After the over-indulgences of the festive season, there’s nothing quite like herbal tea to aid digestion and soothe your troubled stomach, so here are some of the best herbal teas to get your digestive system back on track.
Herbal Tea to Aid Digestion
Sipping a nice hot cup of herbal tea is a simple and effective way of easing the symptoms of an upset stomach – as, of course, is taking silicolgel, which has been formulated specifically for the treatment of upper gastrointestinal disorders including abdominal discomfort, bloating and flatulence; heartburn, reflux, nausea and stomach pain.
The Best Herbal Teas to Soothe an Upset Stomach
Naturally, different teas have different effects, with some teas being more effective than others in the treatment of specific problems such as diarrhoea, constipation, nausea and vomiting.
To help you find the right tea for a specific problem, here is a brief round-up of the top five herbal teas and the issues they are most suitable for:
1 – Chamomile Tea
Light, flavourful and extremely soothing, chamomile tea is frequently used to relax digestive muscles and assist in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence/bloating and motion sickness, as well as vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea.
2 – Mint Teas
Peppermint is a popular choice for upset stomachs.It is very soothing (as is peppermint oil) and believed to help relieve nausea, vomiting and stomach pain, with:
- A 14-study review involving 1,927 people suggesting that peppermint oil can reduce the frequency, severity and duration of children’s stomach pain.
While the focus of these studies was on peppermint oil, it is believed that similar benefits may be provided by peppermint tea.
In addition, spearmint tea may help reduce digestive muscle contractions, stomach discomfort/pain and bloating, as well as potentially being able to kill certain food poisoning related bacteria strains.
3 – Ginger Tea
According to studies, ginger can help reduce bloating/flatulence, indigestion and cramps, as well as supporting bowel regularity and preventing pregnant women’s morning sickness.
While these studies mostly examined the effectiveness of ginger supplements in high doses, it is believed many of these benefits may also be provided by ginger tea.
4 – Fennel Tea
Boasting antibacterial properties and a delicious liquorice-like flavour, fennel is a popular treatment for constipation, flatulence/bloating, stomach aches and diarrhoea. A flowering plant belonging to the carrot family, fennel has been shown by studies to:
- Relieve menstruation symptoms (fennel supplements) like nausea.
- Block several bacteria (incl. E.coli) strains’ growth (test tube study using fennel extract).
- Promote digestive regularity and post-surgery gut recovery (fennel tea).
5 – Green Tea
Extensively researched for its wide range of potential health benefits, green tea has a long history as a natural treatment for diarrhoea and Helicobacter pylori (a bacteria strain responsible for causing bloating, nausea and stomach pain) infections.
According to studies, it can also significantly reduce the severity and frequency of radiation therapy-related diarrhoea and help treat stomach ulcers and related symptoms including indigestion, flatulence/bloating and pain (1, 2).
All of these teas are readily available from your local health food store and many UK supermarkets.
Well, we hope this round-up will help you find the perfect tea to help settle your stomach – and highly recommend ordering a supply of silicolgel to make sure help is at hand whenever tummy troubles may strike!