Our bodies are brilliant machines that not only work to keep us alive and safe, but they also alert us when something isn’t right. As we zoom at full speed towards the festive season, there is more temptation than ever to eat rich foods, but these salty snacks and heavy meals can leave us feeling full and bloated. One way to keep this problem at bay, is to watch how much you eat at the buffet and not to refill your glass to many times, but if temptation gets in the way and bloating hits, herbal tea can help.
The good news is that Mother Nature’s herbs can fight bloating and discomfort and the water in each cuppa keeps you hydrated. We have some fab de-bloating tea ideas that we think you will like.
Green tea has a lot of health benefits because it comes with a powerful dose of rich polyphonic ingredients. Drinking green tea can help with the gas that causes bloating and helps to settle your stomach. There are lots of versions of green tea to choose from and it can be quite potent and strong, so find something that works for you. Remember that green tea has a natural caffeine kick, so not one to drink before bed but could help with a morning hangover – if you can handle it?
Chamomile tea is great because not only does it help you relax and fall asleep, but you can also use it when bloating kicks in and leaves you feeling a little grotty. While you can make it fresh, keep a stock of organic tea bags in your kitchen, and handbag, and when the pain starts, boil the water and let nature get to work.
Yes, you read it right. Lavender is one of the most beloved herbs used today and as well as using it in beauty and calming products, it can also be drunk to help your sore stomach. Sipping lavender tea can help ease bloating and swelling and if you’re feeling sick, it could take the edge of that too. Now, don’t pour your oil into a cup of water, instead let a small number of dried lavender buds rest in boiling water and drink once cooled.
Ginger has been used to help with tummy troubles for thousands of years. This is because the oily resin from the root of the plant contains powerful bioactive components that can set bloating free. You can buy ginger tea bags, but it is super easy to make your own fresh tea. Simply peel and slice a 2cm piece of fresh ginger root and leave it to sit in boiling water for five minutes before sipping.
You might think this is a weed, but the pretty dandelion is actually a powerful medicinal herb with goodness found in the leaves, roots, and flowers – both fresh and dried. Dandelion can cause enzymatic reactions in your body that stimulate digestion and relieve bloating. If you can find flowers, put then in boiling water for five minutes or find some dandelion tea in your health food shop and feel better that way.
If all else fails, mint tea works a treat for bloating and also cleanses the palette and freshens the breath, which makes it a winner for us.
Team Pure Beauty