‘Tea’…stands for Tummy (My Fave 5 Herbal Teas)
If you suffer from IBS or digestive problems such as constipation, cramps or bloating, or if you simply want to warm yourself with something other than red wine these winter months, then try out these fabulous herbal teas.
I often drink herbal tea but at the moment since its winter, I seem to be bathing in the stuff. In fact, I’ve having one now!
So what herbal teas do I drink the most?
I have listed below my favourite teas but also the teas that help remedy digestive issues. Coincidence? Perhaps, but I believe your body tells you what it needs, if you just know how to listen to it.
Here’s my top 5…
An anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory herb, chamomile is fantastic as a relaxant before bed time or when you feel crampy from digestive problems or bloating. I also have this tea when I simply want to unwind and relax as its great for calming the mind and slowing down your over active nervous system.
Also great for calming the bowels and stimulating the digestive system, ginger tea has a great anti-inflammatory effect. On the other hand, if I feel like a pick me upper and I don’t want coffee, I also reach for ginger as it has an energizing and stimulatory effect on the circulatory system and gets you moving!
Ginger may also help to curb sugar cravings with a suspected blood sugar regulatory effect.
Kombucha who?! Kombucha tea is made from fermenting black tea and helps to introduce friendly bacteria into your gut. This can alleviate IBS symptoms amongst other digestive issues as well as help to boost your immune system. Kombucha tea has shown liver protective activity.
You actually consume this tea cold and it requires a bacteria culture called a SCOBY to make it, but it is absolutely worth the effort as its packed with active enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and probiotics.
(Keep in mind, its not suitable for everyone for a number of reasons, one of which is that it’s made from fermenting caffeine and sugar so if those are a problem for you minimise your intake or ferment your kombucha for a long time to let the bugs eat them all up good and proper!)
Mint Teas (peppermint or spearmint)
Well known for treating tummy ailments, mint teas contain menthol that has a cooling effect and is thought of as a great relaxant, perfect for treating bloating, constipation, diarrhoea and even gas! So perhaps serve it up to your dad next time he visits!
And its minty flavour can help to ward off ugly breath. Hello!
Due to the principal ingredient Curcumin, turmeric tea is a great ant-inflammatory tea, stimulating enzyme production and soothing the stomach. Turmeric is also thought to stimulate your digestive fire – so if you suffer from constipation, this might get things moving!
Try making your own fresh Turmeric, lemon and ginger tea …its divine!
Try this ‘Fire Starter’ concoction:
- Fresh Ginger Root, 3 inch piece peeled & finely grated
- Fresh Turmeric Root, 3 inch piece peeled & finely grated
- 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/2 TB Raw Honey or Stevia
- Boiling Hot water
Let the mixture steep for 5-8 minutes and then drain turmeric and ginger and drink! You can serve warm or cold. Its actually a lovely summer drink.
Whats your favourite tea? Do you have one? Share it with us…