Digestion is a fascinating topic. Healthy digestion is essential for optimal wellness; without it we don’t absorb the nutrients from our food; we end up de-energised, under-the-weather and at worst, develop chronic illness as the digestive systems fails to delivery what is necessary to repair, maintain and uphold our day to day health.
Most people seem to need a little assistance with digestion at some point or other… be it sluggishness from over-eating, eating too much of the ‘wrong’ thing, or increasing sensitivity to various foods, regularly consuming helpful digestive herbs in your daily cuisine or teas can be really supportive.
This is recipe for a digestion-supporting tea, using one of my favourite home made blends. You can find these dried or fresh herbs in good health food stores or a traditional herbal apothecary. Better still, if you can, then grow your own. There are so many different combinations. If you dive in and explore, you may well develop a passion for it and find a unique blend that works just for you.
The herbs I am using in this blend and their health benefits:
Fennel seeds can provide quick, effective relief from digestive disorders. Flatulence, bloating, indigestion and many other digestive tract issues have all been shown to respond well to fennel seeds. In India, it is apparently common place to chew fennel seeds to help digestion after meal because they are known to treat gas by expelling gases quickly from the stomach.
Fennel seeds contain volatile oil compounds like anethole, fenchone, limonene, anisic and cineole which have been found to offer good digestive, carminative (a carminative is something that promotes the elimination of excessive gas from the digestive system whilst soothing the intestinal tract) and anti-flatulent support.
Not only do the oils from fennel seed assist in the absorption of nutrients in the digestive tract, they also contain anti-acidic properties.
Ginger is an all round digestive super-star and truly deserves a place in any healthy tea recipe. It has been used for medicinal and culinary purposes in countries like India and China for thousands of years. It’s truly tried and tested. Whilst adding a subtle vibrant zing to this tea, studies (both in the scientific community and the home kitchen) have proven it’s ability to support the digestive system.
Indigestion also responds very well to ginger and it is well regarded as a helpful carminative. This warming spice also helps stimulate saliva, bile and gastric juice, which all act as an essential part of the digestive process.
It is commonly thought that phenolic compounds, primarily gingerol and shagaol (amongst volatile oils), are related to ginger’s ability to encourage healthy digestion. Check out health benefits of ginger HERE.
Lemon Verbena has an excellent reputation for soothing the digestive system and alleviating digestive track spasms. It has a delicious lemony tang, making it a great addition for a digestive supporting tea.
Check out this deliciously, healthy ‘raw-slaw’ recipe using fennel as one of the main ingredients.