Gut Health and herbalism

by Jan 22, 2020

You know the drill: just like with Equanimity, Happy Belly derives as much of its strength from the carefully sourced and selected herbs it contains as much as it does its cannabis.

 As above, so below, because the health of our gut depends on the quality of both our mental lives and our diets. Therefore, the herbs in Happy Belly pull double duty in calming the nervous system and metabolism.

In particular, we’re focusing on anti-inflammatory herbs, since for the most disruptive digestive conditions — such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which affects 45 million people (for an idea of scale, that’s 10-15% of the US population!)  — inflammation is often highly implicated. Of course, one doesn’t need to be ill to reap the benefits of better digestion and gut health. So feast your eyes on the ingredients that help Happy Belly make the most of your feast.

Happy Belly ingredient list 

Happy Belly ingredients: papaya, dandelion, sage, peppermint, red clover, cinnamon


What makes the difference in this tropical fruit is a useful enzyme called papaiin, which breaks down food so well, it can be used as a meat tenderizer. Also a great source for fiber — your gut will take as many unique varieties of it as you can give it.


Yet another extremely useful “weed,” dandelion has been used in teas for years. It promotes digestion and helps to balance the natural and beneficial bacterial further down in the intestines. It also triggers the release of bile in preparation for digestion.

Black Cohosh

Used by American indigenous tribes long before America, this flowering plant is often used during menopause.


Not only is is a potent spice, but it also cools the belly as it aids in digestion.


Another tasty herb which can soothe digestion.

Red Clover

A flowering plant which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent thanks to several estrogen-like plant compounds. It helps in soothing indigestion.


Often used in tea, this powerful anti-inflammatory agent helps to avert indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea, and constipation.


Not the campfire favorite, but you’re getting close. When not threatening Ghostbusters, this herb can also prevent against leaky gut and again guard against indigestion.


Equanimity users will recognize this ingredient instantly. In this case, it’s used as an anti-inflammatory aid to soothe the GI tract and repair the stomach lining.

Slippery Elm

The inner bark of this tree coats the GI tract with a protective film that while temporary, can work wonders as a prophylactic for one’s meal.


Once used to prevent against belching, it’s used in Happy Belly as a force multplier for its anti-inflammatory properties.


Bet you didn’t know this mainstay of your spice-box was an antioxidant now, didn’t you? That and its ability to treat a variety of stomach issues recommended it to us.

Oregon Grape

Used to aid in the fight against upset stomachs, Similar to papaya, this has an alkaloid called berberine whose potentially immune-boosting properties we’re particularly interested in at Medicine Box.

Happy Belly ingredients

Happy Belly’s entourage effect

In Medicine Box’s view, digestion begins in the mind, so if you bring stress to the dinner table, it can wreak havoc with your digestion. On the other hand, priming one’s system with a calming force can help you make the most out of your food. By targeting the bacteria in your stomach with the combined forces of Happy Belly’s herbal medley, Medicine Box aims to bring homeostasis to the enteric nervous system which governs the digestion which creates the energy your brain and body needs to survive.

Of course, the alchemy comes within the mixture, so here’s how it’s done

  • Soak the herbs into the fractionated coconut oil (FCO) which acts as Happy Belly’s carrier. 
  • Extract the active compounds from the herbs using a wine press, which filters the plant material out from the solute. Because of the variance in absorption amongst the different herbs, this process is uniquely calibrated for each herb to get the ratios just right.
  • Combine each herbal extract in specific ratios that reinforce and enhance their effects.  

Since we’re discovering new information every day about gut health, we at Medicine Box are thankful that we’re able to improve further upon the original formulation. Of course, the biggest change for us will allow Medicine Box to vault over state lines and reach the masses… but that’s for next week’s blog. Stay tuned!



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