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My diet isn’t the best during the holidays and I’ve been experiencing some indigestion.

Q. Dear Terry, “My diet isn’t the best during the holidays and I’ve been experiencing some indigestion. Normally, I drink some peppermint tea and I feel better. However, the tea hasn’t been helping as much. Do you have something else I could try?” — Zara P., Oak Lawn, IL

A. Dear Zara, Peppermint has been a favorite herb for digestive relief for generations. The compounds in this amazing plant relieve gas, pain, bloating, discomfort, and relax the smooth muscles in the intestines to stop painful cramping. While peppermint can be found in many forms, I think peppermint oil that is enteric-coated could be much more beneficial for any digestive issues.

While powerful on its own, peppermint has often been studied in conjunction with other herbal oils, including caraway seed oil, for its ability to normalize the transit time of foods through the intestinal tract. That way food doesn’t move too quickly or slowly in your system, which helps keep digestion more predictable. Caraway oil also helps to relax the smooth muscles of the intestines, improves uncomfortable indigestion symptoms, and stimulates gall bladder activity.

Additionally, coriander and cardamom oils work synergistically with peppermint. Cardamom helps to protect the gastric lining, and may be especially helpful for anyone with digestive tract damage due to aspirin use. Coriander provides strong protection from intestinal parasites, and stops the harmful bacteria that can cause SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), which can contribute to IBS symptoms.

I would take oils of peppermint, caraway, cardamom, and coriander one to three times per day. Make sure you choose oils that are enteric-coated so they reach the intestinal tract intact and can exert their benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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