Teas for Healthy Digestion

Here comes the colder weather: A time for long sweaters, cozy nights in, and harsh temperature changes.

Sometimes the shift of seasons can be hard on our bodies, leaving us with colds, fatigue, or upset tummies. 

Digestion plays an important role in our overall health. According to Harvard Health Publications, the brain and the gut are significantly intertwined. A troublesome gut can send signals to the brain, meaning that intestinal distress can be the culprit of anxiety, stress, and depression. If you’re experiencing distress in any of these areas, it might be time to give your tummy some much-needed love. 

Hence the reason for a series of our favorite stomach-nourishing teas. All of these remedies combine herbs known for aiding in stomach problems, making them a worthy addition to your favorite seasonal flavors. Send that gut some good vibes!

End-of-the-Day Digestion Tea

Eating too much and too quickly can both cause our digestive tracts a bit of distress. While we may try to adhere to a healthy food regime, occasionally pizza nights and cartons of spicy coconut curry will happen. If you find yourself with tummy troubles at the end of the night, this soothing tea carries ingredients known to help ease gas, bloating, and indigestion. Fennel helps to prevent and relieve gas, while peppermint and chamomile relax the muscles. Finally, the ginger stimulates the flow of bile, saliva, and other gastric secretions, helping move food through the digestive tract. The combination creates a post-meal powerhouse that helps quell stomach pain, so that you can still get a good night’s sleep. Pour yourself a cup and sip slowly.

1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves
1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly crushed
½ teaspoon dried and gut ginger pieces
8 ounces of boiling water

Combine the herbs and flowers into a teapot or mug. Add boiling water, cover, and steep for ten minutes. Strain the tea and sweeten with honey, if desired. 

Simple Dandelion Tea

This is one of the easiest teas you can make, and not just because there’s only one ingredient. Dandelion is one of the most abundant flowers in North America, and grows wild in most parts of the world. You can even collect the herb yourself, so long as you avoid high-traffic streets, parks with regular dog walkers, or lawns treated with herbicides. The work will be well-worth the benefits on your stomach; studies have shown that dandelion leaves help to increase gastric motility, meaning that they help ease the rate at which food passes through the stomach. If you’re short on time, you can also purchase dried versions of the leaves at specialty tea shops. 

1–2 teaspoons dried, crushed dandelion leaves
1 cup boiling water

Combine the leaves and place in mug or kettle of hot water. Steep for ten minutes, strain, and enjoy with sweetener, if desired. 

Lemon Balm Tea

Lemon balm is another one of those herbs that comes with a myriad of health benefits. Many use the mint-related leaf for intestinal gas, bloating, vomiting, and upset stomach, but it can also be used for anxiety and sleep problems. And if that wasn’t enough, the herb has also been noted to help support the liver, normalize blood sugar, protect the brain cells,and boost alertness. The recipe combines the lemon balm with rosehips, which are high in vitamin C, and lavender, which can help aid restlessness and depression

1 tablespoon dried lemon balm
2 teaspoons dried, seedless rosehips
½ teaspoon dried lavender
2 cups boiling water

Combine the ingredients and divide into two mugs. Pour one cup of boiling water into each mug, cover, and steep for ten minutes. Strain and sweeten, if desired. 

Ayurvedic 3-Herb Blend 

Coriander-Cumin-Fennel Tea, or CCF tea as it is commonly called, is a beloved Ayurvedic herbal remedy. The concoction has been used for centuries as a method of balancing the digestive system and soothing tummy problems. The coriander seeds help to reduce bloating, support digestion,and combat allergies, while the cumin helps balance all of the doshas, or the primary energies that Ayurveda believes to govern our physiology. Fennel seeds are often chewed post-mealtime in India to help support digestion. With all three of these herbs, this tea creates a blissful experience that simultaneously soothes and nourishes. 

1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/8 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 cup of water 

Combine the seeds and add to a tea kettle or pot. Add one cup of water, and bring to a boil. Simmer for 4–5 minutes. Strain and sip!

Have your own concoctions that you've found help digestion? Share the in the comments below.