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Efficient digestion is critical to excellent health

Posted Apr 09 2009 7:16pm

Efficient digestion is critical to excellent health.   Whether young or old, to obtain or maintain vibrancy, you need to be able to digest and assimilate your food.   If you or a loved one are bothered with any area of ill health or dis-ease, faulty digestion may be a part of the cause.


To assist with this, there is a fantastic Digestion Formula that you can prepare for you and your family.


The following ingredients will serve one adult for one week.   For children under 12 years of age, do half the amount.


Cayenne                        1 gram                              Chamomile                  26 grams

Nettle                           26 grams                            Peppermint                  52 grams


Purchase dried herbs at your local health food store.   (Or you can grow your own.)  

The dried herbs need to be chopped as fine as possible and thoroughly mixed.   To store, place the dry mixture into a glass container.   To infuse, place 4 3/4 grams (1 teaspoon) of the mixture into an unbleached tea bag.   Secure opening.   Place the tea bag into a preheated mug.   Add 5 ½ ounces of boiling water.   Place a lid on top.   Allow to stand for 20 minutes.   Squeeze tea bag to remove as much fluid as possible.   Add enough boiling water to equal 5 ½ ounces of tea.   Drink before and with meals.


Since cayenne, chamomile, and peppermint are aromatic herbs (Pedersen 1998, pg 8), I would not recommend brewing until ready to drink to help preserve the volatile oils.   Aromatic herbs provide flavor, odor, analgesic, antiseptic and carminative effects.


Cayenne’s properties are aromatic, stimulant, astringent, diaphoretic, antispasmodic, circulatory tonic, carminative, rubifacient (Pedersen 1998, pg 61).   Stimulant actions within the body would include warming, increasing circulation, breaking up obstruction and congestion.   Astringent actions would be contracts, firms, and strengthen tissues and reducing excess secretions.   Diaphoretic actions would be to increase perspiration, dilates capillaries, increase elimination through the skin.   Antispasmodic action would be to prevent or ease spasms or cramping.   Carminative action would be to lend flavor to other herbs, excite peristalsis, promote the expulsion of gas, and soothe the stomach.   Rubefacient action would increase the blood flow to where it comes into contact with (Green 2000, pgs 27-29).   This is a HOT herb and not comfortable to ingest by itself.   However, other precautions are not indicated.


Chamomile’s properties are aromatic, carminative, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulant, antifungal, and nervine (Pedersen 1998, pg 67).   The carminative and stimulant actions are the same as above.   Anti-inflammatory action would be to reduce or eliminate pain with regard to inflammation.   Antiseptic action would be to interrupt or stop tissue destruction because of infection.   Antibacterial action would be in helping the immune system stop the proliferation of pathogenic micro-organisms.    Nervine action would be relax (Green 2000, pgs 27-28).    Antifungal action would be against candida albicans (Pedersen 1998, pg 68).   The only note of caution would be regarding the flowers as they contain pollen and may have trace amounts of other herbs that may cause allergic reaction   (Pedersen 1998, pg 68).


Nettle’s properties are bitter, diuretic, hemostatic, antitumor, antiseptic, emmenogogue, expectorant, vermifuge, and antispasmodic (Pedersen 1998, pg 125).   Antiseptic and antispasmodic actions are the same as above.   Bitter action would be to stimulate the normal secretion of digestive juices, counteracting the physical and emotional depression.   Diuretic action would be to increase the flow of urine.   Hemostatic action would be to arrest bleeding.   Emmenogogue action would be to increase menstrual flow.   Expectorant action would be to support the respiratory system in removing excess mucus (Green 200, pg 27-28).   Antitumor action would be against tumor growth.   Vermifuge action would be against intestinal worms (Pedersen 1998, pg 50).   Some people do have allergic reaction to nettle (Pedersen 1998, pg 126).


Peppermint’s properties are aromatic, stimulant, antispasmodic, carminative, antimicrobial, and astringent.   Actions of aromatic, stimulant, antispasmodic, carminative and astringent are the same as those above.   Antimicrobial action would be in helping the immune system stop the proliferation of pathogenic micro-organisms.   A note of caution is given regarding how potent the concentrated oils are if rubbed on large portions of the skin.   The whole leaf has properties that could cause damage to the liver and intestine with prolonged use.


Other than the cautions mentioned with each individual herb, there should be no adverse side effects.   As there are many herbs that offer these properties and actions, I would encourage different digestive blends every couple of months.


If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation –




Green, J. (2000) The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook A Home Manual. Crossings Press: Berkeley, CA


Pederson, M. (1998) Nutritional Herbology A Reference Guide to Herbs. Wendell W. Whitman Company; Warsaw IN



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