Digestive Aid Herbal Teas

  Digestive Aid Herbal Teas

Here are some herbal teas known for their digestive qualities. Explore with single herbal teas and be inspired by making herbal tea blends. The purpose of a digestive tea is to act as a digestive aid and stomach tonic. These teas are known for settling the digestive system, relieving flatulence and reducing the discomfort of many digestive related disorders.

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Burdock Root

(Arctium lappa)
Burdock Root Benefits

Detox

Burdock Root Tea is incredibly cleansing and detoxifying. It supports the lymphatic system - stimulating lymphatic drainage and detoxification. It is also powerfully diuretic, by increasing the rate of urination, Burdock can help to remove waste from the blood and body.

Digestive Health

Burdock Root contains inulin, a soluble and prebiotic fibre that helps improve digestion. Acting as food for healthy gut bacteria, inulin helps regulate inflammation and remove toxins from the body.

Skin and Beauty

 As a natural detoxifier, Burdock Root can help to clear the body of harmful toxins that can damage the skin.

To make Burdock Root Tea use 1-2 teaspoons per cup of boiling water and steep for 3-10 minutes.

Tea benefits... Detox, Digestive, Skin and Beauty
 

Catnip

(Nepeta cataria)
Catnip Benefits

Blues

Used by herbalists for centuries to treat anxiety and other nervous disorders, Catnip works particularly well against tension headaches and can induce a sense of relaxation, triggering relief from stress and anxiety.

Digestive Health

Catnip is particularly effective in aiding digestive issues, especially constipation, excess flatulence, cramping, and bloating. 

Peace and Wellbeing

The sedative nature of this wonderfully calming herb helps to induce a fitful and restful sleep. Drinking a cup of soothing Catnip tea before bed can be incredibly beneficial if you suffer from insomnia or any other sleep related problems.

1-2 teaspoons of loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Blues, Digestive
 

Cats Claw

(Uncaria tomentosa)
Cat's Claw

Digestive Health

Cat's Claw is extremely helpful in detoxification of the intestinal tract, whilst replenishing the friendly bacteria in the intestines. It is also used by herbalists to treat a wide range of other digestive disorders including; IBS, IBD, colitis, gastritis and peptic ulcers.

Get Well

Cat's Claw is known as an "immunomodulator" - a herb with the ability to either up-regulate or down-regulate the immune system depending on what is needed. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can bring relief from arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. 

Children

The antiviral and immune boosting qualities of Cat's Claw might be of use when children come down with a cough or cold. It has also been known to help with problems of the bowels and colon.

Peace and Wellbeing

Cats Claw has many varying phytochemicals which contribute to it's multifaceted uses. Used as a tonic, Cats Claw has the ability to rebalance the body, bringing it into a natural state of wellbeing. 

Tea benefits... Children, Digestive, Get Well, Peace and Wellbeing
 

Celery Seed

(Apium graveolens)
Celery Seeds Benefits

De-Stress

Celery Seeds have calming and sedative properties due to the presence of the phytochemical limonene which acts as a mild tranquiliser. Celery Seed Tea can be very beneficial for treating anxiety, nervousness, mental stress and insomnia.

Detox

Celery seeds are rich in the diuretic oils 3-n-Butylpthalide (3nB), which give celery its distinctive smell and taste. These powerful diuretics cleanse the system of excess fluids and stimulate the kidneys to flush out waste from the body.

Digestive Health

Celery Seeds are one of nature's best anti-bloating herbs. Benefits of Celery Seed Tea include promoting healthy bowel regularity and reducing gas and flatulence.

Women

Celery Seeds can be effective against menstrual discomfort, abnormal menstrual flow and irregular menstrual cycles.

To make Celery Seed Tea use 1 – 2 teaspoons of seeds, cover with hot water and leave to steep for 10 minutes.

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Detox, Digestive, Women
 

Chamomile

(Matricaria Chamomilla )
Chamomile Benefits

De-Stress/Relax and Sleep

As a relaxant, Chamomile depresses the central nervous system, reducing anxiety and promoting restful sleep while not disrupting normal performance or function. This is due to the active principles of chamomile including flavonoids, glycosides, and essential oils. 

Digestive Health

Chamomile contains a complex collage of phytochemicals that work individually and collectively on all aspects of the digestive system. Often the root of digestive upset, nervousness can also be calmed by this mildly sedative herb.

1-2 teaspoons of loose flowers in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Digestive, Relax and Sleep
 

Chickweed

(Stellaria media)
Chickweed Benefits

Digestion

Chickweed tea is full of saponins that increase the permeability of the mucous membranes which increases the absorption of nutrients, whilst soothing the digestive tract. It functions both as a mild laxative and a diuretic, helping the body to rid itself of toxins through the kidneys and the bowels.

Chickweed also balances the beneficial bacteria in the gut, providing the optimum environment for healthy digestion.

