After a month of fasting, everybody looks forward to some ‘feasting’ during the Eid holidays. It is tough to contain yourself faced with the huge variety of scrumptious sweets and savouries served up everywhere you visit. In fact, most of our friends and family spend Eid snacking away on these tasty treats, and quite a few suffer from the side effects of this festivity — indigestion.
Here are a few tried and tested home remedies for your tummy troubles, from my Grandma’s secret stash!
Place a hot water bottle on your abdomen to relieve gas and cramping. With babies, remember to wrap the bottle in a towel, to prevent burning.
Reduce Bloating and Tame Excessive Gas
Cumin seeds (Zeera): Take with yoghurt, after meals, to prevent heartburn. This remedy, courtesy my late Daadi, was a lifesaver this Ramazan, since parathas for sehri always left me with heartburn- but not anymore!
Carom seeds (Ajwain): These seeds are antibacterial, antiviral and antiparasitic. Add a pinch to food, or tea, for a unique taste and aroma; treat your taste buds and aid digestion simultaneously.
Lemon Fizz: Blend one whole lemon with 1 tsp of sugar and half a cup of water. Strain into a glass, pour in enough of any clear fizzy drink to top it up, and add a big pinch of black salt. Drink immediately, or the lemon rind will make it bitter, to ease bloating and gas. A yummy cocktail after heavy meals!
Mint (Podina): It soothes the stomach muscles to ease cramps. You can chew on it, add some leaves to tea or pop a mint candy in your mouth. I always carry some in my bag since it’s great for motion sickness too.