Got a bloated belly? There’s a tea for that. And also one for the jitters, insomnia, even crippling period cramps. It turns out that herbal brews can help remedy more than a few common health complaints. Read on to find the right sip to ease your discomfort.
Fennel tea is a hero to the digestive tract: It
contains a compound that relaxes gastrointestinal spasms, allowing gas
to pass and relieving bloat, according to Health‘s nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD.
For a pesky cough
Marshmallow tea, made from the leaves and roots of
this medicinal herb, has been used for hundreds of years to quiet coughs
and sooth irritated throats.
Chamomile tea may help calm your jitters before a
stressful event. Certain compounds in the herb bind to the same
receptors in the brain as drugs like Valium. A study done at the
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center found that people who suffered
from generalized anxiety disorder experienced significant relief from
symptoms after taking chamomile supplements for eight weeks, compared to
folks who took a placebo.
For trouble sleeping
Lavender tea may be just want you need to nod
off. Research shows that just the scent of lavender has slumber-induce
properties: It has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate.
For menstrual cramps
Ginger tea was found to be just as effective in treating painful period cramps as Ibuprofen in a 2009 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
For stomach pains
Peppermint tea calms the muscles of the
GI system, aiding digestive processes. But if your pain is the result of
acid reflux, best to skip peppermint tea. It also has a relaxing effect
on the lower esophageal sphincter, which may allow more stomach acid to
slip back into the esophagus.