Tea benefits... Digestive
 

Cinnamon

(Cinnamon zeylanicum)
Cinnamon

Children

For children, Cinnamon can help release nervous tension, regulate blood sugar levels, help with feelings of nausea and has antibacterial properties.

Digestive Health

Cinnamon aids the digestive system in different ways such as soothing the stomach, increasing metabolism, increasing appetite, and relieving flatulence. Cinnamon is known as a carminative because it contains an agent that assists in breaking up intestinal gas. For people with heartburn, it can be used as a post-meal digestive aid and to stimulate a weak digestive tract.

Cinnamon bark can be broken up in a pestle and mortar, and used in beverages. Add ½ to 2 teaspoons of powdered cinnamon or broken up pices of bark, to 1 cup of boiling water, steep for 10 -15 mins. To make an Indian Chai Tea with black tea, cinnamom, cardamom, ginger, fennel seeds, vanilla and milk.

 

Tea benefits... Children, Digestive, Tastes Good
 

Dandelion

(Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelion Benefits

Detox

The Dandelion herb is especially indicated in detoxification of the liver, restoring hydration along with electrolyte balance. Dandelion root contains a bitter compound, "taraxacerin" that increases the level of bile secreted by the gallbladder, helping the liver to detoxify more efficiently. It is also diuretic, aiding the liver and kidneys to flush away excess water and waste, supporting the body as it eliminates harmful toxins. 

Digestive Health

Dandelion supports the detoxification and cleansing of the digestive tract. Known as a “bitter tonic”, it stimulates digestion and acts as a mild laxative by softening stools, thus aiding in constipation. Dandelion root also supports gut flora as it contains constituents such as inulin that act as a prebiotic – a specialised plant fibre that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the gut.

1-2 teaspoons of Loose Leaf or Root in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Detox, Digestive
 

Fennel Seed

(Foeniculum vulgare)
Fennel Benefits

Children

It is important to note that it is pure Fennel Tea that is helpful to children’s health, not herbal supplements. Fennel tea is excellent for children with colic and digestive weakness, enhancing digestion and assimilation of food. It helps in reducing colic symptoms by relaxing the gastrointestinal tract and releasing trapped gas.

Detox

Fennel is a wonderfully supportive herb to the liver, it contributes to liver enzyme function and helps detoxify and cleanse through this important organ. Drinking Fennel Tea regularly helps to flush out excess fluids as it works as a diuretic, thereby helping the removal of toxic substances.

Digestive Health

Fennel Seed Tea helps to relax the smooth muscles of the digestive system, which stimulates bile flow and reduces pain associated with digestive problems.

Menopause

Fennel is a powerful herb to assist women undergoing changes due to the menopause. Many studies have found it helps to minimise symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats.

Women

Fennel Seed Tea has been used by women in the Mediterranean area for many years to alleviate the symptoms of PMS and menstrual cramps.

1-2 teaspoons of Loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Children, Detox, Digestive, Menopause, Women
 

Ginger

(Zingiber officinale (Roscoe))
Ginger Benefits

Detox

A staple ingredient in many detox and cleanse protocols, Ginger stimulates digestion, circulation and perspiration. Containing over 25 antioxidant compounds, this zingy spice scavenges free radicals whilst stimulating antioxidant pathways.

Digestive Health

When it comes to digestion Ginger reigns supreme as the go to spice for almost all digestive complaints. Ginger contains many natural enzymes that improve digestion and the absorption of nutrients. 

1-2 tsp of powder in 1 cup boiling water, steep for 15 mins, drink with honey or agave. Good as part of a tea blend.

Tea benefits... Detox, Digestive, Tastes Good
 

Hawthorn Berries

(Crataegus laevigata)

Digestive Health

Hawthorn Berries stimulate bile and gastric secretions, aiding in the digestion of stagnant food in the GI tract, especially that which is rich in fats or protein.They also contain various organic compounds that interact with gut flora to improve the digestion of nutrients.

1 teaspoon of berries in water. Set in pan over heat for 15 minutes to make a decoction.

 

Tea benefits... Digestive
 

Juniper Berry

(Juniperus communis)
Juniper Berry Benefits

Digestion

Juniper Berries contain bitter compounds that stimulate bile flow and the production of digestive enzymes. This allows the body to breakdown foods more easily and enhances nutrient absorption. Due to their astringent properties they are particularly effective at relieving heartburn and other digestive upsets.

Tea benefits... Digestive
 

Lemon Balm

(Melissa officinalis)
Lemon Balm Benefits

De-Stress

Lemon Balm is an anti-anxiety nootropic (a herb used to enhance cognitive function), used since the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety.

Digestive Health

Lemon Balm is what's known as a "carminative herb", meaning it can relieve stagnant digestion, ease abdominal cramping, and promote the overall digestive process.

Relax and Sleep

The difference between Lemon Balm being an effective anti-anxiety herb and a sleep aid is dosage. It combines extremely well with the herb Valerian, with several studies showing that these two herbs combined can induce a deep and restful night’s sleep.

1-2 teaspoons of Loose Leaf in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

 

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Digestive, Relax and Sleep
 

Lime Flowers

(Tilia cordata)
Lime Flowers Benefits

De-Stress

Linden Flowers are classed as a nervine and have a long history of use as a folk remedy for improving mental function, moods and sleep. One of the active ingredients in Linden is an essential oil called farnesol, a sedative which helps relax the cardiovascular system, which in turn helps to curb stress.

Digestive Health

Lime Flowers are known as a “carminative” herb, an aromatic bitter tonic that can be used to aid in digestive upset. The blend of phytonutrients found in Lime Flowers can stimulate proper digestion whilst reducing gastrointestinal discomfort. The mucilagous substance produced by this herb lines the digestive tract, allowing food to move through the body more easily.

 

Tea benefits... De-Stress, Digestive
 

Liquorice

(Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Liquorice Benefits

Blues

Liquorice is known to have 8 different anti-depressant compounds, known as MOA (monoamine oxidase) inhibitors. These inhibitors are capable of potent anti-depressant activity and show significant improvement for all types of depression.

De-Stress

Research shows that Liquorice is a powerful adaptogenic herb, able to help the body to manage the stress hormone “cortisol” more efficiently.

Digestive Health

Liquorice root is a natural antacid that helps to relieve heartburn, indigestion, gastric and stomach ulcers, acid reflux and symptoms of GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).

Cut root: 1 - 2 teaspoons of bark in water. Set in pan over heat for 15 minutes to make a decoction.

Powder: 1-2 tsp of powder in 1 cup boiling water, steep for 15 mins, drink with honey or agave. Good as part of a tea blend.

Tea benefits... Blues, De-Stress, Digestive, Tastes Good
 

Meadowsweet

(Filipendula ulmaria)
Meadowsweet Benefits

Digestive Health

Meadowsweet soothes and protects the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and stomach lining whilst reducing acidity. It is used in the treatment of heartburn, hyperacidity, gastritis and peptic ulceration. A soothing cup of aromatic Meadowsweet Tea helps to support optimum digestion. 

Get Well

As well as containing aspirin like properties for pain relief, Meadowsweet Tea can bring down fevers and is often used as a remedy for colds and flu.

1-2 teaspoons of loose herb in one cup of hot water, steep for 10 - 15 minutes.

Tea benefits... Digestive, Get Well
 

Mugwort

(Artemisia Vulgaris)
Mugwort Benefits

Digestive Health

Mugwort is known as a bitter digestive that can relieve stomach acidity, dyspepsia, travel sickness and acute bowel and stomach pain.

Women

Mugwort is a uterine tonic and an emmenagogue (a substance that stimulates or increases menstrual flow). The uterus depends on healthy circulation to the pelvic region and strong uterine muscles to function properly. A toned uterus that is receiving good blood circulation allows for healthy monthly periods.

Use 1-3 teaspoon of the leaves to 1 cup of boiling water. Infuse for 10-15 minutes then strain.

Tea benefits... Digestive, Women
 

Pau D'arco

(Tabebuia Avellanedae or Tabebuia Impetiginosa)
Pau d'arco Benefits

Detox

Pau D'arco is an incredibly supportive herb during a detox and cleanse. It contains some powerful antioxidant compounds including; quercetin, flavonoids and carnosol. It is essential to support the body with antioxidants before, during and after a detox and cleanse as this will speed up the removal of released toxins and other harmful substances.

Digestive Health

Pau D'Arco stimulates the digestive system to keep food moving through the body – especially the colon, which can be likened to the sewage tank of the body – needing to be cleaned, emptied and maintained to function properly.

Get Well

Pau D’arcos antiviral properties are legendary in its native South America with it being used as such for 1000’s of years. Viruses stopped in their tracks by Pau D’arco tea range from the common cold to more serious viruses that can cause life threatening diseases.

1 - 2 teaspoons of bark in water. Set in pan over heat for 15 minutes to make a decoction.

 

Tea benefits... Detox, Digestive, Get Well
 

Wormwood

(Artemisia absinthum)
Wormwood Benefits

Digestive Health

Wormwood is a bitter herb affecting the bitter sensing tastebuds that send signals to the brain to stimulate the entire digestive system, (salivation, stomach acid production, intestinal tract movement). It also stimulates the release of bile from the liver, the storage of bile in the gallbladder and other secretions from the intestinal glands, which will enhance the body’s ability to digest food.

A common cause of weak digestion is too little stomach acid (not too much) – acid reflux is the result of weak stomach acid that is unable to properly digest food. Hydrochloric acid (HCL) production is stimulated by Wormwood, and it will optimise bowel flora whilst killing off dangerous organisms such as Helicobacter Pylori which can lead to duodenal ulcers if left untreated. It can also help the recovery from long term illness by improving the uptake of nutrients.

Take ½  - 1 teaspoons of the herb per cup of boiling hot water. Do not exceed 1 cup of Wormwood tea per day. 

Tea benefits... Digestive

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