You’re finishing a special dinner and you’re stuffed. Really stuffed.
But there is dessert; and it’s a full-scale gelato bar flanked by trays of mini doughnuts in bespoke flavours. You dive in (at least the doughnuts are mini?) and for those five to seven minutes, you are in heaven. Until you’re not, because you just went from really stuffed to ‘Is it acceptable to loosen my belt a little, if my sweater covers it?’
The answer is probably not(!) and the remedy is herbal tea.
Three digestive powerhouses
So, what should you look for in a digestive tea?
To recover from the pain, bloating, (regret) and overall discomfort of occasional overeating, choose blends with peppermint, ginger and chamomile.
All three herbs soothe the stomach and improve digestion by relaxing the stomach muscles that allow painful digestive gas to pass. This prevents spasms/contracting and encourages digestion.
Peppermint also improves the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. As a result, food passes through the stomach more quickly (Source: Mount Sinai Health Library).
Similarly, ginger may also facilitate digestion, reducing the time food sits in the stomach. Ginger stimulates production of enzymes in all digestive pathways and is very effective in relieving nausea and vomiting (Source: Michelle Mackey Patel, ND).
Chamomile has an overall relaxing and calming effect on the entire body, including the digestive system.
5 herbal blends for digestion
You can use peppermint, ginger or chamomile on their own to relieve digestive symptoms, or you can enjoy them in an herbal blend. Here are our top five herbal blends for digestion.
- Ginger Mint Comfort (peppermint, ginger and chamomile – the digestive triple-threat!)
- Vata Balance (chamomile and ginger)
- Pitta Balance (peppermint)
- Winter Warrior (ginger)
- Kamila’s Chamomile Dream (chamomile)
Add one of these blends to your tea cupboard so it’s on-hand when digestive issues strike!
This content is provided purely for informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before using any product, anywhere, to treat your medical condition.