If you often feel bloated or crampy or have digestive trouble, this post is for you. It can be anywhere from slightly uncomfortable to completely debilitating to suffer tummy trouble in life. If you have a chronic issue, it can cause a lot of emotional trauma and stress, as well. More and more people nowadays are trying to find natural remedies to overcome health problems. The good news is that God provided a vast array of flowers, herbs and other plants that have medicinal properties. In fact, another member of our writing team here on the Hot Mess Press, recently did a post about the usefulness of dandelions. You can check it out, here. In the meantime, read on to learn about six natural teas that can help ease digestion.
Use fennel for teas that aid digestion
If you’ve been following my posts for a while now, you might know that I’m an avid promoter of essential oils. Fennel has done wonders for me with regard to providing relief for stomach discomfort. If you grew up in an Italian household, your mother or nonna may have had a fresh fennel plant growing on the kitchen windowsill. Italians use fennel in everything from soup to pasta and salad or side dishes, like risotto. If you have cramps, bloating or gas pains, drinking fennel tea can bring relief. This article from our archives shares more helpful information about fennel.
If you’re using fennel essential oil, you can place a few drops right inside the belly button and over the entire abdominal region. Using a roll-on with a carrier oil is the easiest way to spread the application. If you’re not familiar with essential oils or would rather simplify the remedy process for tummy troubles, you can sip on a nice cup of fennel tea.
Ginger teas are good digestion and morning sickness
Pregnant mommas, listen up! If you’re struggling with morning sickness (which, by the way, is typically a sign of abundance for “pregnancy hormones,” which means baby is healthy) try drinking ginger tea. You can use dried tea leaves for this or make a tea with fresh ginger root. To do that, just take a small piece (similar to the size of a clove of garlic) and smash it with the flat side of a butter knife. Place it into your tea cup. Pour steaming hot water over it and let steep. Sip on this tea for a while and you might find relief from your nausea. Natural medicine experts also promote ginger tea as a means of regulating bowel movements.
Boost relaxation and ease tummy discomfort with peppermint tea
Peppermint is another herb that comes in both tea form and essential oil form. As a tea, peppermint has been found to relax the digestive system. Many people say that drinking this type of tea eases stomach pain, as well. While I have never tried using peppermint tea for tummy troubles, it makes sense to me because I have had great success using peppermint essential oils to ease headaches.
You’re probably familiar with cardamom in its seed form
The aroma and taste of cardamom is best described as pungent and smokey, with hints of mint and lemon. People often use the seeds medicinally or as a culinary spice. Drinking cardamom tea is said to relieve heartburn, tummy aches, cramps, flatulence and indigestion. Cardamom contains high levels of potassium, which promotes heart health, as well. People who have high blood pressure and want to use natural remedies to get their numbers down often use cardamom tea to do so.
As with many herbs, you’ll want to exercise caution when using cardamom. It isn’t recommended for pregnant women. And, some people experience negative side effects; however, this usually occurs when people consume too much of the powerful herbal remedy. If you have an herb garden at home, you might consider trying to grow some cardamom.
Chamomile teas are great for night time
Chamomile teas may become a favorite part of your night time ritual, especially if you suffer from acid reflux. Drinking this type of tea has also been shown to relieve bloating and gas pains. As an herb, chamomile is known to be soothing and calming. People who have trouble sleeping often drink chamomile tea an hour or so before bed time to promote calmness and relaxation.
Try green tea to soothe your stomach
Green tea is something you might already have on hand in your pantry. There are many health benefits to drinking this type of tea. If you have digestive problems or a “sensitive stomach,” this is an excellent starter choice as a natural remedy. You might also add a drop of lemon or a mint leaf to your green tea. And, some people go a step further by adding a spoonful of raw honey to their cup.
It’s important to determine what is causing your tummy trouble. Unfortunately, chronic stomach discomfort is a common ailment nowadays. A contaminated food supply, poor diet choices, sedentary lifestyles and overuse of synthetic drugs contribute to the problem. You might also have an underlying health condition that must be treated in order to achieve digestive relief. Drinking natural teas is one proactive step you can take to relieve tummy discomfort when it arises.