Herbal Teas that Relieve Bloating

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A reader recently made a request. She asked about herbal teas that relieve bloating. I’m happy to respond with a post that offers help.

Bloating is a condition in which the abdomen feels uncomfortably full. Triggers for bloating include:

  • intolerance to dairy, gluten, high protein or high fiber
  • build up of gas
  • intestinal bacteria out of balance
  • constipation
  • parasites

Up to 30% of the population experiences bloating, the majority as a result of food intolerance. If this discomfort is a problem for you, check out these herbal teas that relieve bloating.

Herbal Teas that Relieve Bloating

Peppermint

The use of this herb for healing the digestive system dates back to ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt. Peppermint relieves bloating, gas, constipation and other digestive disorders by relaxing the gut and calming intestinal spasms. It is especially helpful in treating irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.

Steep 3 teaspoons of fresh or dried peppermint in a cup of very hot water for 15 minutes.

Lemon Balm

A member of the mint family, lemon balm has a pleasant lemony scent and flavor. This herb possesses antiviral, antibacterial and sedative properties. It’s a digestive stimulant as well. As a tea it soothes indigestion, nausea and bloating. Many people suffer with sensitive stomachs and guts. Lemon balm soothes and calms the nerve receptors in the digestive tract and reduces inflammation so that the nerves become less sensitive. It is also anti-parasitic.

Add 2 – 3 teaspoons of fresh or dried lemon balm leaves to a cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes.

 

Herbal Teas that Relieve BloatingFresh lemon balm

Fennel

One of the most widely used herbs in the world, fennel seeds are used to treat many ailments, including stimulating the digestive system. The plant with the slight licorice scent and taste eases the discomfort of gas while stimulating bile for better digestion. And better digestion means less risk of bloating.

To make fennel tea, steep 1- 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes.

Chamomile

A member of the daisy family, this herb contains flavonoids and terpenoids that provide medicinal properties. Chamomile relaxes the digestive system, relieving the discomfort related to bloating. The herb also treats gassiness, indigestion and nausea, which commonly accompany bloating.

Use 2 teaspoons of fresh or dried chamomile flowers to make tea, steeping them for 15 minutes in a cup of boiling water.

Ginger

The healing power of ginger has been used for thousands of years to cure a host of digestives problems. The root of the plant contains bioactive compounds that ease bloating quickly. Ginger stimulates the digestive system, eases nausea and soothes acid reflux. It also fights against pathogens in the gut.

Peel a 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger and slice into slivers. Steep in a cup of boiling water for 5 – 10 minutes.

Herbal Teas that Relieve Bloating

Dandelion

Although considered a weed, this powerful little plant makes a great herbal tea that relieves bloating. Dandelion flowers stimulate the digestive system and have a cleansing effect on the intestines, eliminating bloating.

Gather a handful of fresh dandelion flowers, in an area free from chemicals, pollution and herbicides. Steep flowers in hot water for 15 minutes. Or cover flowers with water and store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Strain out flowers and sip on dandelion water throughout the day.

Lavender

This very versatile herb originated in the Mediterranean. It’s been used medicinally for centuries. Drinking lavender tea eases digestive problems that cause bloating, including gas, an upset stomach, abdominal pain and swelling. Lavender also stimulates a sluggish appetite, which can accompany bloating.

Pour boiling water over 2 – 3 teaspoons of fresh or dried lavender flowers. Steep for 15 minutes.

Herbal Teas that Relieve Bloating

Additional Tips to Ease Bloating

Bloating is a symptom, indicating the digestive system is sluggish or reacting. Consider eliminating dairy, gluten, high protein and high fiber, one at a time, for a week. Notice whether bloating is relieved or improved.

I talk to people every day who want to feel better. However, they don’t want to give up their “favorite” foods, even though those foods are making them feel bad. Many people have a dairy or gluten intolerance and don’t realize it. Stop eating those foods, for a short time, to confirm whether that’s the case or not.

Eliminating those problem causing foods reduces gas build up and restores digestive health. Drinking herbal teas increases water consumption, which helps to ease constipation. Turmeric balances gut flora. And adding raw organic honey to herbal teas that relieve bloating adds an anti-parasitic property to the drink.

The herbal teas ease bloating, and improve health and wellbeing, while you discover the underlying cause. Be sure to check in with your primary care physician also.

Here’s to enjoying health, at every age!

Herbal Teas the Relieve Bloating

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72 thoughts on “Herbal Teas that Relieve Bloating”

  1. I have only tried couple of these. Definitely need to try the rest of them. I never knew how you can make your own at home. Thanks for sharing the recipes. Now I don’t have to buy the fancy packaged expensive tea bags.

    1. Yes! I grow my own. But for the herbs I don’t grow I buy bulk packages of dried at my local health grocery store. They are so cheap!

  2. This roundup is so helpful. I’m just getting into tea (never been a tea or coffee drinker, but need the caffeine these days!) and it’s helpful to see those with added benefits. Adding raw honey is such a good idea!

    1. I’m glad it’s helpful! It’s amazing the benefits herbs offer! Honey is helpful too for many reasons.

  3. All of these sound so delish. I am a huge tea drinker and was actually thinking last night I want to start adding it back in as art of my night time routine

  4. You are inspiring me to plant some extra herbs too this weekend. I have been looking for some good herbal teas. Thanks for sharing. I have mint growing at the moment, but definitely interested in the lemon balm.

  5. This popped up at just the right time for me! I’ve been feeling so bloated & “fluffy”. As much as I don’t want to, I think I need to eliminate dairy for a bit to see if that’ll help. I honestly didn’t know tea would really help with the bloating, but I can’t wait to see how they help me!

    1. Dairy and gluten in wheat are the two biggest culprits in creating bloat. Many people have dairy and gluten intolerances and don’t realize it. It turned out I had both.

  6. Love this, so informative! One of my favourites to drink before bed is a peppermint, ginger, fennel tea. I didn’t think I’d like the fennel at first, but its really good.

    1. Same here. I’m not a big licorice fan. However I’ve come to love fennel tea. I most often combine it with lemon balm and thyme. I actually drink licorice root tea now too!

  7. What a great post!! It seems that there is a tea for so many ailments in our life and when you don’t feel good a nice tea is always so soothing!!

  8. Peppermint is my go-to tea! I wish I liked ginger but it is so strong to me. I need to try lemon balm to help with inflammation, thanks for that

    1. Yes it’s amazing to me how many people have food intolerances. I did. The body begins to heal when we change our diet.

  9. Thank you for all of these ideas! I have IBS and sometimes it flares up when I am eating my best. My friend recently mentioned doing a demonstration on how to make Dandelion Jelly – didn’t realize there were so many options for Dandelions!

    1. Several options! I rotate through peppermint, lemon balm, fennel and ginger regularly. I enjoy the others occasionally.

  10. As always an informative and great post. Succint and full of information. This one in particular is personally helpful. Thank you

  11. I love drinking tea but my usual go to is green tea. I am reminded that there are others out there with benefits such as this post. Thanks for a great list!

  12. I have only tried a few of these, but I look forward to trying the lavender – or at least incorporating it into some of my other teas. My favorites so far have been rose and hibiscus!

    1. Lavender is wonderful! It’s fun to blend them together too I enjoy rose and hibiscus too. During the summer I enjoy a hibiscus lemonade that’s so good!

  13. This article reminded me how much I love peppermint tea! I need to get back on my evening tea grind. I find that when I use herbal teas for debloating and other health goals, I really feel so much better.

    1. Herbs are amazing! And peppermint is my go to tea. I enjoy a lot of others too but I drink a cup of peppermint every day.

  14. This is great! I have one herbal tea that I stick with, but this is a great reminder that there is so much more that I could be experiencing.

    1. I understand! My use of teas was very limited until a couple of years ago! The more I learn about the health benefits of herbs, the broader my experience grows with different teas.

  15. I feel like the older I get, the more issues I have with digestion! I have been drinking Chamomile for relaxation but I wonder if it is also helping digestion. I want to try a few others on the list too!

    1. Chamomile has great additional benefits. However I think you’d enjoy trying out additional teas!

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