Your kitchen spice rack can be like a surrogate medicine cabinet if you know how to use the spices within it. Herbs like peppermint, fennel, caraway and anise are all relievers of flatulence related problems, as are spices like dill, basil, rosemary, turmeric, coriander, cloves and cardamom pods.
For excess flatulence, all you have to do is pour one cup of boiling water over dried peppermint leaves and allow the mixture to steep for ten minutes. Then sieve the liquid and drink it warm. This will relieve you from flatulence, and if you are on a tight budget then a cup of peppermint tea can have a similar effect.
Crush fennel seeds, mix in boiling water and then drink it. Similarly, dill oil if added to warm water can also provide relief from flatulence. Caraway seeds can be used by crushing them and adding them to tea. These seeds can also be eaten after meals as caraway crackers. Anise can also be used in the same way, although you must be careful in this case as it has been known to cause an allergic reaction in some people.
Spices are also helpful in digestion. Basil, when added to various dishes gives flavour as well as helping in controlling flatulence. Rosemary, when added to gassy foods such as broccoli, cabbage and beans gives flavour as well as relief from gas. Turmeric acts as an actacid and can be enjoyed as a seasoning with foods that may cause gas. It may also be added to rice to give it a bright yellow colour – this, too, will help to reduce flatulence.
In stir-fry dishes, coriander works very well to ease gas trouble. In vegetable dishes it can be beneficial to add cardamom pods so as to boost flavor and also reduce gas production and aid in digestion. Cloves also make a great addition to rice or fruit dishes to reduce flatulence.
Flatulence can never be entirely avoided, and being a natural process it never should be. But excess flatulence can be prevented for good if we know where to find the correct remedy for it.