If you already have gas and feel distention here are some quick bloated stomach remedies that’ll help you soothe the discomfort you feel. But if you want to know how to reduce bloating permanently you need to address the root cause and take some time to fix it. For that we recommend you read our advice on ‘How to Reduce Bloating and Prevent It‘.
Now if you need to quickly find bloated stomach remedies because you already feel discomfort one of the best ways to soothe it is using carminative herbs. That is, herbs that help the expulsion of gas out of the intestinal tube. Some of them will have a motility effect, helping mobilize the already produced gas and others are a remedy that will slow the fermentation processes that are producing new gas.
You can mix the herbs in the next list for an increased effect when preparing a tisane, also you can grind them in a mortar and swallow a small quantity of the herbs with the tisane if you need a stronger carminative effect.
Bloated stomach remedies using these natural herbs
All these herbs have carminative effects but we will talk about its origins and additional beneficial properties.
Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. They are native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia, and are commonly used as a spice to flavor meats, curries and marinades worldwide.
Its essential oil is used as a dental painkiller and promotes gastric juice secretion, it also a anthelmintic (good against intestinal worms).
Cuminum cyminum is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native from the east Mediterranean to South Asia. Its seeds, individually contained within a fruit, are used for seasoning worldwide both grounded and whole.
A study from Tolou Allahghadri et al. in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture showed antimicrobial and anti cholesterol properties, antioxidant capacity, and cell toxicity related to its antioxidant effect in cumin essential oil.
Star anise is a medium-sized evergreen tree native to northeast Vietnam and southwest China. Its oil is a highly fragrant oil used in cooking, perfumery, soaps, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and skin creams. It is widely used in cuisine worldwide. Ancient Egyptians used them as preservative in mummification, Greeks used it for seasoning much as we use black pepper today.
It is an accepted source of shikimic acid which has anti-influenza (common flu) properties. A study by Gurdip Singh et al. in a research article of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture concluded that star anise extract could be considered as a natural antimicrobial and antioxidant agent which may be used for chemoprevention of diseases occurring due to oxidative deterioration.
Oregano or origanum are several species of a flowering plant in the mint family. It is native to temperate western and southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. It is related to the herb marjoram, sometimes being referred to as wild marjoram and commonly used for culinary uses.
Keith Singletary pointed out, in an article of Nutrition Today, that medicinal uses for oregano date back to the ancient Greek and Roman empires where applications of the leaves were used to treat such maladies as skin sores and relieve aching muscles and as an antiseptic.
Oregano also has been used in traditional medicines for such ailments as asthma, cramping, diarrhea, and indigestion. In Greece, an oregano infusion is still used as a folk remedy against colds and upset stomach and to maintain general health.
Based on the current scientific literature, oregano extracts and individual constituents consistently have demonstrated antimicrobial actions in vitro toward food-borne pathogens, although the capacity to counter human infections is not well studied.
Oregano contains several potent antioxidants that may contribute to the findings in preliminary studies that oregano exhibits benefits toward the cardiovascular and nervous systems, relieves symptoms of inflammation, and modulates blood sugar and lipids. Well-controlled human studies substantiating these health effects are lacking.
Chamomile is the common name for several daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae. Popular uses of chamomile preparations include treating hay fever, inflammation, anxiety, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, gastrointestinal disorders, and haemorrhoids. Camomile tea is also useful to treat skin conditions such as eczema, chickenpox and psoriasis.
An evergreen subshrub of the mint family native to the Mediterranean region although cultivated worldwide. Another denomination is Salvia officinalis and in ancient times common folk used sage for warding off evil, snakebites and to promote fertility. Romans used it as a diuretic, local anesthetic and anti-hemorragic but also promotes menstruation and blood flow in the pelvic region.
Modern research have demonstrated cognitive enhancement when administering sage essential oil. Effect of improved memory, attention/executive function, alertness and mood. Tincture administration in Alzheimer’s disease patients showed improved cognitive functioning and behavioral function. Extracts of sage increase cognitive function similarly to caffeine.
Thyme belong to the mint family and ancient Egypt used it for embalming and Greece for their baths and as liturgic incense but was the Roman Empire who spread its use throughout Europe who used it as an air purifier and aromatic agent in their cheeses and liquors.
It has an antiseptic and anti-fungal effect. It is also helpful against cough and bronchitis.
Another denomination is mentha piperita. It is a cross between watermint and spearmint, native to Europe and the Middle East. People cultivate it all over the world nowadays. Carl Linnaeus first discovered it in 1753. It grows typically in moist zones where water mist is abundant.
It is a potential short term treatment for the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, it promotes the discharge of bile and other secretions, has antibacterial and cooling properties. So common that people considered it a weed in the past. This makes it one of the most easy to acquire bloated stomach remedies.
Also called squaw mint or mosquito plant and pudding grass it is a fragrant, flowering plant native to Europe, North Africa and Middle East. The Roman Empire commonly used pennyroyal for cooking. Ancient Greece as well and also flavored their wine with it.
Exert special care when using pennyroyal, even more when consuming the plant grinded since is high in pulegone, a toxic that affect liver and uterine function. Because of this effect, women used pennyroyal as an abortifacient in the past. In small doses it has a strong anti-oxidant, cancer preventive effect, especially in gastrointestinal cells.
A flowering plant species of the carrot family. Highly aromatic, fennel is widely cultivated for its edible flavored fruits and leaves. Its aniseed flavor comes from anethole, a compound found in anise and star anise as well. Very affordable and abundant and that makes it one of the most effective and easy to acquire bloated stomach remedies.
In addition to its carminative properties, Amr Rezq, in an article form the Medical Journal of Cairo University found that it normalizes lipid and cholesterol metabolism, decrease risk of cardiovascular disease and has anti-oxidant properties.
It is a species of flowering plant native to western South America, also called lemon beebrush. It has a powerful scent similar to lemon and has many culinary uses like adding a lemon flavor to fish and poultry dishes, salad dressing, etc.
Its effect is stronger when the herb is fresh and in the flowering season in late spring or early summer. To consume it all year people dry the leaves and some laboratories freeze-dry it for nutrient preservation.
It has anti-Candida albicans, anti-oxidant effect. Good for muscle spasms, stomach pain, menstrual cramping and anxiety.
Obtained from the styles and stigmas, commonly called threads, of the saffron crocus flower. Dried and used as a very valued seasoning and coloring agent in food. Native to southwest Asia was first cultivated near ancient Greece. Iran produces more than 90% of world’s production nowadays. One of the most expensive bloated stomach remedies but effective in the right quantities.
A study by John P. Melnyk et al. in the University of Guelph showed that Saffron’s constituents; crocin, crocetin, picrocrocin and safranal have demonstrated beneficial health effects like prevention of gastric disorders, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, depression, premenstrual syndrome, insomnia and anxiety. Also it has a strong antioxidant effect that shows promise in the prevention of cancer.
The inner bark of several tree species from the genus Cinnamomum are what produce cinnamon. The first ancient civilizations like Egypt in 2000 BC already knew used cinnamon. It was one of the most prized and valued spices among those civilizations, often used as a god offering.
An article by Joerg Gruenwald et al. in Critical Reviews in Food, Science and Nutrition showed that cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-tumoral, cardiovascular, cholesterol lowering and immunomodulatory, hypoglycemic effects in addition to its carminative properties. Cinnamon is one of the most traditional bloated stomach remedies for its flavor and ease of preservation when its cultivation became easier.
A marshland plant cultivated since antiquity and used as a spice and a cleansing tonic for the salt-sickness of a winter diet without greens based on salted meats. Four species are the most popular nowadays; pascal, celeriac, leaf celery and smallage.
A review of H.B. Sowbhagya in Critical Reviews in Food, Science and Nutrition showed celery has antioxidant, hypolipidemic, hypoglycemic and anti-platelet aggregation properties in addition to its carminative properties.
People traditionally produce their charcoal from the charring of coconut shells and any herbal store very often have it available.
It absorbs gas and excretes it through the feces since it is good against excessive fermentation. Be careful if you have constipation in addition to the bloating as is very effective in easing diarrhea. One of the most effective bloated stomach remedies.
Also you can reduce bloating if you lay on your left side in fetal position since it is a posture that notably facilitates gas expulsion. Alternate on your right side to help mobilize gas even further.