Having an issue with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), indigestion, nausea or any other kind of upset stomach? Tisanes or herbal teas may be they key to overcoming your stomach ailments. Even though teas contain considerably less caffeine than coffee, any amount of caffeine increases the production of the stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine which decrease the blood supply to the intestines causing digestion to be slowed.
Medicinal ginger use dates back at least 2,000 years, according to the experts at the University of Maryland Medical Center
. A study published in the September 2006 issue of “Phytotherapy Research” confirms that ginger stimulates digestive secretions, improves intestinal muscle tone, and helps move food through the gastrointestinal tract, thereby limiting the body’s exposure to harmful toxins.
Chamomile tea is a digestive relaxant used to treat colic, gas, diarrhea, stomach cramps, indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 4 g of dried chamomile herb and steep for 15 minutes. You can drink chamomile tea as a digestive aid up to four times per day between meals, as needed. People with some plant allergies like ragweed, though, could possibly have an allergic reaction to chamomile. Always discuss your use of any supplement with your doctor.
Peppermint tea calms the muscles of the stomach and improves the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. As a result, food passes through the stomach more quickly. Steep 1 tsp. dried peppermint leaves in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes; strain and cool. Drink 4 to 5 times per day between meals.
Licorice is a natural antacid used for treating stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, and ongoing inflammation of the lining of the stomach (chronic gastritis). Active compounds in licorice have been shown to inhibit bacteria linked to gastric ulcers and gastritis while also aiding in healing ulcers. Steep 8g of licorice root in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes.
CCF (Coriander-Cumin-Fennel) Ayurveda Tea
Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea is one of the simplest and most famous formulas for detoxification
. Coriander seeds
– According to Ayurveda
, coriander seeds support digestion, combat allergies and reduce bloating. Cumin
– Cumin stimulate digestive enzymes, which would improve nutrient assimilation. Fennel seeds
– In India, fennel seeds are often chewed after meals to support digestion. This herb has been traditionally used to stimulate digestive juices, reduce indigestion, prevent gas, and address constipation. Steep 1 tsp. of the blended herbs in 1 cup of water for 4-5 minutes. *Thanks Sara S. for inspiring this post. Hope this helps you feel better!