Herbal Teas for Digestion

teaI am a tea drinker.  I love my tea.  It is my “go-to” beverage of choice all day long.  I start out my day with a hot cup of organic Tulsi Green Tea.  I continue to drink this Tulsi Green tea throughout my day until about 4:00 p.m.  I don’t want to drink green tea after that time because I don’t want the caffeine in the tea to affect my sleep later on in the evening.  But I still want to enjoy the comforting feeling of sipping a hot tea in the evening.  So….it’s time for herbal teas.

Every night after dinner my honey and I enjoy a cup of organic herbal tea to aid in digestion of our dinner.  There are many great digestive teas available and I’m going to tell you about them.

The one my hubby and I tend to drink most of the time after dinner is organic Tulsi Lemon Ginger Tea.  It is delicious and never fails to take away that full feeling you usually have after your evening meal.

1.  Green Tea:  This is a good digestive tea as it contains polyphenols which increase pepsin in the gut.  Pepsin is a digestive enzyme which helps to break down proteins in the stomach.  But as an after dinner tea, it has caffeine in it so we tend to avoid it in the evening.   You can get decaf green tea but why bother when there are so many great herbal teas without caffeine naturally.  Black tea is more processed than green tea so does not have as high a polyphenol content so is not as effective as a digestive aid.

2.  Chamomile:  Soothes the stomach and is helpful in calming down the brain and nervous system.  Helps to prevent nausea, acid reflux and stomach cramping after a meal.  It is a great evening cup as it has such a relaxing and calming effect on the whole body.  A nice way to wrap up a busy day.

3.  Ginger:  By far my most favorite after dinner tea…ginger is an amazing tonic for your stomach.  Ginger makes you feel less bloated and helps to relieve indigestion and cramps.  It is a stress reducer.  We drink it every night after dinner.  It works.  Trust me on this.

4.  Fennel:  This licorice tea is great for digestion.  You can buy the bags of fennel tea or just take some fennel seeds from you spice drawer, lightly crush them and put in boiling water.  Let that sit for a few minutes and then strain it into a tea cup.  Relax and enjoy.  Your tummy troubles will subside.

5.  Cinnamon:  I make my own cinnamon tea by boiling cinnamon bark in water and letting it sit for a while.  Cinnamon is a great digestive aid and it is great as a warming beverage in the winter.  Tasty too.

6.  Peppermint:  We also have organic peppermint tulsi tea which we drink after dinner sometimes.  Just to switch up our ginger tea habit, peppermint tea is a nice change from time to time and it works well on digestion too.  If you are menopausal and get those moments of “heat” then have a cup of peppermint tea and it will help to alleviate the flash….

7.  Lemongrass:  This is a great digestive aid that helps alleviate bloating and gas.  Lemongrass tea is also soothing to the nervous system so will help you relax.

8.  Lavender:  Many people use lavender to relax.  A few drops of lavender oil on your pillow at night promotes calm.  Lavender tea can be purchased at the health food store.

Sipping a cup of tea is very zen to me.  It is a time for contemplation, meditation and reflection.  I always feel elevated in mind and spirit during my tea time.  I look forward to finding a moment in my day where there is nothing else to do but prepare a cup of tea and sit down somewhere special and enjoy peace and quiet and a cup of health promoting tea.

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