Grandma's Natural Remedies for Calming an Upset Stomach
I've always felt that it was the natural remedies that were the best for you. With the scare these days about the FDA issuing recalls on children's Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl, it makes you think that maybe the old remedies are the best. When we were children, Grandma always had the cure for an upset stomach.
This always worked. Grandma would add ground ginger to boiling water. After it cooled a little bit she would give it to us and tell us to drink it down. Sometimes it was hard to get down, but in a short time we would start to feel better. This particular remedy has been used for hundreds of years by the Chinese. According to the Mayo Clinic, studies have shown that ginger reduces the affects of nausea in cancer patients being treated by chemotherapy.
Peppermint is another remedy that Grandmother swore by. Like Grandma, the Mayo clinic suggests that the use of peppermint in the form of a tea will help relax a cramping stomach. Peppermint also helps with acid reflux. Just the thought of a nice warm cup of peppermint tea makes me feel better.
I've always used Seven-Up at room temperature to help an upset stomach. It's important to drink liquids, and flat Seven-Up seems to be something that will stay down. It also helps to relieve some of the pressure of an upset stomach. This is something that was used on my brother and myself when we were children. Whenever I'm feeling badly out comes the Seven-Up. Except that, now, I use diet Seven-up.
This particular remedy is often suggested for pregnant women. Sometimes you just need something in your stomach to help settle it. Crackers will help to absorb stomach acid making you feel better, and you won't be putting any chemicals into your system that could harm your baby.
After a bout of nausea, it's always a good idea to put a little something in your stomach. I usually try to start out with something pretty bland like some toast or a banana. If you can keep these down, it seems that the worse part of the stomach upset has passed. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids so that you don't get dehydrated.
I've always found the best way to handle an upset stomach is the natural way. When your stomach is upset it doesn't make sense to try to sooth it with over the counter drugs. Many of Grandma's remedies mentioned above have been around for a very long time. I would say that Grandma was a very wise woman. There is no need to argue with these remedies' proven successful results.