Got a bloated belly? There’s a tea for that. And also one for the jitters, insomnia, even crippling period cramps. It turns out that herbal brews can help remedy more than a few common health complaints. Read on to find the right sip to ease your discomfort.
Fennel tea is a hero to the digestive tract: It contains a compound that relaxes gastrointestinal spasms, allowing gas to pass and relieving bloat, according to Health‘s nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD.
Try: Pukka Three Fennel ($8; amazon.com)
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For a pesky cough
Marshmallow tea, made from the leaves and roots of this medicinal herb, has been used for hundreds of years to quiet coughs and sooth irritated throats.
Try: Celebration Herbals Marshmallow Leaf and Root tea ($11; amazon.com; )
Chamomile tea may help calm your jitters before a stressful event. Certain compounds in the herb bind to the same receptors in the brain as drugs like Valium. A study done at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center found that people who suffered from generalized anxiety disorder experienced significant relief from symptoms after taking chamomile supplements for eight weeks, compared to folks who took a placebo.
Try: Yogi Comforting Chamomile tea ($18 for 6 boxes; amazon.com)
For trouble sleeping
Lavender tea may be just want you need to nod off. Research shows that just the scent of lavender has slumber-induce properties: It has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate.
Try: Buddha Teas Lavender Tea ($8; amazon.com)
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For menstrual cramps
Try: Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger tea ($21 for 6 boxes; amazon.com)
For stomach pains
Peppermint tea calms the muscles of the GI system, aiding digestive processes. But if your pain is the result of acid reflux, best to skip peppermint tea. It also has a relaxing effect on the lower esophageal sphincter, which may allow more stomach acid to slip back into the esophagus.
Try: Yogi Purely Peppermint tea ($23 for 6 boxes; amazon.com)