• Jayne Tamburello

Herbs to aid in gas and bloating.

Anise (Pimpinella anisum)

I often get gas and feel bloated when I eat quickly. Can you recommend anything for this?

Yes, you have a number of options but first:

Why this happens. When food is not broken down properly before it reaches the large intestines, excess gas is created due to the existence of undigested food.

Steps to prevent or alleviate gas. I always recommend people sit down when they eat and take a couple of moments to calm themselves down. Even giving yourself a mantra like “I am calm and my body can easily digest and assimilate all that I eat” helps the body prepare for food intake by creating enzymes and stomach acid.

HERBS are a great help here. Herbs known as bitters help the gall bladder release bile needed to breakdown fats and emulsify your food. There are great products on the market like Urban Moonshine’s bitter spray. Carminatives like fennel or anise will help to relieve both gas and bloating as does ginger. A nice after dinner tea would be anise or fennel, chamomile and peppermint or ginger.

Digestive enzymes. This is helpful for many people in reducing gas and spasms in the gut. There are many brands out there that are excellent but I use the Enzymatica product line. Another good thing to take before eating is apple cider vinegar. Take 1-2 tablespoons in water before meals to aid in digestion.

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