Chamomile isn’t just for helping you relax. Several of its chemical compounds, especially bisabolol, act as antispasmodics: They relax the smooth muscles that line the digestive tract and uterus, easing after-meal stomach discomfort and soothing menstrual cramps.
The chaga mushroom, a fungus that grows on birch trees, is believed to be anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and high in antioxidants, and may even protect against cancer. A 2004 study published in the journal BioFactors found that chaga mushroom extract offers cellular protection against DNA damage. Don’t miss these inflammation-fighting superfoods.
As a bitter herb, dandelion root stimulates gastrointestinal function, and is traditionally used for indigestion and mild constipation. It is also a popular caffeine-free alternative to coffee, and a pleasant way to stimulate digestion before or after a heavy meal. You can also soothe indigestion with several natural home remedies.