Drinks

Herbal Teas that Aid Digestion

Have you ever wondered why some people, when they want something calming and refreshing, or a quick pick-me-up beverage, generally make a cup of tea instead of reaching for a stimulant drink like coffee? Besides being a good source of nutrients, herbal teas are caffeine-free and great as digestive aids. Being an infusion of leaves, seeds, bark and roots all extracted in hot water, herbal teas also contain essential oils that smell great and soothe the nerves. To fully reap maximum health benefits, steep herbal tea in a covered vessel like a teapot for at least 10-15 minutes, then enjoy.

Peppermint Tea

The smell of peppermint tea in itself is aromatherapy. If it’s something to relieve bloating and gas, this is the tea to drink. Peppermint tea is also good for nausea if there is no vomiting, as well as addressing muscle spasms, healing the body through sweating and detoxification purposes. Furthermore, peppermint in the form of capsules can be taken to treat symptoms of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or gallstones. However, this tea may aggravate heartburn and should not be taken for indigestion. The beauty of peppermint tea is easy usage. If you buy a pot of peppermint plants, you can easily make a cup of herbal tea by picking 5-6 leaves off the plant and steeping it in hot water for a refreshing tonic.

Chamomile Tea

While chamomile tea is best known for its calming effects in putting a person to sleep, it also contains digestive properties that reduce bloating and indigestion. Having a cup of chamomile tea after a meal is beneficial in getting the digestive juices going. In addition to being a sleep and digestive aid, it is also beneficial for coughs, bronchitis, and reducing inflammation in the mouth by being used as a gargle. However, chamomile tea may cause an allergic reaction, and people on warfarin or anti-coagulant drugs should not drink this tea. Steep well to get full medicinal benefits.

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is great for digestion and curbing nausea, vomiting, or an upset stomach due to motion sickness. You can easily make a cup of herbal tea by simmering a piece of ginger root in water for 10-15 minutes. Spike it up by adding fresh lemon juice and honey, as lemon is also beneficial for digestive purposes. Ginger tea can also be made with powdered ginger and is a great way to get rid of a chill. Besides its digestive properties, ginger is also an anti-inflammatory that can help with arthritis. The downside of ginger, however, is it can increase the risk of bleeding, so avoid if you are taking drugs like warfarin.

Milk Thistle and Dandelion Tea

Both these teas are gentle teas that can help with liver cleansing. They are beneficial for boosting function and regeneration of the liver by aiding in bile production which in turn greatly helps with digestion. You may even want to make your own medicinal herbal tea by referring to their properties. For a complete listing of herbs/herbal teas, please visit internet for reference.

The next time you are feeling the ill-effects from a wonderful meal, instead of reaching for a bottle of pepto-bismol, make yourself one of the above herbal teas to calm and soothe, both mentally, physically, and digestion-wise.