The best herbs for strong digestion and a healthy gut
Herbal remedies can be very effective for healing the gut and reducing inflammation, stomach cramps, gas and bloating.
In this article I’ve compiled a list of the 10 best herbs for gut health.
This post about herbs for gut health contains affiliate links. Please read the disclosure for more info.
BENEFITS OF HERBS FOR GUT HEALTH
Digestive herbs can help to:
- Improve the secretion of digestive juices
- Assist with breaking down foods and nutrient absorption
- Reduce nausea, cramping, bloating and gas
- Soothe and repair the intestinal lining
- Reduce inflammation in the gut
- Improve liver and gallbladder function
1. Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva)
Slippery elm is one of my favorite gut healing herbs. It soothes the gut and helps to protect and heal the gut lining.
It’s also helpful for constipation, diarrhea, heartburn and reducing inflammation in the gut.
The trick is to drink it fast because it becomes thick if you leave it for too long.
Slippery elm is also available in capsules.
2. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is probably best known for its ability to relieve nausea but it also has some great benefits for gut health.
It helps to stimulate the secretion of saliva, bile and enzymes to improve digestion and it speeds up gastric motility, which is the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine.
Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties so it’s a great herb for anyone suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Ginger can also help to reduce stomach cramps, gas and bloating.
3. Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric is another anti-inflammatory herb that is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine for inflammatory conditions and improving gut health.
Studies have shown that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric may be helpful for reducing the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). 
Turmeric is also helpful for healing the gut lining and stimulating bile production.
4. Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis)
Marshmallow root is an excellent gut healing herb because it forms a gel-like coating on the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract, which helps to soothe inflammation and assists the gut lining to heal.
It’s also helpful for relieving heartburn, constipation, inflammatory bowel conditions, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) and ulcers.
5. Chamomile (Chamomilla matricaria or Chamomilla recutita)
Chamomile is a popular herb for calming the nervous system and it’s helpful for digestive problems that are related to stress.
It’s also great for relieving indigestion, heartburn, ulcers, overacidity and inflammation in the gut. 
6. Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Peppermint is another popular herb for digestion and gut health.
It helps to relieve stomach pain, spasms, cramps, indigestion, constipation, and IBS.
Peppermint is also helpful for relieving bloating and gas, while also protecting and healing the gut.
7. Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis)
Goldenseal is a bitter herb that helps to improve digestion by increasing gastric secretions.
It has antifungal and antibacterial properties so it’s great for restoring balance to the gut flora.
Studies have shown that Goldenseal is effective against E. coli, which is a common cause of gut infections.
Goldenseal can also help to reduce acid reflux, gas, bloating and stomach pain.
8. Gentian (Gentiana lutea)
Gentian is another bitter herb that helps to improve digestion.
It increases saliva, bile and enzyme secretion, while also supporting liver and gallbladder function. 
Gentian is also helpful for relieving stomach aches, nausea, heartburn and diarrhea.
Cinnamon has antibacterial and antifungal properties so it’s helpful for reducing bacterial imbalance in the gut.
Cinnamon also stimulates digestion and helps to reduce indigestion, bloating, gas and stomach cramps.
10. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Fennel seeds are commonly eaten after meals in India to help with digestion.
They assist with breaking down and digesting foods and settling the stomach.
Fennel seeds are also helpful for relieving gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, nausea and diarrhea.
Fennel seeds are also available in capsules.
So there’s my list of 10 herbs for good gut health.
Adding some of these herbs to your food or taking some natural herbal supplements can make a big difference to your digestion and gut health.
It’s a good idea to discuss any herbal remedies for gut health with your healthcare provider because some herbs can interact with prescription medications.
Have you tried any digestive or gut healing herbs? Let me know in the comments below.
Also, come and say hi over on Facebook for more gut health tips.