Teas to Aid in Digestion
If there's anything that can throw off my entire day it's the pain and discomfort that comes with bloating. I bloat incredibly easily and always have! It's the main reason that I decided to cut out dairy a little over a month ago and have now kind of stumbled into becoming vegan, mostly eating raw all day long until supper time. It has changed the way I operate daily, one of the biggest ways being that I don't suffer as often from gas and a bloated tummy. I always thought that my bloating, or consistently fluctuating weight was due to hormonal issues but I can now see that it has much more to do with what I was putting into my body. I just experienced my first menstrual cycle (aaaaah I said it!) on a raw plant based diet and experienced the most minimal bloating in my lifetime! It changed everything for me. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that I have been working two herbal teas into my day, one after lunch for bloating and indigestion, and one in the evening with some sleepy herbs to help ease me into sleep.
Herbal teas are something that I have a lot of respect and admiration for. It was, in fact, one of the first things that I began writing about here on this blog and what helped me find a direction in what exactly I wanted to write about. Herbs can make such a difference to your well being; they are the foundation of modern medicine and the gateway into holistic healing. If you have ever wanted to try learning more about making herbal remedies at home, starting with brewing up a tea made of loose leaf herbs is the perfect way to start. It's how I started! I would not consider myself an expert herbalist, but it is something that I try to study up on and practice every single day. If you have never brewed an herbal tea, I suggest you read my blog post on how to do so. It will help you to start!
Herbs and Spices for Digestion
Fennel has major inflammation fighting properties that are wonderful for treating gas and other gastrointestinal issues. They have a licorice taste and can often be substituted for celery in soups and stews - a great way to get more fennel into your diet to prevent bloating! It is a carminative and antispasmodic, which helps with digestion, cramps, and painful gas.
Ginger is traditionally used to help ease pain in the stomach and for symptoms of motion sickness. It can block the genes and enzymes in the body that promote bloating and inflammation. Creating a chai tea with added ginger can be a huge benefit and enhance the flavor of a plain ginger tea. I don't know about you, but I am not a fan of ginger at all!
Hibiscus is a great herb if you are looking to reduce bloating for weight loss. It can help counteract hormonal fluctuations and work against salty foods that cause you to gain a few extra pounds throughout the day. Hibiscus is great for saying goodbye to water retention!
One of my favorite herbs, lemon balm is antibacterial which makes it great for treating cold sores, cuts, and scrapes! It is also a good choice when it comes to bloating and inflammation. As one of the recommended herbs for children, it is mild and works well for issues such as anxiety, stress, insomnia, headaches, and restlessness. It is mainly used in this situation to help stimulate the appetite and move food along the digestion system with ease.
Peppermint has analgesic properties that help to treat gas and bloating. It makes a useful appetizer or palate cleanser between courses. It promotes digestion and activates the salivary glands. Peppermint helps to soothe the stomach, nausea, and motion sickness. It's a great choice of tea to drink before a long flight! If you drink peppermint tea before bed, it may reduce flatulence and indigestion.
Dandelions are wonders! They have so many amazing beneficial uses for our health, one of those being that it is a natural laxative and diuretic. Drink dandelion tea every day to help relieve bloating, water retention, and menstrual cramps.
Bitter Herbs for Indigestion
There are several other herbs on the market that work well for digestive issues. If you are having trouble with indigestion and heartburn, try brewing up some artichoke powder, wormwood, horehound, yarrow, goldenseal, caraway, german chamomile, licorice, milk thistle seed, or lemon verbena.
Carminatives for Gas and Bloating
Still bloating up, or maybe you don't have fennel seed on hand? Try using caraway, turmeric, chamomile, lemongrass, sage, anise, basil, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, dill, cloves, oregano, lavender, rosemary, or thyme.
Herbal Tea Blends for Digestion Aid
Heartburn and Indigestion
- Mix together equal parts of licorice root, cardamom, coriander, peppermint, ginger, and black peppercorns. Use one teaspoon of this blend per every 8 oz water.
Bloating and Gas
- Mix together in equal parts catnip, spearmint, lemon balm, calendula, rosemary, chamomile, sage, fennel, and dandelion root. Use one teaspoon of this blend per every 8 oz water.
Flat Tummy (weight loss and bloating)
- Mix together in equal parts hibiscus, rose hips, peppermint, lemongrass, orange peel, lemon verbena, and wild cherry bark. Use of teaspoon of this blend per every 8 oz water.
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Disclaimer: I am not a professional herbalist nor am I a doctor. This knowledge is researched based and is a hobby for me. Please act with caution and research yourself before using any herbs!