With the holidays fast approaching, the season of overindulging, I know I do, and I pay for it, but I created the perfect to tea to calm the angry gut. My digestive system a daily discussion in our house because I have IBS-C. I have been on various prescription medications for it over the past 20 years. However, they work for maybe six months, and the side effects are unpleasant. For me, peppermint oil capsules and tea make a more positive impact with zero side effects. I have an IBS recipe I will share soon.
Peppermint is a go-to for digestive discomfort, nausea, gas & bloating. Spearmint holds the same properties but adds a bit of sweetness. Milk Thistle loves to help and protect the liver. The liver is an essential organ that takes a beating by what we consume daily, especially during the holidays. Orange Peel relieves heartburn, and we all know that feeling after consuming Great Aunt Thelma's rum chocolate fruitcake.
I use a tablespoon for each herb but only add a smidge of the orange peel. I also add dried stevia for a bit more sweetness — not the stevia you find on the shelves but the herb itself. Trust me; you don't need much. I mix the herbs in a bowl and add them to a tea bag. Steep for 6-8 minutes. My mom prefers to add coconut creamer to her tea. So Delicious makes an excellent vanilla coconut creamer, which I enjoy.
If I am experiencing an IBS flareup, I sip this tea 2-3 times a day. My tantrum tummy settles within a day or so.
I also like to add Collagen Peptides to my tea as it reduces digestive inflammation and regulates acid secretions.
I promise you can't taste it.
When you purchase dried herbs for teas, make sure they aren’t a mass company and take care of their plants without chemicals. If I don’t dry my own, I research who I purchase from. Frontier CO-OP is great. Also, I order from a couple of lovely ladies from Etsy: