Digestion Support Powder Blend
Digestive system feeling a bit "compromised" by a spicy (or perhaps a poor) food choice?
I have found this blend to be especially soothing when I feel there may be fire-in-my-gut..
Bland with a touch of sweetness due to the fennel seed and licorice root
Marshmallow root, Slippery Elm bark, Ashwagandha root, Fennel seed, Licorice root
INTERESTING INFORMATION ABOUT INGREDIENTS (WHY I INCLUDED IT)
Marshmallow root - very soothing to the digestive lining due to its mucilaginous properties,
which means it morphs into a thick, sticky substance that coats membranes.
Containing healing flavanoids that are anti-inflammatory, this stickiness keeps it in place and protects the membranes from further damage. Marshmallow root has been used for centuries, even being mentioned in Homer's Iliad 2800 years ago! Good enough for Homer - good enough for me.
Slippery Elm bark - the "slippery" part of slippery elm refers to the mucilage content of this root, which contributes to its healing and soothing action, from its entrance (mouth) to exit (yep, anus). Within this coating, it contains powerful antioxidant phytonutrients that reduce inflammation on a local and systemic level. It is also very nutritious, making it a wholesome food for the weak and convalescent, from infants to the elderly.
And both of these mucilagenous herbs simply make this blend taste "nice."
Ashwagandha root - I included ashwagandha in this blend due to its stress reducing properties. Excess stress can play havoc with my digestive system and perhaps yours, also, so I wanted to add this in.
Fennel seed - Yum! One of my favorite flavors, along with licorice root which follows. Fennel is well known for relaxing the smooth muscles of the digestive system to help relieve bloating, gas, and stomach cramps.
Licorice root - Also yum! Long used to help with gastrointestinal problems as it can help repair the stomach lining and restore balance. In coating the stomach lining, along with the other herbs in this blend, it helps heal and protect it from the stomach acids, thus helping with mild acid reflux. One caveat - it has been known to raise blood pressure, so avoid (or at least use with caution) if you have high blood pressure or hypertension issues.
DIRECTIONS AND TIPS
Add ¼-½ teaspoon to 8 ounces hot water or warmed milk, let steep a few minutes, and drink up!
To get the nutritional benefits from the entire herbs, stir occasionally while drinking your beverage, or add any residual powder in the bottom of your mug to whatever you might be eating.
Add to any beverage for an herbal boost
Add to a nut butter for a tasty dip
Add to smoothies, oatmeal, soups... use your imagination!
LUANN'S THOUGHTS ABOUT "MINERALS POWDER BLEND"
(Not based on any fancy studies - just my observations from using it and background info on why I made it)
Being a person whose digestion is much affected by what I eat, I proactively often use this blend before going out to eat spicy food or other foods that may result in much discomfort otherwise. These are some of the top herbs for helping with indigestion, acid reflux, flatulence - you get the picture...
This is one of my favorite powders to add to smoothies as the mucilaginous roots help to thicken it up a bit.