Yup, it's that time of year again. If you're like most Americans, you will probably feel overly full by the time you read this. Thankfully, there are plenty of teas and herbs (They're not just for cooking!) that can help. Here are a few that have been used across centuries and cultures to aid in digestion:
- Ancient pu-erh tea originated in China and has long been consumed after heavy meals in Tibet and Hong Kong.
- Fermented kombucha tea is a health food store favorite with roots in China, Russia and elsewhere.
- Ginger tea is a classic stomachache remedy across many cultures (and it tastes delicious).
- Fennel seed is used in digestifs, herbal infusions and other drinks (and foods) as a digestive aid.
- Chamomile doesn't just soothe the mind -- it also soothes the stomach.
- Catnip isn't just for cats -- it can also aid digestion.
- Peppermint and other types of mint are refreshing and soothing in hot or iced mint teas. Learn to make your own from fresh or dried mint with these mint tea recipes.
- If you're cooking with oranges (especially organic oranges), save the peels for a stomach-friendly orange peel infusion.
- Although it's often associated with the Victorian Era and afternoon tea, lavender tea has a surprising range of health benefits, including digestive benefits.
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