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 fewÂ common health complaints. Read on to find the right sip to ease your discomfort.
Fennel tea is a hero toÂ the digestive tract:Â It containsÂ a compound that relaxes gastrointestinalÂ spasms, allowing gas to pass and relievingÂ bloat, according toÂ Health's nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD.
Try: Pukka Three FennelÂ ($8;Â amazon.com)
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For a pesky cough
Marshmallow tea, made from the leaves and roots of this medicinal herb,Â has been used for hundreds of years to quiet coughs and sooth irritated throats.
Try: Celebration Herbals Marshmallow Leaf and Root teaÂ ($11;Â amazon.com; )
Chamomile tea may help calm your jitters beforeÂ a stressful event. Certain compounds in the herb bind to the same receptors in the brain as drugs like Valium. A study done atÂ the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center found that people whoÂ 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:Â Yogi Comforting Chamomile teaÂ ($18 for 6 boxes;Â amazon.com)
For trouble sleeping
Lavender tea may be just want you need to nod off.Â 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;Â amazon.com)
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For menstrualÂ cramps
Try: Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger teaÂ ($21 for 6 boxes;Â amazon.com)
For stomach pains
Peppermint teaÂ calms the muscles of the GIÂ system,Â 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 slipÂ back into the esophagus.
Try: Yogi Purely Peppermint teaÂ ($23 for 6 boxes;Â amazon.com)