How to Settle an Upset Tummy, Stop Diarrhea and Vomiting Naturally

Rice Tea - a Simple Remedy
Rice Tea - a Simple Remedy

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!

12 thoughts on “How to Settle an Upset Tummy, Stop Diarrhea and Vomiting Naturally

  1. This looks and sounds very interesting.

    Wondering if you use coconut oil–if so–how and in what? Just started reading about it.

  2. I knew about the BRAT diet, but I’ve been counseled not to give solids until things settle down. This sounds like it would be just the thing for the dehydration that goes with diarrhea and vomiting. Thanks for blogging about it!

  3. My mom had us eat a tablespoon of coconut flakes after each diarrhea stool. She also used the B.R.C.T. diet, she just replaced coconut flakes for the applesauce in the B.R.A.T. diet.

  4. Thanks for the info!

    From what I learned as a nurse, a looong time ago so things can change. (Shoot they change the way to do CPR almost every I hear you only do compressions?)Anyway, The BRAT is usually feed after the vomiting has stopped. First, when you have the “heaves” after emptying the contents, you are to use a clear liquid starting with only sips then work to up more as you are able to keep it down, Then full liquids, then BRAT. We would use a BRAT for just nausea only.

    The rice tea sounds interesting and something I would want to try and research further. It could not hurt!I get nausea a lot.

    I have just been learning about Detoxifying the body. Liver, Kidneys, blood, colong, etc. Seems there are a lot of MLM type companies and also “natural” suppliements that are suppose to help. But, through studying and even trying some, I found that there is a much better and healthier way to do it just by eating certain foods. (I was lucky to be able to return the supplement regime after trying it out! I hate spending a lot of money on something I have to quit taking!)

    A good book I want to get is written by Dr. Ian Smith. Lemons, for instance, help detox the liver, etc. So, I am on the look out for foods that perform certain functions since I have been sick. I have started the green tea and it has helped, unbelievably well actually!

    I remember as a child, and I would get sick, my mom would make me a rice soup kind of thing, it consisted of rice, milk, cinnomon and honey. Oh, so good and made me feel so good inside. Think about it and it is a lot like the BRAT.

    I suffer from a lot of N/V from my illness and I have not thought of what mom use to do until your article. My kids and husband won’t eat rice. Funny I grew up on it! But, don’t buy it since no one else eats it.
    Must be something to it….time to go buy some rice and make some soup! Thanks for the info!

  5. Thanks so much for this recipe. My DH woke up on Saturday morning at 6:00, vomiting. He proceeded to vomit 3-4 times an hour all morning and into the afternoon. I was desperate to help him with something and willing try just about anything. I found your recipe and I had everything on hand, and figured it wouldn’t be too hard on him if he barfed it all right back up, so I made it and persuaded him to try it. He did, and he hasn’t vomited since. So, THANK YOU! We’re definitely filing this away.

    And, sorry for the TMI :)

  6. WOW! Thanks so much for sharing, and it’s not TMI. It’s very helpful to me (and to anyone who may read this later) to know exactly how it worked for you. I’m glad to know your husband is feeling so much better! I hope he’s been able to figure out what the cause was so he doesn’t have to deal with that again!

  7. LOL Thanks. My mom teases him that he got sick just so I could make him this “horchata.” It really did work amazingly. He had tried tums, and he’d tried a little rice and applesauce and he just kept throwing it all right back up. He couldn’t even hold water down. He didn’t want to try it for that reason, but I told him that if he was going to keep throwing up anyway, this was a no risk try. I gave it to him just a couple minutes after his last spell had stopped and he drank it slowly. I did use a little vanilla, cinnamon and agave in it. I’d read about the great health properties of cinnamon, and I added the agave for a coating factor for his throat and esophagus on the way down, which were severely irritated from all the vomiting.

    He continued to have the rest of his illness (fever and aches) for several more days, so it’s not as just his illness had run its course and ended coincidentally. Considering everything else persisted, we really do think this tea put a stop to the tummy problems. So, thank you so much for sharing. I’m so grateful google directed me your way!

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