Lemongrass(Cymbopogon) has a cooling energy, and has been found to improve digestion by lessening stomach cramps and spasms, and reducing bloating and flatulence. Lemongrass may also improve circulation to increase energy. Lemongrass is high in antioxidants. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals from the body’s cells, and prevent or reduce the damage caused by oxidation.
Papaya fruit is an excellent source of folate and vitamins C, A and E. It also contains calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin. Papaya is very rich in the antioxidant nutrients flavonoids and carotenes. All nutrients have been found to aid in energy production.
Ginger(Zingiber officinale) is a stimulating tonic for the digestive system. It has been found to reduce cramping, gas and nausea. Ginger has been indicated for motion sickness and morning sickness in pregnancy for hundreds of years. Ginger increases peripheral circulation which increase blood flow, helps to detoxify the body from toxins, and stimulates oxygen transport to the body’s cells. In Western Herbal Medicine it is also used as an anti-inflammatory throughout the body, and to increase immunity to prevent invasion of bacteria and viruses.
Cinnamon(Cinnamomum zeylanicum)acts systemically as a smooth muscle relaxant. It has been found to balance blood sugar levels, and, as a carminative, is warming to the intestinal tract. The volatile oils in cinnamon are antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral.