Traditional Research | Carminative Compound

Fennel seed (Foeniculum vulgare)*

An excellent carminative. It is very effective for flatulence, nausea, vomiting, colic in infants (via breastfeeding) and travel sickness. Fennel is also a galactagogue (stimulates milk production), a mild pectoral or lung tonic and is a useful flavoring for children's formulas.

Wild Yam fresh root (Dioscorea villosa)*

Indicated in cases of biliousness, abdominal, uterine, ovarian or hepatic pain with spasms. It is used for colic, gas pain, menstrual cramps, and spastic colon. Wild Yam is an anti-inflammatory agent, a cholagogue and antispasmodic for use in treating irritable bowel syndrome, arthritic pain, hiatal hernia, dysmenorrhea and gall bladder spasms.

Peppermint fresh herb (Mentha piperita)*

A time-tested carminative used for nausea, gas, stomach and intestinal colic and as a pleasant flavoring agent. Rich in menthol and other essential oils, Peppermint has mild local anesthetic qualities. It is also an antispasmodic for the bowel.

Chamomile fresh flowers (Chamomilla recutita)*

A mild but effective remedy for children and adults alike. The flowers are anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, carminative and sedative. Children find the taste palatable and readily take it for teething pain, colic, cramps, colds, irritability and night terrors. For adults it is a soothing remedy for frazzled nerves, insomnia, tension headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, morning sickness and ulcers.

Ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinalis)*

Used throughout Asia as a spice and medicine. Ginger is a warming carminative, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory agent, mild emmenagogue, expectorant, circulatory stimulant and anti-nausea agent. Its delightful taste makes it easy to take. It is used for a wide array of symptoms including morning sickness, dysbiosis, achlorhydria, cold/damp lung congestion, head colds, osteoarthritis, cold hands and feet, fevers and travel sickness.


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Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.