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Most of us have experienced diarrhoea at some point in our lives and are familiar with the urgent and persistent passage of unformed stools. In acute diarrhoea the frequency of the bowel movements and the volume of fluid lost will determine its severity. Babies, the very young and the elderly can quickly dehydrate with diarrhoea so be cautious and take advice from a medical professional. Do not give herbs or essential oils to babies and young children. For adults experiencing "holiday tummy" diarrhoea which is non-threatening, it is just nature's way of speeding pathogenic bacteria out of the body and need not be suppressed; however ensure plenty of clean liquids are drunk to avoid dehydration. In tropical countries diarrhoea may have a bacterial or viral origin and the symptom may be a precursor to water borne infectious disease. If under any circumstances there is chronic or persistent diarrhoea then seek medical attention for further investigation for conditions such as ulcerative colitis, IBS, and Crohn's disease.
Foods & herbs for the home
- For occasional diarrhoea that may be the result of food sensitivity use Slippery Elm Plus Powder 3 to 5 times a day (ask us for a sample).
- A gentle detox tea such as Mullein & Star Anise Herbal Tea is beneficial, as is plain black Indian tea.
- Combine some fresh garden mint which is antispasmodic with Organic Chamomile Herbal Tea for soothing an irritated gut.
- Grate raw apple, leave to brown and then eat along with the pips.
- Arrowroot can be added to light soups.
- Consider a course of non-dairy probiotics or build up your gut health again with IntestAble Capsules after a holiday upset tummy; ask us for a free sample.
- Rest and hydration form the basis of healing.
- Minimal food intake allows the gut to recover.
- Use essential oils of Roman Chamomile and Lavender as an abdominal compress. Dilute 2 drops of each in warm water and soak the oils into a cloth when the oils are floating on the surface. Place a hot water bottle over the compress.
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