An old Indian proverb says, “Everything good is found in ginger.” Research from the University of Maryland Medical Center shows that the active oils and phenol compounds in ginger, such as gingerols and shogaols, give this spicy root its power to improve digestion, as well as enhance elimination and nutrient absorption.


This herb’s naturally present menthol has relaxant and anti-spasmodic properties that relieve cramps and spasms in the gastrointestinal tract by moving gas through the body. Peppermint tea also stimulates bile flow to increase digestive efficiency and promote healthy bowel movements.


Chamomile’s power comes in part from its essential oil, which has anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce flatulence and heartburn by mildly sedating and soothing the mucous membrane of the digestive tract. The natural sedative properties can also calm the nervous system and further ease digestion.

Numerous tea brands like Traditional Medicinals offer these single-herb teas, plus custom blends for digestion, including Ginger Aid, with ginger, blackberry and lemon myrtle, and Belly Comfort, with peppermint, fennel and ginger.