Help for indigestion

I will never ever eat anything heavy near bedtime again!  I had an extra couple of bites of our yummy dinner casserole as I was cleaning up the kitchen last night, and then had god awful indigestion the whole night.  Miserable.

My poor digestive system was pulling an all nighter trying to deal with that pasta, sausage, tomato sauce and cheese.  When it should have been resting and repairing, it was instead working.  It was not happy to say the least, and it was not very efficient either.  The food sat like a brick all night, causing bloating and pain.  I slept lightly, couldn’t relax my racing mind, had vivid anxious dreams when I did sleep.  Just an awful night.

Today I’m trying to undo some of the damage with gently nourishing foods and herbal allies, especially geared to sooth the tummy and aid digestion.

For breakfast, I’m having some chamomile tea with a little peppermint, along with some oatmeal with butter and cinnamon and a little brown sugar.  Both chamomile and peppermint are excellent digestive aids.  The oatmeal will provide good nourishment and plenty of mucilage to sooth and help the digestion along.

I always add cinnamon when I eat this healthy high carb food because it lessens the effect on my blood sugars, as does the added butter.  Plus the cinnamon is warming and the oatmeal is moistening, both of which I seem to need right now.  I’ve been very cold and dry all over this winter, especially with regard to digestion.

Later, I’ll have some wild greens with my lunch and dinner to help stimulate the digestive juices.  I saw a lovely patch of bittercress out in the yard earlier… think I’ll go get some of that for sure.  I’ll make a nice wild green salad with them the bright green chickweed growing nearby.  I’ll splash on some olive oil with dandlion leaf vinegar that I made last fall.

And about a half hour before my next meals, I’ll also take a dropperful of my dandelion root tincture.  It’s a bitter that stimulates digestive juices and is very helpful for indigestion, acid reflux and other stomach problems.  It also nourishes and tones the kidneys and liver.  Wish I had some fresh dandelion greens for my salad, but haven’t seen any new growth outside yet.

I’ll keep the meals a little lighter today, and drink lots of helpful herbal teas and infusions in between meals.  I think I’ll make oatstraw infusion to sip on today, with some marshmallow root added in for its moistening mucilage.  That should be nice.

Hopefully, all will be better by the end of the day. I hope so!

2 Responses to “Help for indigestion”

  1. Lindy on 24 Feb 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Tammy, I certainly know what you mean about the nighttime indigestion.
    I have sometimes had to sleep practically
    sitting up with multiple pillows. No fun!

    All of your suggestions for relief are very good. However, may I make one
    suggestion? Instead of the brown sugar you might use 100% pure maple
    syrup. This would be soooooo very much more nutritious and much better
    for your digestion.

    Hope you’re feeling much better

    Lindy in AZ

  2. tammy on 24 Feb 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Hi Lindy! oh, yes!! I love maple syrup… so wonderful. And I so agree, tons more nutrition. Wish I had had some. Thankfully, I do feel 100% better today. Hope I never have to repeat that again. Bleck!


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