MAKING ‘QUEASY’ EASY: HOW TO SETTLE AN UNSETTLED STOMACH
PEPP ME UP! ·
Peppermint is not a new remedy but one that harkens back to the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. After a lavish feast, diners often chewed a sprig of mint to bring back some harmony to an unsettled stomach. Peppermint contains several beneficial ingredients such as menthone, cineol, rosmarinic acid and limonene. However, it is menthol that is the true hero and is accredited with offering the real health benefits. So if ‘resistance is futile’ at this holiday season take inspiration from those who have indulged long before us and try a cup of Peppermint
ROOTING FOR CALM ·
For more than 2,000 years ginger has been used in China to aid digestion and treat stomach upset and nausea. Although the exact mechanism behind ginger’s ability to calm a queasy stomach remains a mystery, scientists suspect that certain chemicals in ginger may influence the nervous system, stomach and intestines to help reduce nausea. Researchers think that these active components of the ginger root are volatile oils and powerful phenol compounds such as gingerols and shogaols.
Widely used by the ancient Romans, ginger was a very prized spice and therefore expensive commodity — one pound of ginger was equivalent to the price of a whole sheep! For those of you who have eaten the whole sheep and now need relief, partaking in a cup of Ginger Rose tea can help to bring balance back to your body.
Who knew that spicing up your life could provide such calm.