7 Herbal Teas That Promote Digestive Health
Moving along to my path towards a balanced, healthy gut, I realized my daily kombucha habit was starting hurt my wallet. I needed to find another gut health booster that was slightly less expensive, but still provided benefits for better digestion. It dawned on me that tea might be the next viable solution. I drink tea habitually anyway, and thought that if I found a few varieties that also aided in digestion, I would be back on track with a little more money in my pocket as well. Daily tea drinking is an affordable habit and a morning ritual that I’ve practiced for years (thanks, Mom). As I’ve started to experiment with different teas to find the one that suits my body best, I’ve found quite a few that aid in healthy digestion. Here are 7 I’d suggest trying:
Chamomile is filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, and is touted as the go-to soothing tea to drink for alleviating stress and anxiety. This flowery tea also helps to ease bloating and abdominal cramps. Plus, if you have sleeping troubles, a cup of chamomile before bed should help you to get a good night’s rest. Given how helpful it is to your body, it’s no wonder that this tender tea is one of the world’s most popular.
It turns out that every kid’s favorite “flower” to pick from the back yard actually holds serious healing powers in its leaves and roots. The dandelion plant contains vitamins A, C and D, as well as iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc minerals. Dandelion root tea has a delicate floral flavor, and can help detoxify the liver and help reduce bloating. It’s also great for treating the kidneys and acts as a diuretic.
The licorice-flavored plant that is widely used throughout the culinary world—from savory sauces to seasoning sausages—is also great in tea form. Fennel tea is best when consumed after a meal to treat heartburn and reduced pain casued indigestion. If you can't get your hands on fennel tea bags, chewing fennel seeds will also release their oils to help ease discomfort.
When you have an upset stomach, ginger is often the ingredient that comes to mind as a natural source of aid. You can consume it from a tea bag or boil the root (cleaned and smashed or sliced) directly in water to draw out its healing benefits. Ginger warms the body with its spicy bite and helps to treat the onset of nausea, reduce bloating, and aids the stomach in better absorbing nutrients from food by stimulating saliva and bile production. On top of all of this, ginger is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, and antibacterial properties.
Lemon verbena is commonly found in food products as an additive, used for its robust lemony scent. The fragrant herb offers weight loss properties by curbing your appetite, and it also provides increased stamina during exercising and helps to rebuild damaged muscle. Lemon verbena relieves stomach pain by reducing bloating and cramping, and also carries natural soothing properties.
Senna tea is nature’s way of providing a natural laxative to ease any digestive discomfort due to constipation. If you take a look at the labels on many of the “weight loss” teas, you’ll find that they often include senna leaves on the ingredient list. Senna is an FDA-approved laxative that does not require a prescription. However, you should drink the tea with caution; it is not recommended to drink this tea on a daily basis for longer than 2 weeks at a time.
Yellow dock is an herb that helps to flush out toxins in the colon by increasing mucus and water production mimicking the effects of a laxative. It also contains diuretic properties that helps your body to purge the kidneys, liver, spleen, and bladder of any additional toxic buildup. Yellow dock is a powerful herb and should be consumed with caution and not in excess.
*If you are pregnant or suffering from serious digestive issues, it’s best to consult your doctor before consuming any of the teas above.