Home Remedies for Stomach Bugs

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Home Remedies for Stomach Bugs

Recent news of a new and spreading mysterious stomach bug got me focused on getting prepared for the inevitable onslaught. We have not seen a tummy bug in our house in quite some time…I hope we are not due for one! Stomach bugs are never fun. However, there are ways to keep your gut on the defense to limit your chances of getting a stomach bug. I know we will be working on prevention in the coming weeks!

Step 1: Prevention – Eat and drink fermented foods

Fermented foods help populate your digestive tract with healthy bacteria.  The good bugs crowd out the bad bugs so to speak.  Milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha, and fermented condiments and vegetables all contain bacteria that promote a healthy immune system.

If you do happen to get sick despite your efforts, it is time for some home remedies.

Step 2: Treat symptoms with home remedies

Once persistent vomiting has stopped, stay hydrated

Kombucha

  • Coconut water is high in electrolytes.  Take a small sip at regular intervals to start with and progressively move up to larger amounts.
  • Reach for Ginger Kombucha instead of canned Ginger Ale which is likely only ginger artificially ‘flavored’ and full of HFCS these days. Ginger is great for nausea and kombucha is packed with probiotics.
  • Once you are able to start eating again, start with good old bone broth. Bone broth contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and gelatin. Glycine, the main amino acid found in gelatin is anti-inflammatory and can heal the intestinal wall. My bone broth ‘tea’ recipe would be a great one to sip throughout recovery.

Homeopathy and Essential Oils

  • Homeopathic Nux Vomica is very helpful at the first sign of any tummy trouble.
  • EO remedies – You can use ginger, oregano, mountain savory, clove, lemon, peppermint or nutmeg oils by rubbing them on the stomach.
  • Or use an essential oil blend like DiGize and rub 6-10 drops on your stomach area. DiGize can be a very warming oil so, for children, I make a blend to dilute the DiGize with a carrier oil. I do about 1 tsp sweet almond oil or olive oil to 1 drop of DiGize in a roll-on bottle.

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4 Responses to Home Remedies for Stomach Bugs

  1. […] but also how amazing they have been whenever we need them for seasonal allergies, ear infections, stomach bugs and numerous other health […]

  2. L says:

    I’m as natural as I can possibly manage but I’d like some proof that theives oil works on norovirus. We’ve had it so many times and I think last year it was because we didn’t use lysol or chlorox. Is there any clear cut studies that it really does kill noroviruus or rotovirus?

    Thanks

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