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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
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.
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.
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.
Fresh lemon balm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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72 thoughts on “Herbal Teas that Relieve Bloating”
I love a good herbal tea. I use peppermint as my go-to for a lot of things. I didn’t know it helped with bloating..really good to know.
Peppermint is one of my favorites. Having a cup right now in fact!
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.
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!
Great article! I am going to try the fennel tea today! Thanks!
Enjoy! I love fennel tea. I often combine it with lemon balm.
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!
I’m glad it’s helpful! It’s amazing the benefits herbs offer! Honey is helpful too for many reasons.
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
Wonderful! It’s become a daily habit for me.
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.
Lemon balm is such a great herb. One of the best for tea and for health overall.
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!
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.
This is really helpful. I didn’t know there were teas for bloating!
I’m finding there’s a tea for everything! 😃
I love tea- but I had no idea so many types have this many health benefits!!
Each herb has so many health benefits. I love learning about them.
Peppermint and Chamomile are my fave! I also love ginger tea. They definitely make me feel less bloated and healthier.
So glad to hear! Good for you.
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.
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!
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!!
I love that about herbal teas. They are comforting as well as healing.
My coworker drinks ginger tea all the time and swears that it helps his health. I have to try it now.
It’s an excellent tea for the entire digestive system
Ginger tea is one of my favorites.
It’s a good one for calming the entire digestive system.
I’ll drink tea over coffee any day of the week! Interesting note – my mom and her siblings EAT dandelion! It’s a Pennsylvania Dutch delicacy!
That’s awesome! I’ve added the leaves to salads and steamed them with other greens.
Oh, how I love lavender! Glad to hear it has yet another great purpose!
Isn’t it amazing and versatile?!
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
Peppermint is my go to as well. Lemon balm my second go to. So healing.
I love herbal teas. This is a great list!
Me too. I’m finding more and more benefits from herbal teas.
Herbal tea is like a miracle beverage!
Thank you for this list! I love chamomile tea and recommend it a lot for patients. And you’re spot on that the reason for the bloating is food intolerance. Gotta heal the gut!
Yes it’s amazing to me how many people have food intolerances. I did. The body begins to heal when we change our diet.
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!
I’ve heard of dandelion jelly! Such a versatile little plant.
Thank you for sharing. This will certainly help during that time of the month.
Bloating is awful. I’m familiar with ginger and peppermint, but I didn’t know about these other solutions
Several options! I rotate through peppermint, lemon balm, fennel and ginger regularly. I enjoy the others occasionally.
I have a nice lavender peppermint mix that I drink daily and ginger for the rough days.
Peppermint lavender tea sounds wonderful!
As always an informative and great post. Succint and full of information. This one in particular is personally helpful. Thank you
Thank you! Try out several and see which one you like the best.
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!
You are welcome! I hope you enjoy adding some herbal teas.
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!
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!
I love peppermint tea! I didn’t know that it helped with bloating.
It’s one of the best for Bloating and any kind of digestive problems.
I love all your suggestions and could often use this advice about bloating. Thank you!
You are welcome!
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.
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.
I have shared this. Such great information!
Thank you so much! ❤️
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.
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.
I am on the road to an over all healthy lifestyle, and ginger tea is a nightly ritual. Loved all the info you shared!
Ginger tea provides excellent benefits!
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!
Chamomile has great additional benefits. However I think you’d enjoy trying out additional teas!
I have never tried fresh ginger tea, but it sounds wonderful. I love the flavor and aroma of ginger, and of course it’s ability to sooth my stomach.
Yes ginger is amazing for the whole digestive system!
I have some of these teas in the house, but really should be drinking them more. Thanks for the tips!!
I’ve found that drinking herbal teas are a great way to reap the health benefits.