The many Rooibos tea health benefits – along with its vibrant color, distinctive aroma, and wonderful taste – are making this tea a favorite choice of many.
So let’s be thankful for good tea. We all think this year will be different, but when faced with delicious dishes, with mouth-watering aromas and flavours… we can still enjoy great tastes and be easy on ourselves.
Rooibos – Aspalathus linearis, fam. Fabaceae
- Drinking Rooibos tea is said to sooth digestion, and is commonly used to treat colic, stomach cramps, calm intestinal spasms and digestive upsets in adults.
- Rooibos is rich in antispasmodic agents that activate potassium ions in the body. These agents help ease stomach cramps, abdominal pain and aid digestion. The antispasmodic agents help the digestive tract by smoothing out muscles in the gut. To get the most out of this effect, sufferers should drink a cup of this tea about 30 minutes prior to a meal they believe may trigger digestive problems.
Ginger Root – Zingiber officinale, fam. Zingiberaceae
- Ginger helps stimulate saliva, bile and gastric juice production to aid in digestion. Phenolic compounds like gingerol and various other volatile oils are primarily responsible for ginger tea’s beneficial effect on your digestive system. By improving digestion, ginger tea will naturally reduce the potential for intestinal gas and flatulence resulting from a poorly digested meal.
- Ginger has muscle relaxant properties that can help relieve gases trapped in a constricted digestive system. Bloating and intestinal cramps are often caused by tension and spasms in your gastrointestinal tract. By gently relieving these constrictions ginger tea can help release trapped digestive gases and alleviate bloating. Ginger improves the passage of food through the upper part of the digestive tract in people with digestion problems.
- The active ingredient in Ginger can help fight infections. Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections. In fact, ginger can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria.
- Studies suggest that ginger can protect against age-related damage to the brain. It can also improve brain function in elderly women.
- Ginger can lead to significant reductions in LDL cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels.
- Because it increases healthy sweating, drinking ginger root tea can help boost the immune system.
- People with arthritis can drink the tea to help reduce inflammation
Cinnamon – Cinnamomum zeylanicum, fam.Lauraceae
- The active ingredients in cinnamon increase the motility of the intestinal tract and aid in digestion by increasing gastrointestinal enzyme secretions.
- Blends with Cinnamon are used to take care of gastrointestinal problems such as flatulent dyspepsia or gastrointestinal spasms and help calm the stomach.
- Through its effects on digestion, cinnamon also benefits one’s health by improving glucose metabolism and stimulating the production of natural insulin.
- Cinnamon can be used to ease the process of digestion in the modern days amid increased lifestyle changes that are causing health problems.
Cloves – Syzygium aromaticum, fam. Myrtaceae
- Cloves promotes an increase in digestive enzymes and increased digestive motility, there by curbing the production of excess digestive gasses that can contribute to stomach bloating.
- These same beneficial digestive properties make cloves an effective solution for indigestion symptoms. Indigestion refers to a collection of symptoms that can be brought about from overeating, overindulgence or the consumption of very hot or spicy foods.
Peppercorns – Piper nigrum, fam. Piperaceae
- The active ingredients in the peppercorns may increase gut motility as well as the digestion power through augmenting gastrointestinal enzyme secretions. It has also been found that piperine can increase absorption of nutrients from the food.
- Piperine can stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Hydrochloric acid is necessary for the digestion of proteins and other food components in the stomach. When the body’s production of hydrochloric acid is insufficient, food may sit in the stomach for an extended period of time, leading to heartburn or indigestion, or it may pass into the intestines, where it can be used as a food source for unfriendly gut bacteria, whose activities produce gas, irritation, and/or diarrhea or constipation.
- Black pepper has long been recognized as a substance that helps prevent the formation of intestinal gas, a property likely due to its beneficial effect of stimulating hydrochloric acid production.
Anise – Pimpinella anisum, fam. Apiaceae
- Anise is extremely therapeutic for the digestive system. It offers therapy to many digestive illnesses and for well-maintained procedures of the digestive system.
- It really is great at soothing nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas problem, spasmodic flatulence as well as gastritis. Additionally, it works as appetite stimulant.
*All information presented here is for educational purposes only and should not be taken as fact. No statements have been approved by any accredited health organizations such as the USDA or Health Canada. Consult your healthcare professional with regards to your specific health situations, your medication and these herbs. The information is all stuff we have found useful in our lives. The information will be changed over time as we learn new things and want to present it more clearly for those who may find this information of use. Do your own research and come to your own conclusions; here are some things we’ve found useful for ourselves… Enjoy!