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Ask Heather » High Volatile Oil Peppermint! Why Is This Special For IBS?

IBS Recipe Special » Banana Cornmeal Pancakes

News & Research » Can You Give Your Spouse IBS?

Special Letter » Help for Anxiety-Related Gas?

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Banana Cornmeal Pancakes

These are slightly sweet, richly textured pancakes with the hearty taste of cornmeal. They make a delicious and satisfying breakfast, with an IBS-friendly low fat, dairy-free, high soluble fiber foundation.

Makes 4-6 Servings

3/4 cup soy/rice milk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 ripe-black large bananas
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose unbleached white flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/3 cup cornmeal
2 organic egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts, lightly toasted (optional)

pure maple syrup for serving

In a bowl add vinegar to soy/rice milk and stir well. Pour soured milk into blender and add all remaining ingredients (except nuts). Pour batter into bowl or large measuring cup with spout.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and spray with cooking oil. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter at a time onto griddle to form pancakes. Cook until surface bubbles, about 1 minute, and flip pancakes over. Cook until undersides are golden brown and pancakes are cooked through, about 1 minute. Serve immediately with pure maple syrup.

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divider Help for Anxiety-Related Gas?

Hello Heather!

I don't know what I would do without your Tummy Tamers peppermint oil capsules! They are a lifesaver! I have quite an issue with gas. I believe it's anxiety-related. The more anxiety, the more flatulence. But your formulation makes all the difference!

I am so grateful that their effect is so reliable. I can count on the pills to relieve my symptoms.

So, thank you with all my heart for improving the quality of my life. You are a saint in your own right, saving countless people from distress.


Thank you so, so much, A.R. It is absolutely wonderful to know you're doing so much better! ~ Heather

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divider Can You Give Your Spouse IBS?

Gut journal recently reported a family study showing an increased non-genetic risk factor for IBS among spouses of IBS sufferers. 51,962 individuals with IBS were analyzed, and IBS odds ratios for relatives of individuals who had an IBS diagnosis were calculated and compared with relatives of unaffected individuals.

Researchers posed a number of possible explanations for the increased odds of IBS among spouses, including shared family environmental exposures and shared positive and negative life events.

"Assortative mating could also contribute to the association among spouses," the investigators wrote. "Thus, individuals with IBS may be more likely to marry individuals with similar health problems. Moreover, spouses of individuals with IBS may also be more likely to seek medical attention." Go here for full research article.

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divider Why Peppermint Tummy Tea is So Special for IBS   (see for yourself!)

Peppermint has an ancient history as a remedy for digestive upsets, and in general is a wonderful herb for quickly relieving (and even preventing) IBS symptoms.

The traditional use of peppermint has some interesting science behind it. Menthol and methyl salicylate are the main active ingredients of peppermint, and these elements are found in the volatile oil content of the mint leaves.

Internally, these compounds have anti-spasmodic actions, with calming effects on the smooth muscles of the stomach, intestinal tract, and uterus. They also have powerful analgesic (pain-killing) properties, which are mediated, in part, through activation of kappa-opioid receptors, which help block pain signal transmission.

The volatile oils in peppermint, when taken as medicinal strength brewed tea or as enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules, are extremely useful for IBS. Clinical studies have shown that peppermint helps IBS abdominal pain and spasms, diarrhea, and urgency (and it will NOT worsen constipation. Peppermint is also anti-bacterial, increases gastric juices, and helps relieve gas, nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness.

Peppermint contains essential oils that stimulate the gallbladder to secrete its store of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. This makes peppermint a wonderful digestive aid for heavy meals. Mint also improves the function of the muscles that line the stomach and intestines, relieves diarrhea, and has a calming, numbing effect on the entire GI tract.

Personally, I find peppermint to be the strongest anti-spasmodic and pain reliever of all the herbs, and when an IBS attack flares I really appreciate its noticeable whole-body mild relaxing effect as well. On a daily basis I find peppermint more effective (and certainly more enjoyable) than prescription anti-spasmodic drugs, particularly when it's brewed as a very strong tea.

However, it's amazing to taste and feel the difference between high volatile oil Peppermint Tummy Tea formulated specifically for helping IBS symptoms versus regular peppermint tea brands.

For immediate relief of IBS spasms and abdominal pain, I always have a strong, hot cup of Peppermint Tummy Tea.

In all the years I've struggled with IBS, nothing - and I do mean nothing - has worked better and faster to flat out stop IBS pain in its tracks. I keep Peppermint Tummy Tea on hand at home, at work, in my luggage, and even in the car.

Not everyone is subject to sudden, severe attacks of IBS pain, but if you are (and I am) I can't recommend anything more fervently than this tea. If your IBS can come out of nowhere, and have you on the floor begging for help this very second because you can't wait minutes, Peppermint Tummy Tea is your new best friend.

But does it really have to be Peppermint Tummy Tea? Why not just any regular brand of mint tea?

There is a world of difference between high volatile oil Tummy Tea and typical store brands. Every other peppermint tea brand I've seen is simply meant to be enjoyed as a "nice hot cup of tea", for drinking pleasure. This is NOT the case with Peppermint Tummy Tea.

Peppermint Tummy Tea is unique for several reasons:

* Extremely high volatile oil levels. Why does this matter? Because the volatile oil has the components within the peppermint leaf that yield the medicinal benefits. The higher the volatile oil level, the stronger the cup of tea, and the greater the benefit for IBS symptoms.

Our Peppermint Tummy Tea (on sale at 10% off) has a volatile oil content of 3% for the second year in a row. This is the highest level our farmer has ever seen for mint (1.8% to 2.0% is considered high)!

You can actually see the oil rising to the surface of the peppermint leaves in the field. This is what our farmers watch for so they know when to harvest the fields at the optimum volatile oil level. In the close up below, one of our peppermint plants has tiny little droplets of oil surfacing on its leaves, which are visible in the photo. When I was out in our fields right before harvest, the whole expanse of peppermint looked like it was glistening. It was not only beautiful, but the smell and taste of the fresh leaves was more potent than I ever would have imagined.

Take a look at the pictures below and you can see for yourself!

Peppermint Tummy Tea Leaf Close Up
Close Up of Volatile Oil Droplets on Our Peppermint Leaves

Peppermint Tummy Tea Fields
Our Gorgeous Organic Peppermint Fields Before Harvest!

Our Peppermint Tummy Tea also has:

* Very large leaf size for peppermint (cut and sift grade, the largest cut available in the organic market). Other teabag brands use "teabag cut" herbs, which are very finely milled. This is so the tea will flow through teabag machines. But, the more finely you cut an herb, the more volatile oil is released and dissipated, and the weaker the final cup of brewed tea will be. (We actually customized our own teabag machines so that we could run large leaf peppermint through our machines.)

* Special jumbo-size teabags, which give an average of three times more peppermint per bag as other brands.

* Our peppermint is USDA certified organic. This means, among other things, that it is guaranteed free of: pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, GMO (genetically modified organisms), preservatives, additives, irradiation, and there is no animal testing.

Organic materials and processing are significantly more expensive (for example, bulk organic peppermint costs four times more than conventionally grown peppermint). But, our tea prices are actually significantly less expensive than non-organic brands.

In addition, a comprehensive review of 97 published studies (published as the "State of Science Review" by The Organic Center) comparing the nutritional quality of organic and conventional foods has shown that organic plants contain higher levels of 8 of 11 nutrients studied, including significantly greater concentrations of the health-promoting polyphenols and antioxidants. This review concluded that organically grown plants are 25% more nutrient dense, on average, than conventionally grown plants.

* Peppermint Tummy Tea is packed in very generous quantities, as it is meant to be used daily for IBS symptoms. There are 36 Peppermint Tummy Teabags per canister (and a full pound of peppermint in the Peppermint Loose Pouch). This is 3-4 times more teabags per container than other brands, which means you will have enough tea on hand to use it regularly, which is how it works best for IBS.

The end result? Peppermint Tummy Tea is exponentially stronger and more effective, and a better value, than other brands.

For me, medicinal-strength peppermint tea has what it takes to stop an IBS attack in its tracks. Peppermint Tummy Tea is the only brand of high volatile oil tea for IBS I know of, and one sip is all it takes to tell the difference.

It isn't enough to get a great value for your IBS treatments - you also have to get great results. For abdominal pain, spasms, and cramping, Peppermint Tummy Tea offers both. Try it and see for yourself!

~ Heather

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