Monday January 25th, 2016

Herbal teas that favor digestion

These long months of cold weather often lead us to eat heavier foods, with more consistent meals that help us gather energy and produce heat. But sometimes, this can cause our digestive system to be overworked, which can be a nuisance when we have little time to eat and get back to work as quickly as possible.

Stews, casseroles, lentils and a wide range of “grandma’s recipes” that go down great in the cold weather, although they may make it a bit harder for us to get out of the armchair.

We -who are from the north and know all about the cold and big stews, casseroles and heavy dishes- are not just talking to hear ourselves talk, but instead are recommending some of the natural herbal infusions that have been taken for generations to aid digestion and eliminate any disturbances we may feel after eating:

Tarragon: Tarragon is a very aromatic herb that aids digestion and helps expel gas from the intestines. Its therapeutic action is due to its wealth of aromatic monoterpenes and flavonoids, which stimulate digestive secretions.

It is a perfect natural herb for treating bad digestion, flatulence, relieving stomach aches and cramps caused by gases.

Moreover, it also helps prevent stomach ulcers. After lemon, tarragon is the most important natural source of nerol, a component related to treating gastritis and properties that fight ulcers. It stimulates the production of bile, so it helps clean the liver and gall bladder.

Fennel: Fennel is a plant that is very similar to celery, but its taste is more similar to anise. It is used as a remedy and medicinal compound, as well as in cooking, since all its parts are edible and it imbues dishes with a unique and special flavor.

Some of the most well-known properties and benefits of fennel are: it has antibacterial properties that are very efficient to help eliminate bad breath, intestinal bacteria and parasites, as well as infections. But it also has other well-known uses, such as its property to reduce the appetite and tiredness, regulate menstruation and treat cramps, stomach aches and improve our vision.

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Bitter chamomile: chamomile, also known as Italian camomilla, contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc. And it is a natural plant with many benefits for our bodies, as it stimulates the appetite, improves digestion, favors the expulsion of gases and relieves cramps.

Moreover, it calms the nerves, fights insomnia and produces a general sensation of relief and well-being. It also helps combat headaches, neuralgias and painful and irregular menstruations.

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Licorice: Licorice is a natural plant whose medicinal and phytotherapeutic uses are extremely varied and of great use in the modern day. You can find licorice in a wide variety of presentations: tablets, dry cream, capsules or herbal teas. The latter is what we are telling you about now.

It is beneficial for the digestive system, thanks to its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, that and stomach aches or cramps. Licorice also has properties to counteract heartburn, and its continued use relieves constipation.

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And you, which herbal tea is your favorite?