|Dill helps to decrease the appetite.|
The essential oils that we know in common culinary herbs such as rosemary, basil, cumin, anise, coriander, ginger and cinnamon not only make food tasty, but help digestion.
Uses for Digestive System
- Cumin relieves indigestion-promoted headaches,
- Rosemary improves poor food absorption,
- Basil helps reduce nausea even from chemotherapy or radiation treatments, even when conventional anti-nausea drugs have had little effect,
- Lemongrass helps to relieve indigestion,
- Dill and Fennel decreases appetite.
Ulcers or Stomach Acidity
If you are plagued by ulcers or stomach acidity, try chamomile and sandalwood. Fennel seed and melissa relax the stomach muscles while soothing irritation and inflammation. Try a small amount of honey flavored with one of these oils in a cup of herb tea. (See the “Essential Oils in the Kitchen” chapter for instructions on how to make this honey.)
Black pepper may be able to stimulate an increased production of gastric acid. This, of course needs to be based on your doctor’s recommendation. If tests reveal that your stomach acid levels are low, speak with your doctor if adding black pepper with your meal is a viable option. But if you suffer from acid reflux or a peptic ulcer, use black pepper with caution.