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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Rosemary Tea and Digestion

It's been so many years since antibiotics have been discovered. Many of us who are susceptible to throat infections have been prescribed antibiotics, and we have gotten well.

What is less well known, is that these antibiotics upset the balance of microflora and fauna in our intestines. The result of that is yeast infections. A rampant yeast overgrowth in the intestines releases toxins that mak a person feel tired all the time... and gas is produced so flatulence is a problem.

Someone I know was prescribed a common antibiotic for a toenail infection. After one dose, she began to feel bloated. I made an infusion with my store of Herbes de Provence and a few sprigs of rosemary. You can find Herbes de Provence on the spice rack in Cold Storage. It is normally used to season stews and meats in French cooking but I noted that it has proportions of rosemary, thyme and oregano (and others...) which all possess anti-bacterial &/or anti-fungal properties. I added fresh rosemary to the infusion to strengthen its anti-fungal properties.

I gave my friend a Yakult to drink, followed by this tea and within an hour, she felt much better. Instead of bloated, she was hungry. So I suppose the infusion was effective in killing the yeast overgrowth and the Yakult provided beneficial gut bacteria so that her intestines regained their microflora and fauna balance again.


Open Kitchen Concept said...

Oh.. I have been feeling bloated recently... too much rich food for CNY. I shall try what you suggested. :) hehe.. will let you know the results..

petunialee said...

Hmmmm... if bloatedness is from rich food, I dunno if rosemary tea will work...

It works if its a yeast overgrowth in the gut... but rich food... dunno leh.

Open Kitchen Concept said...

icic.. I'd stick to good old Yakult then