Healing with Herbal Teas
Removing all gluten-containing foods in the diet to avoid experiencing the horrible intestinal discomfort, bloating and cramps is the first step every coeliac or gluten sensitive individual takes in the aid to improve their way of life. Alternatively, there are also pharmaceutical products or natural herbal remedies they can incorporate to reduce these painful occurrences. Herbal remedies such as herbal teas are a gentle, simple way of relieving pain and reducing the inflammatory effects those gluten intolerant individuals may be suffering from. In general, herbal teas do not contain any gluten as they are derived from green tea leaves (Camillia sinesis) however it is still important to go through the ingredients list and allergen claim to ensure that the product contains 0% gluten. There are a wide range of herbal teas available for gluten sensitive individuals to enjoy, however there are particular ones that may be more effective than others as they consist of herbs that carry anti-inflammatory properties which may positively influence your intestinal health.
Functional foods manufacturer Morlife offers a range of herbal beverages (majority gluten- free!) that have been designed from herbal ingredients to assist the body’s functions. Here are some common herbs you should regularly include for their anti-inflammatory effects and to improve your intestinal health.
Ginger- Ginger is commonly used when cooking savoury dishes or some people also include them in their fresh juices. Ginger is known for their ability to promote digestion and relieve ailments such as stomach ache, diarrhea and nausea. You can also find this herb in Morlife Ginger Digest a great beverage to enjoy after a meal or even if you feel intestinal discomfort, a cup of this tea will solve that problem.
Marshmallow- Marshmallow has been used for its medicinal effects for thousands of years. In the past, they were used topically, by rubbing the leaves and applying it on the skin or ingested as a source of food and for its therapeutic effects. Now, you can purchase them in various forms in most health food stores or from your naturopath. This herb has shown to be effective in soothing irritated mucous membranes such as inflamed bowels, indigestion, asthma, or a cough. You can find marshmallow in Morlife’s Lemon Soother and Senna Klenz tea.
Chamomile- This herb is extremely popular and can be found in all types of products ranging from natural remedies, teas and even non-food products such as face cream, perfumes and shampoos. Chamomile is not just a versatile herb, used in several products but is extremely effective in calming stomach discomfort, muscle spasms and possibly treating skin inflammation too. Jump on board the bandwagon and purchase some of Morlife’s Chamomile Tea!
Slippery Elm- Native to North America, slippery elm contains mucilage that forms a slippery sludge and can be taken orally or applied topically. When ingested, this herb coats and reduces the inflammation in affected areas such as mouth, throat, stomach and intestines- an occurrence that many coeliacs experience regularly. Slippery elm can also be found in Morlife’s Lemon Soother for its great beneficial effects.
Rooibos (Red Bush) – This is one of my favourite herbs with its high levels of antioxidants and subtle berry flavour. Rooibos is derived from South Africa and has shown to contain naturally occurring essential nutrients that may be lacking in gluten sensitive individuals. These includes small amounts of iron, magnesium, phosphorous as well as its high flavonoid content which are antioxidants that protect the body from damaging free radicals. Try this berry-licious herbal tea from Morlife’s Red Bush (Rooibos) Tea, perfect as a hot drink or an iced tea!
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