3 Amazing Herbal Teas For Indigestion, Bloating and Cramps May 2, 2016 May 02 2016 Ever come back from a dinner gathering only to find yourself struggling with indigestion an hour later? Sometimes it’s stomach cramps, sometimes it’s gas pains, and sometimes it’s just an overall sense of queasiness. I recently attended two weddings in India & Sri Lanka (i.e. a week-long curry diet) and my biggest lifesaver was herbal tea. At the first hint of any *gurgle gurgle* emanating from my stomach, I would chug back some tea and after a few cups I found that any weird noises, cramps or uncomfortable feeling went away. Below are my top 3 teas for an upset stomach or indigestion: Peppermint tea: best for gas, bloating This herb has carminative properties, which means it helps expel gas, and it’s also an anti-spasmodic. In fact, this is why it’s so popular with people who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), many of whom actually take peppermint at a high dose in capsule form. It has the ability to soothe an irritated stomach and gut wall and calm it down. What’s more, it has analgesic qualities as well, which means it’ll literally help numb the pain if you have cramps (good for PMS too!) And lastly, it is also a nervine tonic which is helpful relieving anxiety and tension. Is it any wonder this is my favourite tea? 🙂 Ginger tea: best for nausea, queasiness Ever talked to a pregnant woman about morning sickness? She’ll probably swear by ginger. It’s not only popular amongst pregnant women, but also those who experience motion sickness during travel, and is even used for patients undergoing chemo. Yep, it’s that good. So if you feel like you’re face is turning green with queasiness, that’s when you want to turn to ginger. It’s also a stimulant, which means it will actually help stimulate your appetite. It’s perfect to drink if you haven’t been in the mood to eat (recovering from sickness, jet lag etc.) but know that you should! Lastly, as an anti-inflammatory it should help out with reducing any cramping pain as well. Chamomile tea: best for cramps, diarrhea, food poisoning This herb is perhaps best known for its anti-spasmodic properties, especially when the cramps are due to diarrhea or food poisoning. Often one or two cups are enough to settle an upset stomach and help your poop go back to normal. Similar to peppermint, it’s also a nervine tonic and helps promote a state of calmness, but more so than peppermint by actually acting as a mild sedative. That being said, this would be a good one to take before bed! Here’s where to buy these herbal teas: A large supermarket e.g. Loblaws Superstore Health food store e.g. Nutrition House, Noah’s, Healthy Planet Amazon Some brands I love: Traditional Medicinals Flora Pukka How much they cost: Typically between CAD $4-$8 per box (16-20 teabags) About Alina I'm a Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and my official title is Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I'm a coach and an educator. Follow Alina on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.