Last week I was feeling slightly under the weather, my stomach decided it was unhappy and of course, this happened in the middle of the night. It is not a pleasant experience, it is both tiring on the body as well as painful and I am certain there are many of you out there who understand exactly what I am talking about. There are a few things that I have learnt to do over the years to help myself when my stomach decides to throw a wobbly, and I thought I would share a few of them with you. But first I must INSIST that this is in no way a substitute for medical advice from a doctor and should not be treated as if it is. This is merely a few suggestions of natural remedies that have been passed down throughout the generations of wise women, and they are the ones I turn to when needed.
My first suggestion is the beautiful gemstone Amber, or I should say the beautiful fossilised tree resin (but it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it). This wonderful gem has been used for generations to help those who are physically or mentally “under the weather”. Amber is known for its calming influence. It is often used for protection from negative energy or spiritual attacks and can be used to help with creative block. But, for today, I am interested in the effects Amber has on the body. It can be worn to aid with the digestive system but can also help with a range of other ailments including kidney, heart, lung and bladder problems as well as difficulties with circulation, hearing and ear problems. Overall it is just a good stone to have on you while feeling unwell, but it is important to make sure the gem is resting on your skin to allow the stone to aid you. I have a few different pieces of amber jewellery which I adorn myself with when feeling unwell, but my favourite go to is my Amber necklace. It was also a gift from my parents for my 21st birthday and of course, it was found in an antique shop.
My second must for stomach discomfort is Peppermint tea. It has a sedative effect on the stomach and therefore eases with stomach cramps. Mint also has antibacterial qualities which can be applied topically to help with skin problems. But for the stomach, it can be taken internally for the general health of the digestive tract including ailments such as sickness, diarrhoea and gas/bloating. It is often drunk after meals to aid with digestion. However, if you suffer from acid reflux peppermint tea is a no go; due to its sedative qualities, it can relax the muscle keeping your stomach acids at bay. Instead, you could opt for fennel or ginger tea which are both good alternatives to aid an upset stomach. The way I use this is in the form of a tea, so whichever method you chose, steep it in boiling water for five to ten minutes before drinking.
My final suggestion is to look after yourself. So many of us run ourselves into the ground by putting other demands of life above our health. I believe (just as many suggest) that the lives we live, or the expectations of the life we should lead, are often too overwhelming for our bodies to deal with. Due to this, many suffer from problems such as exhaustion, IBS or depression. Stress, in general, has a huge impact on both our physical and mental wellbeing and it takes effect sometimes, without us stopping to realise what is actually wrong. So, take care of yourself and with any large loss of water from your body, ensure you keep your fluids up and get yourself some rest. Take time to assess yourself, both mental and physically, as your health and body are a gift from nature. You only get one and it is one of the most important things you can own.