I’ll say it again, just to be loud and clear: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. The herbs I’m about to list may or may not be right for you, and they may interfere or react with other herbs or prescription medications you may be taking. Please be careful when taking any herbal remedy, and consult a professional to make sure it’s safe for you.
That said, this concoction (which I dreamed up on my own based upon what I know about western herbs and their benefits) helps with both my digestion and abdominal pain.
Lindsey’s Tummy-Pain Tea
(For 1 Small Pot)
-3 to 4 tbsp dried peppermint leaf
-1 tsp fennel seed (crush with mortar and pestle)
-2 to 5 cardamom pods (crush with mortar and pestle)
-1 small pinch dried raspberry leaf
-1 generous pinch licorice root (crush with mortar and pestle)
-1 small pinch dried nettle
-1 small pinch dried skullcap
-1 generous pinch marshmallow root
-1 medium pinch cramp bark (crush with mortar and pestle)
-Optional: 1 to 2 tsp white tea leaves
-Optional: small handful of crushed fresh blackberries (will alter taste)
-Optional: 1/8 tsp dried dill (will alter taste, but helps digestion)
-Optional: 1 pinch dried fireweed blossom (just for colour and to make you feel nice – I gather this myself from local forests)
-Optional: 1/16 to 1/8 tsp white stevia powder concentrate; or a very small amount of dried stevia leaf (to sweeten)
Allow all of these ingredients to steep in 2 to 3 cups of just-boiled water for 5 to 10 min. Pour through a teacup strainer into your teacup to drink, and replace the contents of the strainer back into the teapot to continue steeping. It’ll look like you’ve got the entire forest floor in your teapot, but each ingredient has an effect on the digestive system. The main ingredients (peppermint, fennel, licorice root, and marshmallow root) are all soothing ingredients. The other ingredients draw blood to the digestive system and have anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic effects. You can brew this tea with or without the white tea, depending on your caffeine preferences. Also, you can tweak the recipe to your taste as long as you are aware of what each herb does, and what concentrations are safe. Beware of using clover blossoms to sweeten your tea, as red clover can interfere with birth control in women.
The only drawback to making your own tea this way is that each ingredient must be placed into each pot or cup; if you throw large amounts of the ingredients into a bowl and mix it up like a salad, not every cup of tea will have every ingredient and the potency will change. One option for convenience is to fill your own tea bags, which you can purchase empty for that very purpose. You’ll need very large tea bags, though, to allow all the herbs to expand and steep properly in the water.
Hope you enjoy!