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Good Gut Carminative Tea (Part 2)


How can Carminative tea Help your Good Gut?


Do you experience bloating, abdominal pain, or excessive flatulence? If so, carminative tea may provide you relief! Carminative, meaning “relieving flatulence” can be used to describe herbs that soothe the digestive tract. Carminative herbs include peppermint, allspice, thyme, chamomile, caraway seeds, fennel seeds, cloves, cardamom, rosemary, and sage. Although these carminative herbs are popularly used in teas, they can also be added to your favorite smoothie, baked good, or savory meal!


What are the benefits of carminative tea?


Each carminative herb has unique healing properties for our gut and provides additional benefits that can promote sleep, decrease inflammation, and even relieve stress.


Among the most popular of carminative herbs is chamomile, which is a commonly used night time tea due to its calming properties. Not only does chamomile benefit restorative sleep, but it also aids in easing bloating, stimulating digestion, and relieving nervous tension.


Cardamom is a rich, aromatic spice that can be found in chai tea! Cardamom promotes stomach function, aids in heartburn relief, and can even improve bad breath. The next time you’re craving a cozy autumn beverage, consider swapping a sugary latte for a chai tea!


Ginger is among the most versatile of spices because it can be used in teas, savory dishes, and even baked goods. Ginger has analgesic (pain-relieving) properties that can reduce body aches, headaches, and menstrual cramps. You can easily make ginger tea by slicing whole ginger and boiling it in water - it’s that easy! If you do not have access to whole ginger, store-bought ginger tea or ginger powder can provide similar benefits. For those who love citrus, we love pairing ginger tea with fresh lemon!


Rosemary is a fragrant carminative herb that is recommended for floral tea lovers! Rosemary has been shown to calm the nervous system and serve as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and a circulatory stimulant. Similar to ginger tea, rosemary pairs wonderfully with lemon. Not in the mood for tea? Try oven-roasted vegetables with rosemary as a savory dinner!


Carminative Tea Recipe

Here’s the recipe to our favorite carminative tea:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp caraway seeds

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds

  • 1 tsp chamomile

  • 1 inch fresh ginger or 1 tsp ginger powder, or try a tablespoon of Gut Nurture!

Directions:

  1. Crush 1 teaspoon of each herb

  2. Steep for 20 minutes in a tea strainer

  3. Add tea to 1 cup of boiled water

  4. Be sure to drink after each meal!


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