Whether your child comes home from school with an upset tummy, a case of “the runs” or often more unpleasantly, vomiting, it’s good to have a few natural remedies at the ready. There are a lot of different ways to settle the upset tummy and quell diarrhea and vomiting, but I like this one because it’s simple and involves ingredients most of us have in the home all the time. It’s a basic rice tea.
To prepare rice tea, simply boil 1/2 a cup of rice (regular, not instant) in about 6 cups of water for 15 minutes. Strain out the rice. You can flavor the tea with a dash of vanilla extract, some honey or a touch of agave or sugar, and perhaps a dash of cinnamon. Serve it up warm. You may just find you’ll enjoy drinking the tea just for the sake of the flavor!
One thing I think is important to point out here: if there is vomiting or diarrhea, you may not want to stop it immediately. Our first reaction as parents is to put an end to discomfort and quickly, but if your child (or you) has eaten something bad, for instance, the body’s natural defense is to toss it out whether through one end or the other. Unpleasant? Yes, but effective. You may want to allow for a few “cookie tosses” before serving the tea. Of course there may be time for that while you wait for the tea to boil! After the body has purged, it’s nice to settle things down and restore some strength. Settling an upset tummy, or stopping diarrhea and vomiting with rice tea is not only effective, it’s a delicious and soothing remedy!