s stomach ache?