After indulging in a delicious and satisfying meal, there’s nothing quite like winding down with a comforting cup of herbal tea. Not only do herbal teas offer a delightful array of flavours, but many also boast health benefits that can aid digestion and promote overall well-being.
Talking to the Team of OnlyMyHealth, Dr Ganesh Chaudhary, Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, PHC, Darbhanga, Bihar, shared some of the best herbal teas to consider sipping on after a hearty meal and the reasons why they make excellent choices.
Peppermint Tea: Digestive Aid
The first drink Dr Chaudhary advised is peppermint tea. He said, “Peppermint tea can soothe the digestive system. It helps relax the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, reducing bloating and alleviating indigestion.”
A United States Department of Agriculture-based study also shared that peppermint has significant antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, antitumor, and antiallergenic potential. So peppermint tea can further boost your overall well-being and be a digestive aid.
Ginger Tea: Anti-Inflammatory
“Ginger tea contains compounds with anti-inflammatory properties, making it an excellent choice for calming an upset stomach and reducing inflammation in the digestive tract,” recommended Dr Chaudhary.
Johns Hopkins provided a simple and easy recipe for you to make ginger tea at home:
- Trim the knots and dry ends of fresh ginger.
- Carefully peel it and cut it into thin, crosswise slices.
- Add these slices to boiling water and cover with a lid.
- Let the slices steep for at least 10 minutes.
Chamomile Tea: For Relaxation
Chamomile tea is known for its calming effects. “After a heavy meal, it can help relax the muscles and soothe any discomfort, promoting a sense of calm and aiding digestion,” said Dr Chaudhary. This was corroborated by a Cleveland-based study that relayed that the calming properties of chamomile are the reason why it is so widely used in aromatherapy.
Fennel Tea: Relieving Flatulence
Fennel tea has carminative properties, which means it helps relieve gas and bloating, shared Dr Chaudhary. “It can be particularly beneficial after meals that may lead to increased gas production,” he added.
Liquorice Root Tea: Soothing for the Stomach
Liquorice root tea has a sweet and soothing taste, and it is often used to support digestive health. Dr Chaudhary confirmed, “It can help alleviate discomfort and promote a healthy balance in the digestive system.” Additionally, as shared by the National Institute of Complementary and Integrative Health, liquorice root helps alleviate menopausal symptoms, cough, and bacterial and viral infections.
Cinnamon Tea: Blood Sugar Regulation
“Cinnamon tea not only adds a warm and comforting flavour but also helps regulate blood sugar levels. This can be particularly beneficial after a meal containing carbohydrates,” said Dr Chaudhary.
Dr Ganesh Chaudhary concluded that when choosing an herbal tea to enjoy after a hearty meal, consider your personal preferences and any specific digestive needs. Adding these soothing herbal teas to your post-meal routine can enhance the overall dining experience and contribute to a sense of well-being. So, brew a cup, unwind, and let these herbal elixirs work magic on your digestive system. Cheers to health and relaxation!