Overindulging at family meals and holiday parties can leave you with an upset stomach, nausea and other symptoms of indigestion. If you’re feeling like you’ve overdone it, reach for one of these healing teas to ease minor gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort.
Chamomile has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. In fact, it has been estimated that up to one million cups of chamomile tea are consumed around the world each day!
Chamomile tea is known for its ability to promote relaxation and sleep. A review article noted a number of other uses for chamomile in traditional medicine, including treating wounds, burns and skin irritation.
The herbal supplement also contains properties that help relax muscles in the stomach and intestines, which may be helpful in treating a number of digestive issues, from stomach cramping to indigestion.
Try: Yogi Organic Comforting Chamomile Tea. Brew a cup of this soothing chamomile tea and enjoy daily.
Licorice root (or Glycyrrhiza glabra) has been used in traditional medicine to treat a number of ailments. Clinical studies have shown that licorice can be effective when used as an anti-inflammatory and even in protecting the GI tract, heart and brain.
In one study on patients with indigestion, those who were treated with an herbal blend that contained licorice root reported significantly less indigestion at the end of the study than those who had taken a placebo.
Try: Traditional Medicinals Organic Licorice Root Tea. For optimal results, steep for 10-15 minutes before drinking.
There is no “magic cure” for serious digestive problems. If ingestion, stomach pain or nausea symptoms last for two weeks or more, it may be time to see your doctor.