Carminatives are herbs, such as peppermint, allspice, cloves, sage,
and thyme, that soothe the digestive tract. Most of the herbs in the mint and
carrot families are carminatives, including anise, basil, cinnamon, garlic,
ginger, lemon, and nutmeg.
Using carminative herbs to flavor starchy dishes, especially those
made with beans, may allow a person to burp up and pass intestinal gas more
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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