Updated: Mar 25
There is absolutely nothing better than drinking a hot cup of tea after a delicious meal to help promote digestion, especially on these cold and snowy Colorado nights! When I feel bloated or uncomfortable (which doesn't happen often anymore) tea is the first thing I reach for. Whether it’s fresh herbs or dried, it brings an almost instant sense of relief and comfort.
Peppermint tea is my go to remedy for upset stomach, gas, bloating or simply helping the digestive process along. It provides quick refreshing relief and it’s delicious. I also like to blend peppermint with other less yummy tasting herbs to make them go down easier.
One thing that really affects gut health negatively is stress - and I have a LOT of that recently! When you’re stressed all of your inner resources get diverted to deal with the lingering “threat," whether it’s real or perceived. This doesn’t leave much energy for the digestive process and can lead to serious issues. When I’m feeling stressed out or anxious I reach for licorice root!
Licorice root tea helps calm the nervous system while promoting healthy digestion. It’s naturally sweet and I find a cup of licorice tea after dinner gets rid of my craving for dessert (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I’ve used licorice with my clients to reduce heartburn and it’s very soothing for stomach and intestinal lining irritation.
Nettle tea is a deep green tea made from stinging nettle leaves. It’s high in magnesium which can help to relax the muscles in the colon and make for easier elimination. Nettle is high in nearly every mineral and chlorophyll which helps with detoxification. I like to blend my nettle leaves with peppermint and licorice for a triple power tea that meets all my digestive needs. The licorice adds sweetness while the mint detracts from the grassy tasting nettle. It’s really a lovely blend
TIP: For the absolute best flavor, buy loose leaves and use a stainless steel tea strainer.
Tea Recipe for Healthy Digestion (Serves 4)
2 tablespoons loose peppermint leaves
1 tablespoon licorice root
2 tablespoons loose nettle leaves
4 cups boiling water
Pour boiling water over the mixture and allow to steep for 10 minutes before straining and serving!
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