DIGESTIVE SUPPORT TINCTURE
Ingredients: Fresh Organic Calendula Flower (Calendula officinalis), Chamomile Flower (Matricaria recutita), Lavender Herb (Lavandula angustifolia), Dual Extracted Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis), Alcohol, Water
Traditionally used to heal the digestive tract and improve digestive function. This remedy is indicated for bloating, gas, nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, cramps, heartburn, hemorrhoids, and ulcers from stress and tension. Shake well and store in a cool and dark place.
Dose: Adult (20+ years) – 20-40 drops three times daily with water. Youth (13-19 years) – 10-20 drops three times daily with water. To remove alcohol, dispense drops into boiled water before ingesting.
Plant Medicine Details:
The plant medicines that make up this remedy were organically grown at Earth Temple Gardens on Ktunaxa (Kootenay) territory, with loving intention, care, and respect for the land and people. In purchasing this remedy for your health, you are also supporting local organic farmers who feed and nourish not only us but the land as well.
The Calendula flowers used in this remedy were handpicked after tending to them in the garden for the spring and summer seasons on Salt Spring Island. Calendula, also called Herbal Sunshine, is a native European plant that blooms throughout the entire summer, offering a beautiful orange and yellow glow across any garden space. This medicine aids in the treatment of gum disease, stomach irritation, ulcers, hemorrhoids, mouth ulcers, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, soothing torn-up mucosa, as well as lending itself to improving a sluggish liver, high enzyme counts, and viral hepatitis (Wood, 2008).
Chamomile is a folk medicine of great antiquity in Europe. It is primarily used for tension, pain, and fever, especially where the digestive tract is involved: the mouth and teeth, stomach, and intestines. It is suited to conditions where there is mental and physical tension and spasm. This medicine treats acute digestive upset, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, restlessness, lack of appetite, cramps, colic, diverticulitis, colitis, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach ulcers from stress and tension, hemorrhoids, and anal fissure (Wood, 2008).
Lavender is a cooling relaxant that is indicated for nervous dyspepsia with flatulence, cramping, nausea, vomiting, faulty appetite, intestinal gas and colic, and motion sickness. This medicine is specific for those who struggle with tension, irritability, nervousness, anxiety, panic, depression, and nervous exhaustion. It is also appropriate for treating depression and anxiety connected with an irritable bowel (Wood, 2008).
Marshmallow is native to salt marshes along the ocean, inland waterways, and ditches in Europe, but is widely cultivated and naturalized in North America. The flowers, leaves, and roots of Marshmallow and many of their cousins have been used around the world as a source of mucilage that is moistening, soothing, anti-inflammatory, and softening. Marshmallow medicine is soothing and anti-inflammatory to the digestive tract, treating over-acidity, ulcers, low digestive enzyme production, diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, and hemorrhoids (Wood, 2008).
Many people living in this modern world suffer from digestive issues, and its prevalence is found to be a common occurrence in clinical practice. Much of my experience with this issue is central to food, and the quality and source that it comes from. The Elders that were a part of our food and medicine garden would share that the food we grew and prepared together was the only food that didn’t make them feel sick. In our Indigenous communities, food-related chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, malnutrition, and obesity is a result of the colonial disruption of our traditional diets and access to food. The work to decolonize one’s diet and grow a healthy connection to food can begin with planting a garden and rebuilding our relationships with food and the land.
This medicinal remedy is a place that can initiate a person’s journey back to a healthy digestive environment within the body, so that we may create a healthy environment with the land, as a reflection of our body. Perhaps while working with this remedy one can put their bare feet on the ground and their hands in the dirt, to give and receive healing in a sacred exchange of reciprocity.
Best Before: 5 years
Weight & Dimensions: 216g – 13.5cm x 5.5cm x 5cm
Wood, M. (2008). The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants. North Atlantic Books.