This flavorful, soft and comforting Stomach Soothing Herbal Tea will help to relieve all sorts of belly discomfort for the young and old!
There comes a time in all of our lives that we do something that our stomachs just can’t tolerate. Overeat, eat too fast, eat something too greasy, eat something too nasty and sometimes even drink too many adult beverages (nah, you don’t say). It happens – even a person with a healthy diet can blunder every once in a while. I like to keep this blend of herbal goodness on hand to soothe our upset tummies. And it seems no matter the pain, this Stomach Soothing Herbal Tea does the trick to ease our discomfort.
Stomach Soothing Herbal Tea Ingredients
This common herb frequently used to help induce restful sleep ,chamomile has a mild sedative effect on the digestive system that can lessen the irritation of gas and indigestion in addition to soothing spasms of the abdominal muscles.
Ever popular with its refreshing flavor, peppermint helps alleviate cramping of the abdominal muscles. A 1997 report in the Journal of Gastroenterology substantiated this claim and indicated that peppermint can have a profound positive impact from those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Many of us mamas that dealt with the dreaded morning sickness well know the powerful anti nausea effects of ginger. It is warming and comforting and can help with painful gas and bloating
Somewhat licorice-y, fennel has wonderful anti-gas and bloating benefits. This is our go-to herbs (we even just chew the seeds to relieve gas discomfort immediately).
I add dehydrated orange peel for flavor. I very much love the fennel and orange combination, as the orange seems to moderate the rather “outspoken” licorice notes of the fennel. Using a vegetable peeling, remove just the colored portion of a clean orange. Using a dehydrator or an oven at a low temp, dry the peels until brittle, then using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, grind the dried peels to a coarse meal.
When at all possible, I highly recommend using organic herbs for this loose leaf tea. I have provided links to Mountain Rose Herbs in red for the ingredients, but any well stocked health food store should have these herbs in their bulk section. Note that I did use plain dried ginger root. I suppose one could use candied ginger in a pinch, but I try to limit our sugar intake to that which we are intentionally consuming (because, sometimes you really want a cookie). I keep a stock of reusable drawstring muslin tea bags on hand for my teas – they last forever, are easy to clean and never “break”. I use approximately a heaping teaspoon per cup of hot water.
Stomach Soothing Herbal Tea Recipe
Stomach Soothing Herbal Tea
- 1 ounce chamomile flowers organic
- 1 ounce peppermint leaves organic
- ½ ounce ginger root organic
- ¼ ounce fennel seeds organic, dried
- 1 orange organic, zested
- For instructions on how to prepare orange peel, please see the body of the post.
- Combine ingredients in a medium sized bowl.Transfer to a jar with a tight fitting lid.
- To prepare tea for consumption, bring one cup of water per serving to boil.
- Meanwhile pack approximately 1 heaping teaspoon into a muslin tea bag or tea ball.
- Pour hot water of tea bag and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. For a stronger infusion, steep for 20 minutes.