Thankfully, this is a pretty predictable occurrence with me… it always happens when I eat something I have no business eating (i.e., lactose or anything made with white flour). The easy solution is to just not eat those foods. Yes, that would work but, I’m only mildly successful with this approach. The rest of the time, I use herbs to enable my bad behavior. When that bad behavior results in a gassy stomach, I run to my peppermint tincture.
Identify the Symptoms
If you need a remedy for a gassy stomach, I would first encourage you to identify patterns, such as does this occur after you eat a certain type of food, does it happen when you’re nervous or worried. Secondly, identify accompanying symptoms, such as is it always in combination with diarrhea, constipation, stomach butterflies, stomach pain, etc. In most cases, stomach gas doesn’t occur by itself; it has a supporting cast of symptoms that may require other herbs to fully eradicate the issue. However, peppermint is a wonderful mainstay. In addition to dissipating gas in the intestines, it also soothes and tones the smooth muscle that lines the stomach, hence its reputation as a good remedy for nausea and morning sickness. Peppermint is also safe for gas pain in infants.
How To Use Peppermint
You can take peppermint in the form of an alcohol-based tincture, a hot tea, or an iced tea. I’m not a big proponent of taking essential oils internally but 1-2 drops per day is generally safe for an adult. Neither the essential oil nor tincture format is recommended for children or infants. When giving tea to children under 2-years-old, make sure it is sweetened with sugar (not honey) before letting it cool.