November 30, 2021

Digest well after the holidays: natural remedies

This article is taken from the book100% HOMEMADE: MAINTENANCE, KITCHEN, BEAUTY, HEALTH published by Editions Altas.

Depending on the severity of the indigestion, the remedies will not be the same. If it is a little transient indigestion (we also say “having a pain in the liver”, although the liver has nothing to do with it), warm compresses on the stomach are an excellent solution. Stay lying down and also drink a mint tea. You should always have a small bottle of mint alcohol close at hand: a few drops on a piece of sugar, and here is the comfort that returns. Another solution has been proven, during more extreme excesses, and for almost immediate relief: mix in 1 large glass of lukewarm water the juice of half a lemon and 1 tablespoon of baking soda, well stir and drink immediately. This tangy beverage can also be taken before a meal that is expected to be rich: it will have the merit of preventing the risk of indigestion at the same time. But that’s no reason to go overboard straight away!

A little diet

Not eating anything solid for a whole day, and drinking plenty of water or digestive herbal teas, can cheerfully overcome the harmful effects of an overly generous meal. Be careful, however, not to prolong this diet too long and resume with a small diet, based on vegetable broth, chicken breast and applesauce.

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Remember to drink outside of meals

When we drink outside of meals, the liquid does not stay in the stomach. When we drink a lot during the meal, we increase the volume of the food mass, which has the effect of diluting the gastric juices. Hence the obvious advantage of drinking moderately while eating, but on the contrary of drinking widely without meals.

A good digestive herbal tea

Preperation : Mix equal amounts of wormwood, angelica, little knapweed, fennel, lemon balm and mint; pour 1 teaspoonful in a cup of boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes.

Use : Drink the infusion half an hour after the meal.

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Do you know the vespetro?

This old household liquor was made in particular in the vicinity of Metz and Louis XV himself was a big consumer. Hence his fame. The origin of the word, made up of “vesse”, “fart” and “rot” underlines the carminative qualities of this delicate beverage, whose most common formula consisted of macerating in angelica brandy, green anise, cilantro, fennel and celery. But what does “carminative” mean? Which has the property of expelling intestinal gas … Anise, coriander, fennel or celery seeds, well chewed, have exactly the same properties.

A beneficial elixir

Preperation : Chop 4 fresh mint leaves and put them in a saucepan, cover with water and boil for 5 minutes; pour everything into a jar, add 3 tablespoons of dried anise seeds, as much of the dried gentian and 1 small stick of cinnamon; pour 30cl of cognac and let macerate for 3 weeks, shaking the bottle once a day. Filter and bottle.

Use : Absorb 1 teaspoonful of this elixir after each heavy meal.

The book

100% HOMEMADE: MAINTENANCE, KITCHEN, BEAUTY, HEALTH published by Editions Altas.