Peppermint(Mentha Piperita) has excellent antispasmodic actions, calming and soothing the entire length of the digestive tract. Peppermint has been found to relieve intestinal colic and flatulence by its relaxing effect on smooth muscle. Due to it’s antimicrobial activity, peppermint may also help fight off infections such as the common cold and influenza. The volatile oil in peppermint acts as a mild anaesthetic to the stomach wall which may help with feelings of nausea during travel.
Licorice(Glycyrrhiza glabra)has been used for many years as a general body tonic. Licorice has been found to in particular tonify the adrenal glands, which may help your body to cope in times of stress. Licorice aids in the digestive processes by soothing inflammation in the stomach and intestines, creating a healing barrier. Licorice is also a known great anti-inflammatory.
Fennel(Foeniculum vulgare)is one of the most effective carminitives, which helps to relieve digestive cramping and spasms. It relaxes the smooth muscles of the intestines which may relive griping and flatulence. Fennel is also an effective anti-inflammatory herb, helping the function of the digestive system furthermore. Fennel has been found to have a beautiful effect on infant colic for breastfeeding mothers.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) also known as Marigold has many medicinal actions. When taken internally, calendula is anti-inflammatory, and especially has it’s effects on the length of the digestive system. Calendula is an extremely safe herb, and has had remarkable effects even on children. Calendula has been found to exert very beneficial effects on healing the gastric mucosa.