Peppermint Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 tablespoon chopped dried leaves. Let steep for 5 to 10 minutes; strain, then drink warm three to four times a day. Tinctures and oil of peppermint may vary in their concentration.
Another great place to find simple remedies for flatulence is in your spice rack or pantry. Herbs like peppermint, fennel, caraway and anise all contain flatulence-relieving properties. As do the spices like dill, basil, rosemary, turmeric, coriander, cardamom and cloves.
To get relief from excess gas using peppermint, simply pour one cup of boiling water over dried peppermint leaves and allow the mixture to seep for ten minutes. Drain the liquid and drink it warm during an attack of flatulence. Fennel, dill and anise can also be used in this same tea-like method but you need to crush the fennel seeds before seeping, use dill oil instead of dill leaves and limit your use of anise since it may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Caraway seeds can also be used crushed to make a tea for excess gas relief or the seeds can be eaten either as is after a meal or in the form of caraway crackers.
Aside from tea preparations there are a few other ways that you can use spices to fight flatulence. Basil can be added to many different types of food to add flavour and aid in digestion. Rosemary can be added to gassy foods such as broccoli, cabbage and beans to add flavour and reduce the effects of these foods on the digestive process. Turmeric can be added to rice and enjoyed as a side dish with foods that may cause gas. If eaten with or before the ingestion of gassy foods this spice can stop the occurrence of flatulence before it starts.
Coriander, cardamom and clove can also be added to foods during preparation to ease gas pains, reduce gas production and aid in digestion. Coriander works well in stir-fry dishes, cardamom works well in vegetable dishes and cloves make a great addition to rice or fruit dishes.
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