Stomach ailments such as constipation, gas or diarrhea can cause a lot of discomfort and throw life out of gear. The pain, the bloating, the constant visits to the loo or the inability to eat anything ruins our entire day until the problem subsides.
Allopathy and homeopathy have cures for these ailments, but, at times, when we have no access to either, it’s best to turn to home remedies. These are natural, do not have any side effects and the ingredients are easily available in our kitchen cabinets.
Sharing today, home remedies for tummy troubles that are easy to prepare and safe to administer.
Home Remedies For Tummy Troubles
Sweet, ginger drops for diarrhea:
These ginger drops are small in size, sweet to taste and easy to prepare. They give instant relief from diarrhea and its resulting stomachache. They can be prepared using the below measurements and stored in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.
Diarrhea, or loose motions, is a result of an infection caused on drinking unclean water, or eating food that our stomach does not agree with. Consuming these ginger drops every half an hour when suffering from severe loose motions, gives quick relief and zero side effects.
Dried ginger powder – 2 tablespoons
Grated jaggery – 1 tablespoon
Ghee – 2 teaspoons or as needed
Poppy seeds – Half spoon
Mix together the dried ginger powder (available at your local retail store/supermarket), grated jaggery, poppy seeds and ghee in a clean bowl. Use as much ghee it takes to bind together the dried ingredients into tiny, pea-sized balls.
This mixture will give you approximately 6 – 7 balls, which you may consume until you find relief from the watery stools.
Arrowroot powder is a starch that’s used to thicken soups in place of cornstarch. It’s used to prepare porridge, or kheer, to curb diarrhea, too.
Arrowroot powder – 2 tablespoons
Water – 2 cups
Sugar – 1 teaspoon
Boil 2 cups of water and add the arrowroot powder to it. Add sugar to taste and cook it on low flame until it thickens. Switch off the burner and allow the porridge to cool. Children love the taste of the porridge much more than the bitter allopathic syrups. Arrowroot powder is available at retail stores or supermarkets, and the porridge is easy and quick to prepare.
Asafoetida for instant relief from gas or stomach ache
Asafoetida has anti-inflammatory, anti-flatulence and laxative properties that help fight gas, bloating and stomachache. These stomach ailments are often caused due to certain foods we eat, or heavy meals.
Mix asafoetida powder with warm water or warm milk to make a fine paste.
Massage the navel with this paste. It’s especially effective in the case of children who do not drink warm water or buttermilk with asafoetida.
Adding a pinch of asafoetida powder to buttermilk along with some black salt and drinking this after dinner also gives relief from gas and eases digestion and constipation.
Sol kadhi is a common digestive drink prepared in the coastal regions of Maharashtra. It helps in digestion, fights acidity and also acts as a coolant during the hot summer.
Kokum – 2 to 3
Fresh, grated coconut – 1
Warm water – 1 cup
Green chillies – 1 or 2
Garlic – 2 cloves
Salt to taste
Coriander for garnishing
Soak the kokum in warm water for a couple of hours.
Grind the grated coconut with some warm water and squeeze out the milk, thoroughly.
Grind green chillies and garlic and add the paste to the coconut milk. Or, grind all the three (coconut, green chillies and garlic) together.
Mash the soaked kokum and add only the juice to the coconut milk.
Add salt to taste and garnish with coriander.
This, too, can be prepared at home, with ingredients that are easily available.
These home remedies for stomach ailments taste great, too, and don’t seem like “medicines”, which makes it easy to feed little kids!
Our grandmothers knew every kitchen ingredient perfectly and hence these home remedies that have been passed down from generations can be trusted, blindly. These make for the perfect medication in the absence of modern treatments.
Good info, Shilpa! I’m always looking for remedies to ease digestive upsets. It seems, the older we get, the worse it is. My doctor once told me, as we age, our stomach linings thin out, increasing our intolerances to certain foods. It’s a major drag, for sure! Right now, I rely on probiotics and papaya-based digestive aids. They help, too. And lots of water!
I’m curious to know if you’d get kokum in Canada, Debbie. I haven’t heard of papaya-based digestive aids. In India, papaya is considered a ‘heaty’ fruit and something that we avoid in summer. Also a complete no no for pregnant women.
I haven’t seen the fruit, but there are Garcinia Indica supplements. The digestive enzymes I use are actually a combination of golden seal and papaya. https://www.yeswellness.com/vitality-digest-tablets.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwqqrmBRAAEiwAdpDXtMMAOL1f7gC49Wv016h_wuJuCj_UE_7zIgMVmkPRjileei9ZE0wyMxoCUjAQAvD_BwE
Oh interesting. Thanks for sharing, Debbie.
Thank you Debbie! And apologies for the late reply! 🙂
Very useful tips indeed. I would like to try Sol Kadi. Have had it during my Maharastra trips and quite enjoyed it.
Have used hewing pretty often for the kids navels.
Thanks for this ready reckoner, Shilpa. Will keep it handy.
I love Sol Kadi. Had never heard of the hing remedy till I read this from Shilpa, Natasha.
Great tips. What is kokam? Never heard of sol kadhi 😐
I am a believer of home remedies so this is a great addition to my list. Thank you!
Garcinia indica in English and Murugal hannu or Murugal Kayi, I’m told. You will definitely find it in a Kerala or a Mangalore store.