Herbal medicines for stomach ache Posted by aziza on May 18, 2015 in Arabic Language, Culture, Vocabulary
In the Arab world, herbal medicines are very common! When I was younger, we used to go to the dry grocer (العطار) whenever we suffer from minor aliments like stomach ache, constipation, cough, common cold, etc. He would give me herbs and tell me how to use them! By time, this practice became less and less common. However, recently herbal medicines started to gain more importance, and now we can find some herbal medicines available at pharmacies, prescribed by doctors and advised by pharmacists.
In this post, I mention some herbal medicines which we used traditionally in Egypt to treat the symptoms of stomach ache.
Mint leaves should be boiled and sweetened. You can drink them cold or warm.
Mint extract is also available at pharmacies and it can be added to some water and then we can drink it.
Caraway seeds are brewed in boiling water, covered for a couple of minutes. After that you can add sugar or honey, or drink it without.
Anise seeds are brewed in boiling water, covered for a couple of minutes. After that you can add sugar or honey, or drink it without.
Cloves should be brewed in boiling water for 15 minutes. It should be consumed after meals.
A small spoon of thyme should be brewed in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. It should be consumed after meals.
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Nice post. In the West we use ginger root to settle an upset stomach. It’s very common to use ginger ale if you ate something that isn’t “sitting right.”