We can take advantage of the benefits of this syrup both to improve digestion, both to prevent and to alleviate the various symptoms related to gastric problems.
Natural medicine offers us the possibility of taking advantage of its benefits in various ways. And when it comes to improving digestion, we can prepare a homemade syrup with ginger, plantain and anise.
Although we tend to believe that most syrups are intended to treat respiratory disorders, the truth is that they can also be very convenient to help relieve stomach upset.
Next, we will tell you how to prepare a natural syrup with excellent digestive properties.
Improving digestion is possible
Gas, bloating, abdominal pain, reflux, heaviness, and heartburn are very common complaints that are often related to indigestion. Now, these symptoms are not only specific annoyances, but they can be indicative that our diet or our way of eating is not the most correct.
Before the alarm goes off, it must be clarified that it is possible to improve digestion just by reviewing eating habits and correcting those that are not providing benefits.
For example, if the cause of indigestion is rushed food intake and poor chewing, this can be easily corrected. Taking enough time to eat and rest our meals, as well as chewing our food well, is a start.
Additionally, we can take a natural remedy as a digestive supplement. Be careful, this does not mean that excesses and bad habits should continue with the excuse that the remedy is going to be taken later.
3 medicinal ingredients
We can improve digestion with a homemade syrup made with three ingredients that have very adequate digestive properties to prevent and treat discomfort.
Ginger is a root that has been used as a remedy to alleviate various conditions, but above all, gastrointestinal. Its compounds help balance stomach function, prevent gas and bloating.
To prepare the digestive syrup, we will use fresh ginger. We must avoid that the rhizome has wrinkles, that it is soft or that it has mold. If we can’t find it, we can use powdered ginger.
The greater plantain, which is very beneficial for treating respiratory diseases, is also a very suitable plant to improve digestion. It allows us to treat colon inflammations and prevent ulcers and bad stomach bacteria.
It is also a very effective remedy for reducing hemorrhoid discomfort and stopping diarrhea. We can use dried plantain leaf, or fresh, if we crush it in a mortar previously.
The delicious anise seed, also known as matalauva, is a spice and medicinal remedy that has been used since the time of the Egyptians to remove bad breath and improve night’s rest.
In this syrup, the anise seeds will help us fight gas, reduce bloating, prevent “stomach nerves” or nervous gastritis, calm heartburn and improve digestion in general.
From the anise seeds an essential oil with the same properties is extracted, very suitable for massaging the abdomen together with a vegetable oil in case of pain or discomfort.
Syrup to improve digestion
- 1 liter of water.
- The juice of 1 lemon.
- 1/2 cup of grated fresh ginger (50 g).
- 8 cups of honey (800 g).
- 5 tablespoons of dried plantain (50 g).
- 1/2 cup of crushed anise seeds (50 g).
- We put the water in a pot to boil. Before it reaches the boiling point, add the plantain leaves and anise.
- Let it cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat.
- We add the freshly grated ginger.
- When it comes to a boil, we will allow the decoction to take place for 10 minutes and rest for another 10, with the fire off and the container covered.
- Strain the liquid and return to low heat, along with the lemon juice and honey.
- We will let it cook for 15 minutes.
- After this time, we will turn off the fire and let it cool down to room temperature.
- Once the syrup has cooled, we will store it in a glass container with a hermetic lid.
- We will take it to the fridge to preserve its properties.
- In order not to lose the properties of the syrup, it is important that, when using it, we always introduce a clean spoon.
How to take this syrup?
In case of indigestion, we can take a tablespoon of this syrup. And to prevent further discomfort, we can take a tablespoon 20 minutes before each meal.
If a meal has made us feel bad, we can mix a tablespoon of syrup with a cup of hot water and take it in small sips, as an infusion.
It is not recommended to give this syrup to young children. When in doubt, it is best to consult your pediatrician